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5 managers who won league titles with unfancied teams

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Legendary managers like Alex Ferguson have truly made the game special

Leicester’s achievement in the 2015/16 season was truly remarkable as no one could have foreseen it.

Most people underestimate the role the manager plays along with the rest of the backroom staff in such successes. Without the tactical nous of managers, these teams could not have won back to back games let alone the title.

These managers gain stardom as a result of such achievements, with some replicating their successes with better teams whereas some fail to match their previous achievements.

Here we look at 5 managers who managed to win the league with teams who had no right to win these leagues.

#1 Vujadin Boskov (Sampdoria)

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Vujadin Boskov (r): The legend of Calcio

Unknown in most quarters of the managing fraternity despite managing Real Madrid to a league and cup double in 1980, Yugoslav Vujadin Boskov is best known for his achievements with Seria A side Sampdoria in the early 1990s.

With the mercurial talents of Gianluca Vialli and Roberto Mancini in the side, the Yugoslav managed to break the dominance of AC Milan then managed by the legendary Arrigo Sacchi.  

Under Boskov, Sampdoria finished the 1990/91 Serie A as champions, their only league title to date. Vialli finished as the league’s top scorer ahead of Roberto Baggio, then of Juventus.

A year later Sampdoria almost surpassed their achievements reaching the UEFA Champions League final only to be beaten 1-0 by Johan Cruyff's FC Barcelona "Dream Team".


Since then Sampdoria has never been even close to winning the Scudetto, cementing Boskov’s legendary status.

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Published 12 Dec 2017, 16:17 IST
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