Champions League-winning coaches: all the records | UEFA Champions League

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An elite group of 43 men have led sides to European Cup glory over the years, with nearly half of them doing so more than once. Only three have lifted the trophy three times, though.

We celebrate the trio and discover the seven men who have won the competition as player and coach, the youngest victorious coach, the oldest, and the coach whose success spanned the longest period.

Three-time European Cup-winning coaches

Carlo Ancelotti (ITA) – AC Milan 2003, 2007; Real Madrid 2014

A two-time winner with Milan as a cultured midfield general, Ancelotti seamlessly made the transition to coaching. He led the Rossoneri to victory in 2003 (vs Juventus) and 2007 (vs Liverpool), and it took the 2005 Miracle of Istanbul to deny him another. An extra time triumph over Atlético de Madrid in 2014 took him to three titles, and in 2022 he becomes the first coach to lead sides in five finals.

Bob Paisley (ENG) – Liverpool 1977, 1978, 1981

Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Their previous meetings

Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Their previous meetings

Paisley assumed the reins from the lauded Bill Shankly in 1974, humbly announcing that he would do his best. Nine years later, he retired having led the Reds to six league titles, a UEFA Cup, three League Cups and three European Cups. After victories in 1977 (vs Mönchengladbach) and 1978 (vs Club Brugge), a 1-0 triumph over Real Madrid in Paris in 1981 made it three titles in five seasons.

Zinedine Zidane (FRA) – Real Madrid 2016, 2017, 2018

Perhaps the finest player of his generation, Zidane won the Champions League just once before he hung up his gilded boots, thanks in no small part to his majestic volley for Madrid against Leverkusen in the 2002 final. Assistant to Ancelotti in 2014, he eclipsed that tally in his first three seasons as head coach, becoming the first man to lead a side to three successive titles.

Champions League final records

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Two-time European Cup-winning coaches

Great Champions League final goals

Great Champions League final goals

José Villalonga (ESP) – Real Madrid 1956, 1957
Luis Carniglia (ARG) – Real Madrid 1958, 1959
Béla Guttmann (HUN) – Benfica 1961, 1962
Helenio Herrera (ARG) – Inter 1964, 1965
Miguel Muñoz (ESP) – Real Madrid 1960, 1966
Nereo Rocco (ITA) – AC Milan 1963, 1969
Fantefan Kovács (ROU) – Ajax 1972, 1973
Dettmar Cramer (GER) – Bayern 1975, 1976
Brian Clough (ENG) – Nottingham Forest 1979, 1980
Ernst Happel (AUT) – Feyenoord 1970, Hamburg 1983
Arrigo Sacchi (ITA) – AC Milan 1989, 1990
Ottmar Hitzfeld (GER) – Dortmund 1997, Bayern 2001
Vicente del Bosque (ESP) – Real Madrid 2000, 2002
Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO) – Man. United 1999, 2008
José Mourinho (POR) – Porto 2004, Inter 2010
Josep Guardiola (ESP) – Barcelona 2009, 2011
Jupp Heynckes (GER) – Real Madrid 1998, Bayern 2013

Winning European Cup with multiple teams

3 Carlo Ancelotti (AC Milan 2003, 2007, Real Madrid 2014)
2 Ernst Happel (Feyenoord 1970, Hamburg 1983)
2 Jupp Heynckes (Real Madrid 1998, Bayern 2013)
2 Ottmar Hitzfeld (Dortmund 1997, Bayern 2001)
2 José Mourinho (Porto 2004, Inter 2010)

Winning European Cup as player and coach

1972 final highlights: Ajax 2-0 Inter

1972 final highlights: Ajax 2-0 Inter

Carlo Ancelotti (AC Milan player 1989, 1990; AC Milan coach 2003, 2007, Real Madrid 2014)
Johan Cruyff (player Ajax 1971, 1972, 1973; coach Barcelona 1992)
Josep Guardiola (player Barcelona 1992; coach Barcelona 2009, 2011)
Miguel Muñoz (Real Madrid player 1956, 1957, 1958; Real Madrid coach 1960, 1966)
Frank Rijkaard (player Ajax 1995, AC Milan 1989, 1990; coach Barcelona 2006)
Giovanni Trapattoni (AC Milan player 1963, 1969; Juventus coach 1985)
Zinédine Zidane (Real Madrid 2002 player; Real Madrid coach 2016, 2017, 2018)

European Cup and Champions League-winning coaches – oldest, youngest and more

Most final wins in a row
3 Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid 2016, 2017, 2018)

Oldest winning coach
71 Raymond Goethals (Marseille 1993)

Youngest winning coach
36 José Villalonga (Real Madrid 1956)

Longest span of title wins
15 years Jupp Heynckes (Real Madrid 1998, Bayern 2013)

Winning coach by nation
11 Italy (7 different coaches)
10 Germany (7)
10 Spain (6)
7 England (4)
5 Netherlands (5)
4 Argentina (2)
4 Scotland (3)
3 France (1)
3 Portugal (2)
3 Romania (2)
2 Austria (1)
2 Hungary (1)
1 Belgium (1)
1 Yugoslavia (1)

Most final defeats
3 Marcello Lippi (1997, 1998, 2003)

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