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5 successful club managers who failed at International football

Abdul Azeem
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#4 Javier Clemente


Javier Clemente managed Spain in three major competitions and failed to make it to the semi-finals even once.

He started his career as a manager even before he turned 30, with teams from the lower levels of Spanish football league system. He eventually went on to manage Athletic Bilbao, the only club he represented as a player.

Clemente led the side to back-to-back league titles in his second and third year, ahead of the likes of Real Madrid, Real Sociedad and Barcelona. He also won the Copa del Rey during his third year, while finishing as runner-up in the successive year. 

He then went to RCD Espanyol, where he guided them to a best-ever third place and the final of the UEFA Cup. Following short spells at Atletico Madrid, Bilbao and Espanyol, in 1992, he was appointed as the manager of Spain national team.

He led the country to three major international tournaments- 1994 and 1998 World Cups and Euro 1996. A loss to Nigeria in the group stages of the 1998 World Cup led to their exit without even qualifying for the knock-out stages. Clemente could only manage a run to the quarterfinals stage at the 1994 World Cup and Euro 1996.

Clemente and the national team parted ways following a 2-3 defeat to Cyprus in a Euro 2000 qualifier.

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