The clash between former assistant and boss, in Nagelsman and Tuchel won’t be the first we would be seeing in the world of football, and it won’t be the last. In this case, we would be seeing a true clash of the tactical know-how of a master and apprentice, which has been one of the natures that football comes up with.
In a lot of more famous meetings between master and apprentice, we’ve seen in the past where apprentice eventually triumph over his master.
When a clash of this magnitude comes up, a lot would be expected from the semi-final clash between RB Leipzig and Paris Saint Germain, both teams been managed by the apprentice Julian Nagelsman and the master Thomas Tuchel.
Ahead of the UEFA Champions League semifinals clash between Atletico Madrid’s conqueror RB Leipzig and Paris Saint Germain, which would ever be their first meeting as opposing managers in the Champions League for both coaches from Germany. The ‘Apprentice and the ‘Master’, with Julian Nagelsman been the apprentice, having worked briefly under Tuchel at Augsburg II, while Thomas Tuchel is the master.
Nagelsman had clearly been given his defining managerial education by Tuchel even though it was on a short spell.
As short as the spell with Tuchel could be, it’s no doubt that Julian Nagelsman was an apprentice under Thomas Tuchel. A manager, Nagelsman would be facing in the semis.
At age 30, Julian Nagelsman was already in his second season as one of the finest managers at the highest level, notably Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga.
The German persistent knee injuries put a quick end to his hope of playing football professionally, and in the mystery of getting what to get himself involved in. He went to study business at the university, after his graduation, Nagelsman realized that he isn’t meant to be a business person as such he switched his attention into sport sciences.
While Thomas Tuchel took over the reins at Mainz at age 36, although the present Paris Saint Germain gaffer started honing his managerial career in 2000, as a youth team manager at VFB Stuttgart. Aiding the development of young players in the team such as former Die Mannschaft forward Mario Gomez and Holger Badstuber.
After five years in 2005, Tuchel returned to Augsburg who was impressed with what he was doing at Stuttgart as a youth manager, with that he was given a role as the youth team manager, a role which laid the foundation of his managerial career.
The current Paris Saint Germain boss spent the best part of a decade honing his craft probably in a more decent club as a manager on the touchline with Mainz. Before moving a step further to Borussia Dortmund, the former BVB manager was a defender during his playing days with the Augsburg youth team. Unfortunately, he was asked to leave without making the first team.
Tuchel moved elsewhere in search to play football professionally, he joined lowly Stuttgarter Kickers side playing in the Bundesliga II for a short spell. He makes eight outings in the Bundesliga II, before going on to join a third-tier side in SSV Ulm, where he had over 68 appearances before injury forced him to draw the curtain on his professional career quickly at age 24.
Tuchel’s career as a top manager began at Mainz in 2009, having built his credentials and also established himself as one the manager to look out for back at Augsburg II. In the summer of 2009, he was touted to be the U21 assistant manager of the German team, as well as Hoffenheim reserve manager, but all of the rumors in the media died when Mainz came calling.
He has unveiled as the manager of Mainz in 2009 after his predecessor Andersen was sacked following his team’s poor performance in the cup competition, which they lost to a lower league side in VFB Lubeck. Tuchel’s trajectory with Mainz was great and despite Mainz just only been promoted to the top flight the previous season he took the rein.
He took the team to a ninth-place position in his debut season in the Bundesliga, and since then the rest they say is history. Tuchel would be in the dugout as Paris Saint Germain gaffer in the semis, having scaled the scare and hurdle of Atalanta.
Nagelsman on the other hand, against all odds, tinkered his team, RB Leipzig, to the semi-final against a well-proven Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid. A clash which almost 80 percent of football enthusiast thought the Spanish side would take Nagelsman’s team to the cleaner, but surprisingly it’s turned out to be something different as RB Leipzig a team with no huge European experiences and reputation unlike the ‘Rojiblancos‘, defeated the former Champions League finalist 2-1.
Nagelsman’s RB Leipzig side are only 11 years old, founded in 2009. Reaching the semi-final of champions league it’s a big deal for the team and the management, as what they’ve been building since 2009 has actually bring in some positive results.
The young German gaffer which i term the apprentice would be preparing his team to once again do the unthinkable against his master Thomas Tuchel’s Paris Saint Germain. It would be fair to say the RB Leipzig project so far is ahead of time or schedule as the case may be they are yet to win any major trophy.
However with the look of things in this weird 2019-20 champion league season that has been greatly affected by the pandemic, which made the competition to be narrow down to a one-legged affair without the opportunity of playing the second leg. Nagelsman’s side could launch an assault on the champions league if they scale through the hurdle of Thomas Tuchel’s fire power side.
The clash between the German side and the French side would be a match that would clearly show what the apprentice has successfully learned from his master. And if RB Leipzig performance against Atletico were anything to go by, then we might be seeing another big shocker when they face Paris Saint Germain in the semi-final. We can only wait to see how things would pan out.
Super League: Respect & Dialogue Needed To Restore Normality
The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, disapproving the concept of Super League
President Gianni Infantino has called for respect and dialogue as he expressed FIFA’s strong disapproval of the proposed European Superleague project, and has requested that the concerned parties consider their position in line with respecting the institutions that exist to protect the interest of national, European, and global football.
“FIFA is an organization which is built on values, the true values of sport,” said the FIFA President in his address to the 45th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Montreux, Switzerland.
“It is an organization that is built on our statutes, the statutes that define the institutional framework, with the pyramid, with FIFA, the confederations, the associations, the leagues, the clubs, the players. And at FIFA, we can only strongly disapprove of the creation of a super league which is a closed shop, which is a breakaway from the current institutions, from the leagues, from the associations, from UEFA, and from FIFA, which is outside of the system. There is no doubt whatsoever of FIFA’s disapproval for this.”
The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, and a model that he promoted in his 16 years at UEFA:
“FIFA is here, and I am here today as FIFA President, to bring full support to European football, to UEFA, and the 55 member associations of UEFA and of FIFA, to the leagues, clubs, players, and to fans. To all the fans, all over Europe, and actually all over the world as well.”
“We can see that there is a lot to throw away for the short-term financial gain of some,” the FIFA President added. “People need to think very carefully, they need to reflect, and they need to assume responsibility. They need to think not only of their shareholders, but they need to think about all the people, of all the fans, of all those who have contributed to making European football what it is today. It goes back not only decades, it goes back more than one hundred years. People – with love, with passion, with commitment – have created all this. And we need to protect this. It is our task.”
“FIFA is a democratic organization, an organization that is open,” the FIFA President concluded. “Everyone can bring ideas and proposals, but always with respect for the institutions, leagues, associations, UEFA, and FIFA.
With respect for the history and with the respect for the passion of so many people around the world. I understand as well that on these particular days, emotions are very high, but we need to always keep the line. Football is hope, and it is our responsibility to make hope a reality. So we hope that everything will go back to normal and that everything will be settled, but always with acting responsibly, with respect, with solidarity, and always in the interest of national, European, and global football.”
3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere
The English Premier League has welcomed some of the best players in the history of football. Players from different continents have made a huge impact on the league with impressive performances. There are others who failed to impress and can be termed as flops.
The League is quite unique from other European leagues. It is more competitive, fierce, physically challenging in nature. Needless to say, a player who isn’t mentally and physically geared up for this will stumble under the pressure.
Established stars can fall by the wayside with their former successes and triumphs becoming nothing more than a footnote in the EPL. Impressively, some of these players put in impressive performances when they moved to other leagues.
3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big In Other Leagues
Following the impending sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Tottenham bought several players, one of the players they bought was Paulinho.
Paulinho was signed from Corinthians in Brazil where he helped them win the Copa Libertadores, Brasileirao, and the FIFA Club World Cup.
They defeated Chelsea in the latter to lift the trophy. Importantly, he had just won the FIFA Confederations Cup with Brazil and was voted as the third-best player at the tournament.
He joined Tottenham as the club’s record signing in 2013, so a lot was expected of him. However, his performance was not as impressive as the club had envisaged. He was later sold to Guangzhou Evergrande in China at a loss.
The Brazilian’s transfer to the Chinese league resulted in a change of fortunes, as helped the club claim the Chinese league and the AFC Champions League title in his first season.
In the second, he was voted into the Chinese League team of the year in recognition of his performance. Also, he won the league, FA Cup, and Super Cup.
Although critics downplayed his performance, citing the standard of the Chinese league compared to the English league, Paulinho impressed in Spain too following a €40 million move to Barcelona.
Paulinho helped the club claim the league and the Copa del Rey trophy. His performance in his only season with Barcelona impressed Ronaldinho who said: “He really stood out.”
- Iago Aspas
Most Premier League fan remembers Aspas only as a Liverpool flop with the number 9 jersey. Aspas moved from boyhood club Celta Vigo to Liverpool for a deal estimated to be around £7.7 m, with Liverpool hoping to have unearthed a gem. However, that gem turns dregs, failing to score in any of his 14 league appearances.
After just one season, Liverpool decided that they have seen enough so they sent him on a season-long loan to Sevilla with an obligation to buy. In his season-long loan at the club, he was the joint top scorer in the Copa del Rey alongside Neymar with 7 goals and won the UEFA Europa League.
At the end of his season-long loan at Sevilla, the club signed him from Liverpool but sold him to Celta Vigo in the same transfer window. In every of his first 5 seasons at Celta Vigo, he scored in double digits.
In fact, in three of the 5 seasons, he won the Zarra Trophy awarded to the Spanish player with the most league goals in a season. As of December 2020, Aspas had won La Liga player of the month four times.
- Diego Forlan
Perhaps, the most notable and interesting English Premier League flop who became a star in another League. He was not just impressive in another league; he was extraordinary with his National team Uruguay.
Sir Alex Ferguson signed Forlan in 2001 following the attacker’s impressive form at Independiente in Argentina. In his first season in England, Forlan made 18 appearances but failed to score a single goal. The two seasons after were not impressive either, hence his transfer to Villarreal.
Impressively, Forlan scored 25 league goals in his first season with Villarreal and won the league’s top scorers award (2004/05). Also, he was awarded the European Golden Shoe award alongside Thierry Henry the same year. He left the club two seasons later for Atletico with 59 goals scored in 128 matches.
In his second season with Atletico Madrid (2008/09), Forlan beat Samuel Eto’o to the Spanish league’s top scorer’s award. He scored 32 league goals in 33 league appearances that season which earned him the Pichichi trophy. Again, he won the European Golden Shoe but this time it was not shared with anyone.
The next season (2009/10), Forlan played a key role as Atletico won the Europa League. He scored six times in the tournament, including two in the 2-1 win over Fulham in the final. He was voted as the man of the match in the final.
With his national team, he was just as impressive; he scored the most goals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup alongside Thomas Muller, Wesley Sneijder, and David Villa.
Furthermore, he was voted into the FIFA World Cup dream team and won the Golden Ball and goal of the tournament title. By the time he retired, he was Uruguay’s highest goal scorer in history, a record which has since been broken by Luis Suarez.
Forlan eventually became so good that some Football fans think he is the caliber of player that could have won the Ballon d’Or.
There are several reasons why players struggle when they change clubs, especially to other countries. Culture, language, teammates, family are some factors that can affect their performances.
These 3 cases show that a player may fail to perform in one league but go on to become a star in another league.