Europe’s elite Tacticians to meet in Nyon (updated)

Alex Ferguson

Today and tomorrow “the 11th Elite Club Coaches Forum at UEFA’s House of European Football” gathering held in Nyon. This annual meeting discuss the latest football trends and main issues from the Football managers perspective and below a list of Managers confirmed their attendance of this meeting:

Arsène Wenger (France/Arsenal FC):

The Professor one of the most respected managers in Europe, he has a special approach in football based on youth players. His Arsenal always preform an attractive football, consider the greatest ever manager Arsenal have despite the lack of trophies since 2004.

Rafael Benítez (Spain/Liverpool FC):

One of the best achieving managers in the European football won the Uefa Cup withValencia 2004 and The Champions League 2005 with Liverpool and reach the final of 2007 with the Reds too, still searching for his first English Premier League title. Rafa is a fan of Arrigo Sacchi football methods.

Sir Alex Ferguson (Scotland/Manchester United FC)

Won two Champions League with Manchester United 1999 and 2008, the ever green manager dominating the English Premier League for the last 3 years and reach the semi-finals of the Champions League for the last three years two of them in the final. This season have a big task to fill Ronaldo absence in the team but the Sir as always love the challenges like that.

Manuel Pellegrini (Chile/Real Madrid CF):

The Spanish La Liga Wenger version according to Jorge Valdano (Real Madrid General Director) he have a job to deliver silverware for the White house and for sure the Champions League is one of the these especially the Final of 2010 Champions League is hosted in Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. At his desposal a squad full of Galacticos (Kaka – Ronaldo – Benzema – Xabi Alonso) and Real Madrid legends like Raul, Casillas.

Jesualdo Ferreira (Portugal/FC Porto):

The Portugese  tactician is doing a tremendous job at FCPorto, they are a regular Champions League participant but with style, won the Portugese Liga for the last three years and reached the quarter finals last year in the Champions League. This summer they lost three influential players (Lucho Gonzalez – Lisandro Lopez – Aly Cissokho) but they always manage to find young alternatives.

Claude Puel (France/Olympique Lyonnais):

The French tactician lost the French Ligue 1 for Bordeaux and didn’t have the best Champions League campaign like before they added great signing like (Cissokho – Gomis – Lisandro Lopez – Bastos) to reignite their quest to the French Ligue 1 and good Champions League year.

Ciro Ferrara (Italy/Juventus):

Fresh tactician joined The Old Lady to bring back their pride locally and in the European stage, having Del Piero plus the new Brazilian due Melo and Diego plus Cannavaro and Grosso will make them stronger to face Inter Milan dominance.

Didier Deschamps (France/Olympique de Marseille):

Won the Champions League as a player and lost the final as a manager in 2004 against Mourinho’s Porto, after a busy summer transfer market Deschamps now focusing on results in the Ligue1 and they have a tough group in the Champions League with Real Madrid and AC Milan.

Felix Magath (Germany/FC Schalke 04):

The manager who orchestrate Wolfsburg miracle of winning the Bundesliga title for the first time in 2008-09 season, now his mission is to win the Bundeslige with Schalke 04

Thomas Schaaf (Germany/Werder Bremen):

One of the longest serving manager in Europe with Bremen since 1999 and was a player with Bremen too never, played or managed any team except Bremen

Martin Jol (Holland/AFC Ajax):

The Dutch tactician have a job to put Ajax back among Europe’s elite teams, has a great eye on young prospect player and this feature perfectly suit Ajax policy.

Valeri Gazzaev (Russia/FC Dynamo Kyiv):

The Russian manager most successful spell was with CSKA Moscow from 2001 to 2003 and  from 2004 to 2008, he won the Uefa cup with them 2005 and the Russian league 3 times (2003 – 2005 – 2006)

Walter Smith (Scotland/Rangers FC):

Scottish manager of Rangers since 2007, previously managed Scotland national team (2004-2007) won the double with Rangers last season.

Dan Petrescu (Romania/AFC Unirea Urziceni):

The former Chelsea player, managing the promising team Urziceni since 2006 guiding them to winning the Romanian league for the first time and participating in the Champions League group stage with Rangers – Sevilla – and Stuttgart.

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The managers attend the forum are:

Arsène Wenger (Arsenal FC/France)

Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United FC/Scotland)

Manuel Pellegrini (Real Madrid CF/Chile)

Jesualdo Ferreira (FC Porto/Portugal)

Claude Puel (Olympique Lyonnais/France)

Ciro Ferrara (Juventus/Italy)

Laurent Blanc (FC Girondins de Bordeaux/France)

Didier Deschamps (Olympique de Marseille/France)

Felix Magath (FC Schalke 04/Germany)

Thomas Schaaf (Werder Bremen/Germany)

Martin Jol (AFC Ajax/Holland)

Valeri Gazzaev (FC Dynamo Kyiv/Russia)

Walter Smith (Rangers FC/Scotland)

Dan Petrescu (AFC Unirea Urziceni/Romania)

Abel Resino (Club Atlético de Madrid/Spain)

Henk Ten Cate (Panathinaikos FC/Holland)

Bernard Challandes (FC ZürichSwitzerland)

About this forum:

The first UEFA Elite Coaches Forum was held in 1999 and this is now the 11th year of this annual event, where Europe’s leading club coaches are invited to share their experience and views on a variety of issues relating to the state of the game at the highest level (from



2 responses to “Europe’s elite Tacticians to meet in Nyon (updated)

  1. Interesting to see Petrescu amongst the elite coaches, he did a great job in winning the title with Unirea but is still quite inexperienced. Still I’m sure he’ll learn a lot coaching in the Champions League this year.

    Felix Magath is also an excellent coach and I’m expecting big things from Schalke 04 this season. Even if they are perennial flops.

    Keep up the good work 🙂

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