Santiago Solari and 3 other Argentine coaches at Real Madrid
#2 Alfredo Di Stéfano, manager 1982-84, 1990-91
The Argentinian forward took charge of Real twice- his first spell between 1982-84 and his second spell between 1990-91, neither of which were particularly successful, and won just one trophy- the Supercopa de España in 1990.
During his first spell in charge at the Bernabeu, the 1982–83 campaign was a disaster, finishing third in LaLiga, and were defeated finalists in the Supercopa de España, Spanish League Cup, and the Copa del Rey. Di Stéfano lasted 108 games during his first spell and only 21 games in his second spell.
Di Stéfano is best known at Real for his playing exploits. He spent 11 years at the club as a player, after joining from Millionarios of Bogota of the Colombian league. The Argentine played 396 times for Real and scored 308 goals. He won five straight European cups with Real and he also won the Ballon d'Or twice in 1957 and 1959. Perhaps, the greatest ever ‘Madridista’.
#3 Jorge Valdano, manager 1994-96
In charge of the side he had previously represented for four seasons, Valdano led them to the 1994-95 LaLiga title.
Valdano took charge of Tenerife in 1992 before being offered the job as a Madrid's coach in 1994. After crushing Cruyff’s Barcelona 5-0 en route to winning the league, Valdano said, “We didn’t just take the league off Barça, but we took the ball off them,”
Valdano played 112 times for Real, between 1984 and 1987, as a forward, scoring on 40 occasions. He won two league titles, one Copa del Rey. His strikes helped Los Blancos to UEFA Cup glory in 1985 and 1986.
After his short managerial career, the Argentine made his way into the Real Madrid boardroom as club’s sporting director until his resignation in 2011. From player to coach to director, Valdano had seen it all and has already published a number of books since his retirement.