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  • Lopetegui Bounces Back From Madrid Disaster With Success At Sevilla

    On July 21, 2018, the Royal Spanish Football Federation appointed Julen Lopetegui as the manager of the senior national men’s team with the objective of leading them to glory in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The former Rayo Vallecano goalkeeper had previously led Spain to the U-19 and U-21 European Championship titles in…

  • An Analysis on Ryan Lowe’s Managerial Style

    Since taking over Plymouth Argyle in July 2019 due to the unexpected fall and abandoning of Bury FC due to the owner Steve Dale’s mismanagement, Ryan Lowe has done a fine job. Within his first managerial position, he helped Bury gain automatic promotion to League One with Nicky Maynard, a striker with zero goals at…

  • The Making of Adi Hütter: Exceeding Expectations in Austria and Ending Years of Hurt in Switzerland

    Eintracht Frankfurt’s 2-1 win over Bayern Munich on 20 February 2021 solidified their hopes of earning a Champions League spot for the 2020-21 season. At the start of the season, they were seen as outside contenders, with a squad not as capable as the likes of RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Mönchengladbach. …

  • Julen Lopetegui’s Revival at Sevilla

    Since beginning his managerial career as an assistant coach with Spain in the 2003 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, Julen Lopetegui has racked up a rather impressive CV, albeit one that has come with frustrating misfortunes. He received his first managerial opportunity with Rayo Vallecano in 2003, but he would last just 10 league matches before…

  • How Philosophies Shape the Coaching Narrative

    There are a great number of things that differentiate the managers at the top end of world football. Capturing all that nuance in the general football discourse has never been a priority of the culture around this sport; what you end up with is broad categorisations for managers that are impossible to escape whenever they…

  • How Pitso Mosimane Built a Dynasty with Mamelodi Sundowns

    It was October 2011. Just over a year on from having the biggest football party on their doorstep and making history by becoming the first African country to host a FIFA World Cup, Pitso Mosimane’s South Africa were going into the final round of qualifiers for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.   A shock…

  • Greg Vanney and Toronto FC: The Gregfather’s Legacy

    Greg Vanney leaves Toronto FC as the club’s most victorious and longest-serving coach. Rocco Fasano explores the American’s legacy over the course of 7 seasons that started with a losing record but decorated with silverware throughout.   “I’m a builder. I like to build things and I like projects and I like big things,” an…

  • Arne Slot’s Abrupt Dismissal at AZ and the Fight to make Feyenoord a Champion

    On Saturday, December 5, AZ Alkmaar announced the dismissal of manager Arne Slot, sending shockwaves across the Netherlands and throughout Europe. “As a club, we have chosen to say goodbye immediately,” director of football Max Huiberts said in a statement on the club’s website. “We want to have a head coach leading the team who…

  • The Evolution of Filippo Inzaghi’s Coaching Career

    There is an old saying that great footballers don’t make great coaches. Regardless of how talented a player can be, it does not necessarily mean that he can seamlessly make the transition into coaching and train a new generation of footballers. Former Italy international Filippo Inzaghi is no different. After an illustrious playing career in…

  • Jill Ellis: A Hero Born Out of Scrutiny

    Prior to 2019, only one manager in the history of football had won two successive World Cups. That man was Italy’s Vittorio Pozzo, who led his nation to football’s biggest prize in 1934 and 1938. With a star cast at his disposal, his innovativeness was great to watch and he etched his name as one…