Supervising the national teams is one of the most difficult challenges for football coaches, due to the lack of time to prepare for competitions and the lack of opportunity to conclude deals and contract with the best players; Therefore, the national team coach must choose the best elements, and prepare his team in the optimal way in the shortest possible time to appear at a distinguished level in the major tournaments, including the European Nations Championship, which the world awaits its launch on Friday.
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Jaroslav Silhavi (Czech Republic)
Jaroslav Silhavy, 59, has not had any experience outside the Czech Republic as a player or coach. He has been supervising his country since September 2018, and led it to qualify for the finals by occupying the first place in the first group in the qualifiers, which was led by the England team.
Many observers believe that the Czech national team can be the dark horse of the tournament, and will play in Group D along with England, Croatia and Scotland, and Silhavi is expected to play with a 4-5-1 plan against strong teams, and 4-4-2 against inferior opponents.
Vladimir Petkovic (Switzerland)
Vladimir Petkovic, 57, has not achieved much in his coaching career, and winning the Italian Cup – with Lazio in 2013 – is considered his most prominent achievement. Nevertheless, the coach of the Swiss national team is regarded as one of the most experienced coaches at the international level.
Petkovic trained the Swiss national team in 2014, and under his supervision reached the final price of the 2016 European Championship and the 2018 World Cup. The most prominent current names in the Swiss national team are Granit Xhaka, Arsenal player, and Xherdan Shaqiri, Liverpool striker. The team will play in Group A along with Turkey, Italy and Wales.
Zlatko Dalic (Croatia)
Zlatko Dalic, 54, took charge of the Croatian national team in October 2017, and led it to the 2018 World Cup final, in the best achievement of Croatian football.
Dalic aspires to repeat the brilliance in the European Nations Championship, with prominent names in his squad, such as Real Madrid’s Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic, who won the Champions League with Chelsea.
Roberto Martinez (Belgium)
The name of the Spaniard Roberto Martinez, 47, rose to prominence when he crowned Wigan with the FA Cup in 2013, and he has supervised the training of the Belgian national team since August 2016.
Belgium, with Martinez, performed well in the 2018 World Cup and finished third after beating England in the ranking match, and observers recommend it to compete strongly for the European title, with names worth Eden Hazard, Lukaku and De Bruyne. The team will play in Group B along with Denmark, Finland and Russia.
Gareth Southgate (England)
After coaching the England under-21 team, former international defender Gareth Southgate, 50, has been in charge of the senior squad since September 2016.
Under his leadership, England reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and lost to Croatia, and he hopes to lead the Three Lions to their first European title.
Joachim Loew (Germany)
This participation will be the last tournament for Joachim Loew, 61, at the helm of his country, as Hans Flick is scheduled to take over the task after the European Championship.
Loew was assistant coach of the former German coach Jürgen Klinsmann from 2004 to 2006, before becoming the first coach of the national team after the 2006 World Cup, and his best results were leading Germany to the World Cup title in 2014.
The German national team’s performance has declined in recent years, and I was greatly disappointed when it was eliminated from the first round in the 2018 World Cup, but it remains one of the leading candidates to win the European Nations Championship, and this achievement – if achieved – will be the best end to Loew’s journey with the team that will play in Group F. In addition to France, Portugal and Hungary.
Roberto Mancini (Italy)
Observers praise the development of the Italian national team since Roberto Mancini, 56, took over in May 2018.
Mancini has great experience with clubs, as he had experiences in Italy, England, Turkey and Russia, and won several titles, and he took upon himself the task of bringing the Azzurri back to the fore after being absent from the 2018 World Cup.
By merging young people with experienced people, Mancini formed a strong team that is expected to compete strongly for the European Championship that Italy won once in 1968.
Fernando Santos (Portugal)
Fernando Santos, 66, began his coaching career since 1988, but his most prominent achievements were with the Portuguese national team, which he led since September 2014, winning the 2016 European Championship and the European Nations League in 2019.
With superstars such as Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo and a captain of the value of Cristiano Ronaldo; Santos aspires to repeat the achievement and win the European title for the second time in a row, an achievement previously only achieved by Spain in 2008 and 2012.
Luis Enrique (Spain)
Luis Enrique, 51, coached the Spain national team after Fernando Hierro’s short experience in the 2018 World Cup, and he hopes to achieve remarkable success, similar to his distinguished experience with Barcelona, which enabled him to be crowned the FIFA Best coach in the world in 2015.
Enrique took some bold decisions before the start of the European Championship 2020, most notably abandoning captain Sergio Ramos, and it remains to be seen whether those decisions will bear fruit, starting with the fifth group matches, which includes Sweden, Poland and Slovakia.
Didier Deschamps (France)
Didier Deschamps, 52, has coached the French national team since July 2012, and after losing the quarter-final against Germany in the 2014 World Cup and losing in the 2016 European Nations final against Portugal; He achieved the most important achievement by winning the 2018 World Cup.
France has a battalion of stars that makes it the strongest candidate to crown the current European Championship, led by Deschamps, who previously won the title as a player in 2000.