Since being founded in 1897, Juventus has been one of the premier football clubs in all of Italy. Juventus has won Serie A many times throughout its illustrious history, much of which is thanks to having some terrific managers. While not every manager has enjoyed success, some have been among the best in the world.
Today, we’ll take a look at the best managers in Juventus history, narrowing it down to the top five. Before we start the list, some of the managers who just missed the cut include Carlo Carcano, Renato Cesarini, Heriberto Herrera, and Dino Zoff.
Antonio Conte had a strong career as a player, spending well over a decade with Juventus during the 1990s and early 2000s. Conte retired in 2004 and went on to become a manager the next year. After several stops which included managing Atalanta and Siena, Conte made his way to Juventus where he led the club from 2011 to 2014 before departing and managing the Italian National Team.
Conte was a three-time Serie A champion with Juventus, and he also won the Supercoppa Italia twice. Overall, Carcano managed just over 150 matches, winning 102 of them, good enough for a 67.55% winning rate. Conte has since gone on to manage Chelsea, Inter Milan, and Tottenham Hotspur.
Turn native Carlo Parola was a fantastic defender for Juventus during his playing days which spanned from 1939 to 1954. He ended his playing career with seven matches on Lazio’s squad but would return home for the bulk of his managerial career. In 1959, Parola began his first stint as manager, and in 1961 he both left and returned. After leaving again in 1962, he then came back more than a decade later, ending his managerial career with Juventus from 1974 to 1976.
Parola managed just over 200 matches during his career, winning nearly 58 percent of those matches. Parola didn’t have the long list of trophies that some of the other managers did, but he did have a long and successful resume. The biggest accomplishment for Parola was winning the Serie A title three times.
While many of the other managers on the list had a long playing career with one club, that wasn’t the case for Massimiliano Allegri from 1984 to 2003. He never had more than 64 matches played in one given stint, jumping from club to club. After his retirement, Allegri became the manager of Aglianese, and he worked his way to Cagliari and AC Milan before joining Juventus in 2014. He managed the club until 2019, but then returned in 2021.
Allegri is tied for second all-time in club history for Serie A championships with five, and he has 11 trophies in total. He has won the Coppa Italia more times than any other Juventus manager with four, while also adding two Supercoppa Italia wins. Allegri won nearly 70 percent of his matches overall, putting him at the top of the list for managers with at least 100 matches.
Marcello Lippi began his playing career in the late 1960s and spent the bulk of his professional days with Sampdoria. He rounded out his playing days with Savona, Pistoiese, and Lucchese in the early 1980s before getting into management. Lippi managed a lot of squads during his career, including Atalanta, Napoli, and Internazionale. From 1994 to 1999 and 2001 to 2004, he managed Juventus with great success.
Lippi is one of just two managers to have at least 300 matches with Juventus under his belt, as well as over 400 matches. Lippi won just over 56 percent of his matches and is second in club history with 13 total trophies. Five of those were Serie A championships while another four came from the Supercoppa Italiana, giving him twice as many as any other Juventus manager.
Throughout the entirety of the 1960s, Giovanni Trapattoni spent his playing career with AC Milan, then rounded out his playing career in 1972 with Varese. He quickly became a manager when he took over Milan during the mid-1970s, and then made his way to Juventus in 1976 where his first stint would last for a decade. Trapattoni’s second stint came from 1991 to 1994.
Because of his two lengthy tenures as Juventus manager, no other man has managed as many matches, with nearly 600 in total. That’s almost 200 more than second-place Lippi. Trapattoni won 319 of those matches, and he also won more trophies than any other manager with 14. Among those trophies were six Series A titles, a club record for managers.