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In this post, we will talk about the top 10 best football managers in the world in 2021.

Football is the only game where managers are equally popular as the players. This is something we have not seen in any of the sports around the world. Managing a football club is not a cup of coffee. It is one of the hardest jobs to do in football.

Nowadays, the success and the failure of the team affect the manager more while comparing it with the players. It takes full determination and powerful grit for a manager to help the team to reach the pinnacle of success.

The Football manager requires expertise to manage the team, developing the young talents, the strength to unite the team, and decisions making capabilities.

So it’s not easy to taste the success of being a manager and even harder to maintain it for a long time. We are combining stats and figures to make the top 10 lists for the best football managers in the world in 2021.

Let’s first discuss the other two football managers who are unable to make it to the top 10 list and then we discuss the top 10 best football managers in the world in 2021.

Honorable Mentions

1 Jose Mourinho

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Jose Mourinho is one of the most decorated football managers of all time. There is no doubt about his abilities in the managing team. However the ‘Special One’, unable to provide such influence during his tenure in Tottenham.

He was sacked by Tottenham in April. It might look like Tottenham has taken a quick step without looking at the influence of Mourinho in the history of the game.

Mourinho has won the UEFA Champions League with Porto. He quickly got the attention and started establishing himself as one of the best managers around the world.

That success earned him a move to England where he coached with Chelsea in 2004. He won two Premier League titles, a FA Cup, and two League Cups in his three seasons at the club.

Mourinho later joined the Italian club Inter Milan, where he won Serie A twice, including a European treble of Serie A, the Coppa Italia, and the UEFA Champions League in 2010, a first for an Italian club. 

In 2013, he entered La Liga with Real Madrid and won the league. The other clubs he managed in his career are Manchester United and Tottenham.

Currently, he is the coach of AS Roma and we rate Mourinho as one of the best football managers of all time. However, this man is unable to make the top 10 list of football managers in 2021.

2 Marcelo Bielsa

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Marcelo Bielsa is an Argentine professional football manager and the head coach of Premier League club Leeds United. Bielsa has completely transformed the game with his unique tactics and team management.

He has been an influential figure in the world of football. Bielsa has managed several football clubs and also the national teams of Argentina and Chile. Bielsa’s strategy and knowledge of the game make him one of the most influential football managers in the world of football.

Bielsa has done a remarkable job with Leeds united. He has uplifted the morale of the team and completely transformed the team into a match-winner. He is an attacking manager who wants to dominate on the field.

Currently, Leeds United is the club at which he has contributed the most time as a manager in his career. He will surely gonna change the fate of the club in the future.

Top 10 Best Football Managers In The World 2021

10 Brendan Rodgers

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Brendan Rodgers is one of the most exciting managers of football. He is the coach of Leicester City since 2019. Under his leadership, Leicester City won the FA Cup of 2020-21.

Before Leicester City, he managed Liverpool in June 2012, where he led the team to a runners-up position in the league in the 2013–14 season.

Later he became the manager of Celtic in May 2016 and led Celtic to an undefeated domestic season in his first year, and trebles in both of his first two seasons.

Under his guidance, Leicester has qualified for European football for two consecutive seasons. His works as the coach are admirable by many of the greats of the game. The most decorated manager in the history of the game is Sir Alex Ferguson who holds the record for most trophies(48).

9 Julian Nagelsmann

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Julian Nagelsmann is one of the youngest managers of his generation. He managed Hoffenheim when he was at an age of 30. Later he moved to RB Leipzig where he showed some excellent performance being a manager.

Under his leadership, RB Leipzig defeated the Spanish side Atlético Madrid 2–1 in the quarter-finals and sealed their spot in the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in their history.

Nagelsmann became the youngest coach in history to coach a side in the semi-finals. After outstanding results with them, On 27 April 2021, Bayern Munich named Nagelsmann as head coach on a five-year deal, effective from 1 July 2021, replacing Hansi Flick.

Bayern Munich has seen some of the greatest heights in world football under Hansi Flick. So there is a lot of work to do for Julian Nagelsamann to prove his worth at the club. He is number 9 in our list of top 10 best football managers in the world in 2021.

8 Mauricio Pochettino

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Mauricio Pochettino is one of the best coaches in football. He is an Argentine professional football manager and former player who is the current head coach of Ligue 1 top club Paris Saint-Germain.

Under his leadership, Tottenham became one of the best teams in the English Premier League. He led Spurs to their first-ever UEFA Champions League final back in 2018-19.

Without a doubt, there is a lot of expectation with him as everyone knows the capabilities of Pochettino. He has a lot to prove for the Paris-Saint Germain. He is number 8 in our list of top 10 best football managers in the world in 2021.

7 Zinedine Zidane

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Zinedine Zidane does not need any introduction in this list. Zidane has been one of the most successful Real Madrid managers ever in the history of the club. He is one of the greatest football managers in the world right now.

Zidane became the first coach to win the Champions League three times consecutively, won the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup twice each, as well as a La Liga title and a Supercopa de España.

His magical performance with the Real Madrid club helped him to be named Best FIFA Men’s Coach in 2017. He resigned in 2018 but later returned to the club as coach in 2019 and again won La Liga and Supercopa de España titles.

However, his failure at the club in the Champions League impacted him and later Zidane left Real Madrid for a new challenge. He has won a total of 11 trophies at Real Madrid. He is number 7 in our list of top 10 best football managers in the world in 2021.

6 Diego Simeone

It would not be wrong to say that Atletico Madrid’s success is greatly inspired by Diego Simeone. He completely transformed the club since he joined the club in 2011.

He helped the team to be a world-beater. Under his managerial appointment players like Griezmann, Saul, and Oblak became top-class players. That shows how skilled and capable Simeone is for the club. Currently, he is one of the best managers in Europe.

Simeone helped Atletico winning La Liga twice, the Copa del Rey, two UEFA Europa Leagues, two UEFA Super Cups, as well as being runner-up of the UEFA Champions League twice. Simeone is the longest-serving manager in La Liga, having been a part of the club for more than a decade now.

He is surely one of the most successful football managers in the world right now. He is number 6 in our list of top 10 best football managers in the world in 2021.

5 Antonio Conte

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Antonio Conte’s masterclass in Inter Milan again shows why he is one of the best managers in the world. He rebuilt the club and helped to win the Serie A title, beating the likes and dominance of Juventus.

Inter Milan ended the club’s 11 years drought. He also helped Inter to reach the UEFA Europa League final but eventually lost the final against Sevilla. 

He managed Juventus in 2011 and won three consecutive Serie A titles. Later he took a charge of Chelsea and led the club to the Premier League title in the very first season in charge.

Antonio Conte took over Inter Milan in the year 2019 and after that, he never looked back. Under Antonio Conte’s leadership, Inter Milan breaks the Nine Consecutive years winning streak of the Juventus team.

4 Jurgen Klopp

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Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool is still a better love story than Twilight. He is a person behind the immense success at the club. He took the managerial role in 2015 and since then he completely transformed the club into one of the best in Europe.

During his reign at the club, Liverpool succeeded to win the Premier League and Champions League. He ended the Liverpool title drought of 30 years. This is something Klopp would be proud of. 

Klopp won the UEFA Super Cup and Liverpool’s first FIFA Club World Cup, before giving Liverpool’s first Premier League title. He also won back-to-back FIFA Coach of the Year awards in 2019 and 2020.

Klopp is known for the Gegenpressing style of play where the team, attempts to win back the possession after losing possession. Jurgen Klopp is number 4 in our list of top 10 best football managers in the world in 2021.

3 Hansi Flick

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Hansi Flick is the top-rated manager in the world right now. Since taking the role of manager for Bayern Munich, he completely changed the performance of the club.

The club that is struggling in the domestic league came out as a show stopper in European Championships. In his two seasons at Bayern Munich, he helped the club in winning two Bundesliga titles, one UEFA Champions League, DFB-Pokal, DFL-Supercup, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup.

During his management, Bayern Munich completely dominated world football. In 2021, the magic continues and he led the side to a FIFA Club World Cup and another Bundesliga title. The flick is set to replace Löw as the head coach of the German national team after the Euros.

Under Hansi Flick, Bayern Munich becomes one of the most successful teams in the last two years. No team has won more trophies than Bayern Munich since Flick was appointed as a coach for Bayern. Hansi Flick is number 3 in our list of top 10 best football managers in the world in 2021.

2 Thomas Tuchel

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The German coach and Champions League, a completely astonishing combination. The interesting fact is that the last three Champions League-winning club is managed by the German coach.

Hansi Flick, Klopp, and now Thomas Tuchel, all have dominated Europe in their respective years. Tuchel has completely transformed Chelsea. When he joined Chelsea, the club was hitting the rock bottom in 10th position in the league.

Under his leadership, Chelsea was able to secure his place at the next Champions League. Chelsea finished the season at 4th position and won the UEFA Champions League in 2021.  

He was hired by French club Paris Saint-Germain in 2018, where he helped the club to win two league titles, including a domestic quadruple in his second season, and managed the club to its first UEFA Champions League final.

Tuchel already showed his managing skills at Paris-Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund, while at Chelsea he is on completely next level. He is number 2 in our list of top 10 best football managers in the world in 2021.

1 Pep Guardiola

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Pep Guardiola is the mastermind of football. His tactics, his way of reading the game are completely different than other managers. He is one of the best football managers in the world currently with 31 trophies. Guardiola is just behind Sir Alex Ferguson and Mircea Lucescu in terms of trophy count.

He holds the record for the most consecutive league games won in La Liga, the Bundesliga, and the Premier League. Guardiola has managed some of the big clubs like Barcelona and Bayern Munich as well.

In his first season as the first team manager, he led Barcelona to the treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey, and the UEFA Champions League. The achievements made Guardiola the youngest manager to win the aforementioned European competition.

Manchester City completely dominated English football and won three league titles in his 4 years at the club. The underdog (Manchester City) now showing the world who is the boss.

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