By Fatih Erel
ISTANBUL (AA) – The UEFA announced the best 11 coaches of its current Champions League on Thursday.
Turkish football league champion Galatasaray's coach Fatih Terim made the list.
"How many teams would beat UEFA.com's best XI of current coaches when they were in their playing prime?" UEFA said.
The coaches with their current teams and positions on the field when they were football players are as followed:
Goalkeeper: Julen Lopetegui (Real Madrid), Centre-back: Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham), Centre-back: Fatih Terim (Galatasaray), Centre-back: Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool), Right wing-back: Sergio Conceicao (Porto), Left wing-back: Eusebio Di Francesco (Roma), Central midfielder: Josep Guardiola (Manchester City), Central midfielder: Diego Simeone (Atletico), Central midfielder: Mark Van Bommel (PSV), Attacking midfielder: Carlo Ancelotti (Napoli), Striker: Ernesto Valverde (Barcelona).
UEFA described Galatasaray’s Terim: “Came through the youth ranks at hometown club Adana Demirspor, skippering them for three of his five seasons in the first team.
“Eleven years and three Turkish Cup triumphs at Galatasaray followed while he was captain of Turkey in 35 of his 51 international appearances — both records at the time.”
Galatasaray is in the UEFA Champions League Group D with Russia's Lokomotiv Moskva, Portugal's Porto and Germany's Schalke.