Many football managers have won important trophies since the turn of the 21st Century, but which five rank as the best?

5. Pep Guardiola | Bayern Munich, from July 2013

In 2008, Pep Guardiola became Barcelona’s first-team manager after a short spell with Barcelona B.

Following in the footsteps of established manager Frank Rijkaard, there was undoubtedly pressure on young Pep. He silenced all his critics, though, by winning the Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey in his first season in charge - making him the youngest manager ever to win the Champions League.

During his short four-year reign at Barca, Pep won two Champions Leagues, three La Liga titles and two Copa del Reys. He also arguably helped blend together a successful Spain team consisting of several stars from the Nou Camp.

4. Vicente del Bosque | Spain

Vicente del Bosque narrowly misses out on third spot to Ottmar Hitzfeld, but his remarkable achievements as a manager are not to be overlooked.

Del Bosque is currently the only manager to have won the World Cup, European Championships and the Champions League. He transformed a Real Madrid side of individuals, into one of the greatest teams of all time. Del Bosque also won back-to-back major tournaments with Spain, proving his managerial talents at both club and international level.     

3. Ottmar Hitzfeld | Switzerland

A great tactician, Ottmar Hitzfeld is known for his ruthless efficiency, with 18 major trophies in less than 30 years.

Hitzfeld started his managerial career in Switzerland before conquering Germany, winning seven Bundesliga titles shared between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

Famously nicknamed "The General", Hitzfeld is one of only three managers to win the European Cup with two different clubs. Hitzfeld currently manages Switzerland, where he has proved his consistency throughout his time in charge.

2. José Mourinho | Real Madrid

Self-named ‘The Special One’, I don’t think there is a better phrase to describe the Portuguese tactician.

Always surrounded by controversy, there's no denying that José is one of the most exciting people in football. Aside from his enthralling personality Mourinho has an undeniable talent. He has won league titles and domestic cups in four different countries. He was first labelled a force when he led Porto to UEFA Cup victory, defeating Celtic in the final.

With the same side, next year he went on to win the Champions League - arguably his greatest success. He came to England to manage Chelsea and won a couple of domestic cups and league titles. He did the same in Italy at Inter Milan and picked up a Champions League title along the way.

His time at Madrid has not been as smooth, but he still managed to win the league in 2012, which saw him race away with the title, overtaking their bitter rivals Barcelona.

1. Sir Alex Ferguson | Manchester United

Statistically the most successful British manager of all time, Sir Alex Ferguson started his managerial career aged just 32. 

However, he got his first major role when he was appointed as Aberdeen boss in 1978. He had a huge impact on Scotland's top division, creating an era in which Celtic and Rangers had a new competitor.

Ferguson won three league titles and fours Scottish Cups during his time at Aberdeen. It was no surprise that after this triumph several clubs noticed him.

In 1986, Ferguson took over at United. 26 years later and he’s on track to earn his 13th Premier League title.

Ferguson has performed at the highest level for decades, winning two Champions leagues and five FA Cups along the way.

A remarkable 48 trophies and counting - this man just had to grab top spot.


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