In The Pananka’s Euro 2016 coach fact file we have Group C containing Germany, Poland, Ukraine and Northern Ireland.
Joachim Low, Germany – Low was once an attack minded central midfielder who played for seven clubs before calling time on his career. According to German newspaper Die Welt, Low has been found guilty of numerous driving offenses such as speeding and driving while using a mobile phone that earned him a 6-month ban in 2014. Jogi has also been caught red handed by cameras while on the touchline for the similarly serious offense of picking his nose. The Germany boss’ suave and sharp appearance is complete with Beatle-esque mop-top and Hugo Boss threads.
Michael O’Neill, Northern Ireland – After a playing career that spanned across England, Ireland, Scotland and The USA for a brief spell with the Portland Timbers, the Portadown-born coach takes the boys in green to France for Euro 2016. Between playing and managing O’Neill had a brief career in the financial services industry. As youth he represented Antrim GAA minors at Gaelic football before focusing on soccer. In 2011 he became the highest paid manager in his country’s history.
Adam Nawalka, Poland – Nawalka spent the majority of his playing career with Wisla Krakow where he made 190 appearances spanning over a decade with the club. In search of a new challenge the midfielder emigrated to the USA to join semi-pro side the Polish-American Eagles while supplementing his income with manual labor jobs such as trimming trees around high-voltage power lines. He completed is coaching qualifications in 1995 before being appointed to his current position in 2013.
Mykhaylo Fomenko, Ukraine – The former Dynamo Kiev defender only ever scored one goal in his entire 11-year career. He has spent all but six months of his coaching career in eastern Europe in Ukraine and Russia bar a befuddling short stint in African international coaching with Guinea. He has handed a coaching role to former Ukrainian national team members Andriy Shevchenko as well as Oleksandr Holovko in the Ukraine Euro 2106 set up.