Best Coaches of International Football
FIFA began honoring best coaches each year with their World Coach of the Year award in Ballon D’Or since 2010. José Mourinho was honored with the award as the inaugural receiver in 2010 and since then, Josep Guardiola, Vicente del Bosque and Jupp Heynckes won the award in 2011, 12 and 13 respectively. Besides being named World Coach of the Year, Jose Mourinho was also declared the FIFA Club Coach of the Year and was named Onze d’Or Coach of the Year on two occasions. Onze d’Or award by French magazine Onze Mondial is considered as the highest honor given by any media house or magazine since they began awarding the coaches in 1991 where Raymond Goethals was honored as the inaugural receiver of this prestigious award. International Federation of Football History and Statistics started to acknowledge the coaches by their World’s Best National Coach since 1996 where Berti Vogts was chosen as the inaugural receiver for managing German national football team. 2014 FIFA world cup also gave fame and prestige to the coaches like the international players. Starting from the very first FIFA world cup till this year, coaches played vital roles in all the world cups, so here is the list of 10 best coaches of international football.
10 Best Coaches of International Football
Vicente Del Bosque
Former Spanish footballer and Coach Vicente Del Bosque is currently serving as the manager of the Spanish national football team since 2008. He is the only football manager till now to win the Champions League, the European Championship and the FIFA World Cup. He led the Spanish national team as a coach to success in the 2012 European Championship as the defending champion and also to their first-ever FIFA World Cup in 2010. Before his international career as a coach, he played 14 years in Real Madrid as a Defensive Midfielder from 1970 to 1984 and also coached them from 1999 to 2003. He was named IFFHS World’s Best National Coach of The Year three times, and also named World Manager of the Year and FIFA World Coach of the Year in 2012. He was honored with the Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit by the Government of Spain.
Luiz Felipe Scolari
Former Brazilian footballer and Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is currently serving as the manager of the Brasileiro Série A club Grêmio since July 2014. He started his journey as a national coach in 1990 with the Kuwait national football team and led them to victory at the 10th Gulf Cup in Kuwait. He was the manager of Brazilian national football team in two spells from 2001to 2002 and from 2012 to 2014, and won FIFA World Cup in 2002 and FIFA Confederations Cup in 2013. Scolari also served his duty as the coach of the Portugal National Football Team from 2002 to 2008 and reached the final of UEFA Euro 2004 and also to the semifinal at 2006 FIFA World Cup. Besides his international career, he also served as a coach of many famous club football teams such as Chelsea and Brazilian club Palmeiras. He was honored with the Order of the Immaculate Conception of Vila Viçosa by the Duke of Braganza.
Former German footballer and Coach Joachim Löw is currently serving as the manager of the German national football team since 2006. He played as an Attacking midfielder in various club teams from 1978 to 1995. Löw started his international journey in 2004 as the assistant coach of the German national team and promoted to the Head coach in 2006. In his career with the national team, he won the FIFA 2014 World Cup this year and also led the team to the final of the UEFA 2008 European Championship and reached the semi-finals at FIFA 2010 World Cup and UEFA 2012 European Championship. Besides his international career, Löw also served as a coach of several club football teams such as FK Austria Wien, FC Tirol Innsbruck, VfB Stuttgart and Karlsruher SC. He was named German Football Manager of the Year in 2014.
Former Argentine footballer and Coach Marcello Bielsa is currently serving as the manager of the French Ligue 1 club Marseille since May 2014. Before his coaching career, he played as a Defender in various Argentine club teams from 1977 to 1980. Bielsa started his journey as a national coach in 1998 with the Argentina National Football team and led them to victory at the 2004 Greece Olympic Games and reached the final of the Copa América 2004. He was the manager of Chile national football team from 2007 to 2011 and reached the final of the Toulon Tournament in 2008. Besides his international career, he also served as the coach of many famous club football teams which includes Newell’s Old Boys, Vélez Sársfield and Athletic Bilbao. Bielsa was named IFFHS’ World’s Best National Team Coach of the Year in 2001.
Brazilian former football player and manager Mario Zagalo is currently serving as the Advisor of the Lebanon national football team since 2011. He is second youngest coach to win a world cup title at the age of just 38. Zagalo started his journey as a national coach in 1967 with the Brazil National Football team and served as the coach in three spells from 1967 to 1968, 1970 to 1974, and 1994 to 1998. He also served as the coordinator in two spells from 1991to 1994 and 2003 to 2006. During his coaching days of national Brazil team, he won 1970 and 1994 FIFA World Cup, 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup and Copa América in 1997. He was also the manager of Kuwait national football team from 1976 to 1978 and also coached United Arab Emirates team from 1989 to 1990. Besides his international journey, he also served as a coach of several teams which includes Flamengo, Botafogo and Vasco da Gama.
Brazilian former footballer and manager Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri aka Dunga is currently serving the second stretch as the manager of the Brazil national football team since early 2013. Before he began his journey as a manager, he played as a Defensive midfielder in the Brazil national team and won 1994 FIFA World Cup, 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup and Copa América in 1989 and 1997. He is the only player besides Xavi to play World Cup, Olympic Games, Confederations Cup and continental championship final. Dunga started his journey as a national coach in 2006 with the Brazilian team, and in his first spell he led the team to achieve the Bronze medal in 2008 China Olympics, and also won 2007 Copa América and 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. Besides his international coaching career, he also managed Brazilian club SC Internacional from 2013 to 2014 and won Rio Grande do Sul State League in 2013.
Former German football player and coach Otto Rehhagel is considered one of the most successful German managers in football history. He weirdly holds the records for the most victories, most draws and most losses in the Bundesliga. Rehhagel started his journey as a national coach in 2001 with the Greece national football team and continued his journey with them till 2010. While coaching the Greek team, he won UEFA European Championship in 2004 and was named Greek of the Year 2004 while becoming the first ever foreigner to win this award. Besides his international career, he also managed various German Bundesliga teams such as Werder Bremen, Fortuna Düsseldorf, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. Rehhagel was named IFFHS’s World’s Best National Coach in 2004 and was honored with the Order of Merit of the Germany in 2005.
Carlos Alberto Parreira
Brazilian former football manager Carlos Alberto Parreira is considered as the most experienced international coach of football history. He started his journey as a national coach in 1967 with Ghana national football team. Parreira also managed the Kuwait national team from 1978 to 1982. He also served the United Arab Emirates team in two spells from 1985 to 1988 and 1990 to 1991, Saudi Arabia national team in two stretches from 1988 to 1990 and 1998 to 1999, South Africa national team in two spells from 2007 to 2008 and 2009 to 2010. He mostly famous for managing Brazil national football team in three intervals, from 1983 to 1984, 1991 to 1994 and 2003 to 2006, and won the 1994 FIFA World Cup, 2004 Copa América and 2005 Confederations Cup. He was named IFFHS’s World’s Best National Coach in 2005.
Oscar Washington Tabarez
Uruguayan former footballer and manager Oscar Washington Tabarez aka El Maestro is now managing the Uruguay national football team in his second spell since 2006. He started his journey as a national coach in 1983 with Uruguay Under-20 national team and served his first stretch with the senior Uruguayan team from 1988 to 1990. Besides his international career, he also managed several famous club football teams such as Vélez Sársfield, Boca Juniors and AC Milan. During his coaching, Uruguay won 1983 Pan American Games, 2011 Copa América and also reached the semi-final in 2010 FIFA World Cup. Uruguay also reached the Round of 16 at 2014 FIFA World Cup, but was defeated by Colombia. He was named IFFHS’s World’s Best National Coach in 2011 and was named South American Coach of the Year twice in 2010 and 2011 consecutively.
French former footballer and manager Roger Lemerre is now serving his duty as the head coach of CLP-1 League club Étoile du Sahel since 2013. He started his international journey in 1998 as the assistant coach of the France national team and promoted to the Head coach later that year. In his career with the French national team, he won UEFA European Football Championship champion in 2000 and Confederations Cup in 2001. Lemerre also managed the Tunisia National football team from 2002 to 2008 and also managed Morocco National football team from 2008 to 2009. Besides his international career, he also led several club football teams which include RC Lens, RC Strasbourg and CS Constantine. He was named IFFHS’s World’s Best National Coach in 2000 and was also awarded Etoile d’or France Football three times as a player.
Other notable mentions on this list as some of the best international coaches in football history are Luis Arragones who was named IFFHS’s World’s Best National Coach in 2008 for managing Spain national football team, and Jacques Santini who was named IFFHS’s World’s Best National Coach in 2003 for managing France national football team.
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