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Portrait of an iconic manager – Rinus Michels

Rinus Michels is best remembered as a pioneering football manager, but he was also an accomplished footballer. He began his playing career with Ajax in 1946 and over the course of the next 12 years he went on to play over 300 games for the Dutch club. Operating as a striker, he scored over 150 goals in all competitions and ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Joachim Low

Joachim Low has been at the helm of the German national team for over a decade now and has overseen some of the biggest talents in modern football during his reign at the national team. Low started out as midfielder for SC Freiburg in 1978 and had a nomadic career after leaving them two years later. He went on to ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Vicente del Bosque

  Vicente del Bosque was a product of the Real Madrid youth academy who went on to have a successful 16-year association with Los Blancos’ first team. The midfielder went on to make over 500 appearances for the Spanish giants across all competitions and won five league titles as well as four Copa del Reys during his time at the ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Sir Bobby Robson

Sir Bobby Robson is regarded amongst one of the best managers that England has produced. A forward in his playing days, Robson went on to manage in several major European countries, something that not many English managers are willing to try. And in doing so, he achieved success too. Robson started his playing career with Fulham in the old English ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Giovanni Trapattoni

There are few managers in world football who boast of a CV as glowing as Giovanni Trapattoni’s. The Italian remains one of the very few to have won the league title across four European countries and he did it all with an unshakeable conviction in his methods. Trapattoni, a Milan native, spent almost his entire playing career with AC Milan ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Miguel Munoz

  At Real Madrid, the manager is perceived merely as a footnote – a man who oversees the biggest stars that the club buys every summer. In such an environment it is quite an achievement to have led the club for 15 years. Miguel Munoz remains the greatest manager in the history of Real Madrid and one of the most ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Ottmar Hitzfeld

Ottmar Hitzfeld is regarded as one of the greatest managers in the history of Bayern Munich as well as the greatest to have graced the German football. And rightly so. The German began his playing career with Swiss outfit FC Basel in 1971 and went on to feature in 92 league games for the club, scoring 66 goals as a ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Jock Stein

The likes of Manchester United and Liverpool would claim to be the biggest clubs on the British Isles, yet it was Celtic that became the first team from the island to become the champions of Europe. And their legendary manager Jock Stein had a lot to do with the fact. Stein took to football as escape from his tough life ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager  – Valeriy Lobanovskyi

Valeriy Lobanovskyi had an interesting vision of football. Plying his trade at the time when the Soviet Union was witnessing its greatest breakthroughs in science and technology, Lobanovskyi was positively affected by the scientific thinking prevalent in the Soviet society at the time. Lobanovskyi had a successful career as a player and turned out for Dynamo Kiev for over 200 ...

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