Luis Enrique Martínez has become the fourth person to win the European Super Cup as both a manager and a player. He was in the Barça team that won the trophy in 1997 by beating Cup Winners’ Cup winners Borussia de Dortmund, and scored the opening goal in a 2-0 win at the Camp Nou in the first of two legs.
A 1-1 draw in Germany was enough to ensure that Barça took the title 3-1 on aggregate. Now back at the club as first team manager, he has repeated the success following Tuesday night’s action-packed 5-4 victory over Sevilla in Tbilisi. Before the Asturian, Pep Guardiola, Carlo Ancelotti and Diego Simeone also won the traditional curtain-raiser to the European football season both on the pitch and on the bench.
Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti have both won the European Super Cup a massive five times. Both did so twice as players and three times as managers. Guardiola won it four times with Barça, as a player in 1992 and 1997 and as manager in 2009 and 2011, and then added a fourth as manager of Bayern Munich. Ancelotti won it twice as part of the great AC Milan team (1989 and 1990) and then managed the Italian club to a further two titles in 2003 and 2007, before winning it a fifth time with Real Madrid.
Simeone won the Super Cup when playing for Lazio (1999) and then won it again as manager of Atlético Madrid (2012).