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10 Famous players who became managers of their clubs 

Varun Nair
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Modified 17 Apr 2019
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Zinedine Zidane

Zidane
Zidane's re-appointment has seen spirits soaring

It's not always that a legend of the game during his playing career can replicate the level of greatness in the field of management. There have been umpteen examples of a legend failing at the management level, with Diego Maradona being one of the biggest examples to look upon when speaking about this fact.

Zidane has won everything in world football, right from individual accolades like the Balon d'Or to the World Cup and Champions League. The former French midfielder is often recognised as one of the greatest players ever to take the field.

Zinedine Zidane enjoyed 17 seasons as a professional player that saw him play for Cannes, Bordeaux, Juventus and finally ending his career with Real Madrid.

The French legend's path to management was slow, with Zidane going into it almost seven years after his retirement in 2013, when he was named as an assistant coach to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid. The next season saw Zidane take the reigns of the B-team of the Spanish giants - Real Madrid Castilla.

Almost two seasons later, the call was made for Zidane to take up the reigns of the first team after Rafael Benitez was given the sack, following a poor run of results. The Real Madrid legend made his mark in the very first season as Los Blancos won the Champions League for the second time in three years.

The first full season as Real Madrid boss saw Zidane becoming the first manager to successfully defend the Champions League in the Champions League-era, and the first manager since Arrigo Sacchi, who did it with AC Milan in 1988-89 and 1989-90.

The third season under Zidane saw Los Blancos become the first team since Bayern Munich, between 1973 and 1976, to win three successive Champions League finals. Zidane also became the first manager to win three successive Champions League finals, while joining Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti as the only managers to win three Champions League titles.

The end of the season saw Zidane relinquishing his post as manager before re-joining Los Blancos on 11th of March this year after a poor run of results that saw Real Madrid lose to Barcelona, while also being knocked out of the Champions League by Ajax.

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Published 17 Apr 2019
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