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Who are the football managers stealing the style spotlight right now?

The relationship between fashion and football has never been stronger. It has become the norm to see the biggest football teams in the world decked out in matching designer outfits on and off the pitch, from Arsenal x 424 training jerseys and Juventus x Palace playing kit to PSG x Dior formalwear.

This exciting fashion renaissance in the sport has forged veritable style icons such as Marcus Rashford, Kylian Mbappé, Héctor Bellerín and Son Heung-Min, who join industry veterans David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo in the lucrative business of brand ambassadorship.

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However, the football players are not the only ones making their mark in the fashion world. In recent years, the managers of these famous teams have been turning heads from the sidelines with their distinctive styles.

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Take a look at the most stylish football managers who are putting their own spins on the expected tracksuit or post-match press conference sports blazers.

1. Pep Guardiola

Did you know that in the '90s, this stylish Spaniard walked the runway for Catalan fashion designer Antonio Miró while pursuing his passion for football as a professional player and subsequently a well-respected manager at Barça, Bayern Munich and now, Premier League club Manchester City. It would seem that Pep Guardiola's short stint in fashion has followed him throughout his illustrious career in the sport as he has become a global trendsetter for his impeccable and unique pitchside fashion, whether it's sporting turtlenecks and flat caps or pairing joggers with sophisticated trench coats and cosy knit jumpers. 

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2. Simone Inzaghi

Shortly after his induction into Inter Milan last year, Simone Inzaghi made headlines for holding his own among Alexis Sanchèz, Arturo Erasmo Vidal Pardo and other stylish footballers in the club's campaign announcing their collaborative collection with luxury fashion label, Moncler. Making Arsène Wegner's long coat trend his own, he often pairs his Moncler puffer with a shirt and black skinny tie.

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3. Roberto Mancini

The UEFA Euro 2020 was a big year for Italy national team manager Roberto Mancini for two reasons: the Italian team's markedly improved and impressive attacking game in the championship and his first viral fashion moment in a powder blue-grey summer suit by Giorgio Armani

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Since then, the football manager has lent his sophisticated tastes to luxury brands around the world, including the unique RM11-04 watch with Richard Mille and more recently, the sustainable Kipawa spring/summer 2022 collection with Paul&Shark. 

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4. Mikel Arteta

There are few other figures in the football scene who can pull off all black ensembles like Mikel Arteta. He always look polished and sophisticated while he is on the job whether he's wearing a structured blazer layered over three-quarter zip sweaters or more comfortable Adidas tracksuits. His affinity for traditional black perhaps speaks to his reputation as the consistent and dependable manager who transformed Arsenal and led the young team to its FA Cup victory in 2020.

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5. Gareth Southgate

We can't talk about stylish figures in football without Gareth Southgate. During his last five years as England team manager, he singlehandedly revived the waistcoat around the world. For the Euros 2021, the dapper football legend even partnered with British brand Percival to kit him out in custom clothes, including retro-inspired polos, an unlined summer suit, rain jacket and even his lucky navy polka dot tie.

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