European Championships – Great Managers

Terry Venables – England – Euro 96

Terry Venables was installed England manager during the latter stages of 1993, following Graham Taylor’s resignation as England manager. England did not have to qualify for Euro 96 as they were the competition’s host. Venables prepared the English during many friendly matches. After only being defeated in one of their friendlies against Brazil, England were in fantastic form during Euro 96, and great tactical insights were one of the main reasons. England had famous victories over Scotland and Holland and were unlucky to miss out on the final when they lost on penalties against Germany. He unfortunalty left England after the finals too much of the disappointment of the English fans as he was certainly one of England’s most successful managers. He was manager at Barcelona between 1984- 1987 and later on managed Tottenham Hotspur in the late 80’s and early 90’s, a team including the likes of Paul Gascoigne, Gary Lineker and Terry Fenwick. In 2000 he was Bryan Robson’s assistant manager helping Middlesbrough to survival in the premiership. He also had a short spell managing Leeds in 2003.

Berti Vogts – Germany -  Euro 92, Euro 96

In the summer of 1990, Vogts was appointed as Beckenbauer's successor for the West German manager’s role. He got off to a rocky start with the German’s as they struggled to beat Luxembourg and lost to Wales whilst scraping to qualify for Euro 92. He led them to the final of Euro 92, where they surprisingly lost to Denmark. Four years later, the German’s were in emphatic form during Euro 96 and Berti Vogts led them to the final beating Czech Republic 2-1. He also managed the German’s in the 1994 and 1998 world cup finals where on both occasions they reached the quarter finals. He was manager of Bayern Leverkusen in 2000 and followed that on managing the Kuwait national football team. Vogts had his most unsuccessful spell as manager whilst managing Scotland. They suffered home defeats to Hungary and Norway and drew with European minnows the Faroe Islands. His final match as manager produced a disappointing draw to Moldova.


Roger Lemerre – France – Euro 2000

The master that lied behind the French’s triumph of Euro 2000 was Roger Lemerre. He assisted manager Aimee Jacquet during the 1998 world cup finals and took over after. He helped the French qualify in emphatic style and guided them through an excellent performance. After leaving his post as manager of France he was installed manager of the Tunisian national team and the effect was immediate, he helped them win the African nations cup in 2004. He helped the Tunisians progress into the World cup finals of 2006.


Otto Rehhagel – Greece – Euro 2004

Many people in Greece nickname him ‘King Otto,’ he helped Greece convincingly qualify for Euro 2004 ahead of Spain and Ukraine in their qualifying group. Rehhagel adopted a defensive type of play during the competition and the response was immediate beating host Portugal 1-0 in their opening match. As rank outsider nobody fancied Greece to progress far, however to everybody’s surprise they met France in the quarter finals, disposing them 1-0 in extra time, the dream looked like reality as they best the much fancied Czech Republic in the semi-finals. His tactics for the final against Portugal was to use his energetic midfielders to tire the opposition, which in truth worked. He was heavily considered for the German manager’s vacancy in the summer of 2004, however he opted to stay with the European Champions, and they were unlucky not to qualify from a tough World cup 2006 qualifying group.


Richard Møller Nielsen – Denmark – Euro 92
His greatest achievement without doubt was leading the Danish National team to victory in the 1992 European Championships. They convincingly beat the favorites Germany 2-0. In honour of his inspirational Euro 92 triumph he was knighted in 1995. His spell as Danish manager lasted six years; he was appointed in 1990 and left prior to the 1996 European Championships. After coaching the European Champions, he had successful spells as manager of Finland and Israel. He had also coached in the Danish football league, second division side Kolding FC.


Rinus Michels – Holland – Euro 88
Rinus Michels was installed coach of the Dutch national squad in 1984. The response was immediate as he helped the Dutch convincingly qualify for the 1988 European Championships. Euro 88 was a mighty success for Holland as they sailed through the tournament in emphatic fashion, disposing England 3-1 in the first round. They beat the German’s 2-1 in a thrilling semi-final match. His attacking minded style of play helped the Dutch overcome an improving Soviet side 2-0 in the 1988 European Championships final. He moved on to manage Bayern Leverkusen after Euro 88.


Michel Hidalgo – France – Euro 84
Hidlalgo was the man behind France’s 1984 European Championships success. He was installed as manager in 1976, France failed to qualify for the 1978 world cup finals, and however he guided them into the 1982 world cup finals to the semi-finals. Two years later his greatest success as manager of France was achieved. He masterminded their success in the 1984 European Championships, with a side including the likes of Michel Platini. They beat Spain 2-0 in the final and the French were now a force in the game. In 1986 he took charge of French outfit Marseille in a reign which lasted five years, before leaving in 1991.


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