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10 of the greatest coaches in Europe: Ancelotti would fit the description of ‘greatest’?

At European cup competitions, Ancelotti has won a total of 9 titles, but does that achievement make him the most successful coach in the old continent?

Including the European Cup & UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup & Europa League, UEFA Europa Conference League, UEFA Intertoto Cup, UEFA Super Cup, and Intercontinental Cup, these top 10 coaches have won the most European club titles. 

Jose Mourinho | 5 titles

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The last European Cup title won by the ‘Special One’ was the UEFA Europa Conference League. This achievement also helped the current coach of AS Roma become the first manager to win all three competitions: the Champions League, Europa League and Conference League.

Before that, Mourinho won the Champions League at Porto (2003/04), Inter Milan (2009/10) and a Europa League at Manchester United (2016/17). In addition, he also once successfully conquered the 2002/03 UEFA Cup, while at the helm of Porto. 

Nereo Rocco | 5 titles

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The illustrious Italian general is regarded as one of the best football managers in history. He is credited for helping catenaccio reach new heights.

Rocco established himself with AC Milan, where he won two European Cups (1962–1963, 1968–1969), two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups (1967–1968, 1972–1973), and a League Cup championship (1969).

Bob Paisley | 5 titles

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Bob Paisley is a Liverpool legend both as a coach and as a player. During his time at The Kop, he helped the Red Brigade win 3 European Cups (1976/77, 1977/78 & 1980/81), 1 UEFA Cup (1975/76) and 1 UEFA Super Cup (1977). 

Louis van Gaal | 5 titles 

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The “Steel Tulip” won four of his five European championships at Ajax. He assisted the Dutch squad in capturing the 1995 Intercontinental Cup, 1995 UEFA Super Cup, 1991/92 UEFA Cup, and 1994/95 Champions League.

Van Gaal led Barcelona to the 1997 UEFA Super League title while serving as their manager. 

Zinedine Zidane | 5 titles

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Unlike most other coaches, Zidane brought himself 5 European titles in a very short time. When leading Real Madrid, the former French player helped the White Vulture win 3 consecutive Champions League titles in the period 2015-2018. In addition, he also brought 2 more European Super Cup titles. 

Pep Guardiola | 5 titles

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At Barcelona, Pep Guardiola has lifted the standard for tiqui-taca, leading to two Champions League victories (in 2008–09 and 2010–11) and two UEFA Super Cup victories (2009 & 2011).

Following that, the Spaniard proceeded to lead his teams to more victories, but the C1 Cup eluded him. The 2013 UEFA Super Cup was the last European championship Guardiola won while working for Bayern Munich. 

Arrigo Sacchi | 6 titles

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Arrigo Sacchi has never played professionally, but he still knows how to become a football legend as a coach.

His name was built at AC Milan, when the former coach, born in 1946, helped the Milan team win 2 consecutive European Cups, 2 Super Cups and 2 Intercontinental Cups. All 6 of these championships were brought back by Sacchi in the period 1988-1990.

Giovanni Trapattoni | 7 titles

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Giovanni Trapattoni is another legendary Italian coach. During his time at Juventus, he helped the Old Lady of Turin win the UEFA Cup 1984/85, the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup 1983/84, 2 UEFA Cups in the 1976/77 and 1992/93 seasons, 1 European Super Cup 1984 and 1 Intercontinental Cup 1985.

Later, when leading Inter, Trapattoni also helped the Milan team win the 1990/91 UEFA Cup.

Sir Alex Ferguson | 7 titles

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Sir Alex Ferguson was a great legend at Manchester United. Aside from two Champions League titles, the Reds also won a 1991 European Super Cup, a 1990/91 European Cup Winners’ Cup, and a 1999 Intercontinental Cup under the guidance of the former Scotland manager.

Prior to that, though, Sir Alex had great success at Aberdeen. He assisted this club in winning the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1982–83 and the European Super Cup in 1983 on the European arena. 

Carlo Ancelotti | 9 titles

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With Real Madrid winning the Champions League 2021/22, Ancelotti has become the most successful coach in Europe. After that, a 2-0 victory over Frankfurt in the Super Cup helped him raise the number of continental titles to 9. At Real Madrid, he and the White Vultures won 2 Champions Leagues and 2 Super Cups.

Before that, the military leader born in 1959 also won 2 Champions Leagues, 2 Super Cups in Milan and 1 Intertoto Cup at Juventus.

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