The "life" of the player on the pitch is relatively short, their careers are ephemeral and after the retreat new challenges begin. Some choose to depart from the reflectors, others to undertake with new businesses, but there are also those who decide to continue linked to this sport and do so as coaches.
Several former players are preparing to lead from the bench, but not everyone has had the joy of returning to the teams where they started or shone in their stage as soccer players. Here we present this account of players who, after hanging the booties, exercised as coaches and football brought them back to "home", where they once left their mark in a special way.
The former Spanish midfielder played in Barcelona and was multi-champion, conquering among other things six leagues of Spain, Cups and Supercopas of Spain. He returned as DT to be a legend, directing a vintage FC Barcelona, of the best squads in the history of world football, the one with which he won the remembered "sextete".
His step as a Real Madrid player was successful, conquering league titles, Supercopa and Champions League, however, as coach of the merengue team he added his legacy by winning three Champions League in a row.
The English midfielder marked an era in Chelsea, leaving the soul in each match played over 13 years; He currently serves as a Blues coach and although his path from the benches has just begun, he seeks to write his own story.
For eight seasons he defended the Barca shield in the field and years later he did it as a strategist for three campaigns. He is currently in charge of the Spanish Soccer Team.
The fierce and feared midfielder wore the AC Milan shield for more than a decade, in which he raised two league titles and two Champions League editions, to mention a few scepters. As DT he was from 2017 to 2019 but his stage was not as fruitful as when he was a player.
Considered one of the best players in the history of this sport. Brain, intelligence, revolutionized the way of playing football and left school for generations. He played and directed Ajax from Holland and Barcelona from Spain, being loved and respected by fans of both institutions, as well as by all ball lovers.
His passion as an Atleti player moved her to the bench; in his soccer player stage he was a winner and that DNA was transferred by his ideology when training. His players capture that idea in every match and the "Cholo" will always be an uncomfortable opponent for any opponent.
He debuted with AS Monaco and would serve as a boost for his career, to make himself known to the world; later he would be coach of the club, although he did not do well at all and left soon, in search of new challenges. He currently directs the Montreal Impact of MLS.
He gave himself body and soul to Manchester United, the only team of his career from 1990 to 2014, winning League, Cup, Super Cup, League Cup, Champions League and Club World Cup titles, among others. It was provisional DT for a short time, but in the end you can tell that he commanded his Red Devils from the bank.
Mark van Bommel
The former Dutch midfielder was multi-champion with PSV in his stage as a player; Now he writes his story as a DT in a long journey that is just beginning.
Similar cases also exist in this part of the world and here are some of the most representative in both South America and Mexican football.
The nickname "Doll" wrote his name in gold letters as a player and coach of River Plate, is a symbol and one of the most beloved characters in the history of the club. What he has done as a DT is invaluable after winning 10 titles since 2014 between Cups of Argentina, South American and Libertadores.
Guillermo Barros Schelotto
His love for Boca Juniors was given as a player and coach; the "Twins" became involved with the Xeneizes for 10 years and won titles of League, Copa Sudamericana, Copa Libertadores and Copa Intercontinental. As DT he was twice champion of the League of Argentina.
The symbol of the Pumas of the UNAM shone in both facets; As a player he was twice the league champion and as a coach he emulated this figure, although from the bench he had greater merit, since he managed to be two-time champion.
Idol in Club America, considered by Americanism as the best foreigner in the history of the club and one of the best players in general along with the mythical Cuauhtemoc Blanco. He shone more in his stage as a player, although as DT he can presume that he won the Final to Chivas (his staunch rival) in the 1983-84 season.
Jose Saturnino Cardozo
He marked a time with Toluca and holds several records, one of them with the most goals in a short tournament with 29 at the 2002 Opening. Later he was his strategist, but he failed to be as successful with his Devils.
Emblem with Vasco da Gama and historical with the Brazilian National Team; He had the opportunity to be a DT and player at the same time for a short period of time, entering the list of players who headed to the club of his loves.