Sevilla have won the Europa League for the 7th time. No team has won it more than the Spanish club. Also, they have won all the Europa League finals they have played in, which makes those seven titles all the more interesting.
They won their most recent one against Jose Mourinho’s Roma – the manager who had never lost a European final. One record was bound to be broken and it was sadly the Portugueses.
Had Mourinho won the match against Sevilla, it would’ve been his 6th European trophy overall, level with Italian legendary manager Arrigo Sacchi. But who are the other managers to have won the most number of European titles?
Carlo Ancelotti – 9 titles
The man has basically won it all in football. Carlo Ancelotti is the only manager to win league titles in all of Europe’s top five leagues. The Italian is also the only manager to win the UEFA Champions League twice with two different clubs.
Ancelotti has won the UCL twice with both AC Milan and Real Madrid. He has also won four UEAF Super Cups and one UEAF Intercontinental Cup.
Sir Alex Ferguson – 7 titles
The list would have been incomplete without the legend himself. Sir Alex Ferguson is the manager who has won the most trophies, so it was a given that he was going to be somewhere near the top of this list.
The Scottish manager won 13 Premier League titles with Manchester United along with two Champions League titles. Adding to that, he won seven European titles – two of which were the two UCL titles.
Giovanni Trapttoni – 7 titles
Giovanni Trapttoni was equally good a player as he was a manager. A defensive midfielder during his playing days, he also played as a centre-back at times.
His playing days were mostly at AC Milan after which he got into management. In his managerial career, Trapttoni or ‘Trap’ as he was popularly known, started at the club where he spent the majority of his playing days – AC Milan.
It was at Juventus that he really began to take his strides. With one Champions League, one Club World Cup, three Europa Leagues, one Super Cup and one Intercontinental Cup, Trapttoni won 7 European titles during his illustrious managerial career.
Arrigo Sacchi – 6 titles
Arrigo Sachi was the epitome of a successful manager back then during the 1980s and 90s alongside another great, Johan Cruyff. The Italian was never a professional footballer and hence was always criticized if he was ever good enough to manage teams like AC Milan and the Italy national team.
He proved all the doubters wrong after leading AC Milan to their first league title in nine years in his debut season and also won back-to-back European Cups. He also managed Italy between 1991 to 1995 where he took Italy to the finals of the 1994 World Cup before losing to Brazil on penalties.
In total, Sacci won 6 European titles – with two of those Champions League titles, alongside two Super Cups and two Intercontinental Cups. The Italian has gone down in the history books because of his ability to get the best out of the players at his disposal.