CONWAY, Ark. – For the 2018 holiday season, Central Arkansas student-athletes banded together to collect toys earmarked for Toys for Tots campaign. These efforts were charted in order to benefit Conway area individuals in need.Led by the UCA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) throughout the month of November, Central Arkansas athletics gathered toys for local individuals and families in need. Additionally, Bears SAAC members coordinated efforts throughout the UCA athletic department in order to help raise money to buy various other gifts.Prior to drop-off, several trucks were filled with items to be donated by the Central Arkansas athletic family. On Friday, Nov. 30, Bears student-athletes transported collected items to a Toys for Tots collection point inside a local Wal-Mart shopping center.Toys for Tots began in 1947 and has become an avenue for raising funds and purchasing toys. The organization currently distributes 18 million toys to seven million less fortunate children annually.As part of the “Southland Gives Back” initiative, the Southland Conference will profile a community service outing from each of our 13 member institutions this holiday season.
Now Pep Guardiola’s next managerial role is confirmed, talkSPORT looks at the greatest footballers who became top managers.Guardiola will succeed Manuel Pellegrini at Man City in the summer, leaving Bayern Munich after three years in charge and two Bundesliga titles.It could be a third by the time he arrives in Manchester, while the Germans are still on the hunt for the Champions League.But where does he rank among the very best? Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see 13 great footballers turned managers.We’ve taken into account the impact these people have had as players and managers.So, for example, Sir Alex Ferguson, while ranking as one of the greatest managers of all-time, did make the list, having had a fair more limited impact as a player. 13 13. Antonio Conte: From Juventus captain to successive Serie A crowns as manager – find out who rank as the greatest players-turned-managers, just click the arrow above – With Pep Guardiola heading for Manchester City, and rumours that local rivals Manchester United may consider elevating Ryan Giggs to the position of manager, our thoughts turned to the subject of the best players who went on to become successful managers. We start with Antonio Conte, in 13th place, a man who captained Juventus and was a well loved player, winning the Champions League and five league titles. Conte also won three successive league crowns when he took over as manager in 2011 and is now Italy boss. Before that he won Serie B with Bari. Not a bad haul! 13 13 6. Brian Clough – From phenomenal goal scorer to manager of the most incredible European Cup triumphs ever – Clough’s goal record reads like this: 197 goals in 213 league games for Middlesbrough, and 54 goals in 61 games for Sunderland. Sadly, a serious injury playing for the latter halted his career prematurely in 1962. He then began his managerial career at Hartlepools at the age of 30 in 1965, before joining Second Division Derby in 1967, winning promotion to the top flight and later the First Division. A spell at Brighton and a 44-day stint at Leeds followed, before Clough took over at struggling Second Division club Nottingham Forest. Remarkably, Clough guided Forest to the First Division title in 1978, in their first year back in the top flight, then back-to-back European Cups in 1979 and 1980. The League Cup was also claimed in 1978, 1979, 1989 and 1990, though the FA Cup eluded Cloughie, as his Forest side lost the 1991 final. 13 13 11. Bobby Robson – West Brom and Fulham forward who won trophies as a manager all over Europe – Robson scored 69 goals in 152 games for Fulham and later captained West Brom where he made the first of 20 appearances for England in 1957. He scored twice against France on his debut and later guided Ipswich to FA Cup glory in 1978 then the UEFA Cup in 1981. As England manager he reached the World Cup quarter-final in 1986 and the semis four years later, then won successive Eredivisie titles in 1991 and 92 with PSV, followed by two more league crowns with Porto and the 1997 Copa del Rey and Cup Winners Cups with Barcelona. 9. Jupp Heynckes – Serial winner as a player who went on to win the Champions League as manager of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich – Heynckes was a member of the Borussia Monchengladbach side that lost the 1977 European Cup final to Liverpool. However, during his time at the club he won the UEFA Cup, three Bundesliga titles and the German Cup. He was on the sub’s bench when West Germany won the World Cup in 1974, but played for his country as they won the 1972 European Championship. As a manager, Heynckes won the Champions League with Real Madrid in 1998 (their first European Cup in 32 years) and then 15 years later, in his final season as Bayern Munich boss, won the treble Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup. 13 13 10. Fabio Capello – Italy international who coached one of the finest ever European Cup final performances – Capello won the Coppa Italia as a player with Roma in 1969 and then three Serie A titles with Juventus between 1972 and 1975. In addition, he scored the only goal at Wembley as Italy beat England 1-0 in 1973. After retiring, he went into coaching with AC Milan, and succeeded Arrigo Sacchi as first team boss, where he won four titles and oversaw a 4-0 hammering of Johann Cruyff’s Barcelona in the 1994 Champions League final. Capello’s impressive honours list includes two Spanish titles in two separate spells with Real Madrid, as well as another Serie A title with Roma. He guided Juventus to back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006, which were subsequently stripped due to a match-fixing scandal, in which Capello played no part. 3. Franz Beckenbauer – World Cup-winning captain and manager, virtual inventor of the sweeper role and European Cup legend – ‘Der Kaiser’ is quite simply one of the most important figures in the history of football. As a player, he bestrode the second half of the 1960s and the 1970s, redefining the role of centre back, and was most commonly referred to as a ‘sweeper’. Beckenbauer spearheaded the rise of Bayern Munich, winning four Bundesliga titles and three back-to-back European Cups with the club, while also skippering West Germany to 1972 Euro and 1974 World Cup glory. As his playing career wound down, he still had time to help Hamburg to the 1982 Bundesliga title, before taking the reins as West Germany manager. A 1986 World Cup final defeat to Argentina was avenged in 1990, when Beckenbauer became the first man to captain and manager a nation to a World Cup win. With Marseille, he claimed the 1991 Ligue 1 title, while he had brief spells in charge of Bayern, landing the 1994 German title and 1996 UEFA Cup. 13 13 5. Mario Zagallo – First person to win the World Cup as a player and manager – Zagallo was involved with two of the greatest teams of all-time, first as a player and then manager, becoming the first player to win the World Cup on and off the pitch. Zagallo, the winger, was part of the brilliant 1958 Brazil side that lifted the Jules Rimet trophy, then featured in the 1962 team that successfully defended the cup. In 1970 he was manager of the legendary team that claimed World Cup glory in Mexico, and was assistant coach to the 1994 winners. 13 7. Diego Simeone – Argentine hero who excelled as a player in Spain and Italy, before upsetting the odds as Atletico Madrid manager – Simeone represented Argentina 106 times, winning two Copa Americas, in addition to club success with Atletico Madrid (1996 league and cup double), Inter (1998 UEFA Cup) and Lazio (2000 Serie A title). After returning to Argentina to wind up his playing career, Simeone’s managerial path began with Estudiantes, where he claimed the Apertura title, then the Clausura with River Plate. These successes earned him a return to Atletico Madrid, where he won the Europa League, Spanish Cup and La Liga, breaking Barcelona and Real Madrid’s dominance. Simeone’s Atletico came within a whisker of winning the 2014 Champions League, too. 4. Carlo Ancelotti – Back-to-back European Cup winner as a player who is only the second man to win three European Cups as a manager – A Serie A champion and four time Italian Cup winner with Roma in his playing days, Ancelotti was also a midfielder in the all conquering AC Milan side of the late 80s and early 90s, winning successive European Cups and two Serie A titles, as well as scoring a memorable long range strike in the 1989 5-0 thrashing of Real Madrid in the European Cup last four. Ancelotti was part of the Italian team that finished third at the 1990 World Cup, and would go on to carve out a ridiculously successful post-playing career as a manager. His first major honour was the 2003 Italian Cup, shortly followed by the Champions League, and he has since gone on to become only the second man to manage three European Cup-winning teams, winning again with Milan in 2007 and guiding Real Madrid to 2014 Champions League glory. Add to this a Premier League and FA Cup double with Chelsea, the French title with PSG and a Spanish Cup with Madrid, and you’re looking at quite a CV. 8. Kenny Dalglish – A sublime playing talent who kept on winning as manager, even claiming the double in his first season as Liverpool’s player-boss, scoring the title clinching goal himself – Arguably the greatest British footballer of them all, Dalglish’s goal won Liverpool the 1978 European Cup, a trophy he won on two more occasions with the Reds, in addition to six league titles, four League Cups and one FA Cup (as player-manager), not forgetting four Scottish league crowns claimed with Celtic before he went south of the border. Later he won the English league three times as Reds boss (once as player-manager), another FA Cup in 1989 and then the 1994/95 Premier League title as manager of Blackburn. A Scottish League Cup followed as Celtic manager in 2000, then he completed the domestic set as Liverpool manager when he claimed the 2012 League Cup during his return to Anfield. 13 13 12. Didier Deschamps – European Cup and World Cup winner who guided Monaco to the Champions League final – The current France manager won the World Cup, the Champions League twice, the European Championship and five league titles in two different countries at Juventus and Marseille. He also won the FA Cup with Chelsea and as manager, guided Monaco to the Champions League final in 2004 and claimed the French League Cup three times. As manager of his old club Juventus, he led them to the Serie B title in 2007. 2. Pep Guardiola – Played in Barcelona’s European Cup-winning ‘Dream Team’ before creating a dream team of his own, then dominating German football – Now regarded as the best manager in world football, Guardiola didn’t do too badly as a player. Breaking into Barcelona’s first team in the 1991/92 season, he ended it as a Spanish league title winner and, most impressively, a European Cup hero, as he helped the club claim their first long overdue success in the competition. Much more was to follow, as Guardiola became a key figure in Barca’s so-called ‘Dream Team’, claiming La Liga again in 1993 and 1994, the Spanish Cup in 1997 and 1998, and the Cup Winners’ Cup in ’97. Two more titles followed in 1998 and 1999, but 10 years later as manager of the club Barcelona won an incredible six trophies in the same calendar year. Since then, he’s added another Champions League, two Spanish titles, two Spanish Cups, two Bundesligas and one German Cup. His influence on football tactics has been great, too, arguably extending to Spain’s 2010 World Cup glory, and their Euro 2012 triumph. But he’s pipped to number one in this ranking by the man who inspired him 13 1. Johan Cruyff – One of the greatest ever footballers, a phenomenally successful manager and a figure of huge influence across borders and years – Without Cruyff it’s doubtful Guardiola would have achieved all that he has. Cruyff is arguably the most influential figure in football history, being one of the greatest players to grace the game, then one of the greatest managers. As a player, Cruyff was the main man in Ajax’s revolutionary brand of ‘Total Football’, inspiring the Dutch club to a hat-trick of European Cups in the early 1970s. For Holland, Cruyff was majestic at the 1974 World Cup, and despite losing the final to West Germany, his performances and the Dutch style of play has gone down in history as iconic. Cruyff moved to Barcelona as a player and inspired the club to their first Spanish title in 14 years. He returned to Holland, winning the Dutch title with Feyenoord, before taking over as Ajax boss and claiming their first European honour since his playing days. The Barca job followed, and Cruyff revolutionised the way the club played its football, not only picking up trophy-after-trophy, but imbuing a style that has become world famous.