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Success they say has so many friends, years ago no one would definitely have looked at the Bundesliga and thought of a brilliant manager in Julian Nagelsmann being unearthed.

Also, no one would’ve been able to tell at the early stages of the just concluded COVID-19 elongated season that a manager younger than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi would lead a team to the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League. Basically, the youngest manager ever to manage a team in the last four of the UEFA Champions League.

Widely regarded as one of the world’s most canny football tacticians, albeit very young. Julian Nagelsmann right from his days at Hoffenheim has been constantly finding innovative new ways to squeeze every last drop out of his players.

You might want to say a younger version Jose Mourinho – and this is one of the characteristics of the Special One, Jose Mourinho; who Nagelsmann has been nicknamed after. “Mini Mourinho” while he was at Hoffenheim.

Julian Nagelsmann, a defender in his playing days has shown he’s very much his own man, going about his business silently after impressing with Hoffenheim for three and a half seasons and guiding his new team (RB Leipzig) to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals for the first time in eleven years of the club’s existence.

 Julian Nagelsmann’s Rise

The current RB Leipzig boss is, of course, no stranger to the limelight as he attracted considerable attention when appointed as the coach of TSG Hoffenheim when he was just 28-years-old.

Nagelsmann as a player played for 1860 Munich‘s youth sides but due to his constant struggle with injuries – knee injury precisely, his football career ended before it started shortly after he had joined Augsburg, aged just 20.

However, his decision not to give up on football having retired at a very young age seems to have paid off immensely. He said,

“At first, I didn’t want anything more to do with football, It was very sad for me that I had to end my career so young.”

The 33-year-old is the youngest permanent manager as far as the German Bundesliga is concerned – and considering his exploits in his first three years as a manager, he’s bound to set more astonishing records in a couple of years.

After his retirement as a player, Nagelsmann studied business administration in university but dropped out after four semesters. (Another Jose Mourinho trait in Nagelsmann). Jose Mourinho dropped out of a business school after just one day.

He bagged his Bachelor’s degree in sports science after which he ventured into the coaching business, returning to his former club 1860 Munich as an assistant to Alexander Schmidt for Munich’s U17 team from 2008 to 2010.

Nagelsmann managed different youth teams the following years and has impressed the management of the club in such a short time. He was promoted to be an assistant manager during Hoffenheim’s 2012–13 season, and up until 11 February 2016, was coaching the club’s U19 team.

Unlike other managers, “Mini Mourinho” has been winning titles as a baby manager. He led Hoffenheim’s U19 team to win the 2013–14 Under 19 Bundesliga title. His stint with Hoffeinheim’s cadre teams served as an open-sesame which was well studied by the Hoffenheim hierarchy. This made him become the anointed successor to the then Hoffenheim manager (Huub Stevens).

READ ALSO: Jose Mourinho – 10 Unknown Facts About The Special One

And in the wake of Stevens’ resignation as the head coach of Hoffenheim due to health complications, Nagelsmann’s appointment came earlier than expected. He was brought forward by the management a day after Stevens’resignation and took over the reign.

As at the time he was appointed, Hoffenheim was 17th on the log, 7 points from the safety of 15th spot, and facing relegation. Thus, his first assignment at Hoffenheim was to ensure that the Die Kraichgauer does not relegate to the second tier of the German Bundesliga.

Eventually, Hoffenheim avoided relegation having won 7 of their remaining 14 matches and finished a point above the relegation playoff spot.

As if that wasn’t enough, those who expressed skepticism about his lack of top-flight experience were soon proven wrong as the young German coach mapped out a game model that allowed Hoffenheim to challenge for European qualification in the following season and became consistent with European qualification in subsequent seasons.

Julian Nagelsmann: Europe's Hottest Young Manager

Nagelsmann took Hoffenheim from the brink of relegation to the Champions League in a year

Having performed excellently well at the helms, Nagelsmann was on the 9th of June 2017 given a contract extension until 2021 but just a year after his extension, Hoffenheim announced that Nagelsmann would be leaving the club at the end of the 2018–19 season.

The Upgrade To RB Leipzig, The Philosophy & Tactics

Without a doubt, huge speculations have trailed the progress of Julian Nagelsmann in the last two seasons – par for the course, for him to have been regarded that much at Hoffenheim, it’s unsurprising.

The speculation however has been about the next move he would make in order to further his coaching career. Indeed, a move to RB Leipzig is not only an upgrade but also another selling point for the German gaffer.

Right from his first match in charge of Leipzig, it became evident that Nagelsmann would be the next big thing in German football – as well as one of the coaches to keep a tab on.

The Landsberg am Lech-born tactician is one of the most tactically sound managers in Europe as of now. Nagelsmann just like Mourinho is not one manager who favors possession above every other thing but unsurprisingly, there are also shades of Tuchel, among others in Nagelsmann’s playing philosophy and this is evident in his vertical attacking style.

If there’s one thing he acknowledges the erstwhile Borussia Dortmund boss (Thomas Tuchel) for, it’s the big influence he had on him at Augsburg reserve-team coach during the 2007/08 season. This was where Tuchel gave Nagelsmann the task of scouting upcoming opponents. Little wonder he’s come this far.

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His tactics are so flexible and quick to adjust against different teams. Against Atlético Madrid in the UCL, he used possessive-based tactics to alter Diego Simeone’s unfaltering defense, while against a resolute side like Bayern Munich, he adjusts his tactics to massive counter and massive defense.

Julian Nagelsmann: Europe's Hottest Young Manager

Poached by Leipzig in 2019 and has created an attractive brand of football

He primarily employs a three-man defense-line with his attacking wing-backs going back and forth, but can likewise change to a four-man back-line at whatever point he considers it vital. For the most part, he employs vertical passing and unswerving approach-play to get through opponent’s defenses, while also keeping up a strong defense.

Nagelsmann likes to have a double fulcrum in his midfield, to reuse possession and disintegrate any unfriendly counterattacks. His wing-backs are entrusted with surging forward to give width on the overlap, while also helping out the defensive effort.

In the attack, he typically employs a pair of strikers, one of the strikers is deployed as a target man, while the other drops deep to get the ball and assist in the team’s build-up (mostly what Lacazette does with Arsenal), as well as running the channels to give added width.

For Nagelsmann, he’s not one of those managers who easily get intoxicated with little success, this is one sure thing that has brought him this far and he always wants to get better.

Definitely, the success of this season (especially in the UEFA Champions League) would spur Julian Nagelsmann and RB Leipzig to a redefined 2020/2021 season.

And finally, the individual who named Nagelsmann “Mini Mourinho” must’ve been a wizard. One beautiful thing that most successful managers have in common in their total abstinence from social media.

And just like Mourinho, Nagelsmann has no social media presence but that’s not to say he hasn’t tried some social media accounts.

He can only get better, and it is only a matter of time before the big teams start calling on Nagelsmann’s services.

 

 

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3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

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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

  • Paulinho

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

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

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

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.

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  • Diego Forlan

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

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.

 

Conclusion

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.

 

 

 

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The beautiful game of football is arguably the only sport that entertains its fans with the opportunity to witness a genuine instance of sheer genius with a series of beautiful nutmegs. The display of skills, footwork, eye-catching dribbles by different players makes the game more entertaining.

A lot of players around the world can dribble, go past a defender with a single flick and pace. However, good dribblers can be considered as one of the most important key players of a team, as they can unlock any kind of defense.

There are tons of Football dribblers, but only the best have made it onto the CheapGoals list.

10. Roberto Rivelino

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Rivelino’s magic with the ball was unbelievable, doing things nobody ever has or will do on a football pitch, and also had a quality of certainty about himself when he was on the ball.

He would not only wind past his opponents but also mortify them and smash defenders’ confidence. Sudden speeding up, various body bluffs would see him outfox defenders on numerous occasions, as some would say Garrincha made the ball talk to his feet.

9. Pelé

Other than being authoritatively one of the best footballers to ever graced the beautiful game and lived with three World Cup medals, this iconic Brazilian player was incredible at dribbling. Being able to control the ball in front of defenders and going past them with ease and confidence is something an aspiring footballer would dream of.

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8. George Best

Undoubtedly one of England’s greatest players, having scored 137 goals in 361 appearances for Manchester United in a career that spread over more than a decade for the Red Devils. He had the confidence to make use of the ball within and outside of his boot so well that he could cut around players quickly and easily.

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7. Ronaldo

De Lima is known for dribbling past defenders and after that going ahead to score a goal. only a few players have aced the popular ‘step over’ dribble as Ronaldo always proved to be a match-winner time over time with his solo dribbles.

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6. Johan Cruyff

One of Cruyff’s best abilities was that he had the ability to recognize any weakness and shortcoming in a defender. Like De-lima, he had a move named after him called “The Cruyff Turn”. It would appear as though he was passing the ball to a teammate but instead to kick the ball, he would turn 90 degrees and drag the ball within his foot behind his back leg. This sudden 90-degree move always left the opponent over to the cleaners.

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5. Garrincha

Talking about football dribblers, Garrincha compared to Pele was generally viewed as the best dribbler ever. His extraordinary speed combined with his stunning ball control always leaves defenders powerless, and unfit to deal with his mesmerizing dribbles. At just 5ft 6inches Garrincha’s low center of gravity helped him weave around opponents effortlessly.

Top 10 Football Dribblers Of All Time

4. Diego Maradona

Maradona uses a style of dribbling called “Gambetta” in which he would use his body position to trick into going the wrong way.

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Maradona is an impudent, supreme football dribbler – who uses his small stature to make an extraordinary impact which made him one of the best dribblers in football. His strength and control made it difficult to knock him off the ball.

3. Okocha

Considered by many as a standout amongst one of the most skillful players in football, he was commended for his abilities and inventiveness. only if his prime had lasted longer, he may very well have been crowned with Ballon d’Or but Okocha is one of the best football dribblers. Be that as it may, it always a joy to watch the Nigerian dazzle on the football pitch.

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2. Ronaldinho

The former PSG forward and Brazil legend came into the limelight amid his time with Barcelona scoring 70 goals in 145 caps for the club. Dinho brought his mesmerizing pattern of football from the streets of Brazil onto the world stage, and defenders couldn’t deal with his skills and frills.

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Every little thing about him appeared to be so superb. From his sly bluffs to his sudden change in increasing speed, all that he did was accompanied by a smile all over his face. His most popular trick was  ‘Snake Bite’ where he would trick defenders by pushing the ball sideways, however, all of a sudden pulling the ball back the other way. He is considered one of the best football dribblers.

1.Lionel Messi

Having for all intents and purposes wins everything minus a World Cup, the four-time Balon d’Or winner is magnificently unstoppable on his day. The Barcelona forward has scored lots of stunning goals, beating three, four, even five players before firing it in the back of the net.

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Honourable Mentions

Mathias Sindelar, Zinedine Zidane, Micheal Laudrup, Adama Toure, Magico Gonzalez, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jr, Ariel Ortega, Eden Hazard,Dennis Bergkamp.

 

This is CheapGoal’s top 10 football dribblers, if any of our loving readers feel otherwise or have their preferred special list, pls don’t hesitate to drop and comment…

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