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Top Ten Best-Paid Managers In The World

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Brazilian sports business consultants – Pluri Consultoria – have this week published online a list of the best-paid football managers in the world, by annual salary.

There is no surprise who heads the pack but there are some interesting names on the list. Here at IntoTheTopCorner, we have a look at the top ten managers from that rich list…

10. ROBERTO MANCINI (MANCHESTER CITY | €5.9 MILLION)

Roberto-Mancini

When you are managing a club owned by oil-rich owners you are expected to be earning a huge annual salary and it’s no surprise to see the current Manchester City manager on the list, perhaps that he is tenth on the list is a bit surprising. The former Inter and Lazio boss has won the FA Cup and the Premier League during his time at Eastlands and is at the helm of Europe’s few undefeated teams in the league this season.

9. JOSE CAMACHO (CHINA | €5.9 MILLION)

Jose-Camacho

In order to catch up with the Asian heavyweights like Japan and South Korea, the rich Chinese FA searched in many parts of Europe – mainly the Netherlands, Germany and Spain – for an experienced coach, and appointed Jose Camacho. The former Spain and Real Madrid coach was given the job with objective of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Despite his huge annual paycheck the Spaniard failed and is now preparing for next year’s Asian Cup.

8. TITO VILANOVA (BARCELONA | €7 MILLION)

Tito-Vilanova

Taking over at Barcelona is not an easy job especially from the club’s most successful manager in history – Pep Guardiola. However, the former assistant is justifying his millions in his first top-flight job and currently has a win rate of 86%, which is more than his predecessor. The Catalan giants are 11 points clear of Real Madrid in the league and through to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

7. FABIO CAPELLO (RUSSIA | €7.8 MILLION)

Fabio-Capello

A CV boasting of five Serie A titles, one Champions League and two La Liga titles, it’s no surprise that the Italian is the best-paid international manager in the world during his current tenure as Russia coach. His current salary is a slight increase than what he earned during his time as England coach, where his contributions were a bit disappointing. However, the Russians under Capello are undefeated with five win in seven games and are at the top of their World Cup qualifying group.

6. GUUS HIDDINK (ANZHI MAKHACHKALA | €8.3 MILLION)

Guus-Hiddink

Like Capello, the Dutchman has also enjoed a long and successful managerial career at club and international level. After failing to qualify for Euro 2012 in Poland & Ukraine with Turkey, Hiddink joined the Russian moneybags earlier this year. With Anzhi second in the Russian Premier League, the former Chelsea boss has announced that his current annual paycheck will be the last one as he will be retiring at the end of the season.

5. ARSENE WENGER (ARSENAL | €9.3 MILLION)

Arsene-Wenger

With his intelligent spending, innovative training techniques and brilliant ability to develop youngsters, the Frenchman might be the cleverest manager in the game and he gets very well paid for that. Wenger has delivered three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and 15 consecutive seasons of Champions League football since taking over at Arsenal in 1996. Yet his willingness to sell Arsenal’s best players has been identified as a major flaw by the fans. With the Gunners virtually out of the title race, Wenger’s days may be numbered if his team fails to finish in the top four.

4. SIR ALEX FERGUSON (MANCHESTER UNITED | €9.4 MILLION)

Sir-Alex-Ferguson

The Scot has been at the same job – Manchester United – for over 25 years, which makes his annual salary seem relatively modest compared to ones above him in the list. The Red Devils were in deep trouble when he took over and has made them one of most successful teams in the world by winning 12 league titles, two Champions Leagues, five FA Cups and four League Cups. This season, Sir Alex’s side remain on course for yet another league title and have also reached the last-16 of the Champions League.

3. MARCELLO LIPPI (GUANGZHOU EVERGRANDE | €10 MILLION)

Marcello-Lippi

A manager whose resume boasts a World Cup, five Serie A titles and a Champions  League is expected to earn an annual salary in double figures. The former Italy coach joined the Chinese Super League champions in May this year on a two-and-a-half year contract worth up to €30 million. So far, Lippi has fulfilled the club’s expectations by guiding them to their second consecutive league title in October and also by winning the Chinese FA Cup in November for the first time evert in the club’s history.

2. CARLO ANCELOTTI (PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN | €13.5 MILLION)

Carlo-Ancelotti

The Italian proved that getting sacked at Chelsea doesn’t put a dent to your managerial career when he signing a multi-million Euro deal to take over at Qatar-funded PSG last year. He took charge when the French side were at the top of the league, but failed to guide them to the title. Despite spending heavily during the transfer windows, he has yet to bring any silverware to the Paresians. However, the former Milan boss could turn things around this season, as PSG are third in the league – five points behind Lyon – and are through to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

1, JOSE MOURINHO (REAL MADRID | €15.3 MILLION)

Jose-Mourinho

The Portuguese takes home the largest amount each year and it is hardly surprising given his extraordinary record since guiding Porto to an historic treble in 2003. The Special One has won league titles in Portugal, England, Italy and Spain and has also won the Champions League with Porto and Inter. However, things aren’t going well for him in the current campaign, with Los Blancos 11 points behind leaders Barcelona. Such a margin is a bit too much in the La Liga and if Mou fails to bring the Champions League to the Bernabeu, he might get his marching orders at the end of the season.

Here are the remaining twenty managers from the 30-man rich list..

11. Frank Rijkaard (Saudi Arabia | €5.3 Million)
12. Jupp Heynckes (Bayern Munich | €5.2 Million)
13. Andre Villas-Boas (Tottenham Hotspur | €4.5 Million)
14. Harry Redknapp (Queens Park Rangers | €4 Million)
15. Jorge Jesus (Benfica | €4 Million)
16. David Moyes (Everton | €3.6 Million)
17. Manuel Pellegrini (Malaga | €3.6 Million)
18. Paulo Autuori (Qatar | €3.6 Million)
19. Abel Braga (Fluminense | €3.5 Million)
20. Luciano Spaletti (Zenit St Petersburg | €3.3 Million)
21. Antonio Conte (Juventus | €3 Million)
22. Cesare Prandelli (Italy | €3 Million)
23. Luxemburgo (Gremio | €3 Million)
24. Muricy (Santos | €3 Million)
25. Tite (Corinthians | €3 Million)
26. Ottmar Hitzfeld (Switzerland | €2.6 Million)
27. Joachim Low (Germany | €2.5 Million)
28. Marcelo Biesla (Athletic Bilbao | €2.5 Million)
29. Martin O’Neill (Sunderland | €2.5 Million)
30. Roy Hodgson (England | €2.5 Million)

Top Five International Thrashings

Every now and then international football throws up some real mismatch, such as Brazil’s recent 8-0 thumping of China, in which the most sought-after youngster Neymar scored a hat-trick. 

The South Americans may have routed the Chinese, but it was still long way off the world record for football biggest international victory. Here we have a look at the top five one-sided international matches ever..

1. Australia 31-0 American Samoa, World Cup qualifier, 11 April 2001

2. Kuwait 20-0 Bhutan, Asian Cup qualifier, 16 February 2000

3. Iran 17-0 Maldives, World Cup qualifier, 4 June 1997

4. South Korea 16-0 Nepal, World Cup qualifier, 1 October 2003

5. Germany 13-0 San Marino, Euro qualifying, 6 September 2006

Premier League 2012/13 Team Preview – Queens Park Rangers

Welcome to IntoTheTopCorner’s team-by-team preview to the new Barclays Premier League season. Here we look at Queens Park Rangers’ vital stats, their summer transfers and analyse their chances.

Manager: Mark Hughes.
Captain: TBD.
Stadium: Loftus Road (18,360).
Last season: 17th.
Leading scorer (PL): Heidar Helguson (8).
Odds: Title 1500-1. Relegation 9-1.

In: Jose Bosingwa (Free, Chelsea), Samba Diakite (£3.5m, Nancy), Fabio (Loan, Manchester United) Robert Green (Free, West Ham), Junior Hoilett (Free, Blackburn), Andrew Johnson (Free, Fulham), Stephane Mbia (Loan, Marseille), Ryan Nelsen (Free, Tottenham), Park Ji-Sing (£2.5m, Q.R.R).

Out: Patrick Agyemang (Released), Joey Barton (Loan, Marseille), Gary Borrowdale (Released), Akos Buzsaky (Released), Lee Cook (Released), Danny Gabbidon (Released), Fitz Hall (Released), Heidar Helguson (Undisc., Cardiff), Paddy Kenny (£440k, Leeds), Bruno Perone (Released), Elvijs Putnis (Released), Peter Ramage (Free, Crystal Palace), Dan Shittu (Free, Millwall), Rowan Vine (Free, St Johnstone).

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Key Man – Park Ji-Sung
The former Korean international is undoubtedly QPR’s marquee signing of the summer and the former Manchester United man, who won four Premier League titles and one Champions League title during his time at Old Trafford, is expected to bring in some vital experience, quality and leadership to take up a key role in Mark Hughes’ side.

Opening Fixtures
18-Aug – Swansea (H)
25-Aug – Norwich (A)
01-Sep – Man City (A)
15-Sep – Chelsea (H)
22-Sep – Tottenham (A)
01-Oct – West Ham (H)

Probable Formation (4-4-2): Green; Bosingwa, Ferdinand, Nelsen, Fabio; Hoilett, Taarabt, Diakite, Park; Cisse, Zamora.

Verdict: After last season’s rollercoaster ride surving the drop, QPR’s owners have spent enough in the summer to make sure they won’t be involved in another relegation battle this season. Park Ji-Sung is by far the best signing of all – his time at Manchester United has taught him a lot, and his work-rate is probably the best in the Premier League. Former Blackburn winger Junior Hoilett is another shrewd purchase by the former Blackburn manager – Mark Hughes, along with the experienced trio of England international keeper Robert Green, New Zealand skipper Ryan Nelsen and former Everton forward Andrew Johnson. Hughes has strengthened the squad with some smart signings and I have a feeling that QPR could surprise a few people this season and exceed expectations.

Prediction: 9th.

Premier League’s Five Forgotten Players

With all the teams busy with their pre-season preparations for the new season, it’s time to look forward and build-up to the new season which kicks-off within a month’s time. Today, we look at Premier League’s five forgotten players. Footballers who came in with a lot of hype and expectations, but now have faded away or suffered bad injuries and are almost forgotten by the fans.

1. DENILSON – ARSENAL

The product of Sao Paulo’s youth academy, Denilson joined Arsenal in 2006, a few weeks after the Gunners had lifted the FA Cup – their last trophy till date. The Brazilian was described as “a little bit in between Tomas Rosicky and Gilberto” by the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and he made his debut in October same year. He has made around 153 appearances for the Gunners but has been very inconsitent with his performances and has also failed to deal with the physical demands of the Premier League. Last season he was shipped back to Sao Paulo on a season long loan, where he picked up two red cards in the opening three games, which caused some commotion in Brazil. The Brazilian Under-17 international has agreed to stay at Morumbi for another season on loan, after which he will have just 12 months left on his Arsenal contract.

2. PARK CHU-YOUNG – ARSENAL

Arsene Wenger spent around £5m to bring the South Korean international forward to the Emirates from Monaco last August. During the press conference to unveil the striker, the Gunners’ boss declared: “He will add true quality to our attacking forces and will be a valuable addition to the squad.” A season later, the 27-year-old has made just one Premier League appearance. With Nicklas Bendtner (Sunderland) and Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad) both away on loan, fans had expected their new signing to shine in his debut season and follow the footsteps of his former Korean skipper Park Ji-Sung. But that never happened, as the Korean was able to play just seven minutes of Arsenal’s 38 Premier League games last season. The striker who has netted 25 times for South Korea will have an important part to play for his country at the Olympics this summer, but Arsenal may sell him before the transfer window closes.

3. ALBERTO AQUILANI – LIVERPOOL

The Italian joined Rafa Benitez’s Liverpool in 2009 as a replacement for the Spaniard Xabi Alonso – who departed for Real Madrid. A fee around £17m added to expectations heaped on his shoulders following impressive displays during his seven years with his home club, AS Roma. Unfortunately the lady luck was not on the Italian’s side, as he had to wait until November 2009 to recover from an injury and make his Premier League debut. A lot of comparisions made of him to Alonso, proved immature as Aquilani was more attack minded and preferred playing further up the field. After a poor first season and the departure of Benitez, the Italian was sent away on loan to Juventus in 2010/11 and then to AC Milan last season. Even though Aquilani has made just 18 appearances for the Reds, the arrival of Brendan Rodgers and the signing of compatriot Fabio Borini (from Roma) looks to have given him a second chance to prove himself at Anfield.

4. MICHAEL JOHNSON – MANCHESTER CITY

The academy graduate at Manchester City, Johnson burst on to the scene as an 18-year-old where his vision, passing ability and control of the ball in the midfield started the talk of him becoming one of the future stars of English football. But his career has gone the other way around thanks to a succession of abdominal, knee and groin injuries. Since making 23 Premier League appearances for the City in the 2007-08 campaign, the 24-year-old has featured just 11 times in the league in the last four years with seven of those on loan at Leicester City. Roberto Mancini is looking offload the former England Under-21 international but there are no takers for him and will have to wait till his current contract to expire in June 2013.

5. GIOVANI DOS SANTOS – TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Juande Ramos brought the Mexican – a product of Barcelona’s famous academy of La Masia – to White Hart Lane in the summer of 2008 for a fee reported to be around €6m. The young attacking midfielder impressed in his first season in the capital making 12 appearances for the first team before he was loaned away to Ipswich for the reminder of the season. Dos Santos failed to impress Tottenham’s new manager Harry Redknapp – who was appointed after Ramos was sakced for poor results – which resulted him being sent away on loan to Galatasaray in 2009-10 and then to Racing Santander in 2010-11. The 23-year-old remained at White Hart Lane last season but was able to feature only seven times in the Premier League after his commitments on-and-off-the-field were questioned by the former Portsmouth and Southampton boss. The Mexican international has just a year left on his four year contract and will be available for free at the end of the season but he is desperate to leave and return to the La Liga before the end of August.