These coaches will lead some of the biggest nations in European football at the extravaganza.
Europe’s biggest teams and best players will take centre stage when Euro 2020 begins. Players and coaches of all teams will aim to lift the title and bring glory to their nations at the quadrennial tournament.
The competition promises to be an exciting spectacle with the best players and coaches on the continent coming together to contest for the European Championship. The tournament will be telecast live in over 150 countries this year.
Let’s take a look at the top five high-profile managers who will be leading their respective nations in the tournament:
5. Roberto Mancini (Italy)
Mancini enjoyed a distinguished career as a player. He won Serie A twice and the Coppa Italia six times as a player with Sampdoria and Lazio.
As a manager, Mancini enjoyed his best tenure at Inter Milan. He won three successive Serie A titles with the Nerazzurri along with two Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana trophies respectively. The 56-year-old also led Manchester City to their first-ever Premier League title in dramatic fashion in 2011-12. He had lifted the FA Cup the season before.
He possesses an enviable record with the Azzurri having lost just two games. The former Inter boss has the best record of his managerial career with the Italian national team and will look to add to that at Euro 2020. A lot of eyes will be on Mancini’s team in their quest to erase the ignominy of missing out on the 2018 World Cup.
4. Fernando Santos (Portugal)
One of the most recognizable national team coaches in the world, the 66-year old led his nation to their first-ever international title when they won the previous crown five years ago.
Santos also led Portugal to the inaugural UEFA Nations League and a third-place finish in the 2017 Confederations Cup. At club level, Santos won the Primeira Liga with Porto and the 2001-02 Greek Football Cup with AEK Athens. He was named the IFFHS’ Best National Team Coach in 2016 and 2019.
Now, in his fifth major tournament as the Portugal boss, he would hope to retain the title. But, his side face a herculean task to qualify from a group that contains Germany and world champions France.
3. Luis Enrique (Spain)
The former Barcelona manager will be in his first major tournament as Spain boss. Enrique will be looking to make a mark for his nation, having won it all at club level.
Luis Enrique enjoyed a distinguished playing career, representing both Real Madrid and Barcelona. He then managed Barcelona and led the Blaugrana to two La Liga titles, three Copa del Reys and the UEFA Champions League in 2014-15, completing a treble that season.
Enrique has selected a young and hungry squad looking to make a mark in the tournament. He has a squad filled with youth and experience, which can take them deep in the tournament. The 2008 and 2012 winners would hope to go the distance, having seen their time at the 2018 World Cup come to an abrupt end.
2. Joachim Loew (Germany)
The longest-serving manager in international football history, Joachim Loew is in his 15th year as Germany manager. However, his association with Die Mannschaft started in 2005, when he became the assistant to then manager Jurgen Klinsmann.
Loew assumed the role after the 2006 World Cup. He led Germany to the semi-finals of the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Euros. He also led them to the semi-final of the 2010 World Cup, before winning the biggest prize in football four years later. The 2018 World Cup though ended in ignominy, as Germany crashed out at the group stage. Therefore, the former Stuttgart manager will be looking to make things right this time.
Loew is in his final tournament as Germany boss after announcing his resignation from the post the tournament. He will hope to exit with the only title he hasn’t yet lifted with his side.
1. Didier Deschamps (France)
Deschamps has a bulging trophy cabinet as a player and as a manager. As a player, he lifted the Champions League title with both Marseille (1992-93) and Juventus (1995-96). He won the World Cup in 1998 and the European Championship two years later, both as the captain of France.
Deschamps assumed the role of France’s manager after their Euro 2012 campaign. He achieved the distinction of being only the third person to win the World Cup both as a player and as a manager, when in 2018 he led Les Bleus to the World Cup.
The 52-year-old and his side will be looking to avenge their defeat in the last edition’s final against Portugal. A Euro title could make him the first and only person to win both the World Cup and the European Championship as a player and manager.