The 2012/13 season will live long in the memory of Jupp Heynckes. The 68-year-old has won countless trophies during a distinguished career as a player and coach, but he marked his place in the history books once and for all with Bayern Munich last term when he became the first ever coach to win the treble with a German men’s team. Under Heynckes’ guidance, Bayern romped to the Bundesliga title with six games to spare. This was soon followed by victory in the UEFA Champions League final in May, before they completed their historic treble by lifting the DFB Cup at the end of the season. Pep Guardiola has since succeeded Heynckes at Bayern.
Sir Alex Ferguson ensured that he went out on a high after 26 trophy-laden years at Manchester United by winning the Premier League title, finishing 11-points clear of rivals Manchester City. The Scot’s 13th championship success proved to be one of his sweetest. It ensured that pride was returned to Old Trafford after they had lost out to the Citizens in dramatic circumstances the previous season. Ferguson’s “noisy neighbours” had been silenced. On 8 May 2013, just 16 days after winning the league yet again, Ferguson announced that he was to retire as manager at the end of the 2012/13 campaign, but would remain at the club as a director and ambassador. Ferguson won 49 trophies as a manager, making him the most successful British football manager in history.