Individuals Who Have Won the Same Trophy as a Player and Manager

Frank Lampard, Mikel Arteta
Arteta and Lampard have both won the FA Cup as players | Getty Images/Getty Images

Arsenal take on Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday afternoon – a competition in which both of the two competing clubs and managers have a proud history.

Mikel Arteta and Frank Lampard both enjoyed considerable success in the FA Cup as players, with the former tasting victory at Wembley on two occasions, and the latter hoisting the famous trophy aloft four times.

With victory on Saturday, one of Arteta or Lampard will join a select group of individuals who have won the same trophy as both a player and a manager. Let’s take a look at the current members of this elite club.

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Ramsey kickstarted his managerial career at Ipswich | Express/Getty Images

Sir Alf is probably better known for that thing he won with England back in 1966, but he enjoyed a stellar club managerial career before landing the top job in 1963.

Ramsey spent his playing days with Southampton and Tottenham, winning the First Division with the latter in 1950/51.

It’s no secret that the most successful England managers are bred at Ipswich Town, and that’s where Ramsey started his career in the dugout. He led the Tractor Boys from the third tier to a remarkable First Division title in 1961/62 before going on to win the World Cup with England. History looks sure to repeat itself at Portman Road with Paul Lambert in 2020/21.

Bob PaisleyBob Paisley
Paisley spearheaded Liverpool’s dominance in the 70s and 80s | Getty Images/Getty Images

As all-time greats go, they don’t come much bigger than Bob Paisley on Merseyside.

Paisley played over 250 times for Liverpool, and hung up his boots with one First Division title during the 1946/47 season to show for his playing career.

He went five better as a manager. Paisley guided the Reds to six league titles between 1976 and 1983, as Liverpool dominated English football.

As a manager, he also lifted the European Cup three times and bagged a UEFA Cup. Greedy.

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Dalglish got his hands on a fair few trophies throughout his career | Getty Images/Getty Images

There are 33 years between Kenny Dalglish’s first domestic triumph in England – the First Division title in 1978/79 – and his last – the League Cup in 2012.

King Kenny won the lot with Liverpool as a player: five First Division titles, four League Cups, three European Cups and the FA Cup.

Dalglish won the first Division a further three times as a manager with the Reds – and once with Blackburn after the top flight had transformed into the Premier League – and he guided Liverpool to FA Cup glory twice. The Anfield icon was parachuted in once more in 2011, beating Cardiff on penalties in the 2012 League Cup final for his final honour with the club.

He also enjoyed success back in his native Scotland as both a player and manager, despite only being in temporary charge of Celtic for four months. Dalgish won the Scottish League Cup in 1975, and then again as a manager in 2000.

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Kendall led Everton to the most successful spell in the club’s history | Fox Photos/Getty Images

Those just across Stanley Park have also enjoyed their fair share of success, with Howard Kendall the mastermind behind the most fruitful period in Everton’s history.

The midfielder won the First Division with the Toffees in 1969/70. He took the Goodison Park hot seat in 1981 initially as a player-manager – but only mustered four games as a player before formally hanging up his boots.

Kendall would go on to enjoy greater success in the dugout than he had on the pitch, winning the First Division title twice in the space of three seasons between 1985 and 1987.

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Graham enjoyed huge success in the Arsenal dugout | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

George Graham remains the last person to have won the league title in England as a player and manager.

Graham’s first piece of silverware came as a player with Chelsea, as he lifted the League Cup in 1965, before winning the league and cup double with Arsenal in 1971.

He won every domestic trophy as manager of Arsenal in the 80s and 90s, including the famous league title triumph over Liverpool on the final day of the 1988/89 season.

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Cruyff was just as good in the dugout as on the football pitch | Gary M. Prior/Getty Images

Imagine being Johan Cruyff. Imagine being one of the most gifted, artistic, graceful footballers of your generation and winning the lot… and then doing it all over again as a manager.

The Dutch icon’s glittering career was bookended with spells in his native Holland – beginning with Ajax, before ending with Ajax again and finally Feyenoord. He was part of the glorious Ajax side that won three consecutive European Cups, and he lifted Holland’s domestic cup – the KNVB Cup – on five occasions with his boyhood club, and once with Feyernoord.

Sandwiched in between his success in his homeland was a five-year spell at Barcelona, where Cruyff won La Liga in 1973/74, and the Copa del Rey in 1978.

He returned to both Ajax and Barcelona as a manager, winning the KNVB Cup twice with the former. Although he never guided Ajax to league success as a manager, he made up for this in Spain, winning four La Liga titles, in addition to the Copa del Rey in 1990 and the European Cup in 1992. Not a bad career’s work.

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Lennon has guided Celtic to domestic dominance | Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

On any list, the natural successor to Johan Cruyff is of course Neil Lennon.

Lennon didn’t play in Scotland until he was 29, but he has gone on to win 20 domestic honours there as a player and manager.

The Northern Irishman won five Scottish Premier League titles, four Scottish Cups and two Scottish League Cups with Celtic between 2000 and 2007.

Lennon has had two separate spells in the Celtic Park dugout, adding a further five Scottish titles to his trophy cabinet, in addition to three Scottish Cups, and the League Cup in 2019/20.

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Di Matteo has a proud history in the FA Cup | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Lampard will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Roberto Di Matteo on Saturday – the last Chelsea man to win the FA Cup as both a player and manager.

Di Matteo scored after just 42 seconds with an absolute belter as Chelsea beat Middlesbrough in the 1997 FA Cup final, and won the same competition three years later with the Blues.

The Italian guided Chelsea to FA Cup glory during his ridiculously successful spell as caretaker manager at Stamford Bridge, with his 2012 FA Cup victory slightly overshadowed by the small matter of their Champions League win.

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Conte kickstarted Juventus’ dominance in Serie A | Claudio Villa/Getty Images

Conte spent 13 glittering years as a player with Juventus, and after he began his managerial career it was always anticipated that he would return to lead the club.

Conte won five Serie A titles during his time as a player – four of which as a captain. He eventually returned in 2011, six years after departing Juventus.

The Italian guided Juventus to their first Serie A title in nine years during his first season in charge. He won three league titles on the bounce before leaving the club in 2014, and was the catalyst for the unprecedented decade of dominance that Juventus have since enjoyed.

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Guardiola won the Champions League twice with Barcelona | GLYN KIRK/Getty Images

As playing and managerial careers go, Pep Guardiola’s done alright for himself.

During his 11 years at Barcelona he won La Liga on six occasions, before returning to his boyhood club as a manager to win it a further three times.

Guardiola also tasted victory in the European Cup with Barcelona in 1997 – a competition he would win twice in the space of three years when in the hot seat at Camp Nou.

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Zidane won his second La Liga title in 2019/20 | Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images

Another generational talent, Zidane has actually won more honours at Real Madrid as a manager than he ever did as a player.

The Frenchman spent five years in the Spanish capital as a player, winning the Champions League in 2002 and La Liga in 2002/03.

Zidane has been in the Real Madrid hot seat for a little over three and a half years – over two separate spells – and has already guided the Spanish giants to two La Liga titles and a hat-trick of successive Champions League crowns.

You wouldn’t bet against him eventually completing his double honours list by winning the World Cup as France boss one day either.

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The 5 Best Centre-Forwards in the World – Ranked

90min ranks the 5 best centre-forwards in the world
90min ranks the 5 best centre-forwards in the world | Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

There’s a lot to dislike about strikers if you think about it. They always get the glory, most of them don’t seem to do much running and they can often be prima donnas on the pitch.

However, it’s probably fair that they get cut a fair amount of slack as it’s the most challenging position on the pitch. Centre-forwards spend most of their time isolated from their teammates, knowing that any missed chances will be greeted with a maelstrom of abuse from the crowd.

At the turn of the last decade it had seemed like strikers might be destined for the scrapheap with two-man strike partnerships seen as retrograde and false nines ruling the roost at the top level. More recently though, the role has enjoyed a resurgence with a host of top centre-forwards banging in goals all across Europe.

Here are five of the very best doing exactly that right now…

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Luis Suarez has struggled with injuries this season | David Ramos/Getty Images

Kicking off our top five, it’s the man that everyone loves to hate – or just hate in some cases.

Signing for Liverpool on the same day as Andy Carroll, the two players’ careers have since taken very different routes.

While Carroll has becoming a punchline to a joke about injuries, Suarez has carved out a reputation as a lethal finisher who will do anything to win. We mean anything by the way, as Giorgio Chiellini and Branislav Ivanovic know only too well.

While his recent Barcelona career has been hampered by injury, it hasn’t stopped him hitting the back of the net enough times to see him rise to second place on the club’s all-time goalscorers list.

Despite being divisive figure, you cannot deny that Suarez is one of the best players of his generation.

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Sergio Aguero has been one of the Premier League’s most successful foreign imports | Visionhaus/Getty Images

From one diminutive South American forward to another, Manchester City hero Sergio Aguero is number four on our list.

No other human being has scored more goals for the Citizens than the Argentine. There’s magic in those bulging calves and he loves a memorable strike.

Often overlooked when discussing all-time Premier League greats in the past, public opinion is finally starting to sway on Aguero.

He recently overtook Thierry Henry as the Barclays™ highest ever overseas goalscorer, a stat which beautifully illustrates his brilliance and longevity.

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Karim Benzema was second to only Lionel Messi in the La Liga goalscoring charts this season | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

In the past Karim Benzema has frequently been the bridesmaid and never the bride.

During Cristiano Ronaldo’s time at Real Madrid, the Frenchman mainly played the role of facilitator, making decoy runs to pull defenders away from CR7.

During the 2019/2020 season, Benzema stepped out on his own and become Los Blancos’ most valuable forward. 29 goal involvements in 37 La Liga appearances tells its own story as the 32-year-old continues to get better with age.

He is a self-sacrificing superstar who has nothing to prove to his doubters.

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Kylian Mbappe lifted the World Cup with France in 2018 | Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

A Ligue 1, Coupe de France and World Cup winner all before his 21st birthday, Kylian Mbappe is set to dominate European football for the next decade.

Like a string of French strikers before him, Mbappe’s principal weapon is his frightening pace but there is so much more to the Paris Saint-Germain star’s game.

Blessed with freakish footballing intelligence, he is constantly popping up in the right place at the right time. He also possesses a fearsome box of tricks and feints that rival any other player in the world.

A forward of Mbappe’s quality coming along is truly a once in a lifetime event, so make sure you make the most of him while he’s still around.

Robert LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski is third on the all-time Bundesliga scoring charts | Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Few people would have been as peeved off as Robert Lewandowski when it was announced that the 2020 Ballon d’Or would not be awarded.

The Polish hitman has been in the form of his life recently, scoring with a frequency to rival some of the best strikers of all time.

The Bayern Munich star – who 90min interviewed back in May – in the archetypal complete centre-forward scoring goals with his head, either foot and various other body parts. As long as the ball nestles in the back of the net, he doesn’t care.

Lewandowski is a born goalscorer in his prime years and could hold onto his title as 90min’s best centre-forward in the world for some time yet. That’s better than winning a Ballon d’Or anyway…

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Real Madrid Launch New adidas Home and Away Kits for 2020/21 Season

Real Madrid have launched their kits for the new season
Real Madrid have launched their kits for the new season

Real Madrid have revealed their adidas home and away kits for the 2020/21 season, opting for striking but simple efforts designed to reflect the club’s ‘win at all costs’ mentality.

The La Liga giants will embark on their defence of the title for the first time since 2017, and as ever they will do it in the very best the sportswear giants have to offer.

The new home jersey naturally comes in Los Blancos’ signature white, with subtle spring pink accents which draw inspiration from the iconic 2014/15 home kit.

This is used to allude to the contemporary art culture in the Spanish capital, and while Karim Benzema and co. will launch the kit in the Champions League later this month should they advance past Manchester City, it will also be worn by the Real Madrid women’s team in their first ever season, when the 2020/21 women’s Primera Division season kicks off.

Karim Benzema models the new home kitKarim Benzema models the new home kit
Karim Benzema models the new home kit

The away kit, meanwhile, will be worn for the first time in that clash with City and takes the spring pink theme a notch further as the kit’s base colour. Accented with dark blue, the contrast is designed to evoke the image of Madrid’s Plaza De Cibeles lit up at night.

Marco Ommicioli, football designer at adidas said of the new kits: “Real Madrid is a unique team with a unique history. We wanted to keep the design of this season’s jerseys bold yet simple to reflect the expectation that comes with the badge, and that is to win at all costs.

The new kits will make their debut in AugustThe new kits will make their debut in August
The new kits will make their debut in August

“The pressure to perform pressure to win and the pressure to create history in front fans. This pressure turns good players into great ones and great ones into global icons, just like the design of these famous shirts.”

The kits are available from 31 July, exclusively from adidas.co.uk and Real Madrid stores.

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The Modern Day Stars Inspired by Zinedine Zidane

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Zinedine Zidane’s grace and skill as a player has inspired a generation of creative midfielders and forwards – some of which he has gone on to manage | Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Few players in footballing history have been able to illicit such widespread awe as Zinedine Zidane. Whether it be the faultless first touch, his effortless glide or even something as prosaic as goals, assists and trophies, Zidane commanded admiration with his exploits on the pitch.

Who else could bow out of the sport with a red card for head-butting an opponent on the biggest international stage and be remembered more for how he controlled the ball?

Zidane’s brilliance has enthralled generations both young and old, while a particular bracket of today’s most talented creative forces have taken inspiration from the man so often lauded as his generation’s greatest midfielder.

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Kylian Mbappé came up against Zidane’s Real Madrid in this season’s Champions League | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Kylian Mbappé may have been born two days before Zidane was presented with the 1998 Ballon d’Or, but the Paris Saint-Germain starlet can still appreciate his talent, as he explained: “To start, as a child, it was Zidane. If you’re a boy and you’re French, your idol is Zidane.”

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Mario Götze has enjoyed a successful career in the same attacking midfield position of his footballing idol | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

Zidane was at his best when seamlessly linking midfield and attack, offering himself as an elegant buffer. Mario Götze is one of many midfielders inspired to operate in the same role after seeing Zidane’s mastery of the position in the early 2000s.

Götze revealed that the Frenchman was his personal role model to the DFB’s official website, citing some of the great man’s stereotypically German qualities: “As far as football is concerned, this must be Zinedine Zidane – for his elegance, his efficiency, and his quiet composure off the pitch.”

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan ranks Zidane as, alongside his father, his greatest footballing influence | MB Media/Getty Images

Zidane may have racked up 14 career red cards, but few players have so regularly been heralded for their aesthetic brilliance. As Henrikh Mkhitaryan told the Arsenal website: “The way he was playing was amazing. He was like an artist on the pitch.”

In Mkhitaryan’s Players’ Tribune article, the Armenia international ranked Zidane alongside Brazilian footballing royalty and his father (who was a former player rather than a Shakespearian character): “I always wanted to play like Zidane, Kaká and Hamlet.”

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Julian Draxler’s Wolfsburg faced Zidane’s Real Madrid in the 2016 Champions League quarter-finals | JOHN MACDOUGALL/Getty Images

On the eve of the 2015 Champions League final Julian Draxler, enjoying a quiet evening out at a Berlin restaurant, spotted his childhood hero across the room.

Draxler – a player who would command a £40m transfer fee that summer – is starstruck, too shy to tear himself off his chair and greet the great man. He resolves to introduce himself in more appropriate surroundings.

Their paths would cross again in the quarter-finals of the following year’s tournament. Draxler started for Wolfsburg against Zidane’s Real Madrid as the hosts surprisingly prevailed 2-0.

As introductions go, inflicting Zidane’s second ever defeat as Real Madrid coach is certainly more emphatic than an awkward handshake while hungry Germans bump past you.

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Zidane was José Mourinho’s assistant manager at Real Madrid while Mesut Özil was in the Spanish capital | Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

It seems Draxler is not the only professional footballer to be overawed in such close proximity to Zidane. When Mesut Özil first met his hero in the Real Madrid dressing room, the German playmaker admitted to Arsenal’s website that his ‘hands were sweating’.

Özil recalled: “I was thinking about the time when I was young with my friends, I would buy his shirt and play as him in the cage where I was brought up.”

Years before Zidane joined Real’s coaching staff, a young Özil studied the Frenchman’s game: “I watched how he did his passes,” he told The Times. “He didn’t do tricks for the sake of it. He never wanted to show off. He just played a clever game. He’s the player who decides games.

“I watched his technique and tried to do that in my game, and a lot of times it worked.”

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Paul Pogba has made no secret of his admiration for Real Madrid’s manager | Pool/Getty Images

Prior to Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes-inspired resurgence, Paul Pogba seemed destined to join Zidane at Real Madrid.

This would have represented a fresh start for the 27-year-old and given him the opportunity to work under a man he so greatly admires. “On the pitch you have 11 players, in the squad, 22, and you see only one or two,” Pogba told FIFA’s website. “You always see him doing something special, the way he’s playing, it’s beautiful to see.”

Zidane’s play was so mesmeric that the Frenchman transcended the sporting realm. A documentary – Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait – was released in 2006, tracking every move the midfielder made throughout a match for Real Madrid.

Pogba must be a fan of the critically acclaimed film given his similar approach to viewing the Ballon d’Or winner: “I was always watching him. The ball was in one place but I was always looking for Zidane.”

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Eden Hazard has gone from pretending to be Zidane in his back garden to being coached by the 48-year-old | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Eden Hazard has never been shy in expressing his fascination with Zidane, as he told Belgian broadcasters RLT: “Everyone knows the respect I have for the man. For the player he was and for the coach he is, he was my idol. Of course I don’t know what will happen in my career in the future, but to play under him would be a dream.”

Controversially, this effusive praise for Real Madrid’s coach was during his time as a Chelsea player.

However, Hazard’s affection for the generational midfielder goes back to his childhood when Zidane’s poster hung in his bedroom.

Pascal Delmoitiez, general manager at the Belgian’s first club Stade Brainois, revealed the admiration Hazard had for his current manager as a child. Delmoitiez told The Athletic: “He always compared himself to Zidane, copying his trademark moves, constantly mentioning him. He was his reference.”

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Real Madrid Monitoring the Progress of Sevilla’s Jules Kounde

Jules Kounde is a supposed target for Real Madrid
Jules Kounde is a supposed target for Real Madrid | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Real Madrid are said to be closely monitoring the progress of Sevilla’s 21 year-old centre-back Jules Kounde.

Having made 29 appearances in La Liga this season, Kounde helped Sevilla qualify for next season’s Champions League, as the club finished fourth – just behind Atletico Madrid on goal difference.

The Frenchman formed a formidable centre back partnership with Diego Carlos this season, and their efforts have instrumental in the side boasting the third best defensive record in La Liga, with only Real and Atletico Madrid conceding fewer goals.

This form has reportedly (via ESPN) been noticed by Los Blancos, with Zidane rumoured to be looking to add to his already exceptional backline.

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Sevilla’s Jules Kounde and Diego Carlos defend Lionel Messi | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Kounde won’t be cheap however.

The Frenchman has a contract signed until 2024 so they will have to pay a substantial fee to prize him away from Seville – potentially around the £32m mark, especially as he only joined last summer. As well as this fact, Madrid aren’t the only team interested in securing Kounde’s services, with several other big clubs said to be interested in the former Bordeaux man.

As well as Kounde, Real Madrid have also been linked with RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, whose contract runs out at the end of next season. He has been linked with a number of clubs, including Arsenal and Bayern Munich, recently and should be relatively cheap due to his contract situation – if he doesn’t pen a new deal with his current club.

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