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More than 90% of professional football coaches and managers were footballers. Some were even legends during and after their playing careers as footballers for both club and country.
A list comprising the best 11 (current and active) managers that will start a first team match according to their respective position was put together by skores.
In this list, Wolverhampton Coach, Nuno Espírito Santo will start in goal as the first choice goalkeepper. The 46-year-old is a Portuguese ex-football goalkeeper who represented the following clubs during his playing days. They are - FC Porto, Dynamo Moscow, Alaves and Deportivo de La Coruna respectively.
Nuno Espírito Santo as a Goalkeeper
The back three on this list fearures Netherland's coach, Ronald Koeman at the central defence, England's Gareth Southgate at left back and Liverpool's Jurgen klopp at right back respectively.
Ronald Koeman as a Player
Gareth Southgate represented the English National Team. At club level, he played for Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough during his playing days as an active footballer.
Gary Southgate as a player
Recall that the 52-year-old hardworking Jurgen klopp began his career as a forward, a position which he didn't flourish before his eventual deployment to the right back position; where he successfully made his mark as an active football player.
Jurgen Klopp as a player
The defensive midfielders consists of two great coaches with a distinct tactical football style. They are Manchester City's Pep Guardiola and Inter Milan's Antonio Conte.
Antonio Conte as a player
The 49-year-old Guardiola played for the Spanish football team. At club level, he represented Barcelona, A.S Roma, Al- Alhi and Brescia respectively.
Pep Guardiola as a Player
The central and attacking midfield position is where we have the coaches who made themselves legendary during their playing days. In fact, they were nominated as the best football player of the world at one time. They include Frank Lampard of Chelsea, Steven Gerrard of Rangers and Zinedine Zidane of Real Madrid.
Lampard, a legend at Chelsea occupies the role of a left winger while Steven Gerrard, another legend at Liverpool Football Club plays at the right midfield position. Both English players won the prestigious European Champions League with Chelsea and Liverpool respectively.
Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard as Players
Three time ballon d'or winner, Zinedine Zidane comfortably sits as the midfield's anchor and director. He is arguably one of the greatest 10 of all time. He deservedly won the World Cup, European Cup and the Champions league as a player. During his first phase as the Real Madrid head coach, he won the Champions League three times consecutively, a feat achieved only by him in football's history (and yet to be broken). Zidane scored two goals for France during a World Cup final match against Brazil in 1998. France won the match by a scoreline of 3-0.
Zinedine Zidane as a Player
The striking roles sees Manchester United's coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and coach of Montreal Impact (in MLS, USA), Theirry Henry lead the attack. The baby-faced Solskjaer played for Manchester during his playing days at the Old Trafford and was significant to Manchester United's Treble in the 1999 season when Sir Alex Ferguson was the coach. They won the Champions League, English Premier League and FA Cup respectively in that year.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as a Player
Theirry Henry, a king in Arsenal during his playing days was a vital part of the invincibles that made history in the Premier League by winning it without losing any Premier League match. During his time with the Gunners, he scored for fun and at one time got tired of celebrating his goals. He left Arsenal for Spanish giants, Barcelona.
Theirry Henry as a Player
The following coaches will start from the bench:
Diego Simeone (Athletico Madrid)
Patrick Viera (Nice)
Mikel Arteta (Arsenal)
Carlo Ancelotti (Everton)
Filipo Inzaghi (Lazio)
Genaro Gatuso (Napoli)
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