With the current season of the UEFA Champions League almost done, there has been a lot to write home about teams and managers.
The continental competition is one of the fiercely contested competition but some have been lucky to win it as players and managers.
With Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola being one of the favourite coaches to win it this season, who are the other coaches who have won the competition as players?
- 🇪🇸 Miguel Muñoz
Many of you might not know Miguel but the Real Madrid fans wouldn’t forget their man. Having been the most successful team in the competition, the Spanish giants won the first five editions of the tournament too.
Midfielder Muñoz was the captain of the side during the first two of their European Cup victories before retiring from the sport. Muñoz moved into coaching and was appointed as manager of Real in 1959, becoming the most successful manager in the club’s history during a 14-year spell in charge at the Bernabeu.
Muñoz guided the Spaniards to nine league titles and a further two European Cup successes in 1960 and 1966, becoming the first man in history to win the tournament as both a player and a coach.
- 🇮🇹 Giovanni Trapattoni
Being one of the most revered figures in Italian football, Trapattoni is one of the many people to have won the competition both as a coach and a player. He was the second person after Miguel to achieve this feat.
He was part of the AC Milan team which won the trophy for the first time with victory over Benfica in 1963 before adding a second title six years later, Milan thrashing Ajax 4-1 in Madrid.
After venturing into coaching where he coached some of the finest teams in Italy, it was during the first of two spells at Juventus that Trapattoni lifted the European Cup as a manager, the Bianconeri defeating Liverpool in 1985 final.
- 🇳🇱 Johan Cruyff
The godfather of ‘Total Football’ inspired Ajax to three consecutive European Cups before winning the title as a coach with Barcelona as Ronald Koeman’s free-kick secured a 1-0 win over Sampdoria in 1992.
- 🇮🇹 Carlo Ancelotti
Still active with Everton, Carlo Ancelotti has not only been a great coach but was a proper player during his days.
He is one of just three men to have won the European Cup/Champions League three times as a manager. He was twice crowned as a champion of Europe during his time with AC Milan and leading the same side to three Champions League finals in just five seasons as a coach where he lifted the trophy on two occasions. He later added a third trophy during his time at Real Madrid in what was their tenth European Cup.
- 🇳🇱 Frank Rijkaard
Rijkaard was Anceloti’s teammate at Milan during their trophy-laden season and it was no surprise when he found a niche in coaching where he led FC Barcelona to the Champions League crown in 2006 after beating Arsenal 2-1 in the final.
- 🇪🇸 Pep Guardiola
Having played under the guidance of Johan Cruyff at Barcelona, the Spaniard has been one of the best coaches after hanging up his boots.
He was part of Cruyff’s Barcelona side which won the Catalan’s first European Cup in 1992 and won the Champions League as part of a historic treble during his debut season in charge, before adding a second European title two years later, Barcelona defeated Manchester United in both the 2009 and 2011 finals.
- 🇫🇷 Zinedine Zidane
Already out of the competition, Zidane has had some good memories with the Champions League while donning the white colours of Real Madrid.
It was Zidane’s stunning swing of his left boot that delivered Champions League success for Real Madrid in 2002 and went to win the same trophy during his first spell as the Madrid boss. He became the first manager in the Champions League era to defend the trophy, adding a third in succession as Real Madrid enjoyed a dominant period in Europe’s premier competition.