19 March 2019 – Renowned magazine France Football have released their list of the top 50 greatest ever football managers with one Croatian making the list.
Ajax, Barcelona and Netherlands legend Rinus Michels was named the number one manager of all time, followed by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson in second place. Former Italy boss, Arrigo Sacchi, was third.
In 42nd place on the list was the late Croatian great Tomislav Ivić. Ivić, who passed away in 2011 at the age of 77, managed teams in 14 different countries along with four national teams.
Ivić won titles and cups in seven countries: Yugoslavia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Spain and France. In Greece he did not win the league but won a cup.
In Croatia, Ivić coached RNK Split, Hajduk Split, Dinamo Zagreb and the Croatia national team; in the Netherlands, Ajax; in Belgium, Anderlecht and Standard Liège; in Turkey, Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe; in Italy, Avellino; in Greece, Panathinaikos; in Portugal, Porto and Benfica; in France, Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille (the latter, his last club before retiring in 2002); in Spain, Atlético Madrid; in the United Arab Emirates, Al Wasl and the UAE national team; and in Iran, Persepolis and the Iran national selection.
Check out the list below.