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Successful Players Who Became Top Football Managers Of Our Time

Zinedine Zidane and other famous players turned managers

Since Zinedine Zidane has been named as the new Real Madrid manager, some think he is not among the top football managers due to his lack of experience. They don’t know how much his experience as a player matters!

As it has been reported by all online betting sites in EU
, Zinedine Zidane has been appointed as the new Real Madrid manager. The French is regarded as one of the best midfielders of all time, and now the time has come for him to prove that he will be able to succeed as a top football manager as well.

In case anyone has doubts about having been a good player and being a good manager has no connection at all, we would like to introduce the most successful managers of recent times, who used to be successful football players as well.

Pep Guardiola

He is one of the most successful people in football nowadays. He used to play for Barcelona for 11 years and has won the La Liga on 6, and the Copa del Rey on 2 occasions. He also won several continental tournaments, including the Champions League in 1992, which was the very first European Cup victory of FC Barcelona.Guardiola joined a Mexican club named Dolorados before retiring as a player and becoming one of the top football managers.

Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola (Photo: Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Pep started his new adventure at Barcelona B and his performance allowed him to replace Frank Riijkard (who also used to be a football player!) at the helm of the Catalan side. The rest is history: won the treble in 2009, won a total of 3 league titles in addition to 2 Champions League and 2 Copa del Rey glories. Now he is at Bayern Munich until the end of the season, and according to online sportsbooks in Germany, he is the favourite to win the Bundesliga – again!

Carlo Ancelotti

Bayern Munich are doing an excellent job in recruiting the best managers in the world. Nothing proves it better than latest gambling news, which has reported that they have already announced that Guardiola’s replacement is already found – Carlo Ancelotti takes over the Bavarian side as soon as this season ends.

Carlo Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti (Photo: The Independent)

The Italian won the Champions League title 3 times as a manager (twice with Milan, once with Real Madrid), is an Italian, a French and an English champion as well among other admirable achievements. And his player career is also something that is worth mentioning! Ancelotti spent his career playing for AS Roma and AC Milan, winning a total of 3 league titles, 4 Italian Cups as well as 2 Champions Leagues.

Jupp Heynckes

Heynckes is our next example of Bayern recruiting the best managers of the football world. Jupp was the head boss of Bayern Munich until Guardiola arrived in 2013. Heynckes won the treble with Bayern in 2013, and has retired after his contract expired, but his managerial career is outstanding. He trained many teams, however he achieved his greatest achievements were with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

Jupp Heynckes

Jupp Heynckes (Photo: TZ.de)

Heynckes is 3-time Bundesliga winner with the Bavarian side, but he also won the most prestigious continental tournament for the Royal Club. As a player, he spent most of his time playing for his hometown’s team, BorussiaMönchengladbach, where he won the Bundesliga 4 times in addition to the UEFA Cup and the German Cup.

Diego Simeone

Diego Simeone has played for many great football clubs, including Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, Inter and Lazio. Cholo has achieves his greatest successes at Lazio, but fans of all his previous teams have nice memories in connection with the Argentine defensive midfielder. UEFA Cup with Inter, Serie A and Italian Cup with Lazio and La Liga and Copa del Rey with Atlético de Madrid are the titles that he can be most proud of.

Diego Simeone

Diego Simeone (Photo: Aflo/Rex)

Simeone retired from football in 2006 and has become a manager the next year. He kept changing teams year after year until eventually he seems to have found home at his former and current employer. Simeone made Atlético one of the top European football teams. They won the Europa League in 2012, the Copa del Rey in 2013 and the La Liga in 2014, in addition to being runner-ups in the Champions League in the latter year.

Fabio Capello

Those who frequently bet on sports, must be familiar with the name ‘Fabio Capello.’ 5-time SerieA winner with AS Roma and AC Milan, won the La Liga twice with Real Madrid, he also won the Champions League with Milan among other prestigious titles including the European Super Cup.

Fabio Capello

Fabio Capello (Photo: bbc)

However, quite a few know about Capello that before he became football manager, he was also a player. He played for 3 of the best Italian clubs – Roma, Milan and Juventus. Capello never won the Champions League as a player, but he won 3 league titles with Juventus, another one with Milan, and he also claimed the Italian Cup with both Roma and Milan.

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