Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid club president, Florentino Perez
Zinedine Zidane will not find it easy to repeat the success he enjoyed as a player as he becomes a coach at the top level for the first time with Real Madrid.
Plenty all-time greats on the field have tried their luck in the dugout, with varying degrees of success. AFP Sport takes a look at some of those who have made the transition:
– The greatest player of his generation, and to many the greatest of them all, Maradona led Argentina to glory at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico to cap a glorious playing career in which he also turned out for Barcelona, Napoli and Boca Juniors. But his time in charge of his country was rather less successful as, after being drubbed 6-1 by Bolivia in qualifying, Argentina were knocked out of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa in the quarter-finals, suffering a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Germany. He had previously been suspended for two months by FIFA for telling members of the media to “suck it and keep on sucking it” after Argentina had secured their place at the finals. Following his departure after the World Cup, he had a stint in charge of Al Wasl in the United Arab Emirates.
– Nobody enjoyed such success as both a player and a coach as Cruyff, the man who defined the Dutch total football era of the 1970s. Cruyff captained the Dutch team that reached the World Cup final in 1974 and won three European Cups with Ajax as well as a league title with Barcelona. He also won the Ballon d’Or three times. As a coach, he had moderate success with Ajax before taking an underachieving Barcelona into the modern era, his ‘Dream Team’ winning four …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper