Zidane back at Madrid: the Champions League super-coaches

Zinédine Zidane is back for a second spell as Real Madrid coach. Where does he stand in the UEFA Champions League pantheon?

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  • All stats UEFA Champions League only (since) 1992/93

Most games as head coach
190
Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United)
178 Arsène Wenger (Monaco, Arsenal)
166 Carlo Ancelotti (Parma, Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Bayern München, Napoli)
141 José Mourinho (Porto, Chelsea, Internazionale Milano, Real Madrid, Manchester United)
110 Josep Guardiola (Barcelona, Bayern München, Manchester City)
103 Mircea Lucescu (Internazionale Milano, Galatasaray, Beşiktaş, Shakhtar Donetsk)
95= Rafael Benítez (Valencia, Liverpool, Internazionale Milano, Chelsea, Napoli, Real Madrid)
95= Ottmar Hitzfeld (Borussia Dortmund, Bayern München)
95= Louis van Gaal (Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern München, Manchester United) 
83 Massimiliano Allegri (AC Milan, Juventus)

Zidane: My football philosophy
Zidane: My football philosophy

Most clubs coached
8 Carlo Ancelotti (Parma, Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Bayern München, Napoli)
6= Rafael Benítez (Valencia, Liverpool, Internazionale Milano, Chelsea, Napoli, Real Madrid)
6= Claudio Ranieri (Valencia, Chelsea, Juventus, Roma, Internazionale Milano, Leicester City)
5= Ronald Koeman (Ajax, Benfica, PSV Eindhoven, Valencia, AZ Alkmaar)
5= José Mourinho (Porto, Chelsea, Internazionale Milano, Real Madrid, Manchester United)

Most titles
3= Carlo Ancelotti (AC Milan 2003, 2007; Real Madrid 2014)
3= Zinédine Zidane (Real Madrid 2016, 2017, 2018)
2= Vicente Del Bosque (Real Madrid 2000, 2002)
2= Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United 1998, 2008)
2= Pep Guardiola (Barcelona 2009, 2011)
2= Jupp Heynckes (Real Madrid 1998; Bayern München 2013)
2= Ottmar Hitzfeld (Borussia Dortmund 1997; Bayern München 2001)
2= José Mourinho (Porto 2004; Internazionale Milano 2010)

Champions League icon: Zinédine Zidane
Champions League icon: Zinédine Zidane

Most finals
4= Carlo Ancelotti (AC Milan 2003W, 2005L, 2007W; Real Madrid 2014W)
4= Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United 1999W, 2008W, 2009L, 2011L)
4= Marcello Lippi (Juventus 1996W, 1997L, 1998L, 2003L)
3= Fabio Capello (AC Milan 1993L, 1994W, 1995L)
3= Jupp Heynckes (Real Madrid 1998W; Bayern München 2012L, 2013W)
3= Ottmar Hitzfeld (Borussia Dortmund 1997W; Bayern München 1999L, 2001W)
3= Louis van Gaal (Ajax 1995W, 1996L; Bayern München 2010L)
3= Zinédine Zidane (Real Madrid 2016W, 2017W, 2018W)

Most seasons coached
20 Arsène Wenger (Monaco, Arsenal)
19 Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United)
17 Carlo Ancelotti (Parma, Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Bayern München, Napoli)
16 José Mourinho (Porto, Chelsea, Internazionale Milano, Real Madrid, Manchester United)
14 Mircea Lucescu (Internazionale Milano, Galatasaray, Beşiktaş, Shakhtar Donetsk)
11 Rafael Benítez (Valencia, Liverpool, Internazionale Milano, Chelsea, Napoli, Real Madrid)
10 Josep Guardiola (Barcelona, Bayern München, Manchester City)
10 Louis van Gaal (Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern München, Manchester United)

Sir Alex Ferguson in his own words
Sir Alex Ferguson in his own words

Treble winners (UEFA Champions League/domestic league/domestic FA Cup)
Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United 1999)
Josep Guardiola (Barcelona 2009)
José Mourinho (Internazionale Milano 2010)
Jupp Heynckes (Bayern München 2013)
Luis Enrique (Barcelona 2015)

Winners as player and coach
Frank Rijkaard (Player: AC Milan 1989, 1990/Ajax 1995; Coach: Barcelona 2006)
Zinédine Zidane (Player: Real Madrid 2002; Coach: Real Madrid 2016, 2017, 2018)

All UEFA men's club competitions

Most European Cup wins
3= Carlo Ancelotti (AC Milan 2003, 2007; Real Madrid 2014)
3= Bob Paisley (Liverpool 1977, 1978, 1981)
3= Zinédine Zidane (Real Madrid 2016, 2017, 2018)

European Cup winners as player and coach
Miguel Muñoz (Player: Real Madrid 1956, 1957; Coach: Real Madrid 1960, 1966)
Giovanni Trapattoni (Player: AC Milan 1963, 1969; Coach: Juventus 1985)
Johan Cruyff (Player: Ajax 1971, 1972, 1973; Coach: Barcelona 1992)
Carlo Ancelotti (Player: AC Milan 1989, 1990; Coach: AC Milan 2003, 2007/Real Madrid 2014)
Josep Guardiola (Player: Barcelona 1992; Coach: Barcelona 2009, 2011)
Frank Rijkaard (Player: Ajax 1995; Coach: Barcelona 2006)
Zinédine Zidane (Player: Real Madrid 2002; Coach: Real Madrid 2016, 2017, 2018)

Most major UEFA club competition wins
5
Giovanni Trappatoni 5 (UCL: Juventus 1985; CWC: Juventus 1984; UEL: Juventus 1977, 1993/Internazionale Milano 1991)
4= Sir Alex Ferguson (UCL: Manchester United 1999, 2008; CWC: Aberdeen 1983/Manchester United 1991)
4= José Mourinho (UCL: Porto 2004/Internazionale Milano 2010; UEL :Porto 2003, Manchester United 2017)
4= Bob Paisley (UCL: Liverpool 1977, 1978, 1981; UEL: Liverpool 1976)
4= Nereo Rocco (UCL: AC Milan 1963, 1969; CWC: AC Milan 1968, 1973)

[UCL=European Champion Clubs' Cup/UEFA Champions League, UEL=UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League, CWC=European Cup Winners' Cup]

Most coaching appearances in all UEFA club competitions

  UCL UEL SCUP CWC UIC EUSA Total
Sir Alex Ferguson 210 15 5 38 0 1 269
Arsène Wenger 202 30 0 18 0 0 250
Mircea Lucescu 131 65 2 22 2 0 222
Carlo Ancelotti 166 29 3 0 6 1 205
Giovanni Trapattoni 82 100 1 17 0 1 201
Jupp Heynckes 71 92 0 0 12 0 175
José Mourinho 141 28 3 0 0 0 172
Rafael Benítez 111 58 2 0 0 0 171
Louis van Gaal 101 52 4 6 0 1 164
Ottmar Hitzfeld 102 44 1 10 0 1 157

*UEFA club competitions: UEFA Champions League/European Cup (UCL), UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup (UEL), UEFA Super Cup (SCUP), European Cup Winners' Cup (ECWC), UEFA Intertoto Cup (UIC), European/South American Cup (EUSA). Correct to 11/03/2019

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