12 coaches who returned to Real Madrid


Following Carlo Ancelotti's reappointment as Real Madrid manager, here is a look at every coach who has enjoyed more than one spell at the Santiago Bernabeu.

On Tuesday evening, Real Madrid confirmed that Ancelotti had been appointed as the club's new head coach following Zinedine Zidane's decision to resign from the role after the conclusion of the 2020/21 season.

The Italian tactician, who was previously manager of Everton, returns to the Spaniards for a second spell, having previously been in charge of the club between 2013 and 2015.

In doing so, the former AC Milan, Chelsea, Juventus and Bayern Munich boss joins an exclusive list of managers who have held the honour of coaching Los Blancos on more than one occasion, becoming the 12th person to do so in the club's illustrious history.

Here's a look at every other manager who has coached Real Madrid more than once:

  1. Jacinto Quincoces (May 1945 – March 1946 & April 1947 – January 1948)*

    Former Real Madrid and Spain defender Jacinto Quincoces was the first manager to hold Los Blancos' top job on more than occasion, having done so following World War II during the mid-to-late 1940s. 

  2. Baltasar Albeniz (March 1946 – April 1947 & October 1950 – March 1951)

    Baltasar Albeniz enjoyed his first spell as Real Madrid's boss as the immediate successor to Quincoces before being replaced by his predecessor just over a year later. He returned in 1950 and won the 1950/51 Copa del Rey title with the club.

  3. Miguel Munoz (February 1959 – April 1959 (interim) & April 1960 – January 1974)*

    Widely regarded as one of Real Madrid's greatest-ever managers, Munoz progressed from player to coach to head coach at the Santiago Bernabeu, enjoying great success along the way. The former Spain international won 14 major honours across his two spells as manager, including nine league titles and two European Cups, and was the first person to win the European Cup as both a player and coach.

  4. Luis Molowny (January 1974 – May 1974; September 1977 – December 1979; March 1982 – June 1982 & April 1995 – June 1996)*

    Luis Molowny was the first, and to date the only, manager to have taken charge of Real Madrid on four occasions, having done so over a 20-year period during the late 1900s. Across his four spells, he won no fewer than eight major honours, adding to the eight he won as a player for the club.

  5. Alfredo Di Stefano (ARG) (July 1982 – May 1984 & November 1990 – March 1991)*

    Better known for his remarkable success with Los Blancos on the pitch, Alfredo Di Stefano later took charge of the club in a coaching capacity as well. The Argentine-born legend was unable to replicate his on-field success, however, and won just one Spanish Super Cup across two spells in charge of the club.

  6. Leo Beenhakker (NED) (July 1986 – June 1989 & January 1992 – June 1992)

    Dutchman Leo Beenhakker guided Real to three consecutive LaLiga titles in each of his first three seasons at the club, winning a Copa del Rey and two Spanish Super Cups as well. He returned to the club nearly three years later after Radomir Antic was sacked, although his second spell lasted only six months.

  7. John Toshack (WAL) (July 1989 – November 1990 & February 1999 – November 1999)

    After enjoying success with LaLiga rivals Real Sociedad, Welshman John Toshack was appointed as Real Madrid's manager for the first time in 1989. He won the league title in his debut season, with his side scoring a then-record 107 goals for the campaign before he departed the following year. He returned nearly a decade later for a brief stint in 1999.

  8. Vicente del Bosque (March 1994 – June 1994 (interim); January 1996 (interim) & November 1999 to June 2003)*

    Having previously held the reins as interim Real Madrid boss on two occasions, Vicente del Bosque was appointed as the club's head coach in 1999 and enjoyed great success in the full-time role. The Spaniard won eight major titles, including two back-to-back Champions League crowns with Los Blancos, adding to the nine trophies he won with the club as a player. He later took over the Spain job and is the only manager to have won the Champions League, Intercontinental Cup, the European Championship and the World Cup as a coach.

  9. Fabio Capello (ITA) (July 1996 – June 1997 & July 2006 – June 2007)

    Another coach who enjoyed two spells with the club is Italian great Fabio Capello, who spent two separate seasons at the helm a decade apart, winning the LaLiga trophy in each campaign. 

  10. Jose Antonio Camacho (June 1998 – July 1998 & May 2004 – September 2004)*

    Having made more than 400 appearances for the club as a player, Jose Antonio Camacho's return to Real in 1998 was boiled as a fairy tale but ultimately lasted just 22 days. He left soon after his appointment following a disagreement with management but earned a second shot six years later, although that spell ended after just six matches in charge.

  11. Zinedine Zidane (FRA) (January 2016 – May 2018 & March 2019 – May 2021)*

    Second only to Munoz in terms of trophies won for Real, Zinedine Zidane is a legend for the club both on the pitch and in the dugout. After a glittering playing career, the Frenchman took charge of the club for the first time in 2016 and guided Los Blancos to three Champions League crowns, among a host of other major titles, before leaving in 2018. He returned a year later and took his tally up to 11 trophies won as manager, before stepping down from his role last month.

  12. Carlo Ancelotti (ITA) (June 2013 – May 2015 & June 2021 – present)

    Ancelotti has returned to the Santiago Bernabeu, where he remains a popular figure among the club's supporters. The Italian tactician spent two years with Los Blancos between 2013 and 2015 and was the mastermind behind Real Madrid's famous La Decima triumph, while he also won the Copa del Rey, Spanish Super Cup & FIFA World Cup trophies.

Manager previously represented Real Madrid as a player.

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