Best Player To Manager Success Stories

Best Player To Manager Success Stories

You would think being a star on the football pitch would make you just as great at coaching, but that’s not always the case. However, there are some very special talents that have dominated both. Take a look at the best players turned manager success stories in football.

Why Is It So Difficult To Transition Successfully?

Players that become managers need to have a deep understanding of the game beyond the position they played, treat their players right, and then become influential enough to change a team’s history. A great manager can change the stakes at, and bring more trophies home!

Kenny Dalglish

As A Player: Three European Cups, Six English First Division
(Premier League) Titles, 4 Scottish Leagues, Seventeen Domestic Cups, 1 UEFA Cup

As A Manager: Four English First Division, 9 Domestic Cups

This superb player successfully transitioned his talent as a forward to leading a team off the pitch, all with the same club.

Dalglish is one of the most legendary f igures at Liverpool FC, for both his performance as a scoring forward and his time as a coach.

Pep Guardiola

As A Player: One European Cup, 1 Cup Winners, Six La Liga, 5 Domestic Cups, 1 UEFA Super Cup, Gold In the 1992 Olympic Games

As A Manager: Two Champions League, Three La Liga, 3 Bundesliga, Seven Domestic Cups, Three UEFA Super Cup, Three FIFA Club World Cup

You get tired just reading the trophy list, that’s how good he is. Guardiola didn’t exactly have a mediocre career as a player but his accolades grew exponentially as a manager.

He was lucky enough to encounter Messi and what had to be one of the most perfect teams when returning to his first club. With that Barcelona FC roster, he dominated the sport and Europe.

After Barça, he found success in the Bundesliga, and the Premier League, and shows no sign of slowing down on growing his trophy collection.

Vicente Del Bosque

As A Player: Five La Liga, Four Domestic Cups

As A Manager: One World Cup, One European Championship, Two Champions League, Two La Liga

Del Bosque was a little less successful as a midfielder for Real Madrid, but he makes up for it nicely as a manager, bringing the same club two Champions League trophies.

He is also the first World Cup winner on the list; he took La Roja (Spain’s National Team) to the top of the world, and Europe. He coached one of the longest, undefeated and dominating streaks in national football history.

Zinedine Zidane

As A Player: One World Cup, One European Championship, One Champions League, Two Serie A. One La Liga, Three Domestic Cups, Two UEFA Super Cups, Two Intercontinental Cup, Two Intertoto Cup.

As A Manager: Three Champions League, Two La Liga, Two Domestic Cups, Two UEFA Super Cup, Two FIFA Club World Cups.

Magic Zizou has won it all (no really, he has), and if there is an accolade missing, he’ll probably get it soon. He is one of the most successful star players turned managers ever. He won all of the most important titles with his national squad and club and remains a legend you can still expect great things from.


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