National team head coaches often play a decisive role when it comes to which nation will secure the title. Otto Rehhagel showed it to the entire football world back in 2004. At the European Football Championship in Portugal, even the most optimistic Greek fans did not place a bet on Greece winning the tournament. But Euro Head Coach “King Otto” found the right recipe to get the most out of his side and win the Euro 2004 European Championship.
The Greek team had a stable defence and made the most use of their minimal chances in front of goal. Even during the group stages, the Greeks beat Spain in Group A and qualified for the quarter-finals as runners-up. There they defeated defending champions France with a goal from Angelos Charisteas. This was followed by victories against the Czech Republic and Portugal and Rehhagel went down in the annals as a Euro head coach legend.
Euro 2021 Head Coaches
At this European Championship, too, many fans are already placing bets on who will be the head coach and which team will prevail. Taking into consideration things like tactics, which players are available, and the success of the head coach will play a part in a considered bet making decision.
Belgium: Roberto Martinez
Roberto Martinez played at various clubs throughout his career but spent most of his time at Real Zaragoza, Wigan Athletic and Swansea City. As coach of Swansea City, he led the team to promotion from League One into the Championship. In 2013 he won the FA Cup against Manchester City with Wigan Athletic. He became Head Coach of the Belgian national team in August 2016 and the team has vastly developed since his time in charge. Belgium enter the Euro 2021 competition as the number one ranked team in the world and are one of the tournament favourites. Martinez also has a strong chance of becoming the Euro Head Coach of the tournament.
- LeoVegas: 13/2 Belgium to win Euro 2021
- 888sport: 5/1 Belgium to win Euro 2021
- 21.co.uk: 13/2 Belgium to win Euro 2021
Will England bring it home with Gareth Southgate?
No England fan will ever forget how Gareth Southgate, in 1996, playing in his own country, became the centre of tragedy. His missed penalty in the semifinals against Germany led to England getting knocked out of the Euro 96 tournament. To add further salt into that wound, the German team then went on to win the competition against the Czech Republic in the final.
Southgate played a total of 560 competitive games during his career and scored 28 goals. After a three-year tenure with the England U-21 national team, he took over the senior national team in 2016. Previously, Sam Allardyce had resigned after a scandal. After successes at the 2018 World Cup (quarter-finals) and the UEFA Nations League (3rd place), expectations for Southgate are high. England enter the tournament with one of the strongest squads and have a very good chance of winning. If there are no changes in venues, the English team will have a home advantage in both the group games and possible semi-finals and finals. Along with Belgium, England enter the tournament as favourites to win.
- LeoVegas: 24/5 England to win Euro 2021
- 888sport: 5/1 England to win Euro 2021
- 21.co.uk: 5/1 England to win Euro 2021
Denmark: Kasper Hjulmand
As a player, Hjulmand is not very widely known. He began his career as a coach at FC Nordsjælland, where he won the Danish Cup in 2010 and 2011. The team also qualified for the qualifying round of the Europa League. Both times, however, they lost against Sporting Lisbon. In May 2014 he moved to the Bundesliga as head coach from 1. FSV Mainz 05 until he left in February 2015 and returned to FC Nordsjælland in 2016. Since summer 2020 he has been the head coach of the Danish national team with Morten Wieghorst as his assistant. Denmark‘s chances of winning the title at the European Championship in 2021 are very slim.
- LeoVegas: 20/1 Denmark to win Euro 2021
- 888sport: 28/1 Denmark to win Euro 2021
- 21.co.uk: 20/1 Denmark to win Euro 2021
Will Jogi Löw be Germany’s Euro Head Coach?
In March 2021, Jogi Löw announced his resignation as German national head coach after the 2021 European Championship. The 2014 world champion coach won the DFB Cup with VfB Stuttgart in 1997 and lost the final of the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup to Chelsea the following year. After a few positions in Turkey, Germany and Austria, Jogi became assistant coach of the DFB team under Jürgen Klinsmann. After Klinsmann’s departure for the United States, Löw took over Germany with Hansi Flick in 2006. He led them to a World Cup championship in 2014. Germany is one of the favourites at Euro 2021. So Löw now has the opportunity to crown his international career with the Euro title.
- LeoVegas: 15/2 Germany to win Euro 2021
- 888sport: 15/2 Germany to win Euro 2021
- 21.co.uk: 15/2 Germany to win Euro 2021
Euro Head Coach: Finland
The name Markku Kanerva is unlikely to be common outside of Finland. The former Finnish international played for HJK Helsinki for the longest period of his professional career. He also began his coaching career there in 2001 as an assistant coach. Between 2004 and 2010 he headed the Finnish U-21 national team and joined the senior national team as an assistant coach in 2011. Since 2016 he has had overall responsibility for the team and led Finland to the finals of a European Championship for the first time in their history. In Group B, the Finns face Belgium, Denmark and Russia. They will have it all to do just to qualify from the group, but that could also be Kanerva’s chance to establish himself as a successful National coach.
- LeoVegas: 150/1 Finland to win Euro 2021
- 888sport: 300/1 Finland to win Euro 2021
- 21.co.uk: 150/1 Finland to win Euro 2021
World and European Champion: Didier Deschamps
As a defensive midfielder, Deschamps had to cover Zinédine Zidane’s back for the national team. So the elegant playmaker was able to fully develop and lead France to the World Cup title in 1998 and the European Championship title in 2000. As a player, he also won the Champions League with Olympique Marseille and Juventus and reached the final three more times with Juve and Valencia.
As a coach, he led AS Monaco into the final of the Champions League in 2004 and won the French Ligue 1 with Marseille in 2010. Since 2012, Deschamps has been the head coach of Les Bleus and led them to the final at Euro 2016, where they were defeated by Portugal. At the 2018 World Cup, France was able to demonstrate its football superiority and win the second world championship title after 1998. At the European Championship 2021, France is considered one of the main title contenders alongside Belgium and England.
- LeoVegas: 27/5 France to win Euro 2021
- 888sport: 5/1 France to win Euro 2021
- 21.co.uk: 11/2 France to win Euro 2021
Can Roberto Mancini become a Euro winning coach?
As a player, the Italian coach spent most of his career in Serie A. With Sampdoria and Lazio he won the championship and the European Cup Winners’ Cup, respectively. He also won the Italian cup competition six times. Mancini began his career as a coach at Fiorentina, where he won the Italian Cup in his first year. He then moved to Lazio for two seasons and then spent 2004 – 2008 as coaching of Inter Milan. With Inter he won the Scudetto three times and the Cup twice.
He then joined Manchester City, where he won the English Premier League in 2012. Since May 2018 he has been the head coach of the Squadra Azzurra, which he led through the qualification without losing any points. In Group A Italy comes up against Turkey, Switzerland and Wales and are the favourites to finish top of the group. Winning the European Championship would be the next step in Mancini’s career and another plaudit to add to his already impressive list.
- LeoVegas: 23/2 Italy to win Euro 2021
- 888sport: 10/1 Italy to win Euro 2021
- 21.co.uk: 12/1 Italy to win Euro 2021
Croatia and Zlatko Dalic
Zlatko Dalic played in the Croatian and Bosnian football league during his professional football career and is not well-known outside his native country. After a few managerial positions in Croatia, he moved to Saudi Arabia. He then coached Al Ain Club from the UAE between 2014-2017, where he won the championship, the cup and the super cup once in three years. He has been the head coach of the Croatian national team since October 2017 and led them to the final of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. It remains to be seen whether he will have as much success at the Euro 2021 championship.
- LeoVegas: 29/1 Croatia to win Euro 2021
- 888sport: 28/1 Croatia to win Euro 2021
- 21.co.uk: 30/1 Croatia to win Euro 2021
Netherlands Euro Head Coach: Frank de Boer
At club level and as a coach, there is hardly a title that de Boer has not won. With Ajax he won five national championships, the Dutch Cup twice, the Champions League, the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Supercup. With FC Barcelona he won the Spanish championship in 1999. As coach of Ajax, he led the club to four consecutive titles between 2011 and 2014. In 2010, Ajax won the Dutch Cup. In September 2020 Frank de Boer was appointed head coach of the Netherlands and has the task of leading the Oranje to the European Championship.
- LeoVegas: 21/2 Netherlands to win Euro 2021
- 888sport: 10/1 Netherlands to win Euro 2021
- 21.co.uk: 11/1 Netherlands to win Euro 2021
Igor Angelovski: the North Macedonian coach
Like the team, coach Igor Angelovski is also relatively unknown. North Macedonia goes into the tournament as an absolute underdog and nobody expects them to survive the group stage. However, it should be noted that they recently defeated Germany 1 – 2 in Duisburg during their last World Cup qualifier. Angelovski has been the head coach of North Macedonia since 2015 and has led them to their first major international tournament. For that reason alone, he will already go down in local history as a hero.
- LeoVegas: 200/1 North Macedonia to win Euro 2021
- 888sport: 500/1 North Macedonia to win Euro 2021
- 21.co.uk: 200/1 North Macedonia to win Euro 2021
Austria and Franco Foda
Franco Foda, who was born in Mainz, played in the Bundesliga for 1. FC Kaiserslautern, Arminia Bielefeld, 1. FC Saarbrücken, Bayer Leverkusen and VfB Stuttgart, among others. He won the DFB Cup twice and was twice Austrian champion with Sturm Graz. He began his coaching career in Graz, where he was initially responsible for the youth team. During the 2002-2003 season, he was promoted to assistant coach and finally took over the head coaching position in 2006. After a short interlude at 1. FC Kaiserslautern during the 12-13 season, he returned to Graz in 2014. He has headed the Austrian national team since 2017 and led them to the finals of the 2021 UEFA European Football Championship.
- LeoVegas: 100/1 Austria to win Euro 2021
- 888sport: 100/1 Austria to win Euro 2021
- 21.co.uk: 100/1 Austria to win Euro 2021
Poland’s new coach: Paulo Sousa
Paulo Sousa, best known from his playing time at Borussia Dortmund, started at Benfica in 1989. In 1993 he moved to city rivals Sporting before joining Juventus the next year, where he won the 1996 Champions League. He succeeded in doing this again in 1997 when he was under contract with BVB. This was followed by positions at Inter Milan, AC Parma, Panathinaikos and Espanyol. As a coach, the Portuguese looks back on a long list of positions. These include Queens Park Rangers, Swansea City, Leicester City, Videoton FC, Maccabi Tel Aviv, FC Basel, Fiorentina, Tianjin Quanjian and Girondins Bordeaux before he took over as coach of the Poland team in January 2021.
Despite having the best striker in the world, Robert Lewandowski, Poland’s chances of winning the tournament are not particularly great. For Sousa as a Euro coach, it’s about surviving the group phase and getting into the quarter-finals if possible.
- LeoVegas: 100/1 Poland to win Euro 2021
- 888sport: 80/1 Poland to win Euro 2021
- 21.co.uk: 100/1 Poland to win Euro 2021
|Team||Euro 2021 Head Coach|
|Netherlands||Frank de Boer|
|North Macedonia||Igor Angelovski|
|Czech Republic||Jaroslav Silhavy|
Portugal: Fernando Santos
Fernando Santos is venerated like a saint in Portugal. His playing career was quite unremarkable. Between 1973 and 1987 he played with Estoril Praia, Marítimo Funchal and again with Estoril Praia. During his final year, he took over the coaching position, which he then held for seven years. He came to FC Porto via Estrela Amadora in 1998, before moving to various positions in Portugal and Greece until 2010. In 2010 he was appointed head coach by the Greek Football Association and led Greece to the 2010 European Championship and the 2012 World Cup. In both tournaments, Greece survived the group rounds and lost during the knockout phase. He has been the coach of the Portuguese national team since 2014.
With Portugal he achieved his greatest success to date, the 2016 European Championship. Portugal is going into the tournament as defending champions and has a very good team.
- LeoVegas: 8/1 Portugal to win Euro 2021
- 888sport: 8/1 Portugal to win Euro 2021
- 21.co.uk: 8/1 Portugal to win Euro 2021
Euro Head Coach: Stanislav Cherchesov
With his jealousy-inducing moustache, Cherchesov will probably be the most noticeable coach at the Euros. The Russian has played at Dynamo Dresden and Tirol Innsbruck, among others. His coaching career also began in Austria at FC Kufstein. This was followed by several positions in Russia before he took over Legia Warsaw for the 2015-2016 season. Since 2016 he has been the head coach of the Russia team. He led Sbornaja to the quarter-finals at the 2018 World Cup, which is considered a remarkable achievement. In Group B, the Russians have two tough opponents, Belgium and Denmark, who have to be defeated to advance to the next round. No easy task.
- LeoVegas: 80/1 Russia to win Euro 2021
- 888sport: 80/1 Russia to win Euro 2021
- 21.co.uk: 80/1 Russia to win Euro 2021
Steven Clarke: Scotland Head Coach
Clarke began his professional playing career at St Mirren and moved to London in 1987 to Chelsea FC, where he was under contract until 1998. He started working as an assistant coach for the same club in 2004, before moving to West Ham in 2008 and Liverpool FC in 2011. He started his first job as first-team manager at West Bromwich Albion in 2012 and moved to Reading in 2014. After two further positions at Aston Villa and Kilmarnock, he took over as coach of the Scottish national team in 2019. Via the Nations League and play-offs, Scotland managed to get into the finals of the European Championship. In Group D with England, Croatia and the Czech Republic, the Scots will have their hands full to get past the group. But maybe a miracle will happen and they can qualify for the knockout rounds.
- LeoVegas: 200/1 Scotland to win Euro 2021
- 888sport: 200/1 Scotland to win Euro 2021
- 21.co.uk: 200/1 Scotland to win Euro 2021
Janne Andersson Sweden Euro Head Coach
Jan Olof Andersson spent his entire professional playing career in Sweden and played mostly at Alets IK. He also started his coaching career there as a player coach. He then moved to Laholms FK. As an assistant coach, he held a position at Halmstads BK in 2000, until he was appointed head coach in 2004. After the disappointing performance of the Swedes at Euro 2016, Andersson was called up to the office of head coach. Sweden qualified for the 2018 World Cup without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, where they lost in the quarter-finals to England. At Euro 2021 in Group E, Sweden’s chances of surviving the group stage are not bad. Apart from Spain as group favourites, the other two teams are beatable on a good day.
- LeoVegas: 80/1 Sweden to win Euro 2021
- 888sport: 100/1 Sweden to win Euro 2021
- 21.co.uk: 80/1 Sweden to win Euro 2021
Vladimir Petkovic, Switzerland head coach
Petkovic, a Bosnian-Swiss citizen, played for various teams in the Swiss league until 1999, although he was unable to win the title during this time. The most important positions in his coaching career were at BSC Young Boys, Samsunspor and Lazio. With Lazio he won the 2012/13 Italian cup competition. After the 2014 World Cup, Petkovic took over the head coach position of the Swiss national team as the successor to Ottmar Hitzfeld.
- LeoVegas: 100/1 Switzerland to win Euro 2021
- 888sport: 80/1 Switzerland to win Euro 2021
- 21.co.uk: 100/1 Switzerland to win Euro 2021
Stefan Tarkovic: Slovakia Euro Head Coach
After Slovakia made it into the finals of the European Football Championship, Tarkovic was promoted from interim coach to head coach. He signed a contract until the end of 2021. This could be extended if Slovakia achieves good results in the World Cup qualification. During the Euro qualifiers, the Slovaks defeated Northern Ireland 2-1 in the play-off round and are now in a group with Poland, Sweden and Spain. It will be very difficult for the team to advance.
- LeoVegas: 200/1 Slovakia to win Euro 2021
- 888sport: 200/1 Slovakia to win Euro 2021
- 21.co.uk: 200/1 Slovakia to win Euro 2021
Will Spain win Euro 2020? Will Luis Enrique be the best Euro Head Coach?
The Basque began his playing career at Sporting Gijón, where he scored 14 goals in 36 games. After this strong performance, he moved to the capital for Real Madrid in 1991, where he was under contract until 1996. Then he did what only a few players have dared, he moved to permanent rivals FC Barcelona. At first, the fans were critical of the change, but he soon became a crowd favourite and team captain. With FC Barcelona, Kike Enrique won the Spanish championship twice and the Spanish cup twice. He scored 73 goals in 207 competitive games. His coaching career began with the FC Barcelona reserve team, which he promoted to the Segunda División. In 2011 he was appointed head coach of AS Roma, but left the club after disappointing performances to take over the coaching position at Celta Vigo.
He went to FC Barcelona in 2014, where he was coach for three years. In the first year he led FC Barcelona to a treble. He resigned in 2017 after winning nine titles. In July 2018 he took over the Spanish National Team. He vacated his post in March 2019 because he could not continue with his role for private reasons. However, Luis Enrique returned to the job in November 2019. As a player and coach, Luis Enrique has proven that he can win titles. The 6 – 0 demolition of Germany and the latest World Cup qualification results have shown that Spain is once again a force to be reckoned with.
- LeoVegas: 8/1 Spain to win Euro 2021
- 888sport: 7/1 Spain to win Euro 2021
- 21.co.uk: 8/1 Spain to win Euro 2021
Czech Republic: Jaroslav Silhavy
Silhavy played as a defender for RH Cheb, Slavia Prague, Petra Drnovice and Viktoria Zizkov. He ended his football career in 2000. At that time he was already 38 years old. He took over the post of assistant coach at Zizkov, before moving to Sparta Prague in 2003 as an assistant coach. During this time he won the Czech championship twice and the cup twice. On September 18, 2018, he took over as national team head coach succeeding Karel Jarolim, who was released after a 5-1 defeat in a friendly against Russia. Group D won’t be easy for the Czech Republic as they have to go up against England, Croatia and Scotland. But with a bit of luck, they could survive the group stages.
- LeoVegas: 150/1 Czech Republic to win Euro 2021
- 888sport: 100/1 Czech Republic to win Euro 2021
- 21.co.uk: 150/1 Czech Republic to win Euro 2021
Is Turkey the Euro 2021 Dark Horse?
Senol Günes, the Turkish head coach, stood between the posts in his playing days as a goalkeeper at Sebat Genclik and also spent 15 years at Trabzonspor. With Trabzon he celebrated six titles in the Turkish championship and won the Turkish Super Cup six times. Günes became head coach of Trabzonspor in 1993 and managed them for four years. Günes achieved a lot with the club. After various stints in different positions, and also as head coach of Turkey between 2000 – 2004, he managed Beşiktaş for two seasons and won the Turkish league twice. He became head coach of Turkey for the second time in 2019.
During the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, Turkey impressed both pundits and fans, defeating the Netherlands and Norway. Turkey scored ten goals in three games. Due to the good squad and recent performances, Turkey is now considered a Euro 2021 dark horse. In Group A, Turkey has a good chance of coming out on top.
- LeoVegas: 80/1 Turkey to win Euro 2021
- 888sport: 70/1 Turkey to win Euro 2021
- 21.co.uk: 80/1 Turkey to win Euro 2021
Andriy Shevchenko: Ukrainian superstar
It is not entirely wrong to say that the Ukraine head coach is the team’s biggest star. Football fans around the world followed the Ukrainian’s career, where he played games that delighted everyone. Sheva most successful time spanned between 1999 and 2006 at AC Milan, where he scored 127 goals in 208 games. In addition to five Ukrainian championships with Dynamo Kiev, he celebrated the Italian championship with Milan in the 2003/04 season. A year earlier he won the Italian Cup, the Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup. With Chelsea, he won the English Cup and League Cup.
In 2016, Shevchenko became assistant coach of the Ukrainian national team and then took over the chief post from Fomenko after the team was eliminated after the preliminary round of the 2016 European Championships. Ukraine is in Group C and has a good chance to progress against North Macedonia and Austria and in all likelihood make it to the round of 16 alongside the Netherlands.
- LeoVegas: 80/1 Ukraine to win Euro 2021
- 888sport: 66/1 Ukraine to win Euro 2021
- 21.co.uk: 80/1 Ukraine to win Euro 2021
Marco Rossi: an Italian coach for Hungary
Marco Rossi has not only traveled a lot as a player, but also as a coach. As a player, he played with eleven clubs in 18 years. And in 18 years of being a coach, he has now had twelve different positions. There is definitely no lack of experience. Since June 19, 2018, he has been in charge of the Hungarian national team. He led the team through the play-offs via a win against Iceland to the Euro 2020 finals. In Group F with Germany, France and Portugal, Hungary would needs more than luck to advance.
- LeoVegas: 200/1 Hungary to win Euro 2021
- 888sport: 250/1 Hungary to win Euro 2021
- 21.co.uk: 200/1 Hungary to win Euro 2021
Ryan Giggs and Wales
As a player, Ryan Giggs spent his entire 24-year career with one club, Manchester United. With Man Utd, he won everything that could be won at club level. He has won the Premier League 13 times, the FA Cup four times, the League Cup three times, the Community Shield nine times, the Champions League twice, the UEFA Super Cup once and the FIFA Club World Cup. The list of all his records would go beyond the scope of this article for Euro betting. In 2014 he was interim coach for Manchester United at short notice and then worked as an assistant coach until 2016.
Since January 15, 2018, he has been the head coach of the Welsh national team and led them to the finals of the 2020 European Championship. In November 2020, he was arrested on a complaint about domestic violence and was unable to coach the team in the World Cup qualifiers against Belgium and the Czech Republic. It remains to be seen whether he will be able to take a seat on the Welsh bench in two months.