Battles need a strong force, but strength would be meaningless if the army fought the match with an incompetent leader. And so, managers on the sidelines hold the same worth as the footballers on the field. As the saying goes, half of the battle is won in the mind, and the rest in the arena. And the biggest soccer tournament demands the best of the best, taking the helm of a team.
FIFA 2022 is almost here, and fans worldwide can hardly contain their excitement. Some legendary players will be playing their last world cup in 2022. Likewise, many younger footballers want to prove their worth and carve their legend through the tournament. And the managers put their players in the most optimum position in the upcoming battle for glory.
Manager Hans-Dieter Flick (Germany)
Considered one of the best managers in football sport today, Hans-Dieter Flick was born in Heidelberg, West Germany. Likewise, Flick was a former footballer With a massive and successful career. After playing the sport for many years, Hans knows the ins and outs of the game.
And currently, the former German soccer player works as the manager for Germany's national team. On the same note, Flick's been part of three FIFA World Clubs as a manager. Hans-Dieter, also known as Hansi, started his manager position in 2021. However, this isn't the first time Flick was associated with the post.
From 2006 to 2014, Hansi worked as the Assistant Manager for his nation's football team. From 2014 to 2018, Hans kept his hands away from the managing position. And for three years, from 2019 to 2021, he managed the German football club Bayern Munich. And throughout his career, Flick earned an estimated net worth of $2 million.
Gareth Southgate (England)
The English ex-footballer Gareth Southgate started his career in the late 80s. Similarly, Southgate played till early 2006 as a player. And after retiring as a footballer in mid-2006, he became the manager of Middlesbrough. And after managing the English football club till 2009, he appeared as the manager of the Under-21 national team for England.
Finally, in 2016, Southgate earned the Manager post for the English national football squad. Throughout his career as a player and a manager, Gareth made a roughly analyzed net worth of $12 million as of 2022.
Southgate was born in Watford, England, on September 3rd, 1979. And started his football journey in the early 80s at Southampton Football Club. And after a few years in Southampton, Gareth moved to Crystal Palace. Likewise, the English ex-footballer played in the said football club for the remainder of his youth career and started his senior career in 1988. With decades of experience in football, Southgate is one of the best managers in FIFA 2022.
French Manager Didier Deschamps (France)
Didier Deschamps started playing soccer at a very young age. And Didier began his epic football journey in 1976 from Bayonne FC. The veteran soccer star found success in the late 90s and early 2000s. Deschamps played for Juventus from 1994 up until 1999. And after retiring as a player, Didier started managing the French football club Monaco in 2001. But it was in 2012 that he became the manager of his country's soccer team.
The former player led his nation's team with two significant wins in recent years. Deschamps and the French soccer squad bagged the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2021 UEFA Nations League. And from his decade-long journey, the current French manager, Didier, collected an approx net worth of $245 million.
However, it was very long before Deschamps took over the helm of his nation's football squad. Over the years, Didier managed three football clubs. As we mentioned, he worked in Monaco as a manager at the start of his career. Likewise, four years later, he joined his ex-club, Juventus but left the football club in 2007. Two years after, Deschamps joined Marseille in 2009.
But he again left the football club after three years in 2012. And in 2012, Didier became the French national football team manager. With his leadership and tactics, will the reining FIFA champions retain their championship in 2022? Football fans can hardly wait for the tournament to begin so they can witness the world's best players and managers go head-to-head.
Manager Tite (Brazil)
The Brazilian manager, Tite or Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, works as the manager and the head coach of his nation's football squad. Likewise, the former midfielder managed over a dozen teams in his super-long career. The sixty-one-year-old manager played for many top football clubs as an athlete, Guarani being one of them.
However, Tite began his career as a footballer in the Brazilian club Caxias. Adenor came to the spotlight as a manager in 1991 when he started managing Caxias, his former club. And over the years, he managed many Brazilian clubs. However, it wasn't until 2016 that Bacchi found himself leading Brazil's national football team.
And recently, Tite led his team to victory in 2019's Copa America. Similarly, in 2021's Copa America, he managed to take his team to the semi-finals. And a year after, Adenor Leonardo Bacchi is taking the Brazilian football squad to the FIFA World Cup. From his decades in soccer, Tite earned an estimated net worth of $4 million as of 2022.
Louis van Gaal (Netherlands)
Louis van Gaal played soccer for multiple decades, but his career as a manager is even longer. And as of 2022, Gaal's been on the football field for half a century.
Likewise, Louis first started his senior career at Ajax Football club in 1972. He played for the AZ football club in his final years as an active footballer in 1986. Interestingly, the Dutch athlete started his career as a manager simultaneously in AZ. But he began as an assistant manager.
A couple of years of his retirement, Louis visited his ex-club, Ajax, and worked as the manager for their youth team. Finally, in 1991, Gaal became the manager of Ajax's senior division. Throughout his career as a team manager, he became manager for Netherlands national team multiple times.
Gaal became the manager of the Dutch team in 2000 and the Under 20 team's manager the following year. The Dutch ex-footballer reprised his role in the team from 2012 to 2014 and again in 2021. And a year after that, in 2022, Louis holds an estimated net worth of $18 million.
Gerardo Martino (Mexico)
Gerardo Martino started his football journey in the Argentine clubs. However, Martino only appeared in the national football team of Argentina twice, in 1981 and 1991. After his final year in Barcelona SC in 1996, Gerardo retired from the sport.
And two years after his retirement as a player, he graced the world with his presence as a manager in 1998. The Argentine ex-footballer began managing Brown De Arrecifies FC in 1998. Before becoming Argentina's national football team manager, Gerardo worked as Paraguay's manager. But Martino would get his time to hold the helm of the Argentine national football team in 2014. In 2015 and 2016, Gerardo led his nation's soccer squad to the semi-finals in Copa America. And finally, the Argentine manager started working for Mexico's national soccer team in 2019.
In his starting year as the manager of the Mexican team, Martino led his team to victory in CONCACAF Gold Cup. And currently, the Argentine manager continues working with the Mexican national soccer squad. And the talented soccer star, Martino, owns a roughly calculated $25 million as his net worth.
Argentine Manager Lionel Scaloni (Argentina)
The former Wing-back player Lionel Scaloni found his time to take the lead with the Argentine national soccer squad in 2018. And the talented footballer started his career as a manager not so long ago.
Scaloni began as the assistant manager at Sevilla Football Club in 2016. And by 2017, Lionel had become the manager of his nation's national football team. And since the start of his career, Scaloni has already led his team to victory in two huge tournaments, Copa America 2021 and Finalissima 2022.
Unlike the last manager of Argentina's national football team, Scaloni ended his football career in early 2015. Likewise, he played for the Italian club Atalanta FC from 2013 to 2015.
Born on May 16th, 1978, Lionel Sebastian Scaloni is one of the youngest managers in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. And at the age of forty-four, Scaloni commands an estimated net worth of $5.5 million as of 2022.
Félix Sánchez Bas (Qatar)
A couple of years old than Lionel Scaloni, Félix Sánchez Bas started managing football teams in 1996. Likewise, Félix became the manager of the Barcelona FC youth division in 1996. Bas worked in the youth division for a decade and left the club to join Aspire Academy in 2006.
And for seven years, Félix worked for the Qatari sports academy. By 2013, Bas was appointed as the Qatari national youth division manager. Four years later, in 2017, the Spanish manager became the manager of the Qatari national team. Félix took Qatar's national team and won two major tournaments, AFC U-19 Championship in 2014 and AFC Asian Cup in 2019.
Despite never playing the sport professionally, Félix held his own against many ex-footballers. Aside from the Asian Football Confederation, he also took the Qatari national team to the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. And from his long career, Bas managed to earn massive wealth. Likewise, as of 2022, Félix Sánchez Bas holds an estimated salary of $28 million.
Portuguese Manager Fernando Santos (Portugal)
The Portuguese manager, Fernando Santos or Fernando Manuel Fernandes da Costa Santos, started playing soccer more than fifty years ago. Likewise, he marked half a century of a football career in 2020. Similarly, Santos began playing for Estoril in 1973 and later left the club for a brief period. Fernando returned to the Portuguese club in late 1980 and continued playing for them till 1987.
In his final years as an active footballer, Santos also worked as a manager assistant for Estoril. And a year after his retirement as a soccer player, he led the Portuguese football club. After hopping from one club to the other, he finally got to coach his nation's national soccer squad in 2014.
And under his leadership, the Portuguese national football team won the UEFA European Championship in 2016 and UEFA Nations League in 2019. And the fans currently wait impatiently for the 2022 FIFA World Cup to commence! And over his very long career of Fernando, he managed to collect a rough estimated net worth of $5 million.
Murat Yakin (Switzerland)
The former Swiss footballer and the current manager of the Swiss national team Murat Yakin certainly holds a career worth watching. Marat started his career back in the early 90s. At the start, Yakin played as the centreback for Grasshoppers appearing in over a hundred matches.
And his final run as a player started in 2001 and lasted till 2006. And he played for the Basel Football Club in his final year. Although Yakin started managing football teams more than a decade ago, he recently became the manager of his home country's national soccer team.
In 2021, Murat was named the Swiss national soccer team manager. However, before retiring as a footballer, he represented his country 49 times. And as the manager of the Swiss team, he led his team against the European champions, the Italian team, to a nill-nill draw in the 2022 World Cup qualifying match. And so, the Swiss team and the Italian team will play in the playoffs. And from his career as a player and a manager, Yakin earned approximately $6 million as his net worth.