In the world of football there are many successful coaches who weren’t professional footballers. And they say that the coaches are more successful if they were not a professional football players. Or they didn’t achieve good results. After all, it's not a fact that an excellent football player will become an excellent coach. There is an opinion that brilliant football players will never become nice coaches, because their skill of football player is given to them by nature. As a gift. In this article I gathered just five amazing players who became equally talented coaches.
Simeone completed his playing career in 2006. And on April 15, 2009 Simeone had been already appointed the head coach of the football club San Lorenzo. On April 4 in 2010 Simeone resigned after 7 losses in the last 12 matches. His managerial career was not successful at once. However in 2011 he managed to win Europa League with Atletico Madrid.
As a player :1 x UEFA Cup, 1 x La Liga, 1 x Serie A, 3 x domestic cups, 1 x UEFA Super Cup, 1 x Confederations Cup, 2 x Copa America, Olympic Games - silver medal
As a manager: 2 x Europa League, 2 x Argentine Primera Division x 2, 1 x La Liga, 2 x domestic cups, 1 x UEFA Super Cup
When Ancelotti was a player he played at midfielder’s position. Popularity came to him when he became a Roma player and later Milan. He finished his playing career in 1992 and began to coach the National team immediately. To doubt his talents as a coach is impossible. Moreover he is the only coach in history who won the championships of Italy, England, France and Germany
As a player: 2 x European Cup, 3 x Serie A, 5 x domestic cups, 2 x UEFA Super Cup, 2 x Intercontinental Cup
As a manager: 3 x Champions League, 1 x Serie A, 1 x Premier League, 1 x Bundesliga, 1 x Ligue 1, 6 x domestic cups, 3 x UEFA Super Cup, 2 x FIFA Club World Cup, 1 x Intertoto Cup
Didier is a unique person: he led his team to the World Cup win twice. The first time being a captain of French National Team and the second - as a coach. Isn’t it fantastic? His playing career finished in 2001 and at the same year he became Monaco FC manager.
As a player: 1 x World Cup, 1 x European Championship, 2 x Champions League, 3 x Serie A, 2 x Ligue 1, 4 x domestic cups, 1 x UEFA Super Cup, 1 x Intercontinental Cup, 1 x Intertoto Cup
As a manager: 1 x Ligue 1, 1 x Serie B, 6 x domestic cups, 1 x World Cup
Most of the career (11 years) Pep spent playing for Barcelona. He won the championship title 6 times with this fantastic team. His career as a player completed in 2006. In 2007 he began couching at Barcelona B and in 2008 he was appointed the manager of FC Barcelona. Wherever Pep is a manager he will lead the team to success.
As a player: 1 x European Cup, 1 x Cup Winners' Cup, 6 x La Liga, 5 x domestic cups, 1 x UEFA Super Cup, Olympic Games - gold medal (1992)
As a manager: 2 x Champions League, 3 x La Liga, 3 x Bundesliga, 7 x domestic cups, 3 x UEFA Super Cup, 3 x FIFA Club World Cup 1 x Premier League 1 x EFL Cup 1 x FA Community Shield
The greatest in the history of football. In his childhood Zinedine was fond of judo (he had a green belt). Also was fond of skateboarding and cycling but his main talent displayed in football. He began his football career in 1988. The real popularity came to Zidane in 1996 when he became a Juventus player. In 2001 he moved to Real Madrid although the contract with Juventus was till 2005. His coaching career started in 2013 and lasted until 2018. It’s hard to find the right words to describe Zidane as a player and as a manager. He proves that it’s possible to be both an outstanding footballer and a talented coach.
As a player: 1 x World Cup, 1 x European Championship, 1 x Champions League, 2 x Serie A, 1 x La Liga, 3 x domestic cups, 2 x UEFA Super Cup, 2 x Intercontinental Cup, 2 x Intertoto Cup
As a manager: 3 x Champions League, 1 x La Liga, 2 x UEFA Super Cup, 2 x FIFA Club World Cup 1 x Supercopa de España
Who would you like to see in this list? And who would you like to cross out of it?