Manager of West Germany 1986 and 1990 world cup
Date of Birth – 11th September 1945
Born – Munich (Germany)
A legend of the game Franz Beckenbaur is one of
only 2 men, along with Brazil’s Mario Zagallo, to
have won the World Cup as both a player and a manager.
However, he stands alone as being the only player
to have both captained (in 1974) and coached (in
1990) a World Cup winning side, making him, without
a doubt one of the greatest managers of all time.
Beckenbaur started his managerial career in July
1984, replacing Jupp Derwall as manager of the West
German national side, despite having no previous
management experience. He helped his team qualify
for the world cup finals in Mexico in 1986. At the
World cup West Germany surpassed all their expectations
and reached the final, however they lost a thriller
3-2 to Maradona’s Argentina. Two years later Beckenbaur
helped West Germany reach the semi-finals of the
European Championships, however they failed to progress
beyond that stage.
At Italia 90, West Germany won the World Cup, going
undefeated throughout the entire tournament and
his side were magnificent especially in their opening
matches against Yugoslavia and UAE. West Germany
beat Argentina 1-0 in a replay of the previous final,
though the game was nothing the spectacle of four
years earlier, and Beckenbauer sealed his place
in World cup history, as he became the first man
to win the world cup as a player and as a manager.
After the world cup finals he retired as manager
of West Germany. He moved on to France and managed
Marseilles for one season and in 1994 he took charge
of Bayer Munich for two seasons, and now serves
as their President.
Manager of England during the 1986 and 1990
world cup finals
Date of Birth-18th February 1933
Birth place – County Durham, England
Bobby Robson was appointed manager of England
in September 1982, making his managerial debut against
Denamrk. Robson helped guide England into the 1986
world cup finals.
England struggled in their two opening games and
he received a lot of criticism. Hover England improved
as the world cup progressed and they lost to Argentina
in a controversial quarterfinal match, remember
for two contributions, one outrageous, and one pure
genius, from Diego Maradona. Robson was put under
a lot of pressure after the European Championships
two years later as England lost all three games.
However two years later it was Robson’s last major
tournament as manager of England.
Italia 90 proved to be Robson’s most successful
month as manager of England, and a fitting swansong.
England qualified through the group phase effectively
and they put on brilliant displays against Belgium
in the second round and stunned Cameroon in the
quarter finals with two late goals. Unfortunately
for Robson and England, they lost in a penalty shoot
out against West Germany in the semi-finals. Robson
resigned as the manager of England after the 1990
world cup finals on a high.
Carlos Alberto Parreira
World cup winning coach of Brazil, 1994 world cup
Carlos Alberto is one of only two coaches, along
with Bora Muilutinovic, to have managed four different
countries into a world cup. Parreira was the physical
preparation manager at the world cup in Mexico in
1970, which Brazil won. He took charge of the Kuwait
national team in the 1982 world cup. Eight years
later he managed the United Arab Emirates during
His biggest achievement without a doubt was coaching
the Brazilian side that won the world cup in USA
in 1994. Brazil beat Italy in the final in a penalty
shoot out. He helped to motivate and structure the
1994 world cup winning Brazilian side.
Manager of France at 1998 world cup finals
Date of Birth – 27th November 1941
Born – Sail-sous-Couzan, France
Aime Jacquet took charge of the French team right
after the 1994 world cup finals in USA, for which
France dismally failed to qualify. His first major
tournament with France was the 1996 European Championships
in England. He helped France reach the semi-finals
of Euro 96 however they lost on penalties to Czech
Republic. As France were hosting the 1998 world
cup finals, they didn’t have to play in the qualifying
rounds of the world cup. So Aime Jacquet had two
years of preparation for the 1998 world cup finals.
This meant that when the tournament finally came
around, the French were well prepared. They won
their opening three matches comfortably. France
beat Paraguay in the second round, with Laurent
Blanc scoring the world cup’s first ever golden
goal before beating Italy and Croatia which took
them to the final of the 1998 world cup.
A Zinedine Zidane inspired France beat a lacklustre
Brazil 3-0 in the final and as a result they were
crowned World champions in front of 75,000 rabid
Frenchmen. Jacquet assisted France to winning the
world cup and sent the entire French population
into a few weeks celebration. He is without doubt
one of the greatest managers of all time.
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Luiz Felipe Scolari
Manager of Brazil 2002 world cup finals
Scolari was appointed manager of Brazil in June
2002, taking over from previous manager Emerson
Leao. Scolari struggled to help Brazil reach the
world cup finals as they only came fourth in their
South American qualifying group.
Yet, he led the Brazilian national team to winning
the world cup in 2002. Brazil won all their matches
in the world cup. They beat Turkey, China and Costa
Rica in the opening round. They defeated Belgium
2-0 in the second round, followed by a 2-1 victory
over England in the quarterfinals, when Ronaldinho
famously lobbed David Seaman. They beat Turkey in
the semis and he led the Brazil team that beat Germany
2-0 in the 2002 world cup final. He resigned from
his post of being the manager of Brazil right after
the world cup and he left as a glorious world cup
winner. He now coaches the Portuguese national side.
World Cup winning manager of Italy 1934
Not as acclaimed as the others due
to being a pre-war manager Pozzo was, nevertheless,
an excellent coach who led Italy to two consecutive
World Cups, with an Olympic title sandwiched in
After leading a largely unknown side to victory
in France in 1934, a tournament which many South
American nations boycotted, the addition of a number
of players from the great Argentina side added strength
to the squad, and, when combined with Pozzo’s managerial
ability and tactical nous, helped them retain the
title 4 years later. This leaves Pozzo as the only
manager to win the world cup twice, cementing his
place as of the greatest managers in its history.