Soccer World Cup

Ranking the Top 10 Managers of the 2014 World Cup

Best Managers of the 2014 World Cup

2014 World Cup Best Managers
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The attention in Brazil at the 2014 World Cup will be on the players. However, the managers play a significant role in their team's success. Ultimately it comes down to the play on the field, but it is up to the manager to make the decision about that impact sub or game plan for their opponent by switching formations. The following managers give their teams a good chance to advance out of the group stage or more.

10. Niko Kovac - Croatia

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10. Niko Kovac - Croatia

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Kovac is the least experienced coach in the entire field, but Croatia fans have fully backed him. Kovac was the captain for a Croatia team that beat England in Wembley in 2007. He had a flawless record with the Croatia U21 squad and made his way to the big squad. He has to deal with injuries already, namely to Nico Kranjcar, but this could be his breakout moment as a manager.

9. Jurgen Klinsmann - U.S.

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9. Jurgen Klinsmann - U.S.

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Say what you will about Klinsmann, but he has a definite plan. Obviously he made some controversial personnel decisions lately, but taking the USMNT to their best winning streak last year was the foundation for a four-year contract extension. Now he has to prove that his roster decisions were the right choices.

8. Safet Susic - Bosnia-Herzegovina

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8. Safet Susic - Bosnia-Herzegovina

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The former Bosnian attacking midfielder is considered by many to be the best player ever from the country. He made his coaching debut in 1994 for Cannes and has an impressive 34-15-25 all-time record as a manager. He got his team to their first World Cup since gaining independence from Yugoslavia in March of 1992.

7. Marc Wilmots - Belgium

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7. Marc Wilmots - Belgium

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Wiilmots is Belgium's leading World Cup scorer, but it is his coaching that has aided his team to be a media darling before the tournament begins. Many have said his best quality as a coach is being able to walk the line of discipline while maintaining tight relationships with his players. He has given his team confidence.

6. Fernando Santos - Greece

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6. Fernando Santos - Greece

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Santos has instilled defense as the most important part of the game for Greece. In qualifying Greece had eight clean sheets and did not concede a goal at home. Santos has somehow stepped up that defensive effort while creating a more fluid offensive squad by taking advantage of any slip up by the opposition. The former Portuguese player and engineer by trade has coached over 750 matches.

5. Fabio Capello - Russia

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5. Fabio Capello - Russia

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Capello had a rough go at the 2010 World Cup. However, he has learned from the mistakes with a first step being a more luxurious and comforting training ground in Brazil. He dictated everything, including the length of the grass on training grounds in 2010. Now he is focused on giving more to the Russia team and getting out of the group. Capello has a career 57 percent winning percentage.

4. Jorge Sampaoli - Chile

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4. Jorge Sampaoli - Chile

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Sampaoli has been a mystery to the media offering differing opinions on Chile's chances in Brazil. However, his players say he has given them confidence and believes in them. He emphasizes the team's ability to score and to hit the perfect pass. Sampaoli replaced the iconic Marcelo Bielsa and his first action as manager was to speak in person with his key players. Chile went on to take 16 points out of a possible 21 in qualifying.

3. Louis van Gaal - Netherlands

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3. Louis van Gaal - Netherlands

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Van Gaal will take over at Manchester United when the World Cup ends. He is a no nonsense manager who is feisty with the media. Van Gaal emphasizes discipline in all facets of the game. He asks his players to address him formally and has been described as ruthless. His demeanor has taken him to a 61 percent winning percentage.

2. Luis Felipe Scolari - Brazil

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2. Luis Felipe Scolari - Brazil

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The host nation must have a manager who can withstand the pressure from fans and media scrutiny. To show his confidence in his squad, Scolari was the first to release his final 23-man roster. Players say that Scolari has them relaxed and ready despite the high pressure situation. He has a defined system and playing philosophy that has led Brazil to 13 wins out of 14 matches and an average of three goals per game.

1. Vicente Del Bosque - Spain

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1. Vicente Del Bosque - Spain

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After a coaching hiatus, Del Bosque took over the Spain team in 2008 and has coached them to a 69-8-8 record. He set a world football record by winning his first 10 games as a national team coach. He led Spain to their first ever World Cup title in 2010 and followed that up with a Euro 2012 championship. The track record with Spain speaks for itself.