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Top 10 football coaches of all time

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City stops for a photograph with the trophy following victory in the FA Cup Final match between Manchester City and Watford at Wembley Stadium on May 18, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Football is certainly a team sport, but no football team is complete without the support of its coach.

A coach can make or break a team, with great football coaches earning their spot in the hearts of fans and mediocre coaches being forgotten. When creating a sports team website, it’s important to keep this in mind. Fans are interested in the coach’s history and personal life. Choosing to focus only on the players leaves a lot of stones unturned. Read on for highlights of some of football’s best coaches. Tell us who you’d nominate for best coach of all time in the comments below.

Rinus Michels (The Netherlands)

Rinus Michels was active from 1960 to 1992 and is widely regarded as one of the best football managers of all time. Throughout the course of his four-decade career, he managed a variety of teams. Most notable are Ajax, FC Barcelona, and the Netherlands national team. While his overall win percentage has not been calculated, he led teams to secure four Eredivisie championships, one La Liga championship, one European Cup, and one European Championship.

Arrigo Sacchi (Italy)

Arrigo Sacchi was active towards the end of the twentieth century from 1985 to 2001. The most notable clubs he managed are AC Milan and the Italian national soccer team. Similar to Rinus Michels, his overall win percentage is unknown. However, he led his teams to secure one Serie A championship and two European Cups.

Pep Guardiola (Spain)

Josep “Pep” Guardiola Sala is our first coach on this list that is still active. His career began in 2008, and since then he has secured a 72.5% overall win percentage. In his short career, he has already managed extremely popular teams, including FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Manchester City. Under his supervision, his teams have secured three La Liga championships, three Bundesliga championships, one Premier League title, and two UEFA Champions League titles. Guardiola is a coach to keep your eye on!

Carlo Ancelotti (Italy)

Carlo Ancelotti has been working a football coach from 1995 through the present day. He’s been at the helm of Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea FC, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich. Across these teams, he has had a 59% overall win percentage. In addition, he’s led teams to one Series A championship, one Premier League championship, one Ligue championship, one Bundesliga championship, and three UEFA Champions League titles.

Bill Shankly (Scotland)

Bill Shankly’s career has long been over. He was active from 1949-1974 but racked up an impressive resume during that time. He worked exclusively with Liverpool FC, securing a 49.3% win percentage throughout the years. Under his tenure, Liverpool FC won three English League championships and one UEFA Cup. That’s no small feat in just over twenty years!

Giovanni Trapattoni (Italy)

Giovanni Trapattoni’s career recently ended. He was active from 1974 to 2010, working with Juventus, Inter Milan, and Bayern Munich throughout his four-decade-long career. He ended his career with a 52% overall win percentage and a wide variety of titles under his belt. Specifically, the teams he coached won seven Series A championships, one Bundesliga championship, one Primeira Liga championship, one Austrian Bundesliga championship, one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, two UEFA Cups, and one European Cup.

Miguel Munoz (Spain)

Similar to a few of the other coaches on our list, Miguel Munoz ended his career quite some time ago. Active from 1959 to 1988, he is known as one of Real Madrid’s greatest coaches. Throughout his tenure, the team had a 53% win percentage. In addition, they won nine La Liga championships and two European Cups.

Brian Clough (England)

Brian Howard Clough is the only English coach on this list. He was active from 1965 to 1993, managing both Derby County and Nottingham Forest. His overall win percentage during this time was 46.5%. He also took home two English league championships and two European Cups.

Ottmar Hitzfeld (Germany)

No list of the best football coaches of all-time would be complete without a German coach. Ottmar Hitzfeld recently retired in 2014. His career began in 1983, and throughout its long course, he managed Grasshopper, Borussia, Dortmund, and Bayern Munich. His overall win percentage was 54%, and he led teams to two Swiss Super League championships, seven Bundesliga championships, and two UEFA Champions League titles.

Bela Guttmann (Hungary)

Amazing coaches aren’t limited to Western Europe. Guttmann was active from 1933 to 1975, managing Ujpest FC, Sao Paulo FC, FC Porto, and Benfica. While his overall win percentage is unknown, he won two Hungarian championships, one Sao Paulo state championship, three Portuguese championships, and one European Cup.

LISBON, PORTUGAL – MAY 24: Head Coach, Carlo Ancelotti of Real Madrid celebrates with the Champions League trophy during the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid at Estadio da Luz on May 24, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)