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5 Top Football Managers Who Managed Both Club And National Team At The Same Time

It’s extremely rare for a football manager to be appointed to a national team while still managing a domestic club, but it has happened a few times in the sport’s history.

Here is the list of 5 top managers who managed a national team while still managing a domestic club:

1. Rinus Michels

Rinus Michels was the originator of ”Total Football” and the Dutchman applied the same philosophy at both the Dutch team and Barcelona.

During his rein as Barcelona and Netherlands boss, Johan Cruyff was the best player under his guidance. In 1974, he led Netherlands to the World Cup Final. This happened whilst he was still the manager of Barcelona and went on to manage Netherlands for 4 years. With Barcelona, Rinus In won a single La Liga title.

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2. Leonid Slutsky

Leonid Slutsky was CSKA Moscow manager for seven seasons and was also in charge of Russia for ten months in his last year. He failed to qualify for the Euro 2016, having finished bottom of the group behind Wales and England. The Russian Football Federation then asked Leonid to choose between CSKA Moscow or the Russian national Team.

However, Slutsky had a successful years with CSKA Moscow lifting three Russian Premier League titles and two Russian Cups.

3. Fatih Terim

Fatih Terim managed Galatasaray and the Turkey national team on three different occasions. This happened during August 2013 World Cup Qualifiers whilst he was still in charge of Galatasaray.

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The Turkish tactician gained legendary status in Europe after guiding Galatasaray to a UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup victories in 2000. They became the first Turkish side to win European trophies. Terim also guided them to two league titles.

4. Guus Hiddink

Guus Hiddink had a good spell with Chelsea and Russia and led Russia to the Euro semi-final in 2008.

After failing to qualify for the 2010 World Cup, Guus was appointed as Chelsea manager in early 2009, following the was sackings of Felipe Scolari. Within a few months under his guidance, Chelsea won the FA Cup.

5. Sir Alex Ferguson

Arguably the greatest manager in the history of football, Alex Ferguson has managed both Aberdeen and the Scotland national team.

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The Scotland side failed to qualify for the 1986 World Cup after losing to Austria in the play-off.

However, the former Manchester United coach won 9 trophies whilst in charge of Aberdeen from 1978 to 1986. Whilst managing both sides, Ferguson won the Scottish Cup in the 1985-86 season and also the League cup in the same season.

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