Do you know who the league coaches 2020-21 they played in the teams they coach? The tendency for teams to hire coaches who have previously been professional footballers is a fact. Without going further, in the Spanish First Division at least 17 of the 20 technicians, have been professional soccer players. However, there is another coincidence and that is 7 of the 20, they train their 'team’ or at least one where they already lived a stage as professional footballers.
Coaches of the League 2020-21 who played on the teams they coach
The Dutch was one of the bastions of the ‘Dream Team‘ Johan Cruyff. So much so that he scored the goal against Sampdoria that gave him the first European Cup (now Champions) of its history in 1992. It was necessary, one of his specialties. Despite playing central, the now culé coach scored many goals, so many that at the time it became the defense's goalscorer in his stage as a footballer.
Zidane's career as Real Madrid coach is well known, as is also his stage as a Madrid professional footballer. Between 2001 Y 2006, the French distributed his magic in the form of games and goals. As in the case of Koeman, He also scored a great goal that gave Real Madrid a Champions League, in this case the ninth of the thirteen that the club has. He did it with a spectacular volley against Bayern Leverkusen in 2002 and Glasgow.
The Cholo Simeone and Atlético thing is a story of eternal love. The Argentine arrived as a coach in 2011 and in 2020 follow the controls of the mattress club. But before he had two stages as a rojiblanco footballer. The first between 1994 Y 1997 where was the main part of Atletico Madrid double from 1996 with Radomir Antic in command and a second between 2003 Y 2005. One of the coaches who they played in the teams they coach most representative.
The Garitano are one of those families of soccer professionals. His uncle Ander and his father Angel, They were also related to professional football and of course, with Athletic. Gaizka was born in Bilbao, He grew up in Lezama but did not have much prominence in the first team of the rojiblanco club. Then he developed his career in other clubs such as Real Sociedad and Eibar, but now he is the coach of the club where he was formed.
His case is much less mediatic than those seen so far but it is undeniable that Imanol Alguacil's work as coach of Real Sociedad is impeccable so far. What many do not know is that for many years he was a footballer of the San Sebastian first team. Raised in the quarry of La Real, played in the first team between 1991 Y 1998, living the change of the old Atocha to Anoeta.
The coach as more seasons in a row, matches in First Division and with the most victories in the highest category in the history of Levante, He was also a granota soccer player at the time. ‘Pacolo’ as it is known in the Levantine environment, He was a footballer for the Levante squad in the second part of the season 1994-95 in a team where he coincided with other Levante classics such as Juanfran and Ballesteros and with other now coaches such as David Gallego and Eloy Jimenez. A team that by the way led a mythical like Juande Ramos.
Coudet joins the list after the dismissal of Óscar García. The Argentinian, came to Celta of the season 2002-03 although it did not have much relevance. Only he played 9 matches, 4 of them as holder, and he did not score any goal with the light blue shirt.