In the following article, we will review Real Madrid managers history, from Miguel Munoz to glorious days under Zinedine Zidane.
The most storied club in football history, which was named Club of the Century in 2000, isReal Madrid
. Founded in 1902, Real Madrid is ranked second in terms of the number of trophies won with 92 to their name, only FC Barcelona, their fierce rivals, is being ahead of them on 94. During 119 years, Los Blancos have gone on to cement their legacy in several competitions. The club has won a record 34 La Liga titles, 11 Supercopa de Espana, 19 Copa del Rey, a Copa de la Liga, and a Copa Eva Duarte. In European competition, the Whites have won a record 13 UEFA Champions League titles, four UEFA Super Cups, and two UEFA Cups.
Since its inception, Real Madrid fans have witnessed some of the best managers in the game lead their teams to several trophies. From cool Vincent del Bosque to vibrant Jose Mourinho, the Whites have seen it all. The Madrid giants are known to fire their managers quickly if they are not performing up to par.
Los Blancos have had some world-class players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Ferenc Puskas, and Alfredo di Stefano, but could not achieve such trophies without some amazing men at the helm. Although not all of Real Madrid’s managers have been successful and many have failed massively. So which manager has had an influential role in the Los Blancos success? You are about to find out in the Sportmob's article on
Real Madrid managers history
Let's take a look at the best and worst Real Madrid managers of all time.
In this part of our article, we will present a countdown to the
best Real Madrid managers of all time
, including Vincent del Bosque and Zinedine Zidane.
The Special One was appointed as Real Madrid manager in 2010 with a four-year contract, becoming the 11th manager in the past seven years at the club. The Portuguese tactician won 71.91% of his 178 games, having the third-best win rate at Los Blancos. Although he was well known for being a defensive manager, the Whites scored 475 goals under Mourinho.
Before his arrival, the club had underperformed, despite having world-class footballers such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka. The Portuguese manager won his first trophy in Spanish football by beatingBarcelona
in the Copa del Rey final in April 2011. In his final season, Mourinho lost the 2013 Copa del Rey final to Atletico Madrid, and he called that season the worst of his career.
In addition to the Copa del Rey title, he led Los Blancos to two more trophies, one La Liga title in the 2011–12 season and 2012 Supercopa de Espana. Although, Madrid fans will rarely be remembered him for those moments. He is more remembered for his conflict with Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos, and Iker Casillas.
"I am loved by some clubs, especially one. In Spain it is different, some people hate me, many of you in this [press] room," said Mourinho after the second leg with Dortmund.
One of the best Real Madrid coaches in the list of Real Madrid managers history is the Argentine, Luis Carniglia. In June 1957, Luis Carniglia took over the Whites, which had Alfredo di Stefano, the magic of reigning Ballon d’Or champ, along with Gento, the player with most European Cup titles, and Raymond Kopa. Also, in 1957, Jose Santamaria and Ferenc Puskas joined the team, although the Argentines did not trust Puskas.
In his debut season, Carniglia won La Liga and the European Cup. At the 1959 European cup final, the Argentine manager left Puskas out of the final, which resulted in the most influential person in Real Madrid’s history, Santiago Bernabeu, fired him.
Luis Carniglia helped Los Blancos win the final, and he achieved his second European Cup in as many years.
Carlo Ancelotti, the Italian manager, was appointed as Real Madrid coach on 25 June 2013, as the replacement for the departing Jose Mourinho, who left the Whites with a lot of argument in the dressing room. Although he took over the Whites just two seasons, Madrid fans cannot forget the effect of the legendary Carlo Ancelotti. Zinedine Zidane and Paul Clement were his assistant coaches.
After his arrival, the Whites confirmed the new world record signing of Gareth Bale for £86 million, and thanks to Bale's extraordinary performances, Los Blancos lifted the Copa del Rey title. On 29 April, the Whites reached their first final since they last won the competition in 2002, lifting the trophy by defeatingAtletico Madrid
in the final 4–1 in extra time. On 12 August, Real Madrid won another trophy, the 2014 UEFA Super Cup title, under the Italian manager.
Following the departure of Angel di Maria and Xabi Alonso in the summer, Ancelotti missed out on all the major trophies the following year. Carlo Ancelotti finished with a win percentage of 74.79%, the best of any Real Madrid manager, and 22 matches winning streak.
Following the departure of the Italian, Florentino Perez, the current President of Real Madrid, said, "Ancelotti has won, in these two years, the affection of me personally, the board and the fans. He forms part of our history as the coach with whom we won the Decima. The demands for a coach here are huge, and I think the time has come for a change. We have a great club and we know that their talent and hard work will bring happiness again to our fans and socios."
It is worth mentioning that Carlo Ancelotti returned to Real Madrid on 1 June 2021.
The record of legendry Spanish manager at Santiago Bernabeu proved why he is considered one of the best Real Madrid managers ever. During the middle of the 1954–55 season, Jose Villalonga was named as Real Madrid manager at the age of 36, becoming the youngest manager to ever win the European Cup. Di Stefano, Gento, Hector Rial, Raymond Kopa, and Miguel Munoz were part of Villalonga’s side.
The Spanish manager helped them to win their first European Cup. During Villalonga's final season at the Whites, he led the team to win a treble as Los Blancos won La Liga, Copa Latino, and the European Cup. Following Bernabeu undermined him in the dressing room, Jose Villalonga left the club in the summer.
A quiet veteran is one of the best Real Madrid managers. During his four seasons as the Whites manager, two UEFA Champions League titles (2000 and 2002), two La Liga titles (2001 and 2003), a 2001 Supercopa de Espana, a 2002 UEFA Super Cup, the Intercontinental Cup in 2002. One of Real Madrid's most successful spells occurred during the Spanish manager time. Del Bosque managed the club during Florentino Perez's tenure, and the Whites signed world-class footballers like Luis Figo, David Beckham, Ronaldo, and Zinedine Zidane. During his time, the Whites managed 104 wins out of 186 matches.
A day after Los Blancos won the La Liga title in 2003, the club didn't want to renew his contract, and Del Bosque turned down the offer of technical director's post. "del Bosque was showing signs of exhaustion. I want to be sincere about this – our belief that he was not the right coach for the future," said Perez.
In the list of
Real Madrid coach history
, Zinedine Zidane is one of the greatest managers. Few players become great managers, but the French legend, Zinedine Zidane, became one of the greatest managers in Real Madrid history. In-game history, the World Cup winner is one of the best players and won many trophies. On 4 January 2016, the French man was named as the Whites manager, replacing Rafael Benitez.
He ended his debut season with the club's 11th UEFA Champions League title. Zidane retained the title the following season, becoming the first manager to achieve this record. The legend helped the Whites to win the 2017 UEFA Super Cup title by beatingManchester United
. Since Arrigo Sacchi, the Milan manager, in 1990, the French man became the first manager to win two UEFA Super Cups in a row.
Five days after the Champions League final, Zidane resigned during the press conference. On 11 March 2019, Zizou returned as the Whites manager, winning the La Liga title for the second time in his coaching career. During his time, Los Blancos broke a number of records, such as maintaining their best league defensive record in 30 years.
On 27 May 2021, he left the club and said: "In May 2018, I left because after two and a half years, with so many victories and so many trophies, I felt the team needed a new approach to stay at the very highest level. Right now, things are different. I’m leaving because I feel the club no longer has the faith in me I need, nor the support to build something in the medium or long term."
One of the club's successful eras took place during Miguel Munoz's time. Munoz was Real Madrid's manager for 16 seasons. As a player, the Spaniard won four La Liga titles, three European Cups, and two Copa Latina titles during his spell with the Whites. In 1959, he was named as Los Blancos manager before taking over full time in April 1960.
A few days later, he helped the Whites to beat Eintracht Frankfurt in the 1960 European Cup final. Under the Spanish manager, Real Madrid won nine league titles, including five in-row titles (from 1961 to 1965). Who else could be the best Real Madrid manager in the club's history?
In 1966, he lifted his second European Cup, using young players, such as Pirri, Amancio, and Gento, instead of a 40-year-old Puskas. During 604 games, he managed to win 357 games, and his team scored 1225 goals. The Spaniard managed to win nine La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey trophies, two European Cups, and one Intercontinental Cup during his spell as the Whites manager.
In this part of our article on Real Madrid managers history, we will take a look at the
worst Real Madrid managers of all time
Julen Lopetegui, the former Porto boss, was Real Madrid's manager for just three months. Following the Zizou departure, Julen Lopetegui became the Whites boss after the world cup. In his first game as Real Madrid manager, Los Blancos lost to Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup. His side won their first three games in La Liga, but they went without a win in five games. Los Blancos slumped to a 5-1 defeat to their rival Barcelona at the Nou Camp. So his poor result made the club fire him.
Jose Antonio Camacho had two spells as Real Madrid manager, both of which were disappointing. His first spell lasted only 22 days.
Despite his poor result, the Whits turned to the Spanish manager in the summer of 2004, sinning his 2-year contract as a replacement Carlos Queiroz. This time, his spell lasted four months and still was disappointing.
In the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, his side lost to Bayer 04 Leverkusen, and four days later, Real Madrid lost toEspanyol
. Again his poor result made the club fire him.
In the list of Real Madrid coach history, Arsenio Iglesias is one of the worst managres. The Spanish manager took over Deportivo in the 1991-92 season, leading them to three top in La Liga. After the 1994-95 season, he decided to retire but returned to management in January 1996.
His side was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League by losing to Juventus. During his time, Los Blancos won ten matches, defeating five games and drawing in four La Liga games. After the poor season, he backed to retirement.
In the summer of 2001, Juan Roman Lopez Caro was put in charge of their B team, and he achieved good results. Due to his results, he was promoted to Vanderlei Luxemburgo, the Brazilian manager who was not successful. But this move was a mistake, and his side ended the season 12 points behind Barcelona.
In the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-finals, Real Madrid lost to Real Zaragoza 6-1 under Caro. At the end of the season, when Juan Caro resigned, it came as no surprise.
We wrap off our article on Real Madrid managers history with a complete
list of Real Madrid managers
from their First ever coach, Arthur Johnson, to their current one, Carlo Ancelotti.
Arthur Johnson (1910 – 1920) – One title
Juan de Carcer (1920 – 1926) – No title
Pedro Llorente (Interim) (1926 – 1926) – No title
Santiago Bernabeu (1926 – 1927) – No title
Jose Berraondo (1927 – 1929) – No title
Jose Quirante (1929 – 1930) – No title
Lippo Hertzka (1930 – 1932) – One title
Robert Firth (1932 – 1934) – One title
Francisco Bru (1934 – 1941) – 2 titles
Juan Armet (1941 - September 1943) – No title
Ramon Encinas (September 1943 - May 1945) - No title
Jacinto Quincoces (May 1945 - March 1946) – One title
Baltasar Albeniz (March 1946 - April 1947) - One title
Jacinto Quincoces (April 1947 - January 1948) - No title
Michael Keeping (January 1948 - October 1950) – One title
Baltasar Albeniz (October 1950 - March 1951) – No title
Hector Scarone (March 1951 - April 1952) – No title
Juan Antonio Ipina (April 1952 - May 1953) - No title
Enrique Fernandez (May 1953 - 10 December 1954) – One title
Jose Villalonga (10 December 1954 - June 1957) – 4 titles
Luis Carniglia (June 1957 – 19 February 1959) – 2 titles
Miguel Munoz (21 February 1959 - 13 April 1959) - No title
Luis Carniglia (13 April 1959 - July 1959) – One title
Manuel Fleitas (July 1959 - 12 April 1960) - No title
Miguel Munoz (13 April 1960 - 15 January 1974) – 14 titles
Luis Molowny (15 January 1974 – May 1974) – One title
Miljan Miljanic (May 1974 - 7 September 1977) – 3 titles
Luis Molowny (7 September 1977 - June 1979) – 2 titles
Vujadin Boskov (June 1979 - 29 March 1982) - 2 titles
Luis Molowny (29 March 1982 - 30 June 1982) – One title
Alfredo Di Stefano (1 July 1982 - 22 May 1984) – No title
Amancio Amaro (22 May 1984 - 16 April 1985) - No title
Luis Molowny (16 April 1985 - 30 June 1986) – 4 titles
Leo Beenhakker (1 July 1986 - 30 June 1989) – 6 titles
John Toshack (1 July 1989 - 19 November 1990) – One title
Alfredo Di Stefano (21 November 1990 - 22 March 1991) – One title
Radomir Antic (22 March 1991 - 27 January 1992) - No title
Leo Beenhakker (27 January 1992 - 29 June 1992) - No title
Benito Floro (1 July 1992 - 7 March 1994) – 2 titles
Vicente del Bosque (7 March 1994 - 30 June 1994) - No title
Jorge Valdano (1 July 1994 - 21 January 1996) - One title
Vicente del Bosque (21 January 1996 - 24 January 1996) - No title
Arsenio Iglesias (24 January 1996 - 29 May 1996) - No title
Fabio Capello (1 July 1996 - 24 June 1997) - One title
Jupp Heynckes (25 June 1997 - 28 May 1998) – 2 titles
Jose Antonio Camacho (17 June 1998 – 9 July 1998) - No title
Guus Hiddink (15 July 1998 - 23 February 1999) – One title
John Toshack (24 February 1999 - 17 November 1999) - No title
Vicente del Bosque (17 November 1999 - 23 June 2003) – 7 titles
Carlos Queiroz (25 June 2003 - 24 May 2004) – One titles
Jose Antonio Camacho (25 May 2004 - 20 September 2004) - No title
Mariano García Remon (20 September 2004 - 30 December 2004) - No title
Vanderlei Luxemburgo (30 December 2004 - 4 December 2005) - No title
Juan Ramon Lopez Caro (4 December 2005 - 1 June 2006) - No title
Fabio Capello (5 July 2006 - 28 June 2007) – One title
Bernd Schuster (9 July 2007 - 9 December 2008) – 2 titles
Juande Ramos (9 December 2008 - 1 June 2009) - No title
Manuel Pellegrini (2 June 2009 - 26 May 2010) - No title
Jose Mourinho (31 May 2010 - 1 June 2013) – 3 titles
Carlo Ancelotti (25 June 2013 - 25 May 2015) – 4 titles
Rafael Benitez (3 June 2015 - 4 January 2016) - No title
Zinedine Zidane (4 January 2016 - 31 May 2018) – 9 titles
Julen Lopetegui (12 June 2018 - 29 October 2018) - No title
Santiago Solari (30 October 2018 - 11 March 2019) – One title
Zinedine Zidane (11 March 2019 - 27 May 2021) – 2 titles
Carlo Ancelotti (1 June 2021 – Present) - No title
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