Atlético Madrid and Liverpool FC will meet in the Champions League at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday evening (9 pm). If there is one fundamental difference between these two clubs, it is certainly the number of coaches who have looked after them throughout their club history.
Liverpool FC was founded on June 3, 1892. The first coaching team, William Edward Barkley and John McKenna, came from Scotland.
Noteworthy: Over the next 129 years, the coaching chair at Enfield Road was owned by only 19 other owners. One of them, Kenny Dalglish, also commanded Reds players in two separate coaching periods.
For comparison: the Hamburger SV numbered 19 trainers (including short-term emergency solutions such as Peter Nabel or Frank Arneson) in the period between July 2010 (Armin’s Week) and today (Tim Walter).
Today’s adversary of the Reds also represents something contrary to this paradigm of continuity and continuity. From the first year under a professional coach (1921) to the present day, a total of 76 trainers have tried their luck in the south of the Spanish capital.
In an era in which the Estadio Vicente Calderón’s coaching chair was sometimes compared to an electric one, Rosiblancos also wore 40 coaches, under the auspices of the almighty construction contractor Jesus Gil y Gil (between 1987 and 2003). .
Totally different in Liverpool. According to the long time the coaches spent on the Red Bank of the River Mersey, coaches from only six countries are attributed to Schausser to date: eleven Englishmen, four Scots, one Frenchman, one Spaniard, one Northern Irishman and Jurgen Klopp, one on the Liverpool Bank. German.
Scottish Bill Shankly is considered Liverpool FC’s most permanent coach to date (sorry, Jurgen!) Even before his arrival in the winter of 1959, the club was considered a model of personal stability.
The club had signed only nine coaches in the last 67 years. Which is surprising given that in those years the club was considered a semi-lift team between the first and second divisions.
Five championships (as well as three second division championship wins) filled the Reds’ collection of titles before Shankly should revolutionize the club at all levels. However, an FA Cup, which at the time was almost above the league in terms of playing value, was not yet on display at the club museum.
In the years to come, Shankly modeled a club according to his worldview. who spoke of socialism.
“I believe in socialism,” he once told a journalist. “But not in the sense of a political ideology, but as a way of life in general and as an individual. Its true meaning arises from the fair distribution of profits, from collective effort, work and mutual support. These Principles are what govern me in daily life as well as in football.” (Via elpais.com)
In purely football terms, Shankley attached great importance to an accurate passing game. Possession, speed and distraction were the three major categories in Shankali’s view. And which he also passed on to his students (such as his successor Bob Paisley).
For more than fourteen years, Shankley shaped the history of the club like none before and perhaps none after. His legacy in titles: three championships, two FA Cups and one UEFA Cup (1973).
Following Shankley’s surprise resignation in July 1974, his skilled Bob Paisley took over at Enfield. Building on a healthy base, Paisley was able to add a few trophies to his collection of titles.
Three European Championship Cups (today’s Champions League), six championships, one UEFA Cup, one European Supercup and three league trophies now adorn Liverpool’s letterhead.
The first non-British Frenchman to take the Reds’ coaching chair was Gerard Hallier (1998–2004). With him, the club won four (!) trophies in 2001: the UEFA Cup (in a dramatic final against Deportivo Alavés), the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Charity Shield.
The first to head coach after Houllier was Spaniard Rafa Benítez, who lasted six years (until 2010) and was able to bring Handel Pot (in Istanbul’s unforgettable final against AC Milan in 2005) to Liverpool. biggest success.
Between 2010 and 2015, Liverpool FC also seemed to adapt to the general trend of the time for short-term coaching positions. Eventually, three different coaches (Roy Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish, in his second leg, and Brendan Rodgers) occupied the coaching chair over these five years.
until Jurgen Klopp took the reins in October 2015. Almost six years ago, on October 8, 2015, Klopp signed with the Reds – and within a short time he put himself on par with Shankley and Paisley.
Last year’s first English championship in thirty years, Henkelpot (2019) and Champions League final (2018), FIFA Club World Champion 2019 and European Supercup winner the same year has been his result since then.
On Tuesday, Klopp and his team will meet a club that has taken a completely different path in terms of its coaching history.
But apparently Atletico Madrid (almost ten years(!) ten years in office with Rosiblancos being the record holder) with Diego Simeone is now preferred for continuity in the coaching chair.
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