Sir Alex Ferguson was recognised this week as one of the great coaches of all time in having taken part in more than 100 UEFA Champions League matches.
He along with Arsene Wenger and Carlo Ancelotti each received a framed picture and plaque to recognise their longevity as managers in Europe's top competition, shadowing UEFA's policy of honouring players who reach 100 caps in International football.
Sir Alex Ferguson coached and managed Manchester United in 202 games during his twenty six and half year spell at Manchester United, while Arsene Wenger has coached at Arsenal 152 matches, and Carlo Ancelotti, 117.
Wenger and Ancelotti both received their awards from UEFA president Michel Platini yesterday, while Sir Alex co-chairing the event through a live video link with UEFA's chief technical officer Mr Lupescu, was invited to come to Nyon to personally collect his award.
Monsieur Platini said "I would like to give you this award as a mark of recognition, I would be happy you came to collect it here in Switzerland," the UEFA president offered his invitation.
The fourth member of the quartet to be recognised on the opening day of the UEFA Elite Club Coaches Forum in Nyon on Wednesday, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who will receive his award at a later date.
During Sir Alex Ferguson's 202 European Games, the countries Manchester United most visited were; Spain (17) Italy (14) France (13) and Germany (10) travelling to a total of 27 different nations, playing in 99 Champions League games at Old Trafford.
Sir Alex Ferguson finally hung up his hair-dryer at the end of last season coaching Manchester United in 1500 competitive matches, winning 895 (59.5%), drawing 338 (22.5), losing 267 (18%).
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