Over the years, football pundits and experts have been unable to solve the debate about the best manager in the history of the game. While some regard the historical legends such as Sir Alex the best, others are more impressed with the recent heroics of the managers like Zidane and Guardiola.
As an attempt to settle this debate using numbers, here we have the top 10 managers who’ve won the most trophies in history.
10. Arsene Wenger (21)
The Frenchman has won 21 major trophies in total, the most notable one being the Premier League title in 2003-04 which saw Arsenal being crowned as the Invincible champions.
9. Giovanni Trapattoni (23)
The Italian is one of the 5 managers who have won league titles in 4 different European countries. Alongside winning 6 Serie A and 2 European Titles with Juventus, Trapattoni has also managed Bayern, Benfica and Inter Milan
8. Jose Mourinho (25)
The Portuguese has managed various top-level clubs like Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea. He even won the Champions League title with F.C. Porto who were considered minnows in front of other European giants.
7. Pep Guardiola (26)
Manchester City recently won the Premier League which saw them being crowned as back to back champions of the competition. Apart from this, both of F.C. Barcelona and Bayern have achieved the feats of winning a treble under Guardiola.
6. Jock Stein (26)
John ‘Jock” Stein is mostly known for his stint with the Scottish club Celtic. He won 10 League titles, 8 Scottish Cups and 5 Scottish League Cups with Celtic. He also coached Scottish National Team and won the Rous Cup with them in 1985.
5. Luiz Felipe Scolari (26)
Scolari, a dual citizen of Brazil and Italy, helped Brazil secure the World Cup title in 2002. Years later, he coached the Brazil team again and won the 2013 Confederations Cup with them, along with a top-4 finish in the 2014 World Cup. He has also managed Chelsea and the Portuguese National team.
4. Ottmar Hitzfeld (26)
Hitzfeld is one of those adventurous personalities who have coached 2 arch-rivals in professional football. The German has managed Borussia Dortmund as well as Bayern and won a Champions League title with both of them. He also tried his luck in International Football with the Swedish National team
3. Valeriy Lobanovskyi (30)
The Ukranian is mostly known for his heroics with his beloved club Dynamo Kyiv. He led the club to 8 Soviet League titles and 6 Soviet Cups. Lobanovskyi has also managed the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and the Ukranian National team.
2. Mircea Lucescu (32)
Lucescu has been a vital figure in the rise of Shakhtar Donetsk as a club. The Romanian has won 8 Ukranian League titles and 6 Ukranian Cups with Shakhtar. In August 2017, he took charge of the Turkey National team which according to him, will be his last team as a manager.
1. Alex Ferguson (49)
Considered as the greatest manager of all time by many, Sir Alex managed Manchester United from 1986 to 2013. He won 13 Premier League titles, 5 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, 10 Community Shields and 2 European titles with the Red Devils.