Vicente del Bosque
Vicente del Bosque was a manager to the talents. Not many people could take control of a group of big egos and lead them with such composure. Besides one short time with Turkish club Beşiktaş, he has spent all of his managerial career with Real Madrid and Spain club.
He won two league titles and two Champions Leagues with Real Madrid with a star team of Zinédine Zidane, Luis Figo and Ronaldo which makes it hard not to win. However, little knows that Real had significant issues regarding the team’s balance.
He also contributed to Aragonés’ 2008 European Championship win, taking Spain to the same title in 2012 and a first-ever World Cup triumph.
It is hard to be the Real Madrid manager’s position – even the most talented ones have been sacked. Thus it speaks something extraordinary about Miguel Muñoz’s quality and consistency being the club’s longest serving coach.
Between 1960 and 1974 he was managers of Los Blancos, winning 9 Spanish titles, an achievement more than any other managers has achieved. Muñoz also contributed to the club’s tradition of winning European Cups, during the period between 1960 and 1966. On top of all that, he helped the club to win one Intercontinental Cup and two Spanish cups.
While he had a team of talent at his disposal, Muñoz was a tough manager who kicked Di Stéfano from the team in 1964. Although he couldn’t win silverware with Granada, Sevilla and Las Palmas, he did get to the final of the 1984 European Championships in France.
The football played by Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona is hard to forget. His decision to move Messi inside and have him play as a false nine; his promotion and deployment of Sergio Busquets in as deep-lying midfielder; his re-signing and nurturing of Gerard Piqué from Manchester United and many others have shaped arguably the greatest football club in history.