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Luis Enrique, Super Champion as coach and as player

The fourth coach to get that

Luis Enrique, Super Champion as coach and as player
Luis Enrique, Super Champion as coach and as player

The fourth coach to get that

Luis Enrique Martínez

Luis Enrique Martinez won the UEFA Super Cup as FC Barcelona player in 1997 when Bobby Robson was coaching the club. In a two-leg match played against Borussia Dortmund (who had won the Champions League), the champion of the Cup Winners' Cup took the title and the current coach became, for the first time, European Super Champion.

This Tuesday, Luis Enrique won the same title, but as coach. Thus, the Spaniard is the fourth coach to win the European Super Cup after having won it as a player. The predecessors: Pep Guardiola, Carlo Ancelotti and Diego Simeone.

The previous champions

Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti have won five Super Cups, 2 as players and 3 as coaches.

Guardiola won two with Barcelona as player (1992 and 1997) two as coach (2009 and 2011) and one with Bayern Munich (2013). Ancelotti was 2 times champion as a player of AC Milan (1989 and 1990), two as a coach (2003 and 2007) and one as Madrid manager (2014).

The fourth man who has been champion in both the field and on the bench is Diego Simeone, who won the title as a player with Lazio (1999) and as coach with Atlético Madrid (2012).

The non-recognized case

In 1972, Johan Cruyff, playing for Ajax, beat Glasgow Rangers in the first confrontation between the winner of Champions League and the winner of the Cup Winners' Cup. But UEFA does not recognize this duel as the first edition of the Super Cup, so Cruyff can say he won it as player.

If UEFA granted official status to this title, Cruyff could be added to the list of champions in two roles, as he was the coach who won the European Super Cup with Barcelona in 1992, the first time the team won the title.