Thierry Henry was recently appointed as the new manager at Monaco and he is now eligible to join an illustrious list of top footballers who also became elite coaches. Here we take a look at 7 of the best in the modern era.
7. Fabiao Capello
Player accolades: 4 x Serie A, 2 x domestic cups
Managerial accolades: 1 x Champions League, 5 x Serie A, 2 x La Liga, 4 x domestic cups, 1 x UEFA Super Cup
Capello enjoyed a very successful career as a player but an even more successful career as a manager. His stock fell badly towards the end of his reign but was regarded as 1 of the best in the game for most of it. He won numerous Serie A titles as a player and manager as well as the champions league as a manager.
6. Diego Simeone
Player accolades: 1 x UEFA Cup, 1 x La Liga, 1 x Serie A, 3 x domestic cups, 1 x UEFA Super Cup, 1 x Confederations Cup, 2 x Copa America, Olympic Games - silver medal (1996)
Managerial accolades: 1 x Europa League, 2 x Argentine Primera Division x 2, 1 x La Liga, 2 x domestic cups, 1 x UEFA Super Cup
Simeone strikes one as a manager who preaches the saying, ‘a good worker doesn’t blame his tools’. The passionate Argentine enjoyed a glittering career as a player and is currently 1 of the most coveted managers in world football.
His achievements are even more impressive when taking into account the limited resources he has at Atletico Madrid compared to La liga giants, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
5. Antonio Conte
Player accolades: Champions League x 1, UEFA Cup x 1, Serie A x 5, 5 x domestic cups, 1 x UEFA Super Cup, 1 x Intercontinental Cup, 1 x Intertoto Cup
Managerial accolades: 3 x Serie A, 1 x Premier League, 1 x Serie B, 3 x domestic cups
Conte is a serial winner of note. The Italian has won countless titles as a player, including the Champions League, and his managerial career has followed the same path.
He finds himself at a bit of a crossroads for a manager of his calibre as he was sacked from his last role at Chelsea. However, the list of potential suitors is endless should he avail himself for management again.
4. Zinedine Zidane
Player accolades: 1 x World Cup, 1 x European Championship, 1 x Champions League, 2 x Serie A, 1 x La Liga, 3 x domestic cups, 2 x UEFA Super Cup, 2 x Intercontinental Cup, 2 x Intertoto Cup
Managerial accolades: 3 x Champions League, 1 x La Liga, 1 x UEFA Super Cup, 1 x FIFA Club World Cup
Zizu – what a player, what a manager. Zidane seems to love the spectacular.
A prime example of this was his timeless volley to seal the Champions League final for Real Madrid as a player.
As a manager, he’s won Europe’s biggest prize on 3 consecutive occasions – a truly remarkable achievement.
3. Didier Deschamps
Player accolades: 1 x World Cup, 1 x European Championship, 2 x Champions League, 3 x Serie A, 2 x Ligue 1, 4 x domestic cups, 1 x UEFA Super Cup, 1 x Intercontinental Cup, 1 x Intertoto Cup
Managerial career: 1 x World Cup, 1 x Ligue 1, 1 x Serie B, 6 x domestic cups
Deschamps finds himself high up on the list for 2 key reasons – his unbelievable achievements as a player and as the only Frenchman to have won the World Cup as a player and manager.
2. Pep Guardiola
Player accolades: 1 x European Cup, 1 x Cup Winners' Cup, 6 x La Liga, 5 x domestic cups, 1 x UEFA Super Cup, Olympic Games - gold medal (1992)
Managerial accolades: 2 x Champions League, 3 x La Liga, 3 x Bundesliga, 1 x Premier League, 7 x domestic cups, 3 x UEFA Super Cup, 3 x FIFA Club World Cup
Pep’s forward-thinking philosophies catapulted his teams to major success as a manager.
In Spain, he master-minded Barcelona’s dominance of La liga and the European stage. While he enabled Bayern Munich to win 3 league titles at a canter.
With Manchester City, he’s forged a fearsome attacking unit and led them to a record-breaking season.
1. Carlo Ancelotti
Player accolades: 2 x European Cup, 3 x Serie A, 5 x domestic cups, 2 x UEFA Super Cup, 2 x Intercontinental Cup
Managerial accolades: 3 x Champions League, 1 x Serie A, 1 x Premier League, 1 x Bundesliga, 1 x Ligue 1, 6 x domestic cups, 3 x UEFA Super Cup, 2 x FIFA Club World Cup, 1 x Intertoto Cup
At number one, it’s the current granddaddy of European football – King Carlo.
His list of accolades as a player is extremely impressive but his managerial achievements are even more so.
He’s won domestic titles in Italy, England, France and Germany. Add his 3 Champions League wins as well and you have arguably the best player/ manager CV of all time.
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