Although the players perform and dictate how a match plays out, it is often the managers and coaches who orchestrate these performances. The ISL has seen various coaches and managers make the best use of the platform to showcase their abilities. The following list discusses the top five ISL coaches so far.
Antonio López Habas
Antonio López Habas is now a household name in Indian football. With sufficient experience in managing sides in the ISL, Habas moves into his sixth season in India. He has managed Atlético de Kolkata (now ATK Mohun Bagan) and Pune City FC during his time in the ISL.
The former Valencia and Celta manager has already won two ISL titles during his time in India, both coming with the Kolkata-based franchise. He returned to Kolkata last season hoping to reach great heights with the team once again. The inclusion of players like Roy Krishna, David Williams, and youngster Liston Colaco furthers his intention of being dominant in attack.
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Lobera’s record speaks for itself. He is also a former Barcelona assistant manager and a former Barcelona youth team manager.
Lobera imposed his style of expansive and attacking football with FC Goa, and one can expect the same from him at Mumbai City FC. He already has a title under his belt with Mumbai City FC, and he will look to replicate the same in the 2021/22 season.
The Spanish coach can only be associated with one side in the ISL: Bengaluru FC. He was the man to replace Albert Roca at BFC and continue the successful years Roca brought to Bengaluru. Cuadrat’s side loved to keep possession and dominate the other side in midfield.
His style of play led to glory in the ISL during the 2018/19 campaign. However, his style of play seemingly deteriorated over the years due to ageing players being included in the side. The 2020/21 season eventually led to his downfall and subsequently to his dismissal after Bengaluru failed to make the top 4.
Zico is someone who probably does not get the recognition he deserves for his time in Indian football. He showed great promise with FC Goa in the first few seasons of the ISL. The Brazilian, who also formerly managed Olympiacos, spent three years with FC Goa in the ISL.
Out of his three years in the ISL, Zico put Goa on the top of the table during the second season and finished second during his first campaign. However, a glaring eighth-place finish in his final season with the club led to his departure.
Zico, despite his success with the club, does not have any silverware to show for his work.
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The famous Italian centre-back was an essential part of the initiation of the ISL. Popularly known for his headbutt moment with Zinedine Zidane in the 2006 World Cup final, Materazzi managed Chennaiyin FC in the ISL from 2014 to 2016.
During his time at the club, he acted as a player-manager, making seven appearances for the club. In terms of successes, he led Chennaiyin to their maiden ISL trophy in 2015. Although his final season with the club was poor, Materazzi was overall successful during his time with Chennaiyin.