EURO 2024: Southgate, Deschamps, Rossi lead charge as 24 coaching titans prepare for battle

EURO 2024: Southgate, Deschamps, Rossi lead charge as 24 coaching titans prepare for battle

Festus Chuma 12:20 - 09.06.2024

Meet the strategic minds behind Euro 2024's 24 teams, each bringing unique tactics and rich histories to the European stage.

The UEFA European Championship 2024 is set to showcase not just Europe’s finest football talents but also its masterminds.

From seasoned tacticians to fresh faces, each coach brings a unique blend of strategy, experience, and passion to the tournament.

Here is a deeper look into the profiles of the 24 coaches leading their teams in this prestigious competition.

Group A

Julian Nagelsmann (Germany)

Julian Nagelsmann took over Germany's reins in 2023. Previously, he garnered attention at Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig, impressing with his high-pressing game and strategic nous.

His tenure at Bayern Munich cemented his reputation as a forward-thinking coach.

At just 36 years old, Nagelsmann represents the new wave of coaching, bringing fresh ideas and a dynamic approach to the German national team.

His challenge now is to blend a talented squad into a unified force capable of conquering Europe.

Steve Clarke (Scotland)

Since taking over Scotland in 2019, Clarke has revitalized the team's fortunes, leading them to consecutive European Championships for the first time.

Clarke's pragmatic approach often sees Scotland playing disciplined, defensively robust football, aiming to capitalize on counter-attacks.

His experience at various clubs, including Chelsea and Kilmarnock, has honed his ability to inspire underdog teams to punch above their weight.

Marco Rossi (Hungary)

Marco Rossi, an Italian disciplinarian, has been at Hungary's helm since 2018, known for instilling a gritty, organized play style.

Under his guidance, Hungary has defied expectations, notably at Euro 2021, where they held their own in a 'group of death.'

Rossi's background in Italian football is evident in his defensive tactics and the resilience his team displays against superior opposition.

His leadership will be crucial as Hungary aims to make a mark in a tough group.

Murat Yakin (Switzerland)

Murat Yakin's coaching career has been closely tied to his Swiss roots, managing several clubs in Switzerland before taking over the national team in 2021.

Known for his strategic acumen, Yakin guided Switzerland to the 2022 World Cup, showcasing his ability to maximize his squad's potential.

His experience as a former international player gives him valuable insights into managing in the international arena, where he blends tactical flexibility with a well-organized defensive setup.

Group B

Luis de la Fuente (Spain)

Since stepping up from Spain’s U21 squad in 2022, Luis de la Fuente has brought a rejuvenating energy to the senior team.

His tenure with the youth teams, highlighted by a Euro U21 title in 2019, was marked by success and dynamic football.

De la Fuente’s philosophy revolves around possession-based play and pressing high up the pitch, a continuation of the tiki-taka style that has defined Spanish football for generations.

Zlatko Dalić (Croatia)

Zlatko Dalić, the architect behind Croatia's remarkable run to the 2018 World Cup final, has proven his mettle on the global stage.

His tactical flexibility and ability to motivate his team have been key factors in Croatia's recent successes.

Dalić’s leadership shines through in high-pressure situations, a trait that will be invaluable in Europe’s top tournament.

Luciano Spalletti (Italy)

Luciano Spalletti took the reins of the Italian national team in 2023, bringing a wealth of experience from club football.

Known for his tactical creativity, Spalletti has managed top Italian sides, including Roma and Napoli, where he developed a reputation for reviving struggling teams and implementing aggressive attacking strategies.

Sylvinho (Albania)

Sylvinho, a former Brazilian international, ventured into European management with Lyon and now leads Albania.

His coaching style reflects his playing career—dynamic and bold. Albania under Sylvinho focuses on disciplined defending paired with quick transitions, aiming to surprise more established teams at the tournament.

Group C

Matjaz Kek (Slovenia)

Returning for his second stint with Slovenia, Matjaž Kek first made headlines by leading the team to the 2010 World Cup.

His tactical approach is characterized by robust defensive structures and efficient use of set pieces.

Kek's deep understanding of Slovenian football, combined with his international experience, makes him a pivotal figure in their Euro 2024 campaign.

Kasper Hjulmand (Denmark)

Kasper Hjulmand’s tenure with Denmark has been transformative, with the team reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2020.

His philosophy of progressive, attacking football has resonated well with the Danish squad, known for their disciplined setup and strong team ethic.

Hjulmand’s challenge at Euro 2024 is to go a step further and compete for the title.

Dragan Stojkovic (Serbia)

Dragan Stojkovic, a revered figure in Serbian and Yugoslav football, took over Serbia’s national team in 2021.

His experience in Asian club football has added a new dimension to his coaching, focusing on technical skill and strategic play.

Serbia under Stojković has embraced a more attacking style, aiming to leverage their strong offensive talents.

Gareth Southgate (England)

Gareth Southgate has been at the helm of the England team since 2016, guiding them to a World Cup semi-final and the Euro 2020 final.

His tenure has revitalized England’s international outlook, fostering a new era of young talents and a more inclusive team culture.

Southgate’s ability to handle media pressure and unite his team under a common goal has been instrumental in England’s resurgence on the international stage.

Group D

Ronald Koeman (Netherlands)

Ronald Koeman, a Dutch legend, returned to manage the Netherlands in 2023 after a stint with Barcelona.

His coaching philosophy emphasizes attacking football and utilizing the full potential of his versatile squad.

Koeman's challenge is to blend a mix of experienced internationals and promising youngsters into a cohesive unit capable of challenging for the title.

Didier Deschamps (France)

Didier Deschamps, a name synonymous with French football success, has led France since 2012.

Under his management, France has won the 2018 World Cup and reached the final of Euro 2016.

Deschamps' pragmatic approach to games, focusing on tactical flexibility and defensive solidity, has made France a formidable opponent in international football.

Michal Probierz (Poland)

Michal Probierz took over Poland's national team in 2023, bringing with him a reputation for promoting youth and tactical innovation.

His previous success in the Polish league has set high expectations for his tenure with the national team.

Probierz's challenge at Euro 2024 is to harness Poland's attacking potential and make a significant impact.

Ralf Rangnick (Austria)

Ralf Rangnick, often regarded as the pioneer of the gegenpressing tactic, has influenced modern football profoundly.

His approach to the game, focusing on intense pressing and quick transitions, has been implemented with success at various clubs in Germany.

Now with Austria, Rangnick aims to instill this energetic style into the national team, making them a tough opponent for any team at Euro 2024.

Group E

Serhiy Rebrov (Ukraine)

Serhiy Rebrov, once a prolific striker for Ukraine, has transitioned into a respected coach.

His tenure at Dynamo Kyiv showcased his ability to build teams that play aggressive, yet smart, football.

Taking over Ukraine's national team in 2023, Rebrov's challenge is to guide a nation disrupted by external circumstances, focusing on solidarity and national pride.

Francesco Calzona (Slovakia)

Francesco Calzona, an Italian with a background in tactical analysis, took over Slovakia's national team in 2022.

His approach combines disciplined defensive tactics with quick counter-attacks, aiming to exploit the weaknesses of stronger teams.

Calzona's experience in Italian football has prepared him for the tactical challenges of international tournaments.

Domenico Tedesco (Belgium)

Domenico Tedesco, known for his detailed tactical understanding and adaptability, took charge of Belgium in 2023.

With a reputation for revamping teams and instilling disciplined, strategic play, Tedesco's appointment is seen as a pivotal move to rejuvenate Belgium’s golden generation as they seek international glory.

Edward Iordanescu (Romania)

Edward Iordanescu, following in the footsteps of his famous father Anghel Iordănescu, has carved out his own path in Romanian football.

His managerial stints across Romania have been marked by tactical flexibility and a focus on youth development.

Leading Romania at Euro 2024, Iordănescu aims to build a team that can surprise and advance beyond expectations.

Group F

Roberto Martinez (Portugal)

After a successful tenure with Belgium, Roberto Martinez took over Portugal in 2023, bringing his experience and tactical acumen.

Known for his offensive-minded approach and excellent man-management skills, Martínez is tasked with blending Portugal’s veteran stars with emerging talents to forge a team capable of competing at the highest level.

Ivan Hasek (Czechia)

Ivan Hasek, a stalwart of Czech football both as a player and coach, brings a wealth of experience to Czechia's national team.

His coaching philosophy focuses on disciplined tactical setups and making the most of the team's collective strengths.

Hasek's deep understanding of Czech football culture will be crucial as he aims to lead Czechia to success in a competitive group.

Willy Sagnol (Georgia)

Willy Sagnol, a respected figure in French and German football, took on the challenge of leading Georgia in 2021.

Known for his tactical knowledge and ability to develop young players, Sagnol has guided Georgia to their first-ever European Championship.

His leadership and experience are seen as key factors in Georgia’s historic qualification.

Vincenzo Montella (Turkey)

Vincenzo Montella, celebrated for his playing career with Italy, has transitioned into a promising coaching career.

Taking charge of Turkey in 2023, Montella brings a fresh perspective, focusing on dynamic attacking football.

His challenge at Euro 2024 is to meld a talented squad into a cohesive unit that can realize its potential on Europe’s biggest stage.

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