By Matt Glazebrook, 19 June 2014
Is it really six years since German coach Joachim Löw turned up in Austria and Switzerland all dapper-like in a slim-fit white shirt with rolled-up sleeves, and redefined how a international footy manager should equip himself pitchside? Times have changed since then – no more are team-branded tracksuits or ill-fitting suits acceptable attire for the discerning coach about town – and a whole generation of aspiring sideline sophisticates have upped their efforts in response.
Löw’s in Brazil this summer and still looking smart, but – like Spain on the pitch – it’s time for the old guard to step aside and let new pretenders to the coaching style throne have their moment. Here are three of 2014’s best-dressed bosses.
The Ivory Coast coach’s touchline demeanour is all about a brooding, wiry intensity: a look that's perfectly enhanced by his close-cropped hair, snug suit and ace skinny tie.
South Korea's head tactician even stands like a menswear model. Hong's slim-fit navy suit and brown dress shoes are ideal for prowling the edge of the pitch looking pensive, and would be equally at home on the green lawns of a summer wedding. Be warned, though – a frankly too-small jacket like this can make for a strong photo, but is less flattering when you actually try moving about in it.
Who’s just won a serious sideline style accolade? This guy right here. The Belgian boss’s tie-less, open-necked white shirt and dark blue suit are smart choices for a stockier gent, sitting pretty in the sweet spot between overly constrictive and shapelessly baggy. Good smart-hair game, too.