Constant changes in football have not surprised anyone for a long time. The huge money that is around in football tempts many players, managers and even club employees to change teams. While great transfers and returns to old clubs among footballers are something completely normal, in the case of coaches, it does not appear so often.


It does not mean, however, that such situations do not happen at all. Sometimes returning coaches to their former clubs proved to be excellent options, but sometimes it was not.  So, let’s look at the biggest returns of coaches to former clubs.


Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)


Zinedine Zidane is one of the most famous footballers in history and much shows that he will become a memorable coach as well. All that has something to do with Real Madrid. Undoubtedly, fabulous skills of Zidane both on the field and bench itself played a massive role in his accomplishments, but the involvement of Los Blancos is also prominent.

When the media announced that Zinedine Zidane would shortly become the main coach of Real Madrid, all football world got astonished.


Even more shocking was his leave after winning third Champions League trophy in a row.  It did not last long, though. Julen Lopetegui and Santi Solari tried to lead Real to other titles, but they did not find themselves on the bench of the new club. Eventually, Zinedine Zidane came back on that position and leads Madrid’s team to these days.


Jose Mourinho (Chelsea)


As we started with a massive name in football, we cannot lapse our standards. So, another huge name on our list is Jose Mourinho. A person who should not be introduced to any football fan. There is no doubt that Mourinho is a great expert. However, he has never worked for one team for too long. The most extended spell was in Chelsea when we lead the Blues for the first time from 2004 to 2007. Later he had had a great time in Inter and Real Madrid before he ended up at Stamford Bridge again.


Quique Sanchez Flores (Watford)


Quique Flores had quite a successful football career, which he spent in Valencia and Real Madrid. After retiring, he became a coach and can also boast with numerous successes on his account. In 2005, Quique Flores became the coach of Valencia CF. In the first season of his managing, the club took 4th place in La Liga and was promoted to the Champions League. He also did very well as a Watford coach, but he left the club after the season. Recently, however, he decided to return, which is why we put him on our list.



Fabio Capello (Real Madrid and Milan)


After the end of his professional career, he became a coach. He achieved several successes with different teams. He led Milan to three finals of the Champions League (including the winner in 1994) and winning the European Super Cup (1994), with Real Madrid he won the Spanish championship in 1997, with Roma the Italian championship.


In the 2004/2005 season, he became a Juventus coach, where after two seasons he won another two national championships. In the 2006/2007 season, he moved to Real Madrid. In his career, Fabio Capello moved back to a bench of the same team twice. He did so with Real and earlier with Milan.



Jupp Heynckes (Bayern Munich)


Jupp Heynckes used to be very effective as a striker during his football career. After that, he became a coach. He spent most of his years as a coach in native Germany or Spain. Among others, he worked for Real Madrid, Athletic Bilbao, Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayern Munich. And it was Bayern where he returned a couple of times. The first time he sat on the bench as a coach was in years1987-1991.


The second one in 2009. After that took place the most prominent successes in his trainer’s career.  He also became the main coach in Bayern in 2011 and worked until 2018 with a small break. Apart from many German championship titles, he also won a Champion League title in 2013.


Claudio Ranieri (Valencia)


He began his coaching career in Campania. His first significant success was promotion to Serie A with Cagliari Calcio. Then he worked for a short time in Valencia. In June 2004 he became Valencia coach for the second time, but a more extended period. The second try to lead Valencia was also associated with greater successes. In 2007–2009 he was the coach of Juventus and then AS Roma. He also worked for Inter Milan, AS Monaco and many other clubs. However, he achieved the greatest success with Leicester City. The team became an unexpected English Champion in 2016.




Footballers change club, so do coaches. There is nothing new with that, so we should expect even more such cases in the future. By the way, if you want to get to know more exclusive football facts, stay with us.


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