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5 quickest Real Madrid managers to win a trophy at the club

Solari has guided Real Madrid to the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup
Solari has guided Real Madrid to the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup
Elvis Ume O
Modified 23 Dec 2018
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With almost 90 major honours won, Real Madrid are one of the most successful sides of all time. With all the prestige and history associated with the club, it means that winning is seen as a must and failure to do so usually has repercussions.

The club has the distinction of having some of the finest players throughout the annals of the game represent it, while also boasting its own fair share of tactically brilliant coaches.

Santiago Solari's appointment in the stead of Julen Lopetegui in October following the sacking of the latter made him the 41st permanent manager of the club.

The Argentine manager has hit the ground running, restoring a bit of order to the chaotic team he inherited, while also having his first taste of a senior managerial trophy when he guided Real to triumph over Al Ain in the final of the 2018 Club World Cup.

Solari's victory in the CWC came just a little over a month after his appointment was made permanent and in this piece, we take a look at five managers who had the most immediate impact in terms of trophies won at Real Madrid.

Honourable mentions - Luis Molowney (Five months 13 days), Jose Villalonga (Five months 26 days),

#5 Zinedine Zidane (2016) UEFA Champions League (Four months 24 days)

Zidane is the second most successful manager in Real Madrid
Zidane is the second most successful manager in Real Madrid's history

When Zidane was appointed as Real Madrid coach on 4 January 2016, not many foresaw the kind of impact he would have on the club's history.


The Frenchman had already established himself as one of the all-time greats during an illustrious playing career, but he inherited an underperforming Real Madrid team following Rafa Benitez' departure and this coupled with his relative inexperience at top level management made many sceptical of his appointment.

However, in a remarkable turn of events, the former World Player of the Year totally transformed the club's fortunes and helped get the best out of an extremely talented bunch of players.

It took him less than five months to have an impact, guiding the club to triumph in the 2016 UCL final against city rivals Atletico Madrid, in what was to be the first of a historic three consecutive triumphs in the tournament consecutively.

Zinedine Zidane's spell in the Madrid dugout was immensely successful and under his watch, the club set a number of records including embarking on a remarkable 73 games scoring run, while also winning five trophies in his first 16 months in charge, while he also guided the club to its first league and European triumph since 1957.

Zidane stepped down from the Madrid job rather shockingly immediately after guiding the club to its third consecutive Champions League triumph over Liverpool in May 2018 and departed as the second most successful manager in the club's history, with nine trophies won in just two and half seasons.

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Published 23 Dec 2018, 10:59 IST
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