Sessions that have trained the best players in the world

We take a look at the players that have been shaped - in part - by sessions from the coaches on The Coaching Manual.

Oct 20th 2022

Written by The Coaching Manual

The Coaching Manual features sessions from some of the most experienced coaches in the world - coaches who have delivered the same sessions to some of the best players to play the sport.

Three of our coaches have coached Cristiano Ronaldo, while one of our coaches has coached no fewer than FOUR Ballon D'Or winners.

In this article, we take a look at some of the key players who have benefited from The Coaching Manual's coaches, and where you can find the sessions that helped shape them - and deliver them to your own players.

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Key experience

Manchester United 2008-2013/2019-2022
Hull City - 2015-2017

Key players

Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Bruno Fernandes, Paul Scholes, Wayne Rooney, Edwin Van der Sar (all Man Utd).

Example session - Combination to Finish Masterclass

In this technical session, Manchester United coach Mike Phelan coaches how to play quick combinations to finish on goal.

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Key experience

Spain u16 2008-2010
Real Madrid 2010-2013

Key players

Kaká, Luka Modric, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso, Angel Di Maria, Iker Casillas (all Real Madrid).

Example session - Tactical Play Masterclass

Aitor Karanka coaches players on how to focus on both attack and defensive principles in one practice as well as discussing the importance of attacking overloads.

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Key experience

Everton 2002-2013
Manchester United 2013-2014
West Ham 2017-

Key players

Landon Donovan (Everton), Mikel Arteta (Everton), Declan Rice (West Ham), Leighton Baines (Everton), Marouane Fellaini (Everton), Lucas Paquetá (West Ham), Tim Cahill (Everton), Seamus Coleman (Everton), Tim Howard (Everton).

Example session - Pressing Masterclass

In this Masterclass session delivered by David Moyes, we explore the reason for pressing and the technical and tactical components of pressing individually and as a team.

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Key experience

Cardiff City 2000-2006
Southampton 2006-

Key players

Gareth Bale, Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Luke Shaw (all Southampton).

Example session - Combination Play

This session helps your players to develop combination play through effective passing, receiving and movements off the ball to create attacks.

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Key experience

Manchester United 2001-2006/2007-2013
Fulham 2013-2014

Key players

Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Carlos Tevez, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Scholes, Dimitar Berbatov, Patrice Evra (all Man Utd).

Example session - Playing Through the Thirds Masterclass

René Meulensteen coaches players how to change the rhythm, use combinations play and switch play to create goal-scoring opportunities.

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Key experience

Manchester United 1999-2001/2022-
England 2006-2007
FC Twente 2008-2010/2012-2013

Key players

David Beckham, Roy Keane, Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Jaap Stam (all Man Utd), John Terry, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard (all England).

Example session - Playing out from the back Masterclass

League Cup, Eredivisie title winner, and Ex-England manager Steve McClaren puts on a playing out from the back masterclass to help teams that want to play a possession-based footballing style.
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Key experience

Swansea City, Leeds United, Birmingham City, Espanyol, Brescia

Key players

Jude Bellingham (Birmingham City), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United), Ashley Williams (Swansea City), Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City).

Example session - Press, Cover, Balance Masterclass

In this session in partnership with the League Manager Association, SPAL manager Pep Clotet coaches players on the importance of covering when defending as a unit..

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