Top 10 Best Football Coaches in the World 2020

Top 10 Best Football Coaches in the World 2020 Coaches deserve some attention and praise! The Super Stars of the game might do the magic on the ball, and they run almost non – stop for the 90 minutes, but running and dribbling tend to get old without any laurels to show for it. That is why you need coaches. These chess masters virtually win the game from the bench for their teams. They study their opponent’s system of play and then formulate game plans in order to defeat them. They are like military commanders who send in their men to war, they take the shame of defeat, and the glory of victory.

Keep in mind that football may have originated in Europe, but the beautiful game is not limited to that continent alone. A major factor supporting the popularity of Europe a ground of football is money. The European game may offer financial rewards than Africa, Asia, or South America. But not everyone plays for money. There are a few great minds out there who fight for a greater cause. It may be the adulation of their home fans, the development of the beautiful game in their region, or just the pride of their darling team.

This article is all-inclusive- we try to cover every geographical region. Let us raise our glasses as we toast to Top 10 Best Coaches in the World Presently.

Coaches guides young players in which aspects of their game to sharpen, and they make teams ultimately successful, now and in the long term. Let us stand up for some of the best coaches in football today:

Top 10 Best Football Coaches in the World 2020

 Rank No.   Coach Name   Present Club
 1.  Jurgen Klopp  Liverpool
 2.  Pep Guardiola  Manchester City
 3.  Zinedine Zidane  Real Madrid
 4.  Diego Simeone  Atletico Madrid
 5.  Antonio Conte  Inter Milan
 6.  Maurizio Sarri  Juventus
 7.  Thomas Tuchel  Paris Saint-Germain PSG
 8.  Carlo Ancelotti  Everton
 9.  Erik ten Hag  Ajax
 10.  –  –

Read a more detailed analysis below.

Top Best Coaches in the World 2020 

  • 1. Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp came into the coaching limelight with his exploits at Borussia Dortmund, and that earned him a move to Liverpool where he has already marked himself as an astute tactician, and leader of men.

Jurgen Klopp has finally got his hands on the Champions League trophy when he won the 2019 Champions League final. One sometimes wonders what Jurgen Klopp says to his team before a match and during half time; they always seem to come out highly motivated, his major talking point is his fighting spirit. He is a leader of men and a motivational speaker in the dressing room. Recall that Champion’s League game against Barcelona in which Liverpool came back from what looked like a colossal loss, winning the game, and then going on to win the final. This is the sort of thing you get from Jurgen Klopp- the German maestro. 

 Remember that he transformed the fortunes of Borussia Dortmund, bringing them league titles in 2011 and 2012, Klopp’s reign also won the German Cup in 2012, and ended the birthright mentality of Bayern Munich. 

If you think that Jurgen Klopp’s Champions League success was a fluke then keep in mind that he won it at his second time of asking. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool lost the 2017/2018 Champions League final to Real Madrid under controversial circumstances. He has a never say die attitude, and will not give up until he hears the final whistle.

With his ability to assemble potentially great players and building them up into a unit that can dominate and destroy any opponent, Jurgen Klopp still has a long time to display his greatness and win more titles to his name.

  • 2. Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola is one of the hottest sportsmen on the market right now. He is considered by pundits and fans to be one of the most successful managers of all time. The former Barcelona player has recorded successes with Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Manchester City. Manchester City, In 2018, under the management of Pep Guardiola, became the only Premier League team to attain 100 points in a single season and in 2019 won their last 14 league matches of the season to retain the league title. Retaining the title in itself smashes a record because Manchester City and Pep Guardiola have become the only people to successfully do this since the Premier League era.

He holds the record for the most consecutive wins in La Liga, Bundesliga, and the English Premier League.
Some of his honors include Worlds Best Club Coach 2 times, UEFA Champions League Winner 2010/2011, 2010/2011, Spanish La Liga title 3 times, Spanish Super Cup Winner 2 times, Bundesliga Champion 3 times, FIFA Clubs World Cup Winner 3 times. UEFA Supercup Winner 1 time with Bayern Munich, and 2 times with Barcelona.

  • 3. Zinedine Zidane

2017’s FIFA best male coach is next on the list, he gains his position for the faith shown in him by the Hierarchy at Real Madrid, by bringing back their talismanic manager to rescue the club from its downhill slide over the last few months. It looked like his departure -together with Cristiano Ronaldo- was about to send Real Madrid into oblivion, but club President, Florentino Perez quickly brought him back to steady the ship.

Now in his second spell as Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane has succeeded in turning around a wayward post-Ronaldo Real Madrid outfit. Having given key player Luka Modric a period of rest to get himself back in the groove, and injecting some youth into the team, it now looks as if Real Madrid is inching towards top form. Even though he may not win the La Liga title this term, Zinedine Zidane has certainly proven himself as the tough man to call when the going gets tough. Firm and unrelenting in his disposition, he does not shy away from making hard decisions. He demands that every player put in his fair share of work, and will change a goalkeeper at half time if he finds him uncommitted to the game. Zinedine Zidane is old school, ruthless, and result-oriented. Let us not forget his accolades; 3 times back to back to back Champions League successes, that stand him out.

His honors include: Winning the Champions League three consecutive times with Real Madrid, the La Liga title 1 time, Supercopa de Espania one time, UEFA Super Cup 2 times, FIFA Club World Cup 2 times.

  • 4. Diego Simeone

The third best football manager in the world, Diego Simeone is the man behind the revolution at Athletico Madrid. He has changed the order of things in La Liga from a two-horse race to a three-horse race; Athletico Madrid has now become the third force in Spanish Football. His list of coaching honors at Athletico includes a La Liga title, a Europa Cup title, and a Quarter-Final finish at the UEFA Champions League finish.

Diego Simeone is known for his high level of tactical play, he has set up one of the world’s best defenses and has a talent for grooming young talents, molding them into world-class superstars. Diego Simeone has groomed players who have gone on to win league titles in other countries, as well as the World Cup.

An old school coach in a young body this man comes across as a war general with his sometimes brutal approach to football. His style is pragmatic; he chooses a formation and system and sticks to it even if players have to go off injured. You can always find him animated at the touchlines from where he shouts instructions to the players, meaning that Diego Simeone literally wins games from the bench. 

What does he have to show for his troubles? 2 league titles in his native Argentina to start with. On his arrival in Spain, he galvanized an underachieving Atletico side and turned it into a real contender for honours. With Athletico, he won the 2012 Europa League. 

He was voted World’s best club coach 2015/2016, He won the Spanish La Liga 2013/2014, Spanish Cup 2012/2013, Europa Cup 2011/2012 and 2017/2018.

In 2013 he won the Spanish domestic cup. In 2014 he won the Spanish La Liga title. In champions league clashes he has tasted victory against some of Europes most feared clubs. Under coach Diego Simeone Athletico Madrid is undergoing a period of restructuring. The old guard including long-time captain Diego Godin has left, and now the club is rebuilding with young players. This process seems to be working out remarkably well, and Athletico is gearing up for another chance at glory, either in Spain or in Europe. 

  • 5. Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte is one of those coaches who comes into a team, gets them to play his system, and sticks to that system week in week out no matter where he plays or who the opponent is. The good side is that every player knows his role and what is expected of him, and the bad side is that when the opponent adjusts their playing pattern to curtain his tactics things can just fall apart. Antonio Conte is a proponent of the 5-3-2 formation in which the wing-backs do a lot of running on and off the ball, supplying passes and crosses to the opponent’s danger area. No doubt, a job like this needs versatile and pacy players that have the work rate to cope with the rigorous demands of this style of football. Antonio Conte knows how to pick such players.

In the 2011/12  Serie A season, he led Juventus to the title without losing a single game. Conte stayed at Juventus for 3 years, winning Serie A in each season before managing the Italian National Team. He then joined Chelsea in 2016 and won the Premier League title in his first season. He won the league with a (then) record 30 league victories. He is now the coach of Inter Milan and is overseeing a long term rebuilding process that has seen the club recruit several top players from across the world, obviously with a view to launching a challenge for the UEFA champions league title. 

  • 6. Maurizio Sarri

Maurizio Sarri is the man behind the style of football known as Sarriball. He left his job as a banker because deep within him he knew he had a bigger calling, something more beneficial to society. This is the embodiment of patience and fortitude as he worked his way up the ranks from some lesser-known names in Italian football. He shot to prominence with Napoli where he transformed a small team into a force of international repute, able to stand their ground against any team from anywhere in the world.

Napoli brought Sarriball into prominence with their quick short passes that denied opponents’ possession of the ball and started from the back while almost always ending in the opponent’s box. Despite his distinct brand of football which he built at Napoli, it was at Chelsea Football Club that he had confirmation of his talent with his first taste of glory when he won the UEFA Europa Cup in the 2018/2019 season. Now back in Italy with Juventus, Maurizio Sarri is given the job of bringing the UEFA champions league trophy back home to Italy. 

  • 7. Thomas Tuchel

Of all the managers on this list, this is the man that is most adept at building young talents into world-class players. Let us name some of them for reference sake: Mario Gotze, Andre Shurrle, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Shinji Okazaki, Shinji Kagawa, Pierre Emerick Aubabeyang, Iikay Gundogan, Mats Hummels, Ousmane Dembele, and Christian Pulisic all passed through Thomas Tuschel during the developmental stages of their careers.

Thomas Tuchel guided Paris Saint Germain to the Ligue 1 title. In 2018 he won the Trophee des Champions and retained it. He started the 2018/2019 season with 8 straight wins which are a record, and even went on to add 2 more wins, making it an even bigger record. His first taste of glory as a manager came in 2017 with Borussia Dortmund, when he won the DFB Pokal in May 2017.

  • 8. Carlo Ancelotti

If the number of trophies in his cabinet was the deciding factor, then Carlo Ancelotti would be much higher up in this list. Unfortunately, we have to consider an inconvenient thing called the current form. 

Nevertheless, we must praise Ancelotti’s management style. The man is versatile and adaptable. He plays formations that suit the attributes of his players and can alter or change them completely, depending on his opponents.

Carlo Ancelotti has a long and intriguing story to his name; he won the 2014 Champions League with Real Madrid, having won it previously with Milan in 2003 and 2007. He once held the record as the only manager to have won the Champions League three times. Ancelotti’s illustrious career features league successes in Italy, England, France, and Germany. 

 With 20 trophies to his name, he is one of the most decorated, and respected managers on this list.

Now with Everton Football Club in England, Carlo Ancelotti is handed the responsibility of turning this traditionally mid-table team into a trophy-winning outfit. 

  • 9. Erik ten Haag

If you are impressed with what Ajax Football Club has become then it would be hypocritical of you not honor to the man behind that transformation; Erik Ten Haag. This is another man in the mold of Thomas Tuschel and Jurgen Klopp, who has the blessing of selecting young boys and turning them into world-class football players. He has gradually worked his way from the bottom with Go Ahead Eagles, Bayern Munich II, and Utrecht. In the 2016/2017 season, he brought Utrecht to 4th position, also taking them to the Europa League. In the 2018/2019 season, he brought Ajax Amsterdam to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. In so doing he removed Real Madrid, and Juventus, and only lost to Tottenham Hotspurs in the 96th minute. In 2018/2019 he tasted glory for the first time with the KNVB cup, and then 10 days later he went on to win the Eredivise title. 

  • 10. Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho should be much higher up on this list of the best coaches in the world, but due to his recent poor run of form with English Giants Manchester United, which cumulated in a rift with some players saw him sacked, the special one finds himself way down this list. This is a tested and trusted coach, who has proven his mettle with laurels and plaudits to boost his controversial ego. He has proven himself in Portugal, England, Italy, and Spain.

His Honours include winning the Portuguese Primeira Liga with Porto 2002, Taca de Portugal 2002, UEFA Cup 2002, UEFA Champions League 2003. With the Chelsea Football Club of England, he specialized in local titles; he won English Premier League 2 times, won the FA Cup 1 time, and the League cup. Jose Mourinho moved to Inter Milan as he kept having clashes with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

At Inter Milan he won the Champions League, Coppa Italia, and Serie A scudetto in 2010. This added a stripe to his rank because there are only five coaches in the world to win the Champions League with 2 different clubs.

A list of top 10 Best Coaches in the World can’t contain the list of all the famous master tacticians/managers.

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