Mendiliber’s historic achievement: 5th coach to go to consecutive finals with different teams


Just the fifth manager to reach two consecutive European finals with different teams has become the Jose Luis Mendilibar. A year after leading Sevilla to a Europa League triumph against Roma, Vasco arrived with Olympic in the Conference League final.

Before the 63-year-old coach, only four of his colleagues had achieved something similar. He was the first to do it Sven Goran Erikssonwhen he won the UEFA Cup with Gothenburg in 1982 and was beaten in the final of the same competition by Benfica a year later.

Followed by Hector Raoul Cooperwho in 1999 took Mallorca to the final of the Cup Winners’ Cup but lost to Lazio, while the Argentinian former Aris coach immediately went to two consecutive Champions League finals with Valencia, losing both to Real (2000) and Bayern (2001). .

Third in time on the list was Rafa Benitezwho in 2004 lifted the UEFA Cup with Valencia against Marseille and a year later won the Champions League with Liverpool against Milan.

The last, before Madrid, to reach two European finals in a row was Thomas Tuchel: in 2020 with Paris in the Champions League losing to Bayern and in 2021 again but as Chelsea coach but winning the trophy against Manchester City.

If the Olympiakos coach lifts the trophy on May 29, he will become only the second to win back-to-back European finals with different teams since Rafa Benitez in 2004-2005.

Source: Sport Fm

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