This week’s top ten list takes a look at the people who have excelled at both sides of the game, playing and coaching. We count down those people who have made the conversion from player to manager with the most success.
10. Graeme Souness
Souness was part of the all-conquering Liverpool team of the 80’s, winning five league titles, four domestic cups and three European Cup victories. He also won the Coppa Italia with Sampdoria. As a player/manager with Rangers he won a further three league titles and four domestic cups. Once retired from playing he managed Liverpool, Blackburn and Galatasaray, winning a domestic cup with each.
9. Diego Simeone
Simeone enjoy a fruitful career as a player, winning a league title and domestic cup with Atletico Madrid and Lazio, as well as the UEFA Cup with Inter Milan. Simeone also enjoyed success with Argentina, winning two Copa America’s and a Confederations Cup. As a manager Simeone has won two Argentine Primera Division league titles with Estudiantes and River Plate. He has also won the Copa del Rey and Europa League with Atletico Madrid, meaning he has won both trophies as a player and a manager.
8. Kenny Dalglish
As a player Dalglish was another member of the mighty Liverpool team of the 80s, and he also enjoyed success during his spell with Celtic. He won a total of ten league titles, 11 domestic cups and three European Cups. As a manager he had spells with Liverpool and Celtic as well as Blackburn Rovers, and while he didn’t enjoy the same success he did as a player, he still won an impressive four league titles and four domestic cups.
7. Rudi Voller
As a player Voller won the Coppa Italia with Roma and the Champions League with Marseille, as well as lifting the World Cup in 1990. Voller also had a number of near successes during his career, losing the 1986 World Cup final, 1992 European Championship final and 1991 UEFA Cup final. As a manager he also suffered a near success, leading Germany to the 2002 World Cup final, only to lose to Brazil.
6. Berti Vogts
As a player Vogts spent his entire career with Borussia Monchengladbach during their spell of dominance in the 70’s, winning five league titles, one domestic cup and two UEFA Cups. He also enjoyed success with his country, winning the 1974 World Cup and the 1972 European Championships. He has been less successful as a manager, but did complete an elite double by winning the 1996 European Championships as a manager.
5. Pep Guardiola
As a player Guardiola spent most of his career with Barcelona, winning six league titles, two domestic cups as well as the 1997 Cup Winners’ Cup and the 1992 European Cup. He also enjoyed success with Spain, winning the gold medal at the 1992 Olympics. As a manager Guardiola led Barca to three league titles, two domestic cups and two Champions League titles in just four seasons. Guardiola is a member of an elite group to have been European champion as both a player and a manager.
4. Frank Rijkaard
Rijkaard was one of the top players of his generation and enjoyed an illustrious career, predominantly with Ajax and Milan. As a player domestically he won seven league titles and three cups, but in Europe he won three European Cups and one Cup Winners’ Cup. He also enjoyed success with his country, winning the 1988 European Championships. As a manager he is best known for his spell at Barcelona where he won two league titles and the 2006 Champions League. He is another inductee into the elite club of players to have been European champion as both a player and a manager.
3. Carlo Ancelotti
Ancelotti enjoyed a very successful career as a player with Roma and Milan, winning three Serie A titles, four Coppa Italia’s and two European Cups. As a manager there are few better in the modern game. Ancelotti has won three league titles in three different countries as well as two domestic cups. Perhaps most impressively, Ancelotti followed up his two European Cups as a player with Milan by winning the trophy two more times with the club as a manager.
2. Mario Zagollo
As a player Zagollo managed what few could only dream of, he won the World Cup twice with Brazil in 1958 and 1962. He became the first person to win the World Cup as a player and a manager when he led his country to success in the 1970 World Cup, and almost completed a remarkable double when he led Brazil to the 1998 World Cup final, only to lose to France. He also won the 1997 Confederations Cup and Copa America as manager of Brazil. Only a lack of success at club level prevented Zagollo from claiming top spot, but three World Cup victories is a truly incredible achievement.
1. Franz Beckenbauer
Der Kaiser has the name for a reason, he is football’s most decorated man. As a player in club football he won five Bundesliga titles and four domestic cups, as well as three European Cups and one Cup Winners’ Cup (he also won three NASL titles with New York Cosmos). His success was no less at international level, winning the 1974 World Cup and the 1972 European Championships. As a manager he won Ligue 1 with Marseille in 1991, and with Bayern Munich won the Bundesliga in 1994 and the UEFA Cup in 1996. Perhaps most impressively, Beckenbauer joined the exclusive list of people to have won the World Cup as a player and a manager in 1990 when he led West Germany to the title.