One of the cruel and high-pressure jobs in footballing is the football manager of big clubs. The constant pressure that a manager received every decision will be subject to dynamic analysis, vehement criticism from the former player, and reticulation and thunderous lousy criticism from the social media pages and Youtube channels in the current generation. The cruel managerial position is that he will be the first to be pressured when he performed poorly and sacked. Any mistakes that he made will be exacerbated in the media, whether printed and digital. In a world where they will constantly scrutinize and be made a mockery of, some managers are courageous enough to make a decision that is unusual and not parallels with the current footballing world trend.

We start with Arrigo Sacchi, who had revolutionized Italian football when he was made the AC Milan manager in 1988. First of all, he is not a former player, which is against the current trend of the football manager appointment at that time. For this, he had replied that “ I don’t know that you need to horse first to be jockey”. Rinus Michel Holland inspires Arrigo Sacchi footballing style, which is unorthodox in Italy, famed for the catenaccio system where it is all about defending with libero and counter-attack. Arrigo Sacchi had made AC Milan playing an attacking football that emphasized or scored more goals, pressuring the opponent high up on the pitch to regain control of the ball, eliminating the libero in favour of zonal marking, and erased the strict man-marking. AC Milan achieved outstanding success with him, culminating in them winning two consecutive European Champions in 1988, and 1989 the last team to did it before Real Madrid emulated them in 2016 and 2017.

Playing attacking football is an unorthodox method in Italy; playing defensive football is not a norm in Brazil. Brazil is famed for their samba football, where player skill with the ball is coined as football artistry. However, when Brazillian Football Federation appointed Carlos Alberto as their manager, he made a courageous decision of making Brazil playing defensive football. The player who had been the key player of the Carlos Alberto era is Dunga, whom Brazillian will not be favoured in the past. Adding with the striking partnership of Romario and Bebeto, Brazil had abandoned the cavalier style football to a more pragmatic style of football. Carlos Alberto had made critic eats his word as he had led Brazil to their 4th World Cup in USA 1994, Brazil first wins World Cup win since 1970. Their espousing of defensive football may be successful to Brazill; however, these teams are not revered as the famed 1970 Brazillian and 1982 teams.

The Brazillian 1994 many had tasted success but not revered in adoration as their predecessor. Although it had become a glorious failure, the Total Football style has inspired the current manager and player. Their crucial player Johan Cyruff has become the epitome of these. The Total Football style introduced to the World by Holland in 1974 is the ultimate unorthodox method in the footballing world during that contemporary period. The style hallmark where every player is convenient to play in any position, player interchanging position fluidly, a frantic high pressure to prevent the counter-attack, and an outrageous offside trap style that bought famed for Holland football that is still intact. Even though they had lost in the penultimate stages against the host West Germany in 1974, their style was an inspiration to many football managers and players to emulate. Acknowledged how this style revolutionized football and awarded Rinus Michel the “Manager of the Decade” in 2000. What is courageous on Rinus Michel to revolutionize football in Holland was on the crawling stages of turning football into professional. These styles had been epitomized Holland football from then on.

The Total Football had been the hallmark of Holland since then, but the catenaccio footballing style that had been scrutinized as the anti-football had made Inter Milan team successful in the ’60s. In the contemporary era, where attacking football is the principle of football, Helenio Herrera had come in being courageous to change the direction of football during that time. Helenio Herrera Inter Milan, which is coined as La Grande Inter, had made catenaccio the hallmark of Italian football, which their success. Catenaccio which means “door bolt”,  will have an attacking full-back, a creative attacking midfielder called trequisita in Italy as their attacking threat. On the defensive side, they implement a strict man to man marking to stifle the opposition attacking threat, libero placed behind the centre back to sweep up any loose ball and finally, a rapid transition from defence to attack. The style had brought so much success to Inter that they became the first Italian team to won 2 consecutive European champions and the Intercontinental Cup.

Helenio Herrera had broken the normality during that era where attacking and scoring more goals is the team’s hallmark. Helenio Herrera catenaccio style is the opposite of that style. While Helenio Herrera had been criticized for being an anti-football, the Hungarian football team had made another revolution in the footballing world in the ’50s, introducing the False No 9 position in the game against England Wembley. The play that had assigned as False no 9 is Nandor Hideguti. He is fixed in the no nine on the field, a centre forward; unlike a typical centre forward who will wait in the penalty box to score goals or hold up play, Hidegutit did the opposite. He comes in midfield to collect the ball and sometimes creates confusion among the England defender who is unsure of what to do with him. Due to the chaos from the defender, Hideguti movement had opened up spaces for the attacker, especially Ferenc Puskas. These results show that Hungary had trashed 6-3 in Wembley to become the first foreign team to defeat England in Wembley. Since then, inspired by the Hungary team, the team had tried to emulate this style. Still, it could not emulate the effectiveness as the Hungarian did until Pep Guardiola introduced back false no nine positions by assigning Lionel Messi in these positions. Lionel Messi had thrived in these positions and become the player he is today.

These managers had been courageous in creating an unorthodox style of football, breaking all the normality during that era. Their courage paid off as their style had become an inspiration and emulated by the current manager like Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola, Marcelo Bielsa, Roberto Mancini, Carlo Ancelotti, and many others more. The courageous decision to implement had further opened a new style of football play which had become a hallmark of some teams like the Total Football epitomized the Holland National team. At the same time, the catenaccio is the hallmark of an Italian team.

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