Football coaches that have never played professionally (part 2)

3. Gerard Houllier

Gerard Houllier is one of the most iconic managers in Liverpool’s decorated history despite the fact that he never played a professional football match in his life. Houllier coached the French national team between 1992 and 1993 before becoming manager of Liverpool between 1998 and 2004, helping them to win the treble in 2000/01 season, bagging the The Emirates FA Cup, the League Cup and the UEFA Cup. He also have won the Ligue 1 with two different clubs which is extremely rare for a football manager. The first Ligue title is with Paris Saint-Germain in 85/86 and added two more to his tally with Olympique Lyonnais (05/06, 06/07).

2. Carlos Alberto Parreira

Carlos Alberto Parreira started his career not as a professional footballer, but a trainer. Who would have known that he would become a successful football coach and is voted the IFFHS World’s Best National Coach in 2005. Parreira catch the world’s attention during his time with Fluminense as he led them to two league titles and saved them from bankruptcy. 

Parreira have attended the FIFA World Cup final tournaments six times as a manager which is a record. He led Brazil to victory at the 1994 World Cup, the 2004 Copa América, and the 2005 Confederations Cup.

1. Arrigo Sacchi

Arrigo Sacchi’sbreakthrough to start coaching career in his early 20s came after failing to break into lowly amateur side Baracca Lugo as he moved to Fiorentina as a youth coach. The youth team was in Serie C at the time, but with Arrigo Sacchi’s exemplary work, they got in Serie B in his first attempt and even beat Serie A juggernauts AC Milan  in the Coppa Italia. His efforts catch the public attention which prompted Milan to hire him, and in turn, he brought two European Cups back to the San Siro, building one of the best teams in history.