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Pep Guardiola has won the FIFA Club World Cup three times, a competition record.
The FIFA Club World Cup is an international association football competition organised by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship was first contested as the FIFA Club World Championship in 2000. It was not held between 2001 and 2004 due to a combination of factors, most importantly the collapse of FIFA's marketing partner International Sport and Leisure. Following a change in format which saw the FIFA Club World Championship absorb the Toyota Cup, it was relaunched in 2005 and took its current name the season afterwards.
The current format of the tournament involves seven teams competing for the title at venues within the host nation over a period of about two weeks; the winners of that year's edition of the Asian AFC Champions League, African CAF Champions League, North American CONCACAF Champions League, South American Copa Libertadores, Oceanian OFC Champions League and European UEFA Champions League, along with the host nation's national champion, participate in a straight knock – out tournament.
Pep Guardiola is the first and currently the only manager to have won the tournament with Barcelona and Bayern Munich on three occasions altogether; he led the Spanish club to success in the 2009 and 2011 finals and coached the Germans to victory in 2013; nine other managers have won the title once. Sir Alex Ferguson became the first foreign manager to win the title with a foreign club, Manchester United in 2008; Rafael Benítez and Guardiola followed suit in 2010 and 2013. Carlo Ancelotti is the most recent manager to have won the FIFA Club World Cup, having won it with Real Madrid in 2014.
Brazilian and Spanish managers hold a joint-record for most consecutive appearances of winning managers with three back-to-back appearances each. Rafael Benítez became the first manager to reach the FIFA Club World Cup final with a foreign club when his side lost the 2005 final; Benítez led other foreign clubs to the final in 2010 and 2012 with Frank Rijkaard, Lamine N'Diaye and Faouzi Benzarti accomplishing the same feat in 2006, 2010 and 2013, respectively. Sir Alex Ferguson became the first manager to win the competition under those same circumstances in 2008. Pep Guardiola is the only manager to have led one club to the final on more than once occasion, coming out victorious in 2009 and 2011. The inaugural final remains the only one which saw two managers from the same nation.
|2000||Oswaldo de Oliveira||Corinthians||Antônio Lopes||Vasco da Gama|||
|2005||Paulo Autuori||São Paulo||Rafael Benítez||Liverpool|||
|2006||Abel Braga||Internacional||Frank Rijkaard||Barcelona|||
|2007||Carlo Ancelotti||Milan||Miguel Ángel Russo||Boca Juniors|||
|2008||Sir Alex Ferguson||Manchester United||Edgardo Bauza||LDU Quito|||
|2009||Pep Guardiola||Barcelona||Alejandro Sabella||Estudiantes|||
|2010||Rafael Benítez||Internazionale||Lamine N'Diaye||TP Mazembe|||
|2011||Pep Guardiola||Barcelona||Muricy Ramalho||Santos|||
|2013||Pep Guardiola||Bayern Munich||Faouzi Benzarti||Raja Casablanca|
|2014||Carlo Ancelotti||Real Madrid||Edgardo Bauza||San Lorenzo|
|2015||Luis Enrique||Barcelona||Marcelo Gallardo||River Plate|
|2016||Zinedine Zidane||Real Madrid||Masatada Ishii||Kashima Antlers|
|2017||Zinedine Zidane||Real Madrid||Renato Gaúcho||Grêmio|
Pep Guardiola is the only manager to have won three FIFA Club World Cups, twice with Barcelona and once with Bayern Munich. Rafael Benítez, alongside Guardiola, holds the record for the most appearances leading English clubs Liverpool and Chelsea, as well as Italian club Internazionale, to one final each. Lamine N'Diaye of Senegal and Faouzi Benzarti of Tunisia hold the distinction of being the only non-European and non-South American managers to have appeared in the final, as well as the only managers to have led a club outside the fore mentioned continents into the decisive match; those feats were accomplished during the 2010 and 2013 finals, respectively.
|Manager||Won||Runner-up||Years won||Years runner-up|
|Pep Guardiola||3||0||2009, 2011, 2013||&|
|Carlo Ancelotti||2||0||2007, 2014||&|
|Zinedine Zidane||2||0||2016, 2017||&|
|Rafael Benítez||1||2||2010||2005, 2012|
|Oswaldo de Oliveira||1||0||2000||&|
|Sir Alex Ferguson||1||0||2008||&|
|Miguel Ángel Russo||0||1||&
Spanish managers have had the most success in the competition, amassing five titles in seven appearances each. Brazilian managers have won it four times, Italian managers have won it twice, while a Scottish manager has only won it once. Argentine managers hold the dubious record of the most losses, without once winning the competition and obtaining three consecutive defeats.
European managers remain the most successful of the competition, with a total of seven titles. Their South American counterparts are second with four titles, while Africa has had two managers lead a club into the final.