Who has won the Euros as both a player and a coach?

James Mason
April 21st 2021, 8:59 am
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The 2020 European Championships are nearly upon us and there is plenty of excitement building ahead of rescheduled tournament, which is set to get underway 12 months later than planned.

There is history to be made this summer, with 12 host cities hosting games as 24 teams fight it out to win the trophy.

Portugal head into the event as defending champions, while Germany and Spain will be hoping to win the tournament for the fourth time, which would set a new record.

France boss Didier Deschamps is hoping to write his name in the history books, as he can win the tournament for the second time after winning it during his playing career.

Who has achieved this feat?

Only one man has ever achieved this before, Germany’s Berti Vogts. The former Borussia Monchengladbach defender got his hands on the trophy for the first time in 1972.

He did not feature during the tournament but was still able to celebrate as part of a successful squad.

Vogts then guided Germany to the final of Euro 1992 as a coach before losing to Sweden. The fan favourite soon made amends, as Germany got the job done four years later when they beat the Czech Republic in the final at Wembley Stadium.

The 74-year-old has been out of the game since 2016, when he left his post with the United States. But this summer, Vogts could be joined in the special club by Deschamps.

Ronald Koeman could have had the same opportunity as Deschamps before he left his post as Netherlands coach. Now, the former midfielder is hoping to lead Les Bleus out of the ‘group of death’.

The 2018 World Cup winners will play Hungary, Portugal and Germany in Group F and they will need to be at their very best to advance to the knockout stages of the competition.

Deschamps got his hands on the famous trophy in 2000 and he has already made history in recent years.

The 52-year-old is only the third man to win a World Cup as a player and a coach and he is now hoping to add another medal to his collection.

Deschamps was nicknamed the “water-carrier” during his playing days, but he will need some of his other midfield generals to lead his squad to glory.

Paul Pogba is pivotal to how France play, while the form of Kylian Mbappe could prove crucial to their chances. In Deschamps, France have an experienced coach who has continued to learn from his mistakes.

France reached the final of Euro 2016 before going one better in Russia two years later. Now they come into the tournament as reigning world champions, but does the former Juventus player have what it takes to join Vogts in the record books?

James Mason

James is a regular commentator / reporter on all leagues across Europe and also has a wealth of written experience covering top-level football.