Youngest and oldest UEFA competition-winning coaches

13 Jul

Youngest major UEFA club competition final winning coaches
33y 213d: André Villas-Boas (Porto, 2011 UEFA Europa League)
33y 308d: Gianluca Vialli (Chelsea, 1998 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup)
34y 102d*: Sven-Göran Eriksson (IFK Göteborg, 1982 UEFA Cup)
34y 163d: Víctor Fernández (Real Zaragoza, 1995 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup)
36y 101d: Joaquim Rifé (Barcelona, 1979 European Cup Winners’ Cup)


Youngest UEFA Champions League winning coach
38y 129d: Josep Guardiola (Barcelona, 2009)

Youngest European Champion Clubs’ Cup winning coach
36 yrs 184 days: José Villalonga (Real Madrid, 1956)

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Bob Houghton in 1979

Youngest major UEFA club competition final losing coaches
31y 229d: Bob Houghton (Malmö, 1979 European Champion Clubs’ Cup)
32y 151d: Ricardo Gomes (Paris Saint-Germain, 1997 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup)
34y 245d: Matthias Sammer (Borussia Dortmund, 2002 UEFA Cup)
35y 12d*: Jupp Heynckes (Borussia Mönchengladbach, 1980 UEFA Cup)
35y 102d*: Sven-Göran Eriksson (Benfica, 1983 UEFA Cup)

Oldest UEFA club competition winning coaches
71y 231d: Raymond Goethals (Marseille, 1993 UEFA Champions League)
68y 16d: Jupp Heynckes (Bayern München, 2012 UEFA Champions League)
66y 142d: Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United, 2008 UEFA Champions League)
64y 85d: Sir Bobby Robson (Barcelona, 1997 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup)
64y 79d: Joe Fagan (Liverpool, 1984 European Champion Clubs’ Cup)

Recall Shakhtar’s 2009 UEFA Cup triumph

Oldest UEFA Cup winning coach
63 years 295 days: Mircea Lucescu (Shakhtar Donetsk, 2009) 

Oldest UEFA Europa League winning coach
53 years 39 days: Rafael Benítez (Chelsea, 2013)

Youngest UEFA European Championship winning coach
44 years 192 days: José Villalonga (Spain, 1964)

Oldest UEFA European Championship winning coach
69 years 334 days: Luis Aragonés (Spain, 2008) 

Major UEFA club competition is defined as European Champion Clubs’ Cup/UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League or UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.

*calculated from second leg

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José Villalonga after winning the 1964 European Championship as Spain coach

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