Sven-Goran Eriksson, Marcello Lippi and other high-profile managers at 2019 Asian Cup
Former England manager has taken charge of the Philippines national team ahead of the continental tournament next year
Marcello Lippi (China): The former Juventus manager is considered one of the finest tacticians of all time, winning five Scudettos and one Uefa Champions League with the Turin club. His crowning moment, though, was masterminding Italy’s 2006 Fifa World Cup success, when the Azzurri defeated France on penalties in the final. Has managed his homeland in two different stints – the second was poor - before moving to China in 2012, first leading Guangzhou Evergrande to the Asian Champions League title. Took charge of the Chinese national team in 2016. Getty Images
Alberto Zaccheroni (UAE): Another Italian, another former Juventus manager. Zaccheroni rose to fame with Udinese in Serie A before guiding AC Milan to the Scudetto in the 1998/99 season. Went on to manage a host of clubs in Italy’s top flight, but his most recent highlight was lifting Japan to Asian Cup success in 2011. Zaccheroni had taken charge of the national team only months before. Appointed UAE manager 12 months ago, he is now charged with helping the hosts provide a strong showing in the continent's marquee event, on home soil. EPA
Carlos Queiroz (Iran): The Portuguese has coaching experience at two of the world’s leading clubs: Manchester United and Real Madrid. Was twice assistant to Alex Ferguson at the former, helping the team to the 2008 Uefa Champions League trophy, while a season at the latter from 2003 ultimately disappointed. Has managed three teams at the World Cup – South Africa, Portugal and Iran – overseeing Iran’s rise to becoming the highest-ranked Asian side in Fifa’s standings. Appointed in 2011, now the longest-serving manager in the country's history. EPA
Hector Cuper (Uzbekistan): A lengthy coaching career includes stints in some of Europe’s most prominent leagues, with spells at Valencia, Inter Milan, Real Betis and Parma. The Argentine took Valencia twice to the Uefa Champions League final, in 2000 and 2001, but lost both times. Following a brief, unsuccessful time at Dubai’s Al Wasl in the 2013/14 season, Cuper was installed as Egypt manager in 2015. Guided the country this summer to a first World Cup in 28 years, but disappointed hugely in Russia. Appointed Uzbekistan manager in August. EPA
Paulo Bento (South Korea): Having spent the majority of his playing career in his homeland, the Portuguese moved into management with former club Sporting Lisbon. There, he enjoyed success primarily in the leading domestic cup competition, winning it twice. Was installed as Portugal manager in 2010, and guided his national team to the semi-finals at the 2012 European Championship where they lost on penalties to Spain. Portugal then struggled at the 2014 World Cup, though, prompting Bento's dismissal shortly after. Took the reins of South Korea, twice Asian champions, in August. Reuters
On Saturday, the Philippines announced the surprise
appointment of Sven-Goran Eriksson as manager. The Swede, who has managed Lazio, Manchester City and the England national team in a notable career, will lead his new side at the 2019 Asian Cup, which takes place in the UAE from January 5-February 1.
In the photo gallery above, we look at some of the other high-profile managers set for the tournament in the Emirates.
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Updated: October 28, 2018 11:55 AM