Top 7 Football Coaches of the Decade

At the beginning of this week FIFA, along with Ballon D’Or, had their annual “European Footballer of the Year” ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland, an again (as in 2009) this award went to Leonel Messi (Argentina / FC Barcelona). But this time there was something new:  for the first time they gave the award for the best coach in 2010, and this prize went to Jose Mourinho, after leading Inter Milan to the European Champions League title, beating Vicente del Bosque of World Cup champion Spain and Pep Guardiola of Spanish champion Barcelona in the inaugural prize.

This event would made us believe that Mourinho, after all the trophies he already has in only ten years, would be consider Coach of the Decade but, according to the IFFHS (International Federation of Football History & Statistics), this prize belongs to someone else. Lets check who is in the Top 7 Football Coaches of the Decade:

1. Arsène Wenger

Points: 156

Country: France

Date of birth: October 22, 1949

Club: Arsenal

2. Sir Alex Ferguson

Points: 148

Country: UK

Date of birth: December 31, 1941

Club: Manchester United

3. José Mourinho

Points: 135

Country: Portugal

Date of birth: January 26, 1963

Club: FC Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid

4. Fabio Capello

Points: 120

Country: Italy

Date of birth: June 18, 1946

Club / Country: Roma, Juventus, Real Madrid / England

5. Guus Hiddink

Points: 112

Country: Nederland

Date of birth: November 8, 1946

Club / Country: Real Betis, Chelsea / South Korea, Australia, Russia, Turkey

6. Carlo Anceloti

Points: 108

Country: Italy

Date of birth: June 10, 1959

Club: Milan, Chelsea

7. Luiz Felipe Scolari (tie)

Points: 101

Country: Brazil

Date of birth: November 9, 1948

Club / Country: Chelsea, Bunyodkor, Palmeiras / Brazil, Portugal

7. Marcelo Alberto Bielsa (tie)

Points: 101

Country: Argentina

Date of birth: July 21, 1955

Country: Argentina, Chile

Since this post refers only to the last decade, I’m only including in “Club / Country” only the Clubs and/or Countries teams these gentlemen worked with in the last ten years.

Source: IFFHS

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