Top 10 nicknames of coaches, the best nicknames of the sidelines

Often funny, sometimes ridiculous, the affectionate little nickname is one of the most widespread practices in the world of sport (along with doping and post-match interviews where you don’t learn much). It starts with a selection of the best nicknames among football coaches, the evocative little label that the press loves.

1. The loco: Marcelo Bielsa

Between his herculean training sessions and his little consensual taste in clothing, Marcelo Bielsa has not usurped his reputation as a madman. Scolari and Guardiola are grateful to have been inspired by his unique ways of doing things, which probably make him one of the most iconic managers on the football planet.

2. La dèche: Didier Deschamps

A nickname which does not really restore the grandiose record of the man as a player, both in EDF and with Juve. His career as a coach does not have to make him blush either: a Champions League final, a double which allows OM to emerge from 17 years of drought, League Cups in spades, and a Cup of the world. So damn it, well, we don’t really understand.

3. The Special One: Jose Mourinho

Titles gleaned everywhere, extraordinary communication, journalists put back in their place every week: until his mixed freelance in Madrid and his return to Chelsea, José Mourinho led an idyllic career. After being fired like a mess by Abramovich following a nightmarish start to the season, then also fired from the Red Devils to go to Tottenham and finally to Roma. Here, the Portuguese divides and you will understand that he gave himself this nickname of course (small ego problem, but we won’t say anything).

4. The teacher: Arsene Wenger

With his shirt always well ironed and his impeccable brushing, the septuagenarian Arsène is nicknamed the professor across the Channel. After 22 years spent Arsenal he still deserves this little nickname, because it is thanks to him that Arsenal will participate in its first Champions League final in 2006. Except for this final, the rest of the international list remains a bit empty . The kind of teacher you love to chat with after class, but who is hard to take seriously.

5. The surveyor: Fabio Capello

After having spoken about his mathematical science of the pass as a player, the “geometer” Fabio Capello applied the same rigor as a coach: respect of schedules, meals of the players taken together, prohibition to use his mobile phone in outside his room… Which has not allowed him to shine as a coach for the moment, his only shadow on the board so far.

6. The Druid: Daniel Leclerq

With this inimitable sauerkraut on his head, Daniel Leclerq has played the great magicians several times for the Sang et Or, both as a player and a trainer. Not to be confused with Daniel Lauclair, another early receding hairline.

7. The pelican (or “the iron tulip”): Louis van Gaal

A coach so quick to freak out could only have nicknames to his measure, or rather to his excess. Louis van Gaal, the man who is capable of winning a league title with AZ Alkmaar but who is unable to win at United by spending 240 million, definitely cannot do anything like everyone else.

Unfortunately, Louis van Goal, who was to be coach of the Netherlands for the next World Cup, left his place due to health problems… we would have liked to see his excess in the service of the Netherlands, but we would have to wait a few more years .

8. The fireman on duty: Luis Fernandez

The one who is also called El Machote in Spain takes this nickname from his ability to straighten clubs adrift (we remember his precious rescues in Bilbao and Espanyol in the early 2000s). Unfortunately, Luis Fernandez did not prevent the relegation of the Stade de Reims to National in 2009, after taking over the team during the break. He can’t do miracles either, the Luis…

9. The engineer: Manuel Pellegrini

The current coach of Betis Sevilla has not usurped his nickname: Manuel Pellegrini did indeed obtain an engineering degree in 1979, alongside his playing career. This does not prevent him from getting confused regularly with the numbers, like this time when the Chilean left the first place of the group to Bayern in the Champions League while coaching Manchester City, having not grasped that he only needed a small goal at the Allianz Arena to achieve it… too bad for him, but fortunately we currently remember that he won the Copa del Rey with his club Betis Sevilla a few days ago, let’s try anyway to end on a high note.

10. The General: Ottmar Hitzfeld

But also “Gottmar”, to add a divine touch to the character. Sticking a military nickname to a not very smiling German coach is a bit easy, but we have to admit that the one who won the Champions League with Borussia de Chapuisat and Sammer in 1997, then a second victory with the Bayern of Oliver Kahn and Stephan Effenberg in 2001 is nothing like a hippie. It’s square, it’s clean, and it wins.

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