Top 10 Best Coaches of International Football

November 22, 2020 By Sourav


Top 10 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 also received the FIFA Club Coach of the Year and was named Onze d'Or Coach of the Year on two occasions. 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 top 10 best coaches of international football.

Best Coaches of International Football

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 the German national football team.

10. Roger Lemerre

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Roger-Lemerre

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 Head coach later that year. In his career with the French national team, he won the UEFA European Football Championship champion in 2000 and the Confederations Cup in 2001. He now holds the tenth place in our list of the best coaches of international football.

Lemerre also managed the Tunisia National football team from 2002 to 2008 and also managed the 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.

9. Oscar Washington Tabarez

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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 the 1983 Pan American Games, 2011 Copa América, and also reached the semi-final in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Uruguay also reached the Round of 16 at the 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. He now holds the ninth place in our list of the best coaches of international football.

8. Carlos Alberto Parreira

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Carlos-Alberto-Parreira

Brazilian former football manager Carlos Alberto Parreira is considered the most experienced international coach of football history. He started his journey as a national coach in 1967 with the 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.

Carlos is most famous for managing Brazil's 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. He surely deserves the eighth place in our list of the best coaches of international football.

7. Otto Rehhagel

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Otto-Rehhagel

Former German football player and coach Otto Rehhagel is considered one of the most successful football managers in German 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 Germany in 2005. He no holds the seventh place in our list of the best coaches of international football.

6. Dunga

Dunga
Dunga

Brazilian former footballer and manager Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri aka Dunga last served as the manager of Brazil. Before he began his journey as a manager, he played as a Defensive midfielder in the Brazil national team. He won the 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 the 2008 China Olympics. He also won the 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 the Rio Grande do Sul State League in 2013. He surely deserves the sixth place in our list of the best coaches of international football.

5. Mario Zagallo

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Mario-Zagallo

Brazilian former football player and manager Mario Zagallo last served as the Advisor of the Lebanon national football team. He is the 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. He 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 the national Brazil team, he won the 1970 and 1994 FIFA World Cup. He also won the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup and Copa América in 1997. Zagallo was also the manager of the Kuwait national football team from 1976 to 1978. He then coached the 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. Zagalo now holds the place in our list of the best coaches of international football.

4. Marcelo Bielsa

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Marcelo-Bielsa

Former Argentine footballer and Coach Marcelo Bielsa is currently serving as the manager of Leeds United. 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. He led them to victory at the 2004 Greece Olympic Games and reached the final of the Copa América 2004.

Bielsa became the manager of the Chile national football team from 2007 to 2011. He 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. He surely deserves the fourth place in our list of the best coaches of international football.

3. Joachim Löw

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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. He has then earned his promotion as the Head coach in 2006. He now holds the third place in our list of the best coaches of international football.

In his career with the national team, he won the FIFA 2014 World Cup. He also led the team to the final of the UEFA 2008 European Championship. He also 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.

2. Luiz Felipe Scolari

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Luiz-Felipe-Scolari

Former Brazilian footballer and Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is currently serving as the manager of Palmeiras. He started his journey as a national coach in 1990 with the Kuwait national football team. Scolari led them to victory at the 10th Gulf Cup in Kuwait. He was the manager of the Brazilian team in two spells from 2001 to 2002 and from 2012 to 2014. He won the 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. He reached the final of UEFA Euro 2004 and also to the semifinal at the 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 received the Order of the Immaculate Conception of Vila Viçosa by the Duke of Braganza. He surely deserves the second place in our list of the best coaches of international football.

1. Vicente Del Bosque

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Vicente-Del-Bosque

Former Spanish footballer and Coach Vicente Del Bosque last served as the manager of the Spanish national football team from 2008 to 2016. He is the only 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. Besides, he also led them 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. He played there from 1970 to 1984 and also coached them from 1999 to 2003.

He became the IFFHS World’s Best National Coach of The Year three times. Besides, he was 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. Bosque now holds the top place in our list of the best coaches of international football.

Other notable mentions on this list as some of the best international coaches in football history are Luis Aragones 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. And now, we hope that you liked our list of best coaches of international football.

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