This week, Zinedine Zidane won the Super Cup with Real Madrid after defeating Sevilla 3-2 with Dani Carvajal scoring the eventual winner in the 119th minute following a tight encounter.
The result means Zinedine Zidane has put his name in a league of footballing legends who have won the trophy both as players and coaches. Therefore, here is a list of footballers who have won the Super Cup while playing and coaching;
As a player, he lost in the 1997 and 1998 finals with Juventus before at last tasting UEFA Champions League success in 2002 with a memorable winner for Madrid against Bayer Leverkusen in Glasgow. He was first-time lucky with the club as a coach. Zidane became the seventh man to win the European Cup/UEFA Champions League as both a player and a manager, the second man (after Miguel Muñoz) to win the trophy with Real Madrid as both a player and a manager, and the first French manager to win the trophy.
It took just a week for Cruyff to decide that Pep Guardiola would be the player to build his Barcelona team around. Guardiola was the pivot around which the team revolved, and he was integral as they won the European Cup in 1992.Guardiola made a similarly telling impact in his first season as a manager, taking Barcelona to a Champions League win in 2009. He followed that up with another victory in the competition in 2011 as they comfortably beat Manchester United at Wembley.
3. Frank Rijkaard; (1989, 1990, 1995 as a player and 2006 as a manager)
It took a move to AC Milan and the clever coaching of Arrigo Sacchi to turn Frank Rijkaard into the holding midfielder that he was born to be. Like Ancelotti he was part of the 1989 European Cup winning side and scored the only goal of the game against Benfica in 1990 to win the tie. Upon his return to Ajax in 1995 he won the competition again.While Rijkaard’s managerial career has faltered somewhat over the last 10 years, he did win the Champions League with Barcelona against Arsenal in 2006.
A player in the last side to have retained the trophy – Milan’s vintage of 25 years ago – Ancelotti is also one of just two coaches, together with Englishman Bob Paisley, to have picked up three European Cups. He could make it four with Bayern München in 2017, which would make him the first coach to win with three clubs.
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It only took Johan Cruyff six years to turn Ajax into European Cup winners, having finished 13th in the Dutch top flight in his first season at the club. They won their first by beating Panathinaikos 2-0 in London.Cruyff followed it up with another in each of the next two seasons. After retiring he managed Ajax, and deserves some credit for their Champions League win in 1995 which followed his preferred system, but also won it himself in 1992 with his famous Barcelona ‘dream team’.
6. Giovanni Trapattoni; (1963, 1969 as a player and 1985 as a manager)
There were few more difficult jobs in 1963 than marking Eusebio, but Giovanni Trapattoni managed it when AC Milan faced Benfica in the European Cup final. The defender kept the brilliantly talented forward out of the game as Milan won 2-1 at Wembley.Trapattoni won it again in 1969 before retiring from playing. He won the trophy for the first and only time as a manager in 1985 with Juventus against Liverpool.
In the early days of the European Cup Real Madrid were totally dominant, winning all of the first five competitions.Munoz, a midfielder who scored his club’s first every goal in the tournament, was involved in the first three as a player, before moving into coaching and leading Real to the fifth title in 1960. In his 14 years in charge of the club he won nine La Liga titles, and another European Cup six years later.