Top 10 Best Football Coaches in The 21st Century

Best Football Coaches: Working as a football coach at first glance seems simple, but in fact, managing any team, even the strongest in the world, is very, very difficult. To do this, you need to be well prepared tactically, be able to work with players individually and in a team, and also, in a sense, be a psychologist. 

A good mentor is considered not only the one who won many trophies with the club but also the one who helped the players realize their potential and make big stars out of them. It would be wrong to choose the best coach based only on the titles he won, although, perhaps, this is the most objective criterion for their evaluation.

Best Football Coaches in The World 2022

Today we bring to your attention a list of the top 10 football coaches of the 21st century. The rating was compiled by the editors of the website

10. Mircea Lucescu

Full name Mircea Lucescu
Position(s) Winger
Current team Dynamo Kyiv (manager)
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The Romanian coach managed the Ukrainian Shakhtar from 2004 to 2016, and during this period made the team a huge force in European football. Lesko won 24 trophies with the Pitmen, including the UEFA Cup in 2009. He also led Shakhtar to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League in 2011. 

In addition to Shakhtar, Mircea coached the Russian Zenit. With St. Petersburg, he did not work long and won only 1 Cup of Russia. The next job of the Romanian coach was the national team of Turkey.

9. Claudio Ranieri

Full name Claudio Ranieri
Position(s) Defender
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The Italian specialist took 9th place in this rating, to a greater extent, for one reason – he won the English Premier League. It would seem that there is nothing supernatural in this, but if you look at the team with which he performed this miracle, then Ranieri can be considered one of the greatest coaches in the history of football.

Ranieri got his main victory as a coach in the 2015/16 season. Then he coached the modest Leicester City, which played in the Championship just a few years ago. In this club, there were no big stars of the level, Ronaldo, Neymar, or Iniesta.

However, Claudio Ranieri’s detachment, consisting of ordinary football players, performed a real miracle when they did not leave a single chance for the giants of the Premier League, and as a result, won the gold medals of the championship.

This happens once every 100 years. Ranieri did something fantastic. Now his team is set as an example in many world championships. This is the greatest manager who gave a real fairy tale to Leicester fans in the 2015-2016 season.

8. Jurgen Klopp

Full name Jürgen Norbert Klopp
Position(s) StrikerRight-back
Current team Liverpool (manager)
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Klopp earned the greatest fame in Europe with Borussia Dortmund. He won the Bundesliga twice with the team (2011, 2012) and also won the German Cup (2012). This specialist put together a powerful squad, which at one time gave battle to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga and other eminent rivals from Europe. 

He made an excellent team of “bumblebees”, correctly lining up all the lines. In 2012, Borussia D went on a 28-match unbeaten streak, and in 2013 reached the Champions League final. Now Jurgen Klopp is coaching the English Liverpool, but the Merseysiders have not yet led to big victories.

7. Diego Simeone

Full name Diego Pablo Simeone González
Position(s) Midfielder
Current team Atlético Madrid (manager)
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Before moving to Madrid and becoming Atlético coach, Simeone won two championships in his native Argentina. In 2012, Diego won the UEFA Europa League with the Mattresses, and later this year he celebrated with the team the victory in the UEFA Super Cup. In 2013, Simeone’s club won the Copa del Rey, followed by his biggest achievement as a Mattresses captain.

In the beginning, the Argentine led Atlético to victory in La Liga, leaving behind the two giants of Spanish football: Barcelona and Real Madrid. The next success of Diego Simeone was the entry of his club into the Champions League final, which, as a result, was lost to Real Madrid. 

Two years after the defeat in the final of the most prestigious club tournament in Europe, his team again ended up in the final, but once again lost, all to the same Real Madrid.

6. Arsene Wenger

Full name Arsène Charles Ernest Wenger
Position(s) Midfielder
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During his time at Arsenal, Wenger consistently adhered to an attacking style of play. He was often criticized for trusting a place in the roster of young inexperienced players and not wanting to replenish the club with big established football stars. 

However, at the beginning of the 3rd millennium, his club won 3 Premier League titles and reached the Champions League final. Also, for the entire period of work with the London Gunners, the Frenchman won 7 FA Cups. In the 2003-2004 season, his guys had a fantastic season in the Premier League, without losing a single match. Such a person as Arsene Wenger deserves to be in this rating.

5. Vicente Del Bosque

Full name Vicente del Bosque González
Position(s) Defensive midfielder
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Unlike the other representatives of the rating, Del Bosque has reached considerable heights not only at the club level but also at the national team level. Everyone remembers how, under his leadership, the Spanish national team dominated the international arena.

Vicente continued the victorious path of the team of Luis Aragones, and in 2010 he led Furia Roja to victory in the World Cup, and in 2012 to victory in the European Championship.

Vicente Del Bosque is the only person who, as a head coach, managed to win the European Championship, the World Cup, and the Champions League. He also won La Liga, the Spanish Super Cup, the European Super Cup, and the Intercontinental Cup.

4. Antonio Conte

Full name Antonio Conte
Position(s) Midfielder
Current team Tottenham Hotspur (head coach)
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Conte is a tactician. He pays a lot of attention to this or that formation before matches with opponents of various levels. He loves versatile players who clearly follow his instructions. In the 2011/12 season, the coach became the champion of Serie A with Juventus Turin, while not suffering a single defeat. 

Over the next 3 years, Antonio certainly won the Serie A title, and then began to lead the Italian national team. With “Skuadra Adhurra” things did not go well for the mentor. He was eliminated from the team in the 1/4 finals of Euro 2016 and then retired.

Then Antonio Conte was invited to manage the London Chelsea. With the “aristocrats” the Italian spent a brilliant season, scoring a record 30 victories, and also becoming the champion of the Premier League. Undoubtedly, Conte is one of the greatest managers of our time.

3. Jose Mourinho

Full name José Mário dos Santos Mourinho Félix
Position(s) Midfielder
Current team Roma (head coach)
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All the clubs that the Portuguese have worked with have always had a solid defensive line. He preferred to have physically hardy players in his squad, and also did not refuse technical persons with excellent dribbling. During his career, Mourinho has worked at Porto, Inter, Chelsea, and Real Madrid. Now the “special” is the head coach of Manchester United.

The Portuguese has won 2 Champions League titles with Porto and Inter. After an unsuccessful second term at London’s Chelsea, José signed for Manchester United, with whom he won the Europa League.

2. Carlo Ancelotti

Full name Carlo Ancelotti
Position(s) Midfielder
Current team Real Madrid (manager)
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In the 21st century, Carlo Ancelotti is the only current manager to have won the UEFA Champions League 3 times. Twice the Italians won the Champions League with AC Milan (2003, 2007) and once with Real Madrid. 

This mentor has worked with many well-known European teams, with which he won many trophies at various levels. By the way, Carlo Ancelotti is one of the 20 most titled football coaches on the planet.

1. Josep Guardiola

Full name Josep Guardiola Sala
Position(s) Defensive midfielder
Current team Manchester City (manager)
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After an outstanding career as a football player, Guardiola took up coaching, and already in 2008 led the first team of Barcelona. The mentor made radical changes in the team, using risky strategies to achieve success, which, in the end, fully justified themselves. In total, over 4 years of work in the Catalan team, Pep won 14 titles, including two Champions League cups.

In 2013, the Spaniard became the head coach of Bayern Munich. In this club, Guardiola worked for 3 years and managed to win 7 trophies. Today the manager coaches English Manchester City. Good funding from the club’s owners allows the Spanish mentor to acquire many star players in order to make MS the strongest club in the world.

While Josep has not worked in England for two years, well-known football experts from all over the world are already actively discussing his activities. Guardiola proved that the style of play that is characteristic of the Spanish national team and the Catalan “Barcelona” called “tiki-taka” can even be used in the strongest World League on the planet. This is a brilliant coach, strategist, tactician, and innovator.

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