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  • 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…

  • The Making of Peter Bosz

    In an attic in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, one can find an old box containing notes. These cover tactical writings related to the Dutch national team of 1992, when they were led by Rinus Michels at the European Championships in Sweden that year. The Dutch managed to reach the semi-finals that year, losing to Denmark in…

  • Carletto’s Way? Not Quite

    When Everton won their last piece of silverware in 1995, Carlo Ancelotti had only recently embarked on his maiden managerial journey with Reggiana. A quarter century later, the onus is entirely on the Italian to put and end to the trophy drought at Goodison Park.   Carlo Ancelotti has been a manager for 25 years.…

  • Marco Rose and the Art of Exceeding Expectations

    After the end of the Bundesliga season, Borussia Mönchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl spoke to the media in praise of head coach Marco Rose: “He is a top coach. Unfortunately, if you look at it from our point of view, that makes him interesting for other clubs as well, of course – and I mean…