Described because the ‘greatest membership competitors’ in world soccer, the UEFA Champions League has, over time, carved a particular status amongst soccer followers. Even profitable the title as soon as ensures a participant, or a membership, an opportunity to be a part of soccer folklore. A Champions League win can be an essential achievement on a supervisor’s CV.
And over time, a number of legendary coaches have had the honour of profitable it, some even doing it greater than as soon as of their profession. Nevertheless, there are some who managed to do it at a really younger age.
So, listed below are the youngest managers within the historical past of the UEFA Champions League.
Pep Guardiola- 38 years
By no means in soccer historical past will we see a managerial debut season just like the one Pep Guardiola had again in 2008. Taking cost of a disjointed Barcelona facet, Guardiola rapidly eliminated gamers corresponding to Ronaldinho with newcomers corresponding to Pedro. What he achieved was the primary sextuple because the Catalans gained a report six trophies taking part in their well-known tiki-taka model. This included La Liga, Copa del Rey, Supercopa de Espana, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Tremendous Cup, and FIFA Membership World Cup.
Beneath his tutelage, Barcelona gained the Champions League after topping their group earlier than beating Lyon, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Manchester United to win their third Champions League crown.
Miguel Munoz- 38 years
Miguel Munoz is the primary individual in historical past to win the European Cup (the predecessor to the UEFA Champions League) each as a participant and coach. The midfielder was a part of the group that gained the primary three European cups in 1955–56, 1956–57, and 1957–58 earlier than retiring. He would then be a part of Actual Madrid as a coach, profitable them two European titles and 9 La Liga.
His first European Cup victory got here within the 1959-60 season when the Los Blancos defeated Jeunesse Esch, Good, Barcelona, and Eintracht Frankfurt to win their 5 consecutive European Cup.
Jose Villalonga Llorente- 37 years
Two of Miguel Munoz’s three European Cups got here underneath the legendary Jose Villalonga Llorente, who gained the membership the title in 1955-56 and 1956-57. Villalongas’ first title win as a supervisor got here when he was solely 37 because the Los Blancos defeated Servette, Partizan Belgrade, AC Milan, and Reims to win their first title.
Villalonga would win two La Liga and Copa Latina with the group earlier than profitable an additional 4 trophies with Atletico Madrid.
Guus Hiddink- 41 years
Guus Hiddink stays probably the greatest Dutch managers of all time. Throughout his illustrious profession, Hiddink managed PSV Eindhoven, Actual Madrid, and Chelsea. He additionally led the South Korean group to a third-place end within the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
Nevertheless, his best tenure got here with OSV, the place he gained 12 trophies, together with six Eredivisie, 4 KNVB Cup, one Johan Cruyff Protect, and one European Cup. The continental title got here within the 1987-88 season when PSV defeated Galatasaray, Speedy Wien, Bordeaux, Actual Madrid and SL Benfica to win the title.
Zinedine Zidane- 44 years
Zinedine Zidane shouldn’t be solely one of many youngest Champions League-winning managers however can be the one one to do it three consecutive instances. Taking cost of Actual Madrid in mid-season, Zidane gained his first trophy in 2016. He would comply with it up with two extra titles in 2016-17 (towards Juventus) and 2017-18 (towards Liverpool).
He gained 12 trophies throughout his two stints on the membership, together with two La Liga.