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Managerial Legends

Portrait of an iconic manager – Raymond Goethals

  Goethals started his football career as a goalkeeper for Daring Brussels, rising through the youth ranks of the Belgian outfit, he remained at the club until 1947. He then moved to Racing Club Brussels and played for two more clubs – Hannutois and Renaisienne – before hanging his playing boots. His first big managerial role came with the Belgium ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Bob Paisley

  Bob Paisley ’s place in the pantheon of football’s all time greatest managers is secure. The former wing-half spent almost 50 years at Liverpool in various capacities. He started his stint with the Anfield outfit as a first team player in 1939 and on to play for the club’s first team for over 15 years, featuring in more than ...

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Five unsuccessful professional players who became great managers

Helenio Herrera Herrera is regarded as one of the greatest exponents of “catenaccio”, the technique that emphasises maintaining a solid shape without the ball in order to limit the opposition any room to manoeuvre and create goalscoring chances. However, there was more to Herrera than just defensive football. In one of the great managerial evolutions, the Argentine who earned renown ...

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Five great players who became great managers

great players become great managers

Not many great players become great managers. There certainly isn’t a correlation between the two. Some of the greatest managers of all-time have never been top professional players. However, great players do get a head start through their experience of having been in the shoes of their players. Johan Cruyff Cruyff is regarded as one man who has had the ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Udo Lattek

Udo Lattek is ranked amongst the greatest managers in world football, and for good reason. The German had a knack of winning trophies and he went on to collect 14 of them before retiring from football management. Lattek’s playing career wasn’t much to write about, but he achieved tremendous success as a manager. His first assignment was an assistant to ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Marcello Lippi

 Marcello Lippi is a managerial legend of modern football. At the end of his playing career, during which the Italian operated as a defender and had over a decade-long spell with Sampdoria, he went into management and proved extremely successful. Tactics and Man-management Lippi is a tactically acute manager. His ability to plan for different kinds of opposition can be ...

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Premier League 2016-2017: Top 5 managerial rivalries

Pep Guardiola – Jose Mourinho Two of the most acclaimed managers in modern football will renew their rivalry in the Premier League this season. The Manchester United boss will have an upper hand owing to his extensive working experience in English football, while Guardiola might take some time to settle in the fast-paced league. However, there can be no doubt ...

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Top 5: Greatest managers to never win the Champions League

Valeriy Lobanovskyi The legendary Soviet-Ukrainian manager did a great deal to bring new ideas to the beautiful game. He famously treated football as a system of 22 elements, having two sub-systems of 11 elements each, moving in a confined space and subject to a series of restrictions. If at the end of the 90 minutes, the two systems were evenly ...

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