A Look back at the Euro Managers: A Lifetime in Panini Stickers
June 12, 2016
A total of 24 managers have lead their teams out at Euro 2016, with many having played for their countries in major finals during their youth.
During this time they were idolised by fans, carrying the hopes of an entire nation on their shoulders as they competed for European glory. They also took pride of place on the front of Panini stickers and trading cards, which continue to be swapped and bartered to this day.
With this in mind, let’s take a look at how the current generation of managers looked during previous tournaments. Who has time been kind to, and who has lost the zest of youthfulness over time?
Antonio Conte, Italy
Chelsea’s in-coming Italian manager has a typically stylish image, while he has scarcely aged and lost none of his good looks since his playing days. He has also enjoyed immense success as a player and a manager, formerly winning five Serie A titles with Juventus and starring as Italy reached the European Championships in 2000. As a manager, he won three consecutive Serie A titles at Juve before taking charge of the national team and overseeing a comfortable qualification campaign for Euro 2016.
Didier Deschamps, France
French manager and all-round icon Didier Deschamps is another who has aged gracefully, while his roll of honours is one of the most impressive in the game. Once described by team-mate Eric Cantona as nothing more than a ‘water carrier’, Deschamps conquered all in an all-star Juventus side (ironically playing alongside Conte) willing three league titles, one Coppa Italia, a Champions League crown and numerous other honours. He also lifted the World Cup as French captain in 1998 and followed this up by leading Les Blues to Euro Championship success in 2000.
Adam Nawalka, Poland
Adam Nawalka has aged particularly gracefully, cultivating a sense of style of sophistication that also reflects his profile as a player. The Polish midfielder starred as Poland reached the second Group stage of the 1978 World Cup, featuring in all but one of their six games and ultimately being elected into FIFA’s Team of the Tournament. Unfortunately, injuries curtailed a promising playing career, but after 20 years of management he was finally given the role of leading the national team.
He will also fancy his chances of leading Poland to success in the tournament, having pushed World Champions Germany so close during qualification.
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