Jose Mourinho is named manager of 2012 by IFFHS, ex-Chelsea boss Di Matteo was second

Vicente Del Bosque claimed top honours from FIFA this week at the Ballon d’Or gala event as the Spain boss scooped the coach of 2012 award, however according to the IFFHS Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho won the best manager of last year.

For those unaware of what the IFFHS is, the International Federation of Football History & Statistics is a body which has been in operation since 1986 which works closely with FIFA.

Regarding the list of the top coaches, the IFFHS only consider club managers, thus La Roja’s Del Bosque was unable to be considered in the reckoning.

The IFFHS published their top 15 coaches of 2012 list with the following explanation attached:

The “Top 15” for the year 2012 is composed of seven Europeans, six South Americans as well as one African and one Central American coach. Of these 15 coaches, three are Argentinians, three are  Brazilians as well as two Italians and Germans each. Among these 15 trainers, four coached Spanish clubs, three English and three  Brazilian as well as two German clubs. Seven of these “Top 15” for the year 2012 coached foreign clubs.

The voting for the World‘s best Club Coach 2012 shows that only a few points separated the three first-placed. In the end the Portuguese José Mourinho retained the upper hand and became The World‘s best Club Coach of the year for the fourth time (2004, 2005, 2010, 2012). He had managed Real Madrid CF in the 2011/12 season to numerous records in the Spanish championship, won the national championship but his team was unfortunately eliminated  in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League. Up to now only five coaches – apart from José Mourinho – have been twice voted as The World‘s best Club Coach: Marcello Lippi (1996 & 1998), Ottmar Hitzfeld (1997 & 2001), Carlos Bianchi (2000 & 2003), Sir Alexander Ferguson (1999 & 2008), Josep Guardiola (2009 & 2011).

The second-placed Italian Roberto Di Matteo won the English FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League with Chelsea FC London in 2012. The latter with much tactical skill, but also with some luck. The style of play of the “Bues” has often not met the owner‘s expectations and Roberto Di Matteo was subsequently released before end of the year. The Argentinian Diego Simeone accomplished a brilliant performance and won with Club Atlético de Madrid the Europa League 2012, caused a sensation in the Spanish Primera División with his team often playing attractive football. The fourth-placed Josep Guardiola (FC Barcelona) as title-holder, missed out on a better placing, because he took time out from July 2012 onwards, after he had previously won the “Copa de Rey”.

The list can be seen below.

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