Five current Bundesliga coaches have made it onto Four Four Two magazine's 2017 list of the 50 top coaches in the world, with Bayern Munich's Carlo Ancelotti marking his return to the game by slotting into seventh place.
Freiburg's Christian Streich has found his way into the top 50 by guiding the Black Forest club into the UEFA Europa League straight from promotion, while RB Leipzig's Ralph Hasenhüttl ranks 25th after taking the Bundesliga newcomers to second place and a berth in the UEFA Champions League.
Borussia Dortmund finished third behind them, thanks to the work of Thomas Tuchel, who is ranked 34th, while the man who replaces him on the Dortmund bench next season, Peter Bosz, is positioned tenth based on his achievements with Ajax last season.
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Julian Nagelsmann's reward for steering Hoffenheim to fourth is 17th position on the rankings – after just 18 spectacular months in the job.
Meanwhile, former Bundesliga coaches Lucien Favre, who took Nice to third in Ligue 1 and Jürgen Klopp, who like Favre will contend a Champions League play-off with Liverpool, as well as former Dortmund reserve team coach David Wagner, who guided Huddersfield Town to promotion to the Premier League, also feature in the classification.
Ancelotti, like Bayern, was leading the way among Bundesliga representatives, though, by becoming the first coach to win a domestic league title in no fewer than four of European football's top five leagues – and he also won the Champions League while in Spain.
It was his first year back in the game after taking a break for back surgery, and he returned with the same brand of mesmerising and above all successful football as Bayern clinched a fifth straight Bundesliga title.
Hasenhüttl's Leipzig gave Ancelotti's Bayern a run for their money with the former Ingolstadt coach underlining his credentials as one of the hottest up-and-coming coaches in the business. The Austrian is not only a motivational guru, he gets his teams playing some of the most spectacular, attack-minded football in Europe, all the while ensuring they do not show fragility at the back.
His success ensured Dortmund finished only third last season, with Tuchel rewarded with 34th place on the ranking. Much has been made of his innovative coaching style, with his players prepared to expect something new and different every day and every game.
He can be praised for helping make Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the Bundesliga's top goalscorer last season, and bringing through the extremely talented Ousmane Dembele and Christian Pulisic, while he signed off with a trophy, lifting the DFB Cup with victory over Eintracht Frankfurt.
Taking his place next term is Bosz, whose achievements in the Netherlands last season saw him break into the top ten. The 53-year-old comes from the Dutch old school which produced the masters Rinus Michels and Johan Cruyff, and the renowned Total Football.
That is the kind of football BVB fans can look forward to next season, and if he can deliver similar results to those in just one year in Amsterdam – second place in the Eredivisie and runners-up in the Europa League – they have plenty to look forward to.
You can expect Hoffenheim to be breathing down their necks once again, though, with Nagelsmann transforming them from relegation certainties to European challengers in the first 18 months of his precocious, promising career.
Let it not be forgotten that the architect of the Sinsheim-based club's first ever qualification for Europe only turns 30 in July and is thus at an age when many would be entering their prime – as a player.
An honourable mention must still go to one of the most charismatic men in the game, Christian Streich. He did not even want the Freiburg job when first offered it in 2011, out of fear of being held responsible if the club he loves were relegated. He reluctantly accepted, though, saved them from relegation and then led them to UEFA Europa League qualification – missing out on the Champions League by a whisker. Relegation followed, as his stars were plucked from his squad, but he rebuilt in Bundesliga 2, discovered more raw gems and cut them into the finished article, with another march into the Europa League in only their first season back in the top flight.
His meetings with the media have become cult material as he speaks his mind on any subject, with a wit that can only be endearing. It is not only that – but also the results – which make you wonder how inspiring his dressing room talks must be. Enough to put him 47th on the list at the very least.
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