Seven men have lifted the European Cup as both player and coach: can another one join them this season?
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Zinédine Zidane became only the seventh man to win the European Cup as a player and coach when he led Real Madrid to UEFA Champions League glory in 2015/16, confirming his place at the top table by winning the next two editions as well.
Like fellow player-then-coach double winner Josep Guardiola, Zidane has a chance to add another triumph to his tally this season, while two other former winners will aim to be the eighth addition to our list. Napoli boss Gennaro Gattuso landed the UEFA Champions League as a player with AC Milan in 2002/03 and 2006/07, while Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was part of the Blues' 2011/12 winning side.
Meet the rest of the player-coach double winners.
- Captain of the Madrid team that won the first two editions of the European Cup, Muñoz was coach by the time the Merengues made it five in a row and was still in charge when they added a sixth six years later.
- The Italian was a midfielder for the first two of the Rossoneri's seven European Cup victories but lifted the trophy only once as a coach, in the grim aftermath of the Heysel tragedy in 1985.
- The most revered exponent of the 'Total Football' style that helped Ajax to three straight European Cup successes, Cruyff scored twice in the 1972 final, then masterminded Barça's conquest of 1992.
- A player in the Milan side that clinched back-to-back titles, Ancelotti is one of just three coaches (together with ex-Liverpool boss Bob Paisley and Zidane) to have picked up three European Cups.
- Rijkaard was Ancelotti's midfield sidekick in the 1989 and 1990 finals, getting the only goal in the latter. His Ajax team beat Milan in 1995 (his final game as a player) and he took Barça all the way in 2006.
- Part of Cruyff's triumphant 1992 side, Guardiola steered the Azulgrana to Champions League glory a year after being appointed to his first senior coaching job, and repeated the feat two years later.
- A runner-up with Juventus in 1997 and 1998, Zidane scored a memorable winner for Madrid in the 2002 final against Leverkusen, then guided his old team to three consecutive successes in the 2010s.