It’s not too often that a successful footballer becomes a successful manager as well. Playing and managing are two completely different ball games, pun mildly intended. But there remains a curious expectation for great players to continue sprinkling their stardust from the touchline upon retirement. The Champions League, or the European Cup as it was known before 1992, represents the pinnacle of success for those plying their trade in Europe. It is an elite company that have lifted ‘The Big Ears’ during their managing as well as their playing days. With Zinedine Zidane hoping to lift the trophy in his first year of management to join that club. We take a look at five of the best footballers turned managers who have this achievement in their locker.
1. Giovanni Trapattoni
One of the most celebrated names in the sport, Giovanni Trapattoni was a defender/midfielder for AC Milan. The Italian side won the European Cup twice in the 1960s. Against Benfica in London in 1963 and against Ajax in Madrid in 1969.
Retirement in 1972 saw Trappattoni try his hand at management. His ten-year spell with Juventus, from 1976 to 1986, stands out in particular. He won six Serie A titles, two Coppa Italias and the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup. Juventus also won the European Cup in 1985 under Trappattoni. It is, however, a game forever blackened by the mishap that took place before it: the Heysel disaster.