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Power Ranking the 25 Best Managers in European Football

Mikhail TurnerContributor IIIApril 9, 2012

Power Ranking the 25 Best Managers in European Football

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    World Football has some pretty good managers in the game right now, and Europe has its fair share.

    The best managers aren't just about results, but that is a big part of things. These managers have all done great jobs managing players, their employers, as well as the fans and media.

    The club managers on this list are chosen based on what they have done with their teams this season, while the international managers are judged on the recent Euro 2012 qualification and the team's standing in the game.

    Here are some of the best managers in European football.

25. Levante: Juan Ignacio Martinez

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    Levante is sitting first, second or third anymore in the Spanish league, but they are currently fifth and in place to land a Europa League spot.

    Juan Ignacio Martinez has done really well so far and will have done something really special if his team ends up in Europe next season.

24. Schalke 04: Huub Stevens

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    Huub Stevens has done a good job at Schalke this season. The team went to the quarterfinal of the Europa league and is on track to return to the Champions League next year.

23. Atletico Madrid: Diego Simeone

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    Diego Simeone took charge of Atletico Madrid in December, when the team was spending the majority of its time in the bottom half of the table.

    He has led the side to a semifinal berth in the Europa League, and he is just one position outside the European spots in Spain.

22. Sporting Lisbon: Ricardo Pinto

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    Ricardo Pinto has Sporting Lisbon in the Europa league semifinal, beating Manchester City along the way.

    They are in position to return to the Europa League next year, and if things go really well, they could push for the final Champions League spot in the Portuguese League.

21. Montpellier: Rene Girard

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    Where was Montpellier in Ligue 1 last season? 14th place in the league. Right now they are first in the league, with a game in hand. Well done, Rene Girard.

20. Lazio: Edy Reja

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    Lazio has not been in the Champions League for a while, but Edy Reja has led the team to a third place position, and a spot in Europe, Champions League or not, is on the cards for next season.

19. APOEL: Ivan Jovanovic

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    It's been a job well done for Ivan Jovanovic this season, as APOEL was top of its Champions league group and went to the quarterfinal of the competition.

    Jovanovic has the team in position for a possible return to the competition next year as well.

18. Athletic Bilbao: Marcelo Bielsa

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    In his first year in charge, Marcelo Bielsa has Athletic Bilbao in position to win two trophies. They will face Barcelona in the final of the Copa Del Rey, and they are currently in the semifinal of the Europa League.

    A finish in the European places in Spain would top off a very solid debut season for the former Chile coach.

17. Napoli: Walter Mazzarri

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    Walter Mazzarri guided Napoli to the Champions league this season, and they did well to get out of a tough group.

    They face a fight to get back into the Champions league spot but could very easily end up in that position. Silverware may be a possibility, with the team having booked a spot in the Coppa Italia final.

16. Denmark: Morten Olsen

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    Morten Olsen has been in the charge of the Danish National team since 2000. He led the team to a first-place finish in Euro 2012 qualification above Portugal.

    Olsen has done well with this crop of Danish players and could prove a tough team for Euro 2012.

15. Benfica: Jorge Jesus

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    Jorge Jesus almost led Benfica to a Champions League semifinal tie with Barcelona. The team is in a tight fight for the Portuguese title and looks set for a good future as long as Jesus in charge.

14. Russia: Dick Advocaat

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    Russia qualified first in its Euro 2012 group, and that is partly due to Dick Advocaat's managerial experience.

    He has mixed youngsters like Alan Dzagoev with experienced players like Andrei Arshavin. He has a team set to do well in Euro 2012.

13. Croatia: Slaven Bilic

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    Slaven Bilic has Croatia back in a major tournament after missing out on the 2010 World Cup. The last time they were in the European Championships, Croatia did extremely well and delighted fans en route to a quarterfinal position.

    Bilic is a talented manager and could lead this Croatia side to the knockout rounds of European Championships again.

12. Arsenal: Arsene Wenger

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    Arsene Wenger is this low because Arsenal's season could and should have been a lot better than it was.

    Still, he got the team back into third place, and they look set for a return to the Champions League. Hopefully the silverware will come next season.

11. Juventus: Antonio Conte

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    Antonio Conte has masterminded Juventus' charge back to the top of Italian football. His side is currently in first place in Serie A and in Coppa Italia final as well.

10. AC Milan: Massimiliano Allegri

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    AC Milan is trying to defend its Serie A title at the moment and were unfortunate to be knocked out of the Champions League.

    Allegri has done a good job leading this side since last year and may end up with silverware again.

09. Valencia: Unai Emery

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    Unai Emery has his team in the semifinals of the Europa League, and they are currently fourth in La Liga.

    If he had more resources behind him, he could give the big two in Spain an even better challenge, but he has done extremely well considering his top player in each of the past three years.

08. Bayern Munich: Jupp Heynckes

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    Jupp Heynckes has the team lined up for a possible treble this season.

    A semifinal tie against Real Madrid awaits Bayern Munich in the Champions League, and they are three points from the top in the Bundesliga. They are also in the final for the German Cup.

07. Borussia Dortmund: Jurgen Klopp

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    Things didn't go so well in Europe for Jurgen Klopp and Borussia Dortmund this season, but they are sure to return next year.

    Dortmund is in the final of the German cup and is leading the Bundesliga right now, thanks to Klopp's leadership of his talented and youthful side.

06. Netherlands: Bert Van Marwijk

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    Bert Van Marwijk has revitalized the Dutch team on the international stage but has yet to get some silverware.

    The Netherlands have been one of the top teams in the past few years and went through Euro 2012 qualification with ease.

05. Spain: Vicente Del Bosque

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    Vicente Del Bosque has been in charge of the Spanish National team since 2008 and has kept the team at the top of the European and World Rankings for the last few years.

    He has had to deal with the lack of form of Fernando Torres and the injury to David Villa but has kept the well-oiled Spanish Armada rolling in. They are one of the favourites for Euro 2012, and they are early favourites for the 2014 World Cup.

04. Germany: Joachim Low

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    Germany has introduced some great young talents to World Football in the last few years.

    Joachim Low started off with the national team as an assistant in 2004, but since he has been in charge in 2006, the team has really gone to new heights.

    A runner-up position in Euro 2008 and a third place finish in the 2010 World Cup is sure to be followed by more success.

03. Manchester United: Sir Alex Ferguson

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    Manchester United is only fighting for one title, and that's an oddity for them at this time of the season.

    Sir Alex Ferguson has done a great job getting the team here though, as they suffered a lot of injuries throughout the campaign. United is currently leading the league, and that is credit to Ferguson's  leadership.

02. Real Madrid: Jose Mourinho

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    Jose Mourinho has lost some of his luster since moving to Spain, but he is ever so close to regaining his top-dog status.

    Mourinho has managed some of the top teams in the game, and his Real Madrid squad is certainly the best of them all. He has shown good man-management skills time and again and always has his teams in the mix for silverware.

01. Barcelona: Pep Guardiola

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    Pep Guardiola has kept his team at the top of club football for the past three years. Barcelona has picked up a trophy in every season that Guardiola has been in charge and is in position to get all three this season.

    Guardiola has had to deal with some major injuries and has integrated his new personnel into the side considerably well each year.

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