The UEFA Champions League is the most prestigious club football competition on the planet and is keenly contested by the best teams in Europe.
So much planning, team work, organisation, effort and luck goes into each teams aspirations each season.
The effects are felt by everyone especially the coaches/managers who are mostly held accountable if a season ends poorly.
Here we look at five managers who have excelled in the competition over the years.
1. Alex Ferguson –102 Wins
A legend of the game Sir Alex won the Champions League trophy twice (1998/1999, 2007/ 2008 seasons) during his illustrious career. Both titles were during his time as manager of Manchester United. He was a losing finalist twice (2008/2009, 2010/2011). He was in a futher three semi - finals ( 1996/1997, 2001/2002). He retired from football in 2013.
2. Carlo Ancelotti – 90 Wins
Carlo Ancelotti is in a special class of coaches who have won the Champions League with multiple teams ( A.C Milan and Real Madrid). He has won the trophy three times, twice with Milan ( 2002/2003, 2006/2007) and once with Madrid 2013/2014). He was runner - up in 2004/2005 to Liverpool. Back at Madrid for another stint, he has the opportunity to increase his Wins tally and probably add another Champions league trophy.
3. Pep Guardiola – 87 Wins
The current Manchester City coach has won the Champions League twice thus far, with both coming during his time as Barcelona coach. The first in 2008/2009 making him the youngest manager to win the trophy. His second came in the 2010/2011 season in a second final victory over Manchester United. He reached two more semi - finals with Barcelona (2009/2010, 2011/2012). He has coached two more teams in the Champions League, Bayern Munich and Manchester City. He reached three consecutive semi - finals with Bayern Munich (2013/2014, 2014/2015, 2015/2016). With Manchester City he has been runner - up (2020/2021) and semi - finalists (2019/2020). With many more years ahead he has the opportunity to move up the list and contest for more titles.
4. Arsen Wenger – 86 Wins
He is the only coach on this list without a Champions League winners medal. The Long serving Arsenal tactician came close to the trophy in the 2005/2006 season comingon runner - up to Barcelona. Under Wenger, Arsenal played in 19 successive UEFA Champions League campaigns from 1998/99–2016/17. He left Arsenal in 2018.
5. Jose Mourinho – 81 Wins
The self named 'Special One' has one the Champions League twice ( 2003/2004, 2009/2010). He is among those who have won the trophy with Multiple teams (F.C Porto, Inter Milan). He has coached six teams in the Champions League and is one of the four managers with 150 or more games in the competition. Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsène Wenger and Carlo Ancelotti are the only other coaches to reach that milestone in the Champions League. Mourinho has reached a futher five semi - finals with Chelsea (2004/2005, 2006/2007), and Madrid (2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013). Still very much in the game there is time for him to improve on his win record and probably add another title.
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