UEFA Champions League is back on our screens tonight. The complete list of the last 16 teams will be known today when the teams play their final group matches. For instance, Manchester United and Liverpool must get a result today to reach the knockout stages. In the same breath, we want to look at five most successful Coaches in all UEFA Competitions in history. We focus on European Cup / UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup (defunct), UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League, UEFA Intertoto Cup (defunct), UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup (defunct), and FIFA Club World Cup.
5. Arrigo Sacchi- 6 Trophies
AC Milan legendary Coach Arrigo Sacchi takes position five in the list with 6 UEFA trophies under his name. The former Italian head Coach never played football professionally and like Jose Mourinho has done today, he lifted trophies with club and country.
The legendary tactician lifted 2 UEFA Champions League trophies, 2 UEFA Super Cups, and 2 Intercontinental Cups which was scrapped by UEFA. His name is safe in the history books.
4. Giovanni Trapattoni- 7 Trophies
AC Milan and Juventus legend Giovanni Trapattoni is one of the most successful legends in football history. He won almost everything as a player and Coach. He lifted a total of 7 trophies in several competitions in Europe. They include; 1 UEFA Champions League crown, 1 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup (scrapped), 3 UEFA Europa League trophies, 1 UEFA Super Cup, and 1 Intercontinental Cup (defunct).
3. Pep Guardiola- 8 Trophies
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is setting new records in the Premier League. He won his 13th straight League match last weekend and he has a chance to extend that against Manchester United next weekend. The Spaniard records are also great because he has lifted 8 trophies in all UEFA Competitions.
The former Bayern Munich and Barcelona Coach have lifted 2 UEFA Champions League trophies, 3 UEFA Super Cups and 3 FIFA Club World Cups. All came during his time at Camp Nou. He will look to improve on that record and overtake Sir Alex Ferguson if he is successful at Etihad.