10 Most Successful Football Managers In History

by Sameer Arshad | Posted on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 | 12

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Manager is the most important person behind the success of a club, your club can have a all star squad but if the manager is not experienced enough to deal with the big egos of superstars club can not see the best of them players. Louis Van Gaal’s bold substitution during Holland vs Costa Rica game where he brought on Tim Krul for just penalties inspired this post as we take a look at 10 of the most success managers in the world.

#10. Fabio Cappelo (Number of European Clubs and National Teams)

Fabio Cappelo was a quality footballer and he is a even better manager having spent 15 years with teams like Milan, Roma, Juventus, Real Madrid and won 9 league titles in Italy (7) and Spain (2) he also guided Milan to their 1994 Champions League crown. Managed England at World Cup 2010 and Russia in 2014 without much of a success. Its safe to say that he is a better club manager than the national team coach.

#9. Walter Smith (Greatest Rangers Manager)

Walter Smith won 7 straight league titles with Rangers in 1990’s and he spend two spells are rangers as a manager winning 22 major honours.

#8. Louis Van Gaal (League Titles in 3 countires and Champions League with Ajax)

Van Gaal is one of the most prominant managers in the world at the moment, this summer he has been in the news for all the right reason. First he was confirmed as United manager than he guided Holland to Semifinals as I write this article. He won 3 league titles with Ajax and a Champions League title before joining Barcelona where he won 2 back to back league titles. He also managed Bayern Munich back in 2009-10 season and win the Bundesliga title and finished runnerup in Champions League.

#7. Jose Mourinho (2 Champions League & 7 League titles in 4 countries)

Mourinho won 2 league titles, 1 UEFA Cup and 1 Champions League title with FC Porto before he joined Chelsea for the first spell. He won Chelseas their first league title since 1955 and moved to InterMilan after winning 2 league titles in England. In Italy he won 2 league titles, 1 Champions League and joined Real Madrid where he failed to win Champions League but managed to break Barcelona’s supermacy by winning La Liga, at his relatively young age he has already won 18 major titles.

#6. Ernst Happel (First manager to win two european cups at two different clubs)

Austrian born Ernst Happel was one of the greatest coaches in the world cup, he won league titles in 4 different countries and guided Feyenoord Rotterdam (Holland) and Hamburg (Germany) to European titles becoming the first manager to have won Champions League with different clubs. His managerial career lasted 30 years and He also guided Holland to 1978 final where they lost against Argentina.

#5. Bob Paisley (Only manager to have won 3 european titles)

Bob Paisley was the guiding figure to 1970’s Liverpool side who won league titles and domestic cups for fun while reaching their peak in 1975 to 1981 when they won 3 champions league titles and 1 UEFA Cup in 5 years. He is considered the greatest Liverpool manager in the history.

#4. Giovanni Trapattoni (Greatest Italian Manager)

Trapattoni has won league titles in 4 different countries and also guided Milan to 2 champions League titles and won 6 league titles with Juventus and guided them to Champions League glory. He has won every major Italian title as well as European major trophy.

#3. Ottmar Hitzfeld

Two European crowns with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich and highly successful reigns as manager which guided both Dortmund and Bayern Munich to multiple league titles. He also managed teams in Switzerland league and their national team in 2014 world cup.

#2. Jock Stein (First British Manager to win European Cup)

Celtic manager Stein is widely considered as one of the best managers of all times, he won 9 straight league titles with Celtic and also guided them to european glory.

#1. Sir Alex Ferguson (Greatest British Manager with 49 major trophies)

Sir Alex has won it all, he started his career as a manager at Aberdeen and won 3 league titles and 4 scotish cups before joining United and rest as they say was history. 13 league titles with United and 2 Champions League titles combined with 5 FA Cups and 4 league cups lead him to be the greatest manager of all times.

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