While having talented players is essential, having a good head coach is what can end up making the difference in soccer. Real Madrid is the best example. Despite having what many consider to be a limited squad, Los Blancos recently won La Liga and the UEFA Champions League.
Real Madrid didn’t win anything in the previous season. In other words, Carlo Ancelotti’s experience and wisdom made the difference.
Well, one month before the start of the top European leagues, there are still very good head coaches available. Some are even considered better than Ancelotti. The team that signs any of them will improve its soccer odds to win a league title considerably.
Zinedine Zidane was the favorite to replace Mauricio Pochettino at PSG, but he rejected the offer and the Parisians ended up signing Christophe Galtier. Rumor has it Zidane is waiting for an opportunity to manage France’s national team. Didier Deschamps would step aside after the 2022 World Cup.
However, there are several clubs interested in Zidane, including Juventus. The Frenchman played for the Vecchia Signora from 1996 to 2001, so it would be a nice reunion. It seems like Massimiliano Allegri will begin the season as the Bianconeri head coach, but a bad start could lead to his dismissal.
As head coach, Zidane led Real Madrid to three straight UCL titles. He also won La Liga twice.
Joachim Low was Germany’s head coach from 2006 to 2021. He stepped aside after the last edition of the European Championship, in which Die Mannschaft was eliminated by England in the Round of 16.
Low led the Germans to their fourth World Cup title in 2014. He also won the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2017 and led them to second place in the 2008 Euros. Summing up, he was in charge for 198 games and led Germany to victory in 124.
Fenerbahce (Turkey) tried to sign Low but failed to do so, as it’s understood the 62-year-old’s preference would be to work in Spain or England.
Also known as El Loco, Marcelo Bielsa led Leeds United back to the English Premier League after 16 years out of it. He also won the 2004 Summer Olympics with Argentina and led Athletic Bilbao to finish as the runners-up in the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Europa League in the 2011-12 season.
Bielsa, who is 66 years old, has been without a job since February, when he and Leeds parted ways after a streak of four consecutive losses in which the team conceded 17 goals. Bielsa’s methods are said to be radical, but they seem to give very good results.
Claudio Ranieri is the most experienced of the bunch. At 70 years old, the Italian is well known for leading Leicester City to the EPL title in the 2015-16 season. He also led AS Monaco back to Ligue 1 in the 2012-13 season.
He has been without a job since January. Watford sacked him following a run of poor results, which led them to the EPL relegation zone. Rumor has it he wants to return to Italy, where he already coached 10 different teams, including powerhouses such as Juventus and Inter Milan.