The 100 best coaches in history were selected. There are two coaches of the Polish national team. Polish national team

2023-09-27 09:02:00

The Polish national team has had three foreign coaches in its history – Leo Beenhakker, Paulo Sousa and Fernando Santos. There is no doubt that the first one is the best remembered. Beenhakker became the coach in 2006 and with the white and red team advanced to Euro 2008 in great style, beating Portugal 2-1 along the way and drawing with them away 2-2. Later, however, things got worse during the tournament itself – last place in the group – and in the qualifying rounds for the 2010 World Cup.

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Sousa also placed last in the group for Euro 2020 and left the national team before the play-offs for the World Cup in Qatar. The latest history includes six matches under the leadership of Fernando Santos, three of which were lost and the team parted ways with the Portuguese after less than nine months of work.

Two former coaches of the Polish national team appreciated by a well-known magazine. Beenhakker and Santos

At the same time, Beenhakker and Santos were enjoying a lot of success elsewhere. The Dutchman was, among others, coach of Real Madrid, with whom he won three Spanish championships. Fernando Santos, in turn, won the European Championship and the Nations League with Portugal. Their work was appreciated by “FourFourTwo” magazine, which placed them on the list of the 100 best trainers in history.

Beenhakker was placed 78th. “He was 23 years old when he took over SV Epe, which was relegated in his debut season. This audacious coach led Real Madrid twice, with whom he won three championships. He won the Eredivisie three times with two different clubs (Ajax Amsterdam and Feyenoord Rotterdam). Through He managed 19 different teams for 44 years. He led Trinidad and Tobago to their only qualification for the World Cup in 2006, and then Poland to the first Euro in their history in 2008,” we read in the justification.

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Fernando Santos was classified even higher, in 64th position. “He may have played second fiddle to Cristiano Ronaldo in the Euro 2016 final, but the unexpected winners were built in the image of their coach. His team also defeated the Netherlands in the Nations League, for which he used the strengths of his charismatic captain. In addition, the Portuguese championship with Porto, or the title of manager of the decade in the Greek league,” the magazine emphasized. However, there is no mention of an unsuccessful adventure in the Polish national team.

Short list of the best 100 coaches according to “FourFourTwo” magazine:

1. Alex Ferguson, 2. Rinus Michels, 3. Johan Cruyff, 4. Bill Shankly, 5. Pep Guardiola, 6. Arrigo Sacchi, 7. Matt Busby, 8. Helenio Herrera, 9. Ernst Happel, 10. Walery Łobanowski, (…) 64. Fernando Santos, 78. Leo Beenhacker.

The full list of coaches can be viewed here.

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