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Best football managers in 2021

Thu 13 January 2022 | 8:30

With the beginning of 2022, now it’s time to review the best football managers in 2021. Stay tuned.

2021 has been the year of glory for many football teams. Working hard as one unit, they have definitely earned their current position. Beside all the stars and players kicking the ball on the pitch, there have also been their amazing coaches, showing them the right direction into fame and honor.  

As the most beloved sport in the world, there is no doubt that football owes its popularity to the players and also their coaches, mesmerizing us with their brilliant performance every time.

Besides requiring a substantial knowledge of the game, it’s the coaches’ job to make the players act like one unit, while also working on their individual performance. That’s why a football coach is not only a manager, but also a psychologist.

Without further ado, let’s go through the

best football managers in 2021

.

Greatest football managers in 2021

Here is the first on our list of the top football managers in 2021.

Carlo Ancelotti

  • Full name: 

    Carlo Ancelotti

  • Place of birth:

    Italy

  • Date of birth:

    10 June 1959

  • Teams coached:

    Italy (assistant), Reggiana, Parma, Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Napoli, Everton

  • Current team:

    Real Madrid

The first name on our list of the best football managers in 2021 is Carlo Ancelotti, the current

Real Madrid

coach.

As one of the top football managers in 2021, Ancelotti replaced Zidane, when the former coach left Los Blancos for the second time in May 2021.

Starting his coaching career in 1992, he has a long history of managing different teams, also coaching Real Madrid from 2013 to 2015.

Being appointed as the Vikings coach for the second time in June 2021, this time Ancelotti signed his contract until 2024.

In the case of his coaching honors, you must know that as a coach, he has a long list of titles and achievements, in which some belong to his time at Santiago Bernabéu. These titles include the 2013–14 Copa del Rey, the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League, the 2014 UEFA Super Cup, and also the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup.

Time to move forward to the next name on our list of the top soccer managers in 2021.

Mauricio Pochettino

  • Full name: 

    Mauricio Roberto Pochettino Trossero

  • Place of birth:

    Argentina

  • Date of birth:

    2 March 1972

  • Teams coached:

    Espanyol, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, Paris Saint-Germain

  • Current team:

    Paris Saint-Germain

As one of the top football managers in 2021, the former Paris Saint-Germain player, started his coaching career in 2009 and has managed Espanyol, Southampton, Tottenham, and PSG so far.

He was appointed as the

PSG

coach on January second, 2021, replacing Tuchel, on an 18-month contract. During his short spell with the Parisians, so far the former Tottenham coach has helped his former team win the 2020-21 Coupe de France and also the 2020 Trophée des Champions.

Julian Nagelsmann

  • Full name:

     Julian Nagelsmann

  • Place of birth:

    Germany

  • Date of birth:

    July 23, 1987

  • Teams coached:

    Augsburg youth (assistant), 1860 Munich U-17(assistant), 1899 Hoffenheim U-17 (assistant), 1899 Hoffenheim, 1899 Hoffenheim U-19, RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich

  • Current team:

    Bayern Munich

Born on 23 July 1987, the Young

Bayern Munich

coach started his football career back in 2006, kicking the ball for 1860 Munich II and Augsburg. However, he soon gave up on his footballing career, due to injuries in 2008.

As his first coaching career he joined Augsburg’s youth club as the coach assistant and went on learning the coaching methods as the assistant until 2011. His first coaching job was with 1899 Hoffenheim under 17 team. Later on he shifted once more as the coach to coach assistant, but eventually joined the well-known Bundesliga team, RB Leipzig in 2019. 

During the 2019 UEFA Champions League, Nagelsmann guided the team to make their way to the top four, which made him the youngest coach in history to coach a side in a Champions League Semi-Final. However, Leipzig lost their match against PSG in the tournamet’s semi-finals.

Nagelsmann joined the Bundesliga Champions in April 2021 on a five-year deal. His managerial transfer fee of €25 Million, was a world wide record.

To prove his superiority he helped the Bavarians win the 2021 DFL-Supercup over Borussia Dortmund, beating their rivals with a 3-1 result.

Hans-Dieter Flick

  • Full name: 

    Hans-Dieter Flick

  • Place of birth:

    Germany

  • Date of birth:

    February 24, 1965

  • Teams coached:

    Victoria Bammental, 1899 Hoffenheim, Germany (assistant), Bayern Munich (assistant), Bayern Munich, Germany

  • Current team:

    Germany national team

Hans-Dieter Flick… A name to be remembered with honor and glory. As one of the best football managers in 2021, Flick started his coaching career with Victoria Bammental back in 1996, later managing 1899 Hoffenheim. In 2006 he joined Germany national team, and later Bayern Munich as the coach assistant.

In 2019 and after Kovac’s departure in November, Flick started managing the team as the interim manager. Later on and due to his satisfying spell as the interim coach, he was appointed as the team’s manager until the end of season. Interestingly, this time again he proved to be the right coach for the Bavarians and hence the club signed him on a deal until 2023.

In August 2020, Flick won the UEFA Champions League as the manager of Bayern, completing the club's second continental treble.

With the help of the top coach, Bayern won the 2019–20 Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, and the UEFA Champions League, completing the continental treble for the second time in their history. It’s also worth mentioning that he is one of the two managers who got a sextuple. Alongside Pep Guardiola.

Interestingly, in May 2021, it was announced that the German coach is soon joining the national team to serve as the manager, replacing his former boss, Joachim Löw.

Jürgen Klopp

  • Full name: 

    Jürgen Norbert Klopp

  • Place of birth:

    Germany

  • Date of birth:

    June 16, 1967

  • Teams coached:

    Eintracht Frankfurt (U13), Mainz 05, Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool

  • Current team:

    Liverpool

Next on the list of

the greatest football managers in 2021

is Jürgen Klopp, also one of the best soccer managers in the

Premier League.

But how did he gain this much of experience in coaching? Well, interestingly he says himself that from the beginning he believed his talent was in coaching, more than playing. "I had fourth-division feet and a first-division head", he says. As a result, he started his coaching career while he was also kicking the ball for Mainz 05, managing Eintracht Frankfurt under-13 team for one year.

Interestingly, Mainz was his last team as a football player and his first official team as a coach. In fact, he started coaching them in 2001, right after his retirement! After seven years he joined Borussia Dortmund in 2008, helping them achieve 2 Bundesliga titles, the 2011-12 DFB-Pokal, and two DFL-Supercup titles. His final destination so far has been the Premier League club, Liverpool.  Klopp joined the Reds in 2015 and has been coaching them for almost seven years now.  

Here is a short list of his achievements as the Reds coach so far:

  • Premier League: 2019–20

  • UEFA Champions League: 2018–19; runner-up: 2017–18

  • UEFA Europa League runner-up: 2015–16

  • UEFA Super Cup: 2019

  • FIFA Club World Cup: 2019

Antonio Conte

  • Full name: 

    Antonio Conte

  • Place of birth:

    Italy

  • Date of birth:

    31 July 1969

  • Teams coached:

    Siena (assistant), Arezzo, Bari, Atalanta, Siena, Juventus, Italy, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Tottenham Hotspur

  • Current team:

    Tottenham Hotspur

Time to talk about Antonio Conte as one of the

best football managers in 2021

. Conte started his coaching career back in 2006 with Arezzo, having the experience of assisting for one year with Siena. Continuing with many big clubs such as Atalanta, Juventus, Chelsea, and Inter Conte finally joined Tottenham Hotspur in 2021, following the sacking of Nuno Espírito Santo.

He is considered as one of the greatest coach in 2021, not only based on his performance with the Lilly whites which is so soon to be judged, but according to the many achievements he has gained so far, with all his previous clubs.  

To mention the last of his achievements, we have to mention the 2020–21S Serie A title he helped Inter gain, before his departure from the club.  

Diego Simeone

  • Full name: 

    Diego Pablo Simeone González

  • Place of birth:

    Argentina

  • Date of birth:

    28 April 1970

  • Teams coached:

    Racing Club, Estudiantes, River Plate, San Lorenzo, Catania, Racing Club, Atlético Madrid

  • Current team:

    Atlético Madrid

The next coach on our list of the best soccer managers in 2021, is Diego Simeone, who is also a former football player mostly famous for his time at his current club. The current

Atletico Madrid

coach started his coaching job with Racing Club in 2006, and later managed Estudiantes, River Plate, San Lorenzo, Catania and Racing Club once more, before joining Atletico Madrid in 2011.

He was appointed as Los Colchoneros’ coach on 23 December 2011, succeeding the team’s former coach, Gregorio Manzano.

Since, he has been one of the greatest coaches the club has ever had, guiding them to achieve so many great honors, including two La Liga titles, the 2012–13 Copa del Rey, the Supercopa de España, two UEFA Europa League titles, and also two UEFA Super Cup awards.

Helping the team gain the 2020-21 La Liga title last year, Simeone extended his contract with Atletico until 2024 on 8 July 2021.

Roberto Mancini

  • Full name:

     Roberto Mancini

  • Place of birth:

    Italy

  • Date of birth:

    27 November 1964

  • Teams coached:

    Fiorentina, Lazio, Inter Milan, Manchester City, Galatasaray, Inter Milan, Zenit Saint Petersburg, Italy

  • Current team:

    Italy national team

Next on our list of the

top football managers in 2021

, is Roberto Mancini, who is an Italian former footballer. The current Italy national team manager, started his coaching job first in 2001 with Fiorentina.

During the 21 years of guiding football teams, he has managed several popular teams, including Lazio, Inter Milan, and Manchester City. Since joining his own national team, he has proved his managerial skills, more than ever before, helping the team go on an extraordinary run.

With the help of the great coach, Italy has been able to achieve the 2020 UEFA European Championship while also winning the third place in the 2020-21 UEFA Nations League.

Thomas Tuchel

  • Full name: 

    Thomas Tuchel

  • Place of birth:

    Germany

  • Date of birth:

    29 August 1973

  • Teams coached:

    FC Augsburg II, Mainz 05, Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea

  • Current team:

    Chelsea

As one of the greatest football managers in 2021, Tuchel is speacially known for his achievements with Paris Saint-Germain and his short spell yet, at

Chelsea

.  

Starting his coaching career in 2007 with FC Augsburg II, he later joined Mainz 06 in 2009.

The great coach’s next destinations were Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain, before his new deal with the Blues which he singed in 2021.  

During his two years with the Parisians, Tuchel helped the team win two Ligue 1 titles, the 2019-20 Coupe de France, the 2019-20 Coupe de la Ligue, and also two Trophée des Champion. These many great achievements, earned him the coaching job at Stamford Bridge. Joining Chelsea on 26 January 2021, Tuchel proved to be a miracle, starting to bring glory to his team immediately.  

With the help of Tuchel, Chelsea not only won the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League, putting Manchester City behind, but they also achieved the 2021 UEFA Super Cup, an addition to becoming the 2020-21 FA Cup runner-up.

Pep Guardiola

  • Full name:

     Pep Guardiola

  • Place of birth:

     Spain

  • Date of birth:

    January 18, 1971

  • Teams coached:

    Barcelona B, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City

  • Current team:

    Manchester City

Last, but definitely not the least, we have Pep Guardiola on our list of the greatest football managers in 2021. The current Man City coach is one of the bests in the Premier League and in the world of football. Beginning his coaching career with Barcelona B team in 2007, later he joined Blaugrana’s first team, spending the next four years at Camp Nou. In 2013 Guardiola joined Bayern Munich, helping them achieve three Bundesliga titles, two DFB-Pokal awards, the 2013 UEFA Super Cup, and also the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup, during his three- years-spell with the team.

Finally on 1 February 2016, Guardiola joined the Citizens.

So far, with the team, he has been able to win three Premier League titles, the 2018–19 FA Cup, four EFL Cups and two FA Community Shield cups. He has also helped the team to become the UEFA Champions League runner-up in 2020-21.

Best football managers in 2022

  • Simone Inzaghi

  • Julian Nagelsmann

  • Mauricio Pochettino

  • Luis Enrique

  • Carlo Ancelotti

  • Antonio Conte

  • Jurgen Klopp

  • Hansi Flick

  • Thomas Tuchel

  • Pep Guardiola

That was all on the greatest coaches in 2021 and also the top 2022 football managers. Which manager do you think has had the best performance? Let us know in the comments below.

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