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Coach of the Year by Onze Mondial magazine

Onze Mondial Magazine

The French Magazine Onze Mondial, offers several awards includes: The Onze d’Or (Footballer of the year), the Onze de Onze (the team of the season), and the Coach of the Year.

Since 1991 Onze Mondial started selecting the coach of the year, below the list of the 19 coaches won this award.

1991 award:

  • Raymond Goethals with Olympique de Marseille >>  born 7 October 1921 – 6 December 2004  >> Nationality: Belgium

1992 award:

  • Johan Cruyff with Barcelona FC >> April 25, 1947 >> Nationality: Dutch

1993 award:

  • Raymond Goethals with Olympique de Marseille >> born 7 October 1921 – 6 December 2004 >> Nationality: Belgium

1994 award:

  • Johan Cruyff with Barcelona FC >> April 25, 1947 >> Nationality: Dutch

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Match Analysis: Celtic vs. Arsenal

Match Analysis: Celtic vs. Arsenal (first game)

For UEFA Champions League Qualifying to the Group Stage, 18th August 2009

Ground: Celtic Park

Celtic lineup:

Boruc (GK) – Loovens – Caldwell – Fox – Hinkel – N’Guemo (McCourt) – Brown – Donati (McDonald) – Samaras (Fortune) – Maloney – McGeady

Arsenal lineup:

Almunia (GK) – Sagna – Gallas – Vermaelen – Clichy – Song – Fabregas – Denilson – Van Persie – Bendtner – Arshavin (Diaby)

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Pellegrini’s (Galacticos) mission impossible??

CR9 in white

CR9 in white

Yesterday Real Madrid unveil their latest Super star Cristiano Ronaldo at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, also in the same day Manuel Pellegrini Real Madrid’s manager back to work. Oh what a job he has to do coaching the likes of Raul, Guti, Casillas, Ronaldo, and Kaka among many other star players Real Madrid own.

Pellegrini most important task I think is not to coach those sensational players but how to manage them and how to handle their egos or big personalities. The key word for Pellegrini success is the Dressing Room at Real Madrid yes this room is what make the difference, Del Bosque did this job with excellency while Camacho, Luxemburgo, and Queiroz failed in that.

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English Premier League manager list for 2009-10 (Part 1)

Now its football holidays, by next July teams going to start their pre-season preparation below the latest list of English Premier League Managers for 2009-10 season Part one for ten Premier League teams:

Arsene Wenger: (Arsenal/France/ 59 years old)

The French Professor has a contract with The Gunners until 2011, this summer he turned down Florentino Perez (Real Madrid President) offer to coach the White club. Proving his loyalty and belief in his project with Arsenal despite the doubters criticism he received this year (4 years without a trophy), Arsenal Board have their full trust in Wenger leadership and management.

This season Wenger guide Arsenal to 4th place in the League (W :: 20 D :: 12 :: L :: 6), also reach the semi-finals of Champions League and FA Cup and eliminated by Manchester United and Chelsea respectively.

Click here to see Arsene Wenger profile.

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Valdano: three candidates for Real Madrid hot seat

Jorge Valdano, for sure will be back with Perez team to lead Real Madrid revoluaiton said that there are 3 managers is listed one of them will be next Real Madrid manager also he said that all three candidates are coaching now, so if Valdano words prove to be right, Laudrup is out from the list for sure :(

below I listed possible candidates under Valdano criteria, after removing Jose Mourinho and Michael Laudrup:

  • Hugo Sanchez (Mexico/Almeria)
  • Lauren Blanc (France/Bordeaux)
  • Carlo Ancelotti (Italy/AC Milan)
  • Luciano Spalletti (Italy/AS Roma)
  • Manuel Pellegrini (Chile/Villarreal)
  • Michel (Spain/Getafe)
  • Arsene Wenger (France/Arsenal)


English Premier League Managers list (updated)

This is the latest list of EPL Managers:

Arsène Wenger (France), going to stay his contract until 2011

Aston Villa
Martin O’Neill (North Ireland), going to stay

Blackburn Rovers
Sam Allardyce (England), going to stay after saving the Rovers from relegation

Bolton Wanderers
Gary Megson (England), going to stay

Guus Hiddink (Holland), still have the cup final then he will leave his caretaker post back to Russia

David Moyes (Scotland), going to stay

Roy Hodgson (England), going to stay

Hull City
Phil Brown (England), not sure yet but avoiding relegation was a plus

Rafa Benítez (Spain), going to stay

Man City
Mark Hughes (wales), according to Cook he will stay

Man United
Alex Ferguson (Scotland), for sure the best manager is ever-green

Gareth Southgate (England), not clear yet but he want to remain and put them back to the top flight Premier League

Newcastle United
Alan Shearer (England), demand an overhaul after relegation the situation is not clear as the owner Ashely may sell the team

Paul Hart (England), ??

Stoke City
Tony Pulis (Wales), this season performance is plus for him

Ricky Sbragia (Scotland), resigned after saving them from relegation

Tottenham Hotspurs
Harry Redknapp (England), going to stay

West Brom Albion
Tony Mowbray (England), ??

West Ham United
Gianfranco Zola (Italy), going to stay he and steve clark is a winning team

Wigan Athletic
Steve Bruce (England), going to stay


Press Review: Best Managers in UK football

The online Independent football website publish an interesting article “The Ten Best Managers in British Football”


Click Here to read the original article


The ten best managers are:

  1. Sir Alex Ferguson (Scotland)
  2. Bob Paisley (England)
  3. Brian Clough (England)
  4. Sir Matt Busby (Scotland)
  5. Jock Stein (Scotland)
  6. Sir Alf Ramsey (England)
  7. Bill Shankly (Scotland)
  8. Arsene Wenger (France)
  9. Bill Nicholson (England)
  10. Jose Mourinho (Portugal)


Football Coaches or Managers and Leadership


So I’m a management student (B.S in Business & Management) and I love this field so much, and can’t help it not relating it to football managers or coaches.

The rule of coach or manager in Football (Soccer) differentiate for example in England the coach is a football coach and manager they have more responsibilities and more influence like players contracts and transfers and the holistic view from a football perspective this privileges in Spain and Italy doesn’t exist only on few cases.

I always see the coach or manager as a leader, during college I took Leadership course in that course we learnt that there are types of leaders (some leaders are heroes or teachers or rulers).

Alex Ferguson is a Ruler leader he don’t hesitate to kick any one out of his team (Nistelrooy – Kean – Hienze – Beckham) what ever their stalwart status for the team or for the fans because he is the master of this team no one should undermine his authority while Arsene Wenger is a Teacher for sure when we look his influence on his students (players) you can tell his role to educate his players with football basics and install his football view and methodology (Cesc or Denilson for example admire Wenger or their teacher so much), the Special One Mourinho is a Hero leader, he protect his troops (players) from the media, always ready to take the blame on his shoulders if anything goes wrong.

Fabio Capello I thinks is a Ruler leader type he is fearless man take decision despite the huge potential risk underlining there and can confront any dilemma with solid nerves.

Josep Guardiola fill in Hero leader type category he restore Catalonia pride always support his players and literally protect his players like the incident that happen during the Clasico game against Real Madrid at the Camp Nou 2008 December, Real Madrid players deliberately tackling Leo Messi and the flamboyant Pep stood up and shout toward the referee telling him: “if you will not protect Messi I will take him out of the game” I like that attitude from Pep.

Or according to the Leadership Behavior Theory, there are leadership styles:

  •  Autocratic
  • Democratic
  • Laissez-fair

This theory I’ll talk about later in another post. And try to apply it on Football managers.


Real Madrid hot seat…..anyone interested????




As the presidency election heating at the Santiago Bernabeu, with everybody sure that the Galacticos Maker Florentino Perez the charismatic and successful Real Estate corporate guru will be the next president for the Royal team Real Madrid.

But who will be the coach, manager, Entrenador, or whatever term you would like to use; the Madrid-base press love rumors and they are gifted of predicting or creating sagas. Marca is lining Arsene Wenger the French maestro of ever green policy with Arsenal while AS the other daily sports paper in Madrid puts the Italian Carlo Ancelotti as Perez preferable man to coach a squad full of super stars. Now the Special One Jose Mourinho name pops up to be third candidate for Real Madrid Entrenador post.

Juande Ramos chances to remain Real Madrid manager looks more and more slim, especially after the Clasico Tragedy against Barcelona, even if he did well against Barcelona, the way Real Madrid playing never been attractive and the Madridista keeps comparing their team with Barcelona perfection put his ability to make Real Madrid a winner and loveable performer is under severe doubts.

Also other candidates in the long list of this post two ex-teammates for Zidane who supposedly will have a managerial role with Perez, Didier Deschamps France Captain and Laurn Blanc the man who leading Bordeaux revolution at the French League.

Many Madridista faithful wish to have their Guardiola version at the white club, there are many former Madridista players who are managers or involve in the game these days: Hugo Sanchez, Fernando Hierro, Michel…etc.

Can you remember Schuster days? His tenure with Real Madrid ended badly with his famous declaration that beating Barcelona at the Camp Nou is impossible. The blond German is the latest ex-real Madrid player that tries his luck as Real Madrid coach with two trophies (one La Liga 2007-08 season and the Spanish Super Cup 2008).

Finally the next coach for Real Madrid will depend heavily on the new president and if Perez becomes the president could any top class manager handle his interference in football matters, I don’t think either Mourinho or Wenger will accept that while Ancelotti maybe as we know he worked under Adriano Galiani direct supervision.

For me Wenger arrival to Madrid will surprise me no will shock me, while Mourinho appointment as Real Madrid coach will surprise me, While Ancelotti option is the most reasonable choice for me, Carletto won two Champions League, worked with super stars, and can tolerate the President mood.



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