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The Managers who are changing the world of Football
With the fast approaching FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019, the world prepares to witness the greatest game with utmost ferocity, where it’s not just the skill of the players put to test, but also the dexterity of the most prominent managers of the top ranked teams in the world. So here, we have listed the world-renowned managers who are most likely taking their team to the pinnacle.
Jillian Anne Ellis (USA) – More commonly known by the name ‘Jill Ellis’, has been instrumental in the US team’s Gold win at the 2012 Olympics and the World Cup win in 2015 against Japan, where she was honoured as the 2015 FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Football. Ellis’ role as the Head Coach of the United States women’s national soccer team since 2014, has led the team into qualifying the 2016 Olympics, along with several wins in international friendlies in the following years, she has been the driving force of the USA team with avid coaching experience. What awaits now is whether the US team would be able to reconquer the World Cup in 2019 again or not.
Martina Voss-Tecklenburg (Germany) – Martina Voss-Tecklenburg is a former German football midfielder, with an international career spanning over three FIFA Women’s World Cup (1991, 1995, 1999), one Olympiad (1996) and 5 UEFA Women’s Championship (1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997) as a player. In her coaching career, she led FCR 2001 Duisburg to win the UEFA Women’s Cup in 2009 and two national cups in 2009 and 2010. She began coaching the German National team as the head coach, post their qualification into the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualification. Given her all-encompassing skill and on field knowledge, football fanatics across the globe shall wait to see if she can lead them to win the 2019 cup with the previous win being over a decade back.
Corinne Diacre (France) – A former French professional football coach and football defender, she is the first woman to coach a men’s professional football team (Clermont Foot). With a career spanning over a decade, she represented her country in the 2003 World Cup and thrice in the European Championships (1997, 2001, 2005), serving as the team’s captain. Following Clement Foot, she became the head coach of the French Women’s National Team in 2017. Having a glorious sporting and coaching career, she has lead the team successfully through the qualifying rounds, whether the team will win their first ever World Cup or not remains a question yet to be answered.
Philip John Neville (England) – A former Manchester United player for ten years, with six Premier League titles, three FA Cups, three FA Charity Shields, the Intercontinental Cup and the Champions League, and been a part of the team of England representing the nation at three European Championships, Neville has a plethora of accolades to his name. Extremely versatile as a player, he played in a range of different positions throughout his career, having positioned as the defence or midfielder, but most commonly operated as a full-back. Neville also holds coaching experience as an assistant coach with some of the world’s best teams since 2012, namely the team U-21 team of England, Manchester United, and La Liga side Valencia. In 2018, he took on the role of the head coach as a first for him for the England women’s national team, leading them to win the 2019 SheBelieves Cup, moving forward to the team qualifying into the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019.
Kenneth Heiner-Møller (Canada) – Kenneth is a former professional football player, and Danish football manager of the Danish Women’s National team. With the Canadian Women’s National Soccer team achieving prominence following the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and making their mark in the 2008 Olympics, the team has shown its mettle. Heiner-Moller now holds the opportunity to lead the team into the finals and maybe grab their first ever World Cup.
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