With Jose Mourinho’s time at Manchester United seemingly nearing an unceremonious finish, the identify most ceaselessly linked with succeeding the Portuguese gaffer at Previous Trafford is that of Zinedine Zidane.

World soccer has been aware about a near-countless variety of tacticians like Zidane who’ve excelled each on the pitch and on the opposite facet of the touchline. Here is a take a look at a star-studded checklist of the 15-best players-turned-managers, weighing equally accomplishments as a participant and the exploits of embellished managerial tenures.

15. Antonio Conte: The primary of an abundance of Italians on this checklist, Conte was a flexible midfielder with power to burn who received 5 Scudettos to go together with a treble of continental conquests with Juventus. As a supervisor, he received Serie B with Bari, kick-started the Previous Woman’s run of dominance with three league titles on the trot, and captured the Premier League in his first season in command of Chelsea, righting the ship following a disastrous 10th-place end underneath Jose Mourinho. Conte additionally received 14 of his 25 matches managing Italy earlier than leaving his submit after Euro 2016.

14. Fabio Capello: Like Conte, Capello was an achieved Italy worldwide who received three straight Scudettos with Juventus paired with a trio of home trophies with Roma and AC Milan earlier than reducing his top-flight tooth in command of the Rossoneri. The pragmatist led Milan to 4 Serie A crowns in 5 seasons and a shocking European Cup victory over Barcelona earlier than profitable a slew of trophies with Actual Madrid and Roma. His two titles bossing Juventus within the mid-2000s had been stripped courtesy of the Calciopoli scandal.

13. Kenny Dalglish: The one Brit on the checklist, the Glaswegian Dalglish was extensively thought of Scotland‘s greatest-ever participant whereas additionally taking part in a pivotal position at Celtic and Liverpool, profitable six English titles in eight years and three European Cups with the latter. King Kenny then received a home double in his first season managing the Reds to go together with two FA Cups and two extra leagues. Earlier than returning to Anfield a second time, Dalglish received the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers and the Scottish League Cup with the Hoops.

12. Jupp Heynckes: Ahead-turned-gaffer Heynckes made a behavior of profitable with hometown Borussia Monchengladbach whereas notching 39 caps for the West Germany facet that captured the 1974 World Cup. Three everlasting spells and a caretaker stretch with Bayern Munich noticed Heynckes seize particular person accolades, the 2012-13 Champions League, and a quartet of Bundesliga titles. Heynckes additionally bossed Actual Madrid to a Champions League victory in 1997-98.

11. Miguel Munoz: In a decade as Los Blancos’ midfield mastermind, Madrid-born Munoz received the Spanish high flight on 4 events to go together with a trio of European Cups and a Copa Latina. A 14-year spell as Madrid supervisor yielded much more silverware, as he turned the primary to win the continent’s high prize as a participant and coach in 1960. Munoz would add to that tally with one other European Cup and 9 La Liga crowns, and a pair of Copa del Rey wins.

10. Giovani Trapattoni: One other former Azzurro, Trapattoni made 274 league bows for Milan as a defender and deep-lying midfielder, seizing a pair of European Cups and Serie A titles. A five-year spell with Eire however, Trapattoni’s profession on the sidelines is up there with one of the best. With Juventus, Lure turned the one boss to seize the European Cup, UEFA Cup, and now-defunct Cup Winners’ Cup, profitable the league 5 instances for good measure earlier than a slew of trophies with Inter, Bayern Munich, and Benfica.

9. Didier Deschamps: The present France boss wore the captain’s armband as a no-nonsense defensive mid for each the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 successes whereas taking part in an integral position in Champions League conquests for Marseille and Juventus. Deschamps additionally completed runner-up in two European top-tier finals with Juve and one with Valencia earlier than launching a profitable teaching profession that has seen him develop into certainly one of three to win a World Cup as a participant and a supervisor.

8. Luis Alberto Cubilla: If Pele is taken into account certainly one of soccer’s best ever regardless of not taking part in in Europe, then so too ought to the Uruguayan, Cubilla. As a winger – a embellished 19-year spell that included three years with Barcelona – Cubilla received 9 Uruguayan titles, three Copa Libertadores, and several other others. As supervisor, Cubilla lifted 17 main trophies in South America with Olimpia Asuncion and Penarol, profitable the Copa Libertadores twice with the previous. Arguably South America’s most profitable supervisor.

7. Zinedine Zidane: One of the vital achieved gamers on this checklist, attacking midfield magician Zizou stuffed a trophy case as a participant throughout spells with Bordeaux, Juventus, and Actual Madrid to go together with a 1998 World Cup winner’s medal. He then set the usual for swift returns as a supervisor, lifting the Champions League with Los Blancos 3 times on the bounce in lower than three years in cost and guiding the capital metropolis colossi to their first La Liga/European Cup double since 1958.

6. Vicente Del Bosque: Proprietor of soccer’s finest mustache (apologies, Luiz Gustavo), former technically gifted defensive mid Del Bosque remodeled 400 appearances for an unplayable Actual Madrid facet that paired 5 La Liga titles with a four-pack of Copa del Reys in a five-year window. As a supervisor, Del Bosque received practically each particular person accolade while main Los Blancos to 2 leagues and two Champions League earlier than bossing Spain to a maiden World Cup success in 2010 adopted two years later by a Euro 2012 crown.

5. Mario Zagallo: The primary man to win the World Cup as participant and supervisor, Zagallo was a diminutive winger who twice hoisted the Jules Rimet with Brazil whereas capturing a slew of home honors with Flamengo and Botafogo. Three separate everlasting tenures managing Brazil witnessed the tactically astute boss lead Pele and Co. to the 1970 World Cup win in Mexico, extensively thought of certainly one of world soccer’s best-ever groups. Zagallo was additionally assistant to Carlos Alberto when La Canarinhas received the 1994 installment.

4. Pep Guardiola: Ask Samuel Eto’o, and he’ll say his former Barcelona teammate Guardiola wasn’t a lot of a participant, Nonetheless, the defensive midfielder (certainly one of many on this checklist) performed a component in Johan Cruyff’s Barca “Dream Crew,” profitable nearly every little thing domestically. Guardiola’s has tasted extra success as a supervisor, nonetheless, capturing seven leagues with La Blaugrana, Bayern Munich, and Manchester Metropolis, accumulating 22 totally different honors with the three European giants.

3. Franz Beckenbauer: The ultimate of three to win the World Cup as each participant and supervisor on this checklist, West Germany legend Beckenbauer is solely put probably the most influential males within the historical past of the game. The unique sweeper, Der Kaiser additionally received the Euros and a litany of titles with Bayern Munich and Hamburg. He is additionally certainly one of three on this checklist to win a Ballon d’Or, doing so twice. Beckenbauer then guided the West Germans to the 1990 World Cup earlier than lifting league honors with Marseille and Bayern Munich.

2. Carlo Ancelotti: A inventive and technically gifted midfielder, Ancelotti was the engine for a Roma facet that received the league and three Coppa Italias, and a Milan staff that was the category of European competitors within the late 1980s. A stellar taking part in profession set the desk for probably the most embellished trendy managerial spells, profitable continental trophies with Juventus, Milan, and Actual Madrid alongside league successes with the Rossoneri, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, and Bayern. One among three bosses to win the Champions League 3 times.

1. Johan Cruyff: A trendsetting pioneer each as a participant and supervisor, there is no such thing as a comparability to Dutch wizard Cruyff. Winner of a treble of Ballon d’Or awards, the footballing deity and European Participant of the Century led Ajax to their most embellished stretch within the 1970s earlier than starring at Barca. As a supervisor with the Amsterdam lot and the Catalans, Cruyff was virtually as profitable, nabbing two European Cups, two Cup Winners’ Cups, 4 Spanish league titles, and a quintet of home cups.

Honorable point out: Jock Stein, Brian Clough, Ernst Happel, Bobby Robson, Diego Simeone, Frank Rijkaard

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