Indian Super League 2016: Meet the Managers

The highly awaited Indian Super League is not only about its marquee players, but also the managers, who put in their sweat and blood for the success of their respective franchises. Many of these globally renowned managers had been at the helm of some of the top football clubs in International football. 

Here are the brief profiles of the managers at the helm of their respective clubs in the Indian Super League 2016. 

Jose Francisco Molina (Atletico de Kolkata)

Jose Francisco Molina has been appointed as the manager of the inaugural champions of the Indian Super League, Atletico de Kolkata. Jose Francisco Molina spent most of his football career playing as a goalkeeper for Atletico Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna.

Before taking charge of Kolkata, the Spaniard shared his football insights with Spanish clubs Villarreal and Getafe. Molina’s most successful stint was as at Hong Kong Club Kitchee, where he led them to the quarter-finals of the AFC Cup in 2014.    

Marco Materazzi (Chennaiyin FC)

A major portion of the credit for leading Chennaiyin FC to the ISL crown last season goes to its Italian coach Marco Materazzi. Throughout his playing career, Materazzi has played for some of the top clubs in Italy – most of which was spent in the colours of Inter Milan. Materazzi gained international notoriety after instigating French legend Zinedine Zidane into headbutting him in the final of the 2006 World Cup. But for the newly turned manager, it was his stint last season with Chennayin that made the world stand up and take notice of his managerial abilities. 

Gianluca Zambrotta (Delhi Dynamos)

Replacing the legendary Roberto Carlos to manage the lions for the oncoming season is the former Italian full back Gianluca Zambrotta. Zambrotta, who has had an illustrious international career with club and country, won the FIFA World Cup of 2006 and finished Runner-ups in 2000 UEFA European Championship.


The former Juventus star though has a short-hand experience in terms of managing clubs. He will be hoping to guide the Delhi Dynamos to glory after two inconsistent displays from the side in the last two seasons. 

Also read: Marquee players of ISL 2016

Zico (FC Goa)

A semi-final finish in the first season and runners up last time around! That is a fitting introduction to this legendary Brazilian’s managerial abilities. Zico, as he is commonly known as, would be the guiding force for FC Goa in the upcoming leg of the Indian Super League. His individual playing honours easily outnumber the strength of the whole Delhi squad. Zico has won 7 cup titles as the manager of his respective clubs since he began coaching in 2002. Still reeling from losing the final in the dying seconds last year, Zico would be hoping to take FC Goa a step further this time around.    

Steve Coppell (Kerala Blasters)

A true Premier League product, Steve Coppell has been the topmost signing for the Kerala Blasters in year’s edition of the Indian Super league. This former Manchester United winger is known to get the best out of every available resource or talent in the squad. He won two ‘Manager of the Year’ accolades during his coaching stint at Reading in the English football seasons of 2005-06 and 2006-07.


Coppell will bring his necessary experience to benefit a side (Kerala Blasters) which finished at the 8th spot last season.  

Alexandre Guimaraes (Mumbai City FC)

One of the most decorated coaches in Costa Rica’s football history, Alexandre Guimaraes is Mumbai City FC’s replacement for previous coach Nicolas Anelka for 2016 edition of the Indian Super League. The man is renowned for leading his national side through the qualifiers of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. 

Nelo Vingada (Northeast United)

Nelo Vingada is the most experienced manager of the lot having been at the helm of more than 20 football clubs in his career. The Portuguese manager Nelo Vingada was appointed to fill in the vacancy created by the departure of former manager Sergio Farias, who abandoned the club months after giving his commitment to Northeast United.

Antonio Lopez Habas (Pune City)

Antonio Lopez Habas was appointed as the new manager of Pune City FC for the 2016 edition of ISL. The Spaniard was at the helm of Atletico de Kolkata as they won the inaugural season of the Indian Super League. With him on board leading the Stallions, the Pune franchise will be hopeful of a top 4 spot after finishing 7th and 6th in the last two editions.  

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