Slaviša Jokanović (Novi Sad, SFR Yugoslavia, 16 August 1968). He managed Fulham in the Premier League after having guided the Cottagers to top-flight promotion. He previously demonstrated his coaching pedigree by leading Watford to the promised land and steering Maccabi Tel-Aviv to the UEFA Champions League group stage. He also managed Sheffield United and Qatar Stars League outfit Al Gharafa. Before, in his playing career, he made his mark during spells at Oviedo and Tenerife, whilst he claimed the La Liga title during his time at Deportivo La Coruña.
Johan Jordi Cruyff (Amsterdam, Holland, 9 February 1974) is currently part of the sporting strategy department at FC Barcelona. Previously he managed Chongqing Dangdai Lifan and Maccabi Tel Aviv, a position he took up following a five-year stint as the club's director of football, and also he was the manager of the Ecuadorian national team. During his time in Israel, Jordi has enjoyed much success, with his spell at Maccabi having yielded three league titles, a domestic treble and Champions League qualification.
Bojan Krkic (Linyola, Spain, 28 August 1990). The Vissel Kobe playmaker boasts a curriculum that features clubs of the standing of FC Barcelona, AS Roma, AC Milan, AFC Ajax and Stoke City, Impact Montreal as well as an enviable trophy haul. During his loan spell at Mainz 05 during the 2016/17 season, Bojan became the first Spaniard to have scored in all four major European leagues. Besides, he featured in a third continental competition in three diferent continents (european, american and asian).
José Salomón Rondón (Caracas, Venezuela, 16 September 1989). Nicknamed the Gladiator, the powerful hitman has plundered more than 200 goals in his football career during stints at UD Las Palmas, Málaga CF, FC Rubin, FC Zenit, West Bromwich Albion, Newcastle United, Dalian Pro and CSKA Moscow, being handed the prestigious number 9 shirt at both English clubs. Also, he is is the Venezuela’s all-time top goalscorer. He is currently the star man at Everton.
Aitor Karanka (Vitoria, Spain, 18 September 1973), one of Spain's brightest coaching talents. He manage Granada CF, and before he was the manager of historical clubs Nottingham Forest and Birmingham. He played an instrumental role in securing Middlesbrough's return to the Premier League ahead of the 2016/17 season. Previously, he coached the Spanish national team's youth sides and was assistant to José Mourinho at Real Madrid. During his playing days, Aitor turned out for Athletic Club and Los Blancos, with whom he lifted the Champions League in 2000.
Laureano Bisan Etamé-Mayer (Kribi, Cameroon, 19th January 1977). Lauren played as right-back for Arsenal's record-breaking Invincibles side. He lifted the African Cup of Nations twice with Cameroon and won a gold medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. He is currently an Arsenal ambassador and works as a commentator and FIFA technical expert for talent development .
Miguel Layún (Córdoba, Mexico, 25 June 1988) is one of the best Mexican footballers of his generation. Currently at Rayados de Monterrey after having spent time at Villarreal, and before at Sevilla on loan from Porto, he boasts strong experience in the European game after having also turned out for Watford and Atalanta. In his homeland he played for Veracruz and Club América, with whom he twice tasted Liga MX glory. A Mexican international, he represented El Tri at the 2018 Russia World Cup and the tournament's 2014 edition in Brazil. He was also a member of the Mexico squad at the 2013 and 2015 editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, claiming a winners' medal in the latter tournament.
José Gomes (Matosinhos, 28 August 1970) is held as one of the top up-and-coming Portuguese managers in the game. During his managerial career, he has coached Almería, Reading, Portugal's Rio Ave, Saudi Arabian outfits Al Ahli and Baniyas and Hungary's Videoton, amongst others. He has enjoyed spells as assistant coach at clubs of the standing of Porto, Málaga and Panathinaikos, where he also had a stint as head coach.
Pedro Gómez Carmona (Vitoria, 7 June 1982) is one of the most promising Spanish coaches in the game. He managed Bahraini outfit East Riffa Club, who he led to Federation Cup glory in January 2019. Before, he was appointed manager at Portuguese side Estoril aged just 33. He has also previously served as director of football at Real Murcia and was part of the backroom staff that led Spain to World Cup success in 2010. During the course of his career he has worked at a number of clubs, including Real Betis, Valencia CD, Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabi) Baniyas and Al Wasl (United Arab Emirates), as well as the Bahraini national team.
Ricardo Rodríguez (3 April 1974, Oviedo) was claimed the J.League Manager of the Season award in 2021. He is the head coach of Japanese outfit Urawa Red Diamonds, where he won the the Emperor’s Cup and the Japanese Super Cup, a huge success in one of the most storied and best-followed clubs in the Asian country. He previously managed Tokushima Vortis, who he guided to promotion from the J2 League in 2020. In his previous positions, he occupied the dugout at Girona and served as Málaga’s director of football, whilst he was also director of Real Madrid’s football school in Mexico. He has also coached teams in Thailand and Saudi Arabia during his career.
Juan Antonio Pizzi (Santa Fe, Argentina, 7 June 1968) is a coach with impressive pedigree. During his managerial career, he has led Chile to Copa América Centenario glory, whilst he guided Argentina's San Lorenzo de Almagro to the Torneo Inicial title and Chile's Universidad Católica to the domestic crown and also enjoyed a spell in charge of Valencia CF & Saudi Arabia national team. In his playing days, he turned out for FC Barcelona, Valencia and CD Tenerife, amongst others, whilst earning a number of caps for the Spanish national team.
Pako Ayestarán Barandiarán (Beasáin, Gipuzkoa, Spain; 5 February 1963) is a coach with extraordinary tactical knowledge who boasts a lengthy and successful track record after having managed several clubs. He guided Maccabi Tel Aviv to their first-ever domestic treble and lifted the Champions League with Liverpool, whilst also having enjoyed spells at the helms of Las Palmas, Valencia, Estudiantes Tecos and Santos Laguna. In May 2018, Pako was appointed manager of Pachuca, the oldest club in Mexican football.
Garry Monk (Bedford, England, 6 March 1979) is a young English coach with a great future ahead of him. When aged just 35, he went from captaining Swansea City to become the Swans' head coach, leading the Welsh outfit to a club-best eighth-place finish in 2014/15 Premier League season. He has also managed Middlesbrough and Leeds United, who he guided to within touching distance of the Championship play-offs despite working to a budget which was far from being amongst the biggest in the division. Following a spell in charge at Birmingham City, he currently manages Sheffield Wednesday.
Guillermo Alfonso Maripán Loayza (Santiago, 6 May 1994) plays for AS Monaco and Chile. Maripán is a product of the Universidad Católica academy and he went on to taste glory in the Torneo Clausura, Apertura and the Chile Super Cup in 2016. His impressive performances earned him a move to Alavés, where he established himself as one of the most promising defenders in the game. In 2019, he joined Monaco, where he became the most prolific central defender in the major European leagues in the 2020/21 campaign and was also recognised as the top-performing Chilean in European football.