Football as we see can sometimes be too straight forward to look at. But the real beauty of the game lies in the intricate tactics involved in it. Management in football is arguably more prominent and deciding than in any other sport. Managers govern nearly everything to run a team, not to mention the high risk of getting sacked if no results follow.
The world has witnessed some notable managers in the likes of Johan Cruyff, Sir Alex Ferguson, and Bill Shankly amongst many others, with some having revolutionized the game as we know today. Today we try to compile a list of the best football managers in the world right now.
Honorable mentions –
Gian Piero Gasperini (Atalanta)
Maurizio Sarri (Juventus)
Brendan Rodgers (Leicester City)
Julian Nagelsmann (RB Leipzig)
Carlo Ancelloti (Everton)
Here are the 10 best football managers in the world right now.
6. Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)
The Galacticos boss started at the helm of Castilla before being appointed as the head coach of Real Madrid in 2016. He went on to win the UEFA Champions League three times in a row becoming the first manager to do so. Along with the European cups which also included two UEFA Super Cups and FIFA Club World Cups, he won the Spanish Super Cup and La Liga twice each.
He left Madrid in 2018 but returned a year later in March after failed performances under Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari. His tactical philosophy including fluid formations and attacking football, along with leadership skills uniting the dressing room has been vital for Real Madrid’s domination at the highest level. He is widely regarded as one of the best football managers in the world. Marcello Lippi and Carlo Ancelotti remain two of Zidane’s main influencers.
5. Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid)
Having started his coaching career just after he retired in 2006 playing for Racing Club in his homeland Argentina, Simeone spent a few years in South America leading Estudiantes and River Plate to league titles before joining the Italian club Catania in 2011. He was then appointed the head coach of Spanish giants Atletico Madrid in December 2011 succeeding Gregorio Manzano at the club.
Simeone’s style of play includes compact defenses and quick counter-attacks which is evident by the fact he has been one of the most successful defensive-minded managers. He led Atletico to two UEFA Europa and UEFA Super Cups each including two Champions League final appearances in 2014 and 2016. Atletico Madrid won La Liga in 2014 with Simeone also leading them to a Copa del Rey. Some of Simeone’s coaching idols include the likes of Marcelo Bielsa, Sven-Göran Eriksson and Alfio Basile.
4. Didier Deschamps (France NT)
Didier Deschamps became only the third person to win the FIFA World Cup both as a player and a coach alongside the greats Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer when France lifted the trophy in 2018. He also became the second to do so as a captain after Beckenbauer.
He began his coaching career at Monaco in 2001 and led them to the 2004 UEFA Champions League final. Deschamps was appointed as the manager of Juventus following their relegation for their involvement in the 2006 Calciopoli Scandal. He won the Serie B that season and brought Juventus back to the top division. He left coaching after that season and returned two years later with one of his former teams, Marseille and led them to the Ligue 1 title in his first year in charge.
In July 2012, he was named the head coach of the France national team and only reached the quarters in the 2014 World Cup before eventually winning it in 2018.