Can Jose and Rafa catch up with Fergie?

On Wednesday, 9 April, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson reached his fifth Champions League semifinal after his club progressed at the expense of AS Roma.

Only Carlo Ancelotti has reached so many semifinals as head coach in this competition. What’s interesting to note here is both Jose Mourinho and Rafael Benitez have made it to 3 semi-finals each, and at their (relatively) young age it’s quite likely that they will get to a few more semi-finals, assuming that they go in the upward trajectory that their career paths have suggested till now.



Head coaches with most Champions League semifinal appearances

#
Name
Nation
Clubs (years in which semifinals took place)
5
Carlo Ancelotti
ITA
Juventus (1999), AC Milan (2003, 2005, 2006, 2007)
5
Sir Alex Ferguson
ENG
Manchester United (1997, 1999, 2002, 2007, 2008)
4
Louis van Gaal
NED
Ajax (1995, 1996, 1997), FC Barcelona (2000)
4
Ottmar Hitzfeld
GER
Borussia Dortmund (1997), Bayern München (1999, 2000, 2001)
4
Marcello Lippi
ITA
Juventus (1996, 1997, 1998, 2003)
4
Vicente del Bosque
ESP
Real Madrid (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003)
3
Héctor Cúper

ARG
Valencia CF (2000, 2001), Internazionale (2003)
3
José Mourinho
POR
FC Porto (2004), Chelsea (2005, 2007)

3
Rafael Benítez
ESP
Liverpool (2005, 2007, 2008)
2
Fabio Capello
ITA
AC Milan (1994, 1995)
2
Arsène Wenger
FRA
AS Monaco (1994), Arsenal (2006)
2
Frank Rijkaard
NED
FC Barcelona (2006, 2008)

Avram Grants makes it to his first Champions League semi-final – and if he makes it to his first Champions League final there will be pandemonium in Moscow (not to mention a meltdown at Anfield).