Top 10 Most Successful football managers

A Manager is probably the most important person in a football team because he is the key man behind everything, not just for his own team, but he has to monitor the other moves made by the opponents as well. The manager has to plan and try every possible tactic to make his team succeed. A great manager knows how to deal with players’ egos. A massive trophy haul is most certain and an accurate way to measure a manager’s success.

So today, we have compiled a list of the most successful football managers in football history.

Arsene Wenger:

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Arsène Charles Ernest Wenger popularly known as Arsene Wenger, is a former Football Manager and player. He was born on 22nd October 1949 in Strasbourg, France. Arsene Wenger is currently FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development.

Arsène Wenger is the Longest-Serving Manager in the Premier League. He was the manager of Arsenal from 1996 to 2018. The Frenchman is widely regarded as one of the best Premier League coaches. Arsene Wenger is the most successful manager is the club’s history. With Arsenal he has won three premier league titles, seven FA Cup titles and seven Community Shield trophies. Arsene Wenger stepped down as the club’s manager in 2018 after serving fo 22 years.

Throughout his managerial career, Wenger has managed many teams like AS Nancy, AS Monaco, and Nagoya Campus and won 22 major trophies.

Arsene Wenger was nicknamed “The Professor” by the English and French media his revolutionary tactics and style of play. The Frenchman started his managerial career in 1987 with Monaco. He bought several new players and led Monaco to a French Division 1 league win in its first season itself, that’s too with a very easy comfortable lead.

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Arsene Wenger received the Premier League Manager of the Season three times. He also won the Onze d’Or Coach of The Year four times and LMA Manager of the Year twice. BBC named him the Sports Coaching Personality of the Year twice.

Wenger won the World Manager of the Year in 1998 and the FWA Tribute Award in 2005. IFFHS named him as the World Coach of the decade in 2000s. English football federation inducted Wenger into their Hall of Fame in 2006.

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Throughout his career, Arsene Wenger won 22 major trophies.

Roberto Mancini:

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Roberto Mancini Grande was born on 27 November 1964, to Italian parents Aldo Mancini and Marianna Mancini in Iesi, Italy. He is an Italian football manager and a former player. He is currently the manager of the Italy national team.

Mancini started his coaching journey in 2001 with Serie A club Fiorentina, and later he managed several top European clubs like Manchester City, Galatasaray and Inter Milan. Mancini is currently managing the Italian national football team since 2018. He helped and guided the Azzuri in winning the EURO 2020 title.

The Italian football manager has achieved 26 domestic and international trophies in his managerial career. He’s regarded as a serial trophy winning specialist. The Italian marked his name as one of the most successful football managers of all time.

He has won two Copa Italias, one with Fiorentina and one with Lazio. Roberto Mancini won three consecutive Serie A titles with Inter Milan. The Italian also won the Premier League title, the FA Cup, and FA Community Shield with Manchester City in 2012. Roberto Mancini won the Turkish domestic cup with Galatasaray.

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For his amazing coaching spell with Inter Milan, Mancini received the Panchina d’Oro in 2008. During his time at Manchester City, he twice became the Premier League Manager of the Month. He received that award first in December 2010, followed by another in October 2011.

The Italian Football Federation also inducted him into the prestigious Hall of Fame in 2015 for his remarkable contribution to world football.

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Roberto Mancini has won 26 major titles till now.

Jurgen Klopp:

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Jurgen Norbert Klopp was born 16 June 1967 is a German professional football manager and former player who is currently the manager of Premier League club Liverpool. Kloop is widely regarded as one of the best managers in the football history.

Jurgen Klopp started his professional career his brief career at Mainz 05 as a footballer. Later, after retiring he started his managerial journey with the same club. Under his guidance, Mainz 05 achieved the promotion in 2. Bundesliga in the 2003-04 season.

But, the German Manager came into the limelight during his reign with another Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund. Under his guidance and supervision, Dortmund achieved two consecutive league titles, in 2011 and 2012. He also won the DFB-Pokal trophy with Dortmund in 2012. Klopp also helped Dortmund in winning the DFL Supercup twice consecutively, in 2013 and 2014. Kloop is the longest-serving manager of Borussia Dortmund, he spent 15 years in the Bundesliga.

In 2015, Klopp moved to the English Premier League to become the manager of Liverpool FC. Under his guidance, Liverpool again became one of the top football clubs across Europe. Klopp signed several unknown footballers like Mohamed Salah, Virgil Van Dijk, Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino and made them stars. Klopp helped Liverpool in winning the UEFA Champions League title in 2019 and the Premier League title in 2020. The manager also won the FIFA club world cup and UEFA Super Cup with Liverpool.

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During his time with Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund, Jurgen Klopp won the German Football Manager of the Year award two consecutive times in 2011 and 2012.

During his time with the Premier League club Liverpool, he won the English Premier League Manager of the Month award in September 2016.

Antonio Conte:

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Antonio Conte was born on 31 July 1969. He is an Italian professional football manager and former player who is currently the head coach of Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur.

Antonio Conte started his managerial career with Seine in 2005 as an assistant manager. Later in 2006 he became the manager of Serie D side S S Arezzo. Afterwards, In 2007 he became the manager of the Italian club Bari FC, where he won the Serie B in the 2008-09 season. He also managed teams like Atlanta, Juventus, Chelsea, and Inter Milan.

Conte is one of the most decorated and successful managers of all time. He earned many praises from football pundits all over the world after implementing his 3-5-2 formation during his time with Juventus in 2011. with the Old Lady he won three league titles consecutively. After his successful spell with the Italian club, he later managed another Serie A club Inter Milan from 2019 to 2021 and helped them in winning their first Serie A title in 10 years and breaking Juventus’s title winning streak.

Antonio Conte has also managed the Premier League side Chelsea FC and guided them in winning the Premier League title in his first season. He also won the FA In 2017/18 season.

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During his stay with Chelsea Conte received the Premier League Manager of the Month award three times, he was named the Serie A Coach of the Year three times. He won the Premier League Manager of the Season, LMA Manager of the Year, and the Special Achievement GQ Men of the Year Award in 2017.

Antonio Conte received the Manager of the Year award at the London Football Awards 2017. Conte also won the Panchina d’Oro three times and Panchina d’Argento once.

Ottmar Hitzfeld:

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Ottmar Hitzfeld was born 12 January 1949. He is a German former professional football player and manager, nicknamed “The General”.

Ottmar Hitzfield is one of the coaches with the most trophies in Europe. He won 26 major titles during his time as a manager. The German started his managerial career in 1908 with SC Zug, a second tier club in Swiss football league. The team ended the 1983/84 season as Nationalliga B champions for the first and only time in the club’s history. In 1984, he became an offer the coach of FC Aarau, for four years.

During his time there he won his first title as coach, the 1985 Swiss Cup. He soon started to attracted the attention of many big clubs. In 1988, he became the manager of Swiss club Grasshopper in Zurich where he won four trophies. He won a trophy in his first season. The next following year, he won the double with Grasshopper and the Swiss Super League two times. Hitzfield has managed various top clubs in his managerial career including Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.

In 1995, he became the manager of Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund. During his time Dortmund he won the Bundesliga title twice and the DFB Pokal cup and German super cup twice. In 1997, he helped Dortmund reach the UEFA Champions League final against Juventus which they eventually won 3-1. He finished his reign with Dortmund for a record of 144 wins, 63 draws, and 65 losses in total.

Ottmar Hitzfeld then became the manager of Bayern Munich in 1998. In his first year, he led the club to Bundesliga title, winning the league title by a comfortable 15 points difference. He also led the Bavarians to a Champions League final trophy in 2001 winning the final against Valencia in penalties. They also defeated the likes of Manchester United and defending champions Real Madrid. Ottmar won six Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich and the German super cup thrice. He also won four league cups.

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FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY – MARCH 09: Ottmar Hitzfeld delivers his speech after receiving the lifetime achievement award during the Coaching Award Ceremony & Closing Event UEFA Pro Coaching Course 2015/2016 at Palais Frankfurt on March 9, 2016 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Ottmar Hitzfeld won the German Football Manager of the Year in 2008, and IFFHS World’s Best Club Coach twice in 1997, 2001.

In 1997, He won the European Coach of the season.

He World Soccer Magazine World Manager of the Year in 1997 and UEFA Coach of the Year 2001.

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Throughout his managerial career he won a total of 26 trophies. He’s one of the top coaches with the most titles across Europe.

Pep Guardiola:

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Josep Pep Guardiola Sala was born on 18 January 1971. He is a Spanish professional football manager and former player, who is the current manager of Premier League club Manchester City. He’s one the the most successful managers of his time. He holds the records for the most consecutive league games won in La Liga titles, the Bundesliga and the Premier League titles. Due to which, he earned praise for being one of the greatest football managers in football history.

Pep Guardiola is known as the “Kingmaker” as he made many young players into big stars such as Lionel Messi, Joshua Kimmich, and Phil Foden.

Pep Guardiola started his managerial career with Barcelona B. Guardiola invented a different version of total football known as tiki – taka and implemented it all the teams he managed. In 2008 he took the charge of the first-team, and in his first season as the manager, he led Barcelona to a treble winning season.

He won the La Liga title, Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League. Guardiola became the youngest manager to ever win the UEFA Champions League. In 2011, he again led his team in winning another La Liga and UEFA Champions League double. Guardiola was awarded the Catalan Parliament’s Gold Medal, their highest honour. He was also named the FIFA World Coach of the Year award. Pep Guardiola ended his four-year spell with Barcelona in 2012 with 14 honours, a club record.

After leaving Barcelona, Guardiola joined the Bundesliga club Bayern 2013. Guardiola won the Bundesliga in each of his three seasons including two domestic league double. He left Bayern Munich for Manchester City.

In 2016, he joined Manchester City and guided them in winning the Premier League title in his second campaign as manager. Guardiola broke numerous domestic records as the team became the first ever to attain 100 league points. He won a second consecutive Premier League and EFL Cup as well as the FA Cup, becoming the first manager to win the domestic treble in English men’s football.

Guardiola won his third Premier League title with Manchester City in 2021, He also guided City to their first Champions League final which they lost to Chelsea. In 2022, Guardiola won his fourth Premier League title.

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Pep Guardiola received the Premier League Manager of the Month award nine times. He also won the La Liga Coach of the Year four times during his stint with Barcelona. He received the Don Balon Award twice and the Onze d’Or Coach of the Year award three times.

Pep Guardiola was named the 5th greatest soccer manager of all time in 2013 by World Soccer Magazine. Pep won both the FIFA World Coach of the Year and European Coach of the Year in 2011

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Pep Guardiola has won 25 major trophies as of 2022.

Luiz Felipe Scolari:

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Luiz Felipe Scolari was born on 9 November 1948, is a Brazilian football manager and former player. He managed the Brazil National football team and and guided them to the 2001 World Cup triumph. He is the current manager of Athletico Paranaense. He has won 26 major titles.

Luiz Felipe Scolari is one of the most successful football managers with most trophies. He started his managerial career in 1983 in Brazil, but his major breakthrough came almost after a decade later when he won six titles in only three years, including the 1995 Copa Libertadores. The 73 year-old is currently managing Athletico Paranaense.

Throughout his managerial career Scolari has managed many clubs and national teams such as CSA, Juventude, Palmeiras, Brazil, Portugal and Cruzeiro football club.

Scolari has managed 20 different teams and has a winning percentage of 60, making him one of the most successful football managers. He won the FIFA World Cup in 2001 with the Brazilian National team, where Brazil defeated Germany 2-0 in the final. Scolari also managed the Portuguese national team, where he reached the Euro 2004 final and the 2005 World Cup semi-final with Portugal.

Felipe Scolari came back to the Brazilian national team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Brazil’s campaign was successful until their horrible semi-final 7-1 defeat against Germany.

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Scolari won the South American Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2002. He also won the Brasileirao Coach of the Year award in 2018.

Scolari won the IFFHS World’s Best National Coach in 2002. He was also awarded the Chinese Football Association Coach of the Year consecutively in 2015, 2016.

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Felipe Scolari has won a total of 26 major titles till now, making him one of the best football managers.

Jock Stein:

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John “Jock” Stein was born on 5 October 1922. He was a Scottish football player and manager. He was the first manager of a British side to win the European Cup, with Celtic in 1967.

Jock Stein started his managerial career in 1957. After short spells at Dunfermline and Hibernian, Jock Stein joined his lifelong club, Celtic in 1965. He guided Celtic to their nine successive Scottish League championships between 1966 and 1974.

Stein spent thirteen years with Celtic. His reign at Celtic is considered as the most successful period in the football history of the club. He dominated the Scottish football league. During his spell, Celtic won the Scottish league championships 10 times, Scottish Cup 8 times, Scottish League Cup 6 times and Glasgow Cup 5 times.

Stein became the manager of Scotland national football team in 1978. He guided the team in 1982 FIFA World Cup, where they were eliminated in the group stage by goal difference. Four years later, the Scotland side was on the verge of qualification in the game against Wales when Jock Stein suffered a heart attack at the end of the match and died shortly. It was one of the most tragic moments in the football history.

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Stein was awarded the British Manager of the Year 1967 and the Scottish Football Personality of the Year in 1976–77.

Stein was inducted in Scottish Sports Hall of Fame Inducted, 2002 and 2004. He was also inducted in Dunfermline Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.

Jock Stein was named the Sunday Herald Greatest Scottish Manager of All Time 2003. World Soccer 29th Greatest Manager of All Time 2006.

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Jock Stein won 26 major titles during his manegerial career.

Jose Mourinho:

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José Mário dos Santos Mourinho Félix, was born on 26 January 1963. He is a Portuguese professional football manager and former player who is the currently the head coach of Serie A club Roma. He’s nicknamed “The Special One”. Mourinho is widely considered to be one of the greatest football managers of all time and is one of the most decorated managers ever.

Mourinho started his managerial career in 2000 with Benfica. Mourinho became the manager of Porto in 2002. He won the Primeira Liga twice, a Taça de Portugal, the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Champions League. He helped Porto winning their first European Cup title since 1987.

Jose Mourinho has managed many different clubs like Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Manchester United, and Chelsea. During his reign Mourinho won eight league titles. The Portuguese Manager is currently managing AS Roma and has recently won the UEFA Conference League.

The Portuguese came to limelight when Porto remarkably won the Domestic League Double and the UEFA Champions League in the 2003-2004 season. In 2004, Chelsea signed Mourinho, where he won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups in his three seasons at the club, before leaving in 2007. His managerial career thrived more when he won the treble with Inter Milan in the 2008-09 season and Serie A title twice, Mourinho earned praises from all over the world.

Later in 2010, Jose Mourinho moved to Spain and became the manager of Real Madrid. He won La Liga in 2011–12 with a record of 100 points, he became only the fifth coach to have won league titles in four different countries. He also won a Copa del Rey and a Supercopa de Espana with Los Blancos before leaving in 2013.

In 2013 and Jose Mourinho returned to Chelsea, where he won another league title and League Cup, but was sacked in 2015 due to his poor run of results.

In 2016, Mourinho was appointed by Manchester United. He guided United in winning the UEFA Europa League, the League Cup and FA Community Shield in his first season. In 2018, after Manchester United suffered a poor run in the league, he was sacked. In 2019, he became manager of Tottenham Hotspur, reaching the final of the League Cup in his second season but was released of his duties in April 2021.

Roma approached him and he was appointed as the manager of the Serie A side. Mourinho led his team won the first edition of UEFA Europa Conference League, this made him the first manager to reach and win the final of a major European competition with four different clubs, and only the third manager to have won all three major European club competitions and the first to achieve the UEFA treble by winning the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and Europa Conference League.

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Jose Mourinho won the Onze d’Or Coach of the Year 2005. He was the FIFA World Coach of the Year 2010.

Mourinho also won the IFFHS World’s Best Club Coach award four times. IFFHS World’s Best Coach of the 21st Century 2001–2020

He also won the Premier League Manager of the Season three times. He was also Premier League Manager of the Month four times.

He won the Serie A Coach of the Year two consecutive times in 2008–09, 2009–10.

Jose Mourinho was Panchina d’Oro 2009–10 Mourinho won the UEFA Manager of the Year twice in 2002–03, 2003–04.

World Soccer Magazine World Manager of the Year three times in 2004, 2005, 2010. He was named World Soccer 3rd Greatest Manager of All Time 2013.

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Jose Mourinho has won 26 major titles till now.

Sir Alex Ferguson:

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Sir Alexander Chapman Ferguson was born in 31 December 1941. He is a former Scottish football manager and player, he’s best known for managing Manchester United from 1986 to 2013. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest football managers of all time and has won more trophies than any other manager in the history of football.

Six Alex Ferguson is one of the most legendary managers in world football. He started his managerial career with East Stirlingshire and St Mirren. Sir Alex Ferguson enjoyed a highly successful period as manager of Aberdeen, winning three Scottish league championships, four Scottish Cups and the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1983. He took-over Scotland 1985 after the death of Jock Stein, and guided the team to the 1986 World Cup.

After this, Sir Alex Ferguson became the manager of English Premier League club Manchester United in November 1986. He spent 26 years with the Red Devils he managed over 2100 matches where he won 38 trophies, during his reign including thirteen Premier League trophies, five FA Cups, and two UEFA Champions League trophies. Sir Alex Ferguson is the longest-serving manager of Manchester United, the Manchester United manager overtook Sir Matt Busby’s record on 19 December 2010. He retired from management at the end of the 2012–13 season, having won the Premier League in his final season.

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He received the knighthood at the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 1999 for his contribution to Football. Ferguson won the Premier League Manager of the Month award a record 27 times and became the Premier League Manager of the Season 11 times.

IFFHS named Sir Alex Ferguson as the World’s Best Coach of the 21st Century in 2012. BBC gave him the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sports Personality of the Year ceremony in 2001.

Sir Alex Ferguson was made an Inaugural Inductee of the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002 in recognition of his impact on the English game as a manager.

On 5 November 2011, the Old Trafford North Stand has officially renamed the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand in honour of his 25 years as manager of Manchester United. In addition to that he’s the only manager to win the top league honours, and the ‘Double’, north and south of England–Scotland. He is also the last manager to win the Scottish league championship achieving this feat in the 1984–85 season with Aberdeen.

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Throughout his managerial career, The Legendary Manager won 38 trophies.

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