The Gaffer: Carlos Bianchi

Teams Managed: Reims, Nice, Velez Sarsfield, Roma, Boca Juniors, Atletico Madrid

Titles: Copa Libertadores 1994, 2000, 2001, 2003 Intercontinental Cup 1994, 2000, 2003 Copa Interamericana 1994 Argentine League 1993 Clausara, 1995 Apertura, 1996 Clausara, 1998 Apertura, 1999 Clausara, 2000 Apertura, 2003 Apertura

The only manager to have won 4 Copa Libertadores having first lead Velez Sarsfield in 1994 then Boca Juniors to three titles in the early 2000’s.

Carlos Bianchi, known as El Bozo (after the famous American TV clown) was not only a great club Manager, he was a great centre forward scoring 400 goals in a career that took him from his native Argentina to France and back before starting his Managerial Career.

A player in his younger days with Velez Sarsfield, he moved to Reims in Northern France before a spell at Paris St Germain scoring hatful’s at all three clubs. After a season at Strasbourg he moved back to Argentina in 1980 re-joining Velez for another successful time before a second spell at Reims in 1984 lead to him taking over as Manager a year later.

After three years at Reims Bianchi took charge of Nice in 1989 but left the struggling side soon after. In 1993 he joined Velez Sarsfield and immediately Managed them to their first Argentine league title since 1968. The 1993 Clausara.

That achievement was followed by a first (and only) Copa Libertadores success as Velez beat Sao Paulo on penalties in the two leg final. Paraguayan Goalkeeper Jose Chilavert saving and scoring in the spot kick shootout.

Velez with the likes of Jose Basualdo, Victor Sotomayor, Turu Flores and Omar Asad would go on to beat AC Milan in the Intercontinental Cup final and under Bianchi won two more titles, the Apertura in 1995 and the Clausara in 1996.

Following this success, Bianchi secured a lucrative move to Roma in Serie A but after two seasons returned to Argentina and Boca Juniors inheriting such players as Martin Palermo, Juan Roman Riquelme, Walter Samuel and Oscar Cordoba.

Boca immediately won the 1998 Apertura having not won the title since 1992. Months later the 1999 Clausara was added, in 2000 Bianchi won a third league title at Boca with the Apertura but it was his second Libertadores success against Palmeires that cemented his legendary success.

A year later Boca did it again as they beat Cruz Azul to win back to back Copa Libertadores whilst Bianchi became one of only two men to complete the hat-trick of Managerial wins.

Bianchi left Boca in 2001 as a legend but returned to further increase his legacy in 2003. For the fourth time in his career (his third at Boca) he lead a team to Copa Libertadores success beating Santos in the final before again beating Milan in the Intercontinental Cup which was to be his last major piece of silverware as a Manager.

A short spell at Atletico Madrid and a further spell at Boca could not improve on what he had previously done in an astonishing career that saw him as both one of the greatest goalscorers in Argentina and France and as one of the greatest coaches in South American Football.

Bianchi, a manager who’s disciplined warrior approach and who’s philosophy was on attacking flowing football is a name today that will always be remembered with the very greats of Argentine football.

Major Domestic League wins: 7

Major Domestic Cup wins: 0

Continental Cup wins: 4

Other Continental Trophy wins: 0

Intercontinental/World Club Cup wins: 4

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