Xabi Alonso makes history with Leverkusen to join in record with Pep Guardiola and Unai Emery – La Opinion

Xabi Alonso makes history with Leverkusen to join in record with Pep Guardiola and Unai Emery – La Opinion


Xabi Alonso celebrated in style the achievement of the first Bundesliga in the history of Bayer Leverkusen, which makes him the third Spanish coach to win the title in the major European leagues after Pep Guardiola and Unai Emery.

The Tolosarra, who began his career as a coach in the Real Madrid youth team and then took charge of the first Real Sociedad reserve team, with which he achieved promotion, has made history after a year and a half in office in Leverkusen.

Until now only Pep Guardiola, the most successful coach, in the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich, and in the English Premier, with Manchester City, and Unai Emery, in Ligue 1, with PSG, had been crowned in the big leagues.

The titles of Pep Guardiola and Unai Emery

Guardiola won three league titles in a row with the Bavarian championsthe 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 campaigns, which places him in the historical ranking of the Bundesliga after Udo Lattek (8), Ottmar Hitzfeld (7), Hennes Weisweiler and Jupp Heynckes (4).

And in the Premier he already has five titles with City, 2 seasons017-18, 2018-19, 2020-21, 2021-22 and 2022-23, and is on its way to sixth.

The leader of this list is the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson with thirteen championships, seven more than George Ramsay and Bob Pisley, while tied with the Spaniard are Tom Watson and Matt Busby.

Emery spent two seasons at Paris Saint Germain and, among other titles, He won the League title in the 2017-18 campaign, after which he left the French club and later signed with English club Arsenal.

The talent of Spanish coaches

The truth is that Spanish coaches have been highly valued around the world for a long time, both at the club and national level. Antonio Durán stood out in the 60s and 70s, winning the Swedish League four times with Malmoe.

Greece has also brought success to the Spanish coaches with the three league titles that Ernesto Valverde achieved with Olympiacos, which he also led to victory twice. Míchel González, or with the League achieved with AEK by Manolo Jiménez.

But more distant destinations have also seen successes from coaches, among others, such as Ramon Tribulietx in New Zealand with Auckland City or Josep Gombau in Hong Kong with Kitchee.

As well as Xavier Azkargorta, Miguel Ángel Portugal in Bolivia, Juan Luque de Serrallonga, Antonio López and Joaquín Urquiaga in Mexico.

Keep reading:

– Bayer Leverkusen broke a wait of more than 100 years to win its first Bundesliga

– Pep Guardiola was satisfied with the draw against Real Madrid: “It is a good result”

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