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ISL: 4 of the best foreign managers in the league in terms of points won

The Indian Super League (ISL) is the biggest league in the country, with arguably the best footballers in India plying their trade in it. It is not only the best players, but also some top managers who have been part of the league and some continue to do so at present.

Here, we take a look five of the best foreign managers in the ISL in terms of points won.



Antonio Lopez has played for the likes of Sevilla during his playing career, while also coaching Valencia among other clubs so far. The Spaniard has been a consistent presence on the sidelines in the ISL in the recent past, and can be considered as one of the best foreign managers to ply his trade in India.

The 64-year-old has registered the most points as a foreign manager in ISL history, while also winning the league title twice with ATK in 2014 and 2019/20.

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Another Spaniard with vast managerial experience, Sergio Lobera has managed FC Goa and Mumbai City FC during his stint in India and has led them to great success during his time with them.

The 45-year-old helped Goa win the ISL Winners Shield and Indian Super Cup in 2019 and followed that up by leading Mumbai to their maiden ISL title last season.

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A former manager of Premier League sides like, Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers, Owen Coyle is without doubt the biggest name in terms of reputation coach in the league.

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The 55-year-old was appointed head coach by Chennaiyin FC in December, 2019 and made an immediate impact by taking them from the bottom of the table to the ISL final – only for them to lose 3-1 to ATK at the final hurdle.

He soon moved to Jamshedpur FC and helped them win their first ever trophy in the form of the League Winner’s Shield in the 2020/21 season.

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The fourth Spaniard on the list and one who managed the Barcelona B and C teams, Carles Cuadrat started as an assistant at Bengaluru FC in 2016/17, post which he was appointed the head coach on a permanent basis.

The 53-year-old holds a number of records so far at Bengaluru, while leading them to the 2018/19 ISL title.


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