Football

Football Managers with the most Trophies in History

Pep Guardiola (left), Sir Alex Ferguson are the most sucessful managers in Football history. Photo: Getty Images
  • Sir Alex Ferguson is the most successful football manager in the world, and the legend has 49 trophies under his name
  •  Mircea Lucescu is the most decorated active manager in football, while Pep Guardiola is the most successful manager in the modern era
  • Jok Stein is a Scottish legend who is the fifth manager with the most trophies, and he began his career with Celtic

Soccer as a sport is meaningless without the managerial’ influence and tactics.

Their approach to the game has kept the sport up with the evolution. Whether it is a renowned manager like Sir Alex Ferguson or the latest figure such as Pep Guardiola, these individuals have changed how the game is played.

These managers have had a great deal of success with their respective clubs. Some have won the most trophies in their trade.

Here are the Football managers with the most trophies:

5. Jock Stein (26 Trophies)

Jok Stein. Photo: The Scottish Sun

Jock Stein, a Scottish legend, has won 26 trophies in his coaching career and is one of the managers with the most trophies in football.

He began his managerial career with the Celtic club in 1957, and it was the beginning of a legacy. Jock Stein joined Celtic in 1965 after brief stints at Dunfermline and Hibernian.

Stein stayed with Celtic for thirteen years, and his reign is regarded as the club’s most successful period in its history.

Among his titles during this period are Scottish league championships (10 times), Scottish Cup (8 times), Scottish League Cup (6 times), and Glasgow Cup (5 times).

4. Valeriy Lobanovskyi (29 Trophies)

Valeriy Lobanovskyi was the greatest football Manager. He died in 2022 at the age of 63. Photo: Engelsberg Ideas

Valeriy Lobanovskyi was a Ukrainian manager who won 29 trophies throughout his career.

The Ukrainian began his managerial career with Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in 1968. But his first significant success came in 1974 when he won both the league and the Soviet Cup with his lifelong club, Dynamo Kyiv.

Valeriy Lobanovskyi is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of the 1970s football-playing style known as “Total Football.”

He was also one of the first coaches to use the false-9 position, which was later adopted by Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp in modern football.

3. Pep Guardiola (31 Trophies)

Football Managers with highest trophies

Guardiola is the mordern super coach. Photo: MARCA

Pep Guardiola, one of the most successful coaches of the modern era, is third in football history in terms of trophies won by a manager, with 31 titles.

The Spaniard’s trophy-laden career began with his childhood club Barcelona, where he won the Division trophy with the B team in June 2007.

He was thrust into senior management the following year. He quickly rose to prominence by leading the club to its first-ever treble, winning the UEFA Champions League, LaLiga, and the Copa del Rey.

Pep Guardiola won 14 trophies in six competitions during his four seasons as Barcelona’s coach before taking a break in the 2012-13 season to become Bayern Munich’s coach.

The Spanish manager, who is currently in charge of Manchester City, has won ten trophies, including three Premier League titles.

2. Mircea Lucescu (36 Trophies)

Football Managers with highest trophies

Mircea LucescuIs the mose successful active manager, he is currently coaching Dynamo Kyiv. Photo: UEFA.Com

Mircea Lucescu, 76, is football’s second-oldest manager. The Romanian began his managerial career as a player-coach for the now-defunct FC Corvinul Hunedoara in 1979, leading them to the Liga II title in 1979–80.

In 1981, he was appointed manager of Romania, his first primary job as a head coach.

When Lucescu signed his first contract as a full-time club manager with Dinamo București in 1985, he was in his final year as national team manager.

Lucescu sat in the hot seat at Rapid București and won three trophies on either side of his brief stint as Inter Milan coach.

Mircea Lucescu later managed in Turkey, where he won the league title with Galatasaray and Beşiktaş. With Galatasaray, he also won the UEFA Super Cup.

However, his most productive period as a manager came after joining Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk. In his 12 years as manager.

He won eight league titles, seven Super Cups, six Cups, and the 2008-09 UEFA Cup, later renamed the UEFA Europa League.

Mircea Lucescu joined Dynamo Kyiv in 2020 after winning a trophy with Zenit Saint Petersburg and two years as Turkey’s national team coach.

Mircea Lucescu won two trophies in two managerial stints in Italy after winning three trophies in Romania (two Cupa României, one Divizia A) (1990-1996, 1999).

1. Sir Alex Ferguson (49 Trophies)

Sir Alex Ferguson Football Managers with highest trophies

Sir Alex Ferguson is the most successful Football manager in the world. Photo: Goal.com

Sir Alex Ferguson won 49 trophies during his legendary coaching career, the most by a manager in football history.

At 32, the Scottish manager began his managerial career with East Stirling. It was a brief period, as he began his first full-time job with St Mirren in October 1974.

He won his first championship, the Scottish Football League First Division, in 1977.

Alex Ferguson joined Aberdeen after being fired as manager for the first and only time in 1978.

With three Premier League titles, four Scottish Cups, and victories in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and UEFA Super Cup, the Scotsman established a reputation, and English giants Manchester United soon came calling.

Sir Alex Ferguson left Scotland to join United in 1986, replacing Ron Atkinson.

Ferguson won the FA Cup four years into his tenure as manager of Manchester United, followed by the FA Charity/Community Shield (shared with Liverpool), UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, and UEFA Super Cup (both in 1990-91).

Ferguson ended Manchester United’s 26-year wait for a Premier League title in the inaugural season of 1992/93. He went on to win a record 13 Premier League titles before retiring at the end of the 2012/13 season.

As Manchester United manager, Alex Ferguson won five FA Cups, four League Cups, and two UEFA Champions League titles. He also won the Community Shield nine times during his career.

 

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