Only a handful of coaches have achieved unparalleled success and longevity in the UEFA Champions League.
These elite tacticians have etched their names in the annals of the prestigious tournament, not only through their triumphs but also through their consistent presence on the touchline.
Let's delve into the careers of the coaches who've managed the most Champions League games.
1. Carlo Ancelotti – AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Real Madrid — 193 games, 109 wins
Carlo Ancelotti, a true journeyman, has managed multiple clubs in the Champions League, including AC Milan, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and Napoli.
With 193 games, Ancelotti has won the title four times (2003, 2007 with AC Milan; 2014 and 2022 with Madrid), a testament to his versatile and tactical acumen.
2. Sir Alex Ferguson – Manchester United — 190 games, 102 wins
The legendary Sir Alex Ferguson reigns supreme in this list. From 1986 to 2013, the Scottish mastermind oversaw Manchester United's operations and guided the club to two Champions League titles (1999, 2008).
Ferguson's 190 appearances in the tournament signify his remarkable consistency at the top tier of European football.
3. Arsene Wenger – Monaco, Arsenal — 178 games, 82 wins
The innovative Frenchman Arsene Wenger comes second with 178 Champions League matches. Wenger's tenure at Arsenal, from 1996 to 2018, accounted for most of these games.
Despite reaching the final in 2006, Wenger couldn't secure a Champions League title. Nevertheless, his steadfast presence in the tournament cements his legacy as a top-tier manager.
4. Pep Guardiola – Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City — 161 games, 104 wins
Pep Guardiola, known for his possession-based style of play, has managed 161 Champions League matches with Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Manchester City. He won the tournament three times as a coach, with Barcelona (2009, 2011) and Manchester City (2023).
5. Jose Mourinho – FC Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Tottenham — 145 games, 77 wins
The self-proclaimed “Special One,” Jose Mourinho, has made his mark in the Champions League with 149 games managed.
Leading FC Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur in the tournament, Mourinho won the title twice (2004 with Porto, 2010 with Inter).