Meet Coaches Of The 32 Teams For World Cup 2018

Meet Coaches Of The 32 Teams For World Cup 2018

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Roberto Martinez was born in Belaguer, Spain on July 13, I973.

He was appointed as Belgium manager on August 3, 2016 on a two-year contract.

The former Everton manager has been in charge for 16 games, losing only one game.

Jorge Sampaoli – Argentina

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Jorge Sampaoli, 57, was born on March 13, 1960 in Santa Fe, Argentina. The Argentine was named coach of the side on June 1 and is expected to be in charge of the team till 2022.

Overall, he has overseen 8 matches, including the nerve-wracking closing games of the South American qualifiers. He will hope to lead the team the team betters their runners-up finish at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Adenor Bacchi – Brazil

Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, Picture: AP

Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, commonly known as Tite, took over as the coach of the Samba Boys of Brazil after Brazil’s dismal performance at the 2016 Copa America.

The Brazilian was born in the country’s town of Caxias do Sul 56 years ago.

Since his appointment in June 2016 – replacing Dunga – the former Corinthians manager has gone on to lead the Brazil side in 16 games.

His contract runs until August 2018.

Jose Pekerman – Colombia

Jose Pekerman was born in Villa Dominguez in the Argentina on 3rd September, 1949.

He took over as Colombia’s coach in January 2012, and led them to the FIFA World Cup in 2014, following a 16-year absence.

The team finished third in June 2016 in the prestigious Copa America, held in the United States.

Apart from back-to-back qualification of the South Americans for the World Cup, he been in charge for 70 games.

He has won 38 games, drawn 17 and lost 15.

Óscar Ramírez  – Costa Rica

On August 2015, Ramirez was named the manager of the Costa Rican team. The coach was born on December 8 1964.

The former midfielder featured in four matches for his country at Italy 1990 and his previous coaching experience is exclusively in his homeland at club level.

Dalic Zlatko – Croatia

He replaced Ante Cacic as the Croatian coach in October 2017. The former Al-Ain coach led the team to the play-off, beating Greece to the ticket.

Ricardo Gareca – Peru

Gareca is a former Argentina international. He has had stints with several club sides in the continent.

After been appointed coach of the side in 2015, El Tigre shattered the record books by leading Peru to their first FIFA World Cup in 36 years.

Oscar Washington Tabarez – Uruguay

 is no stranger to the soccer fiesta. He has led the Uruguayan team to three World Cup finals – Italy 1990, South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014.

In 2011, he guided the side to a Copa America triumph and is reputed for his fatherly relationship with his players.

Hernan Dario Gomez – Panama

Gomez is a history maker. He is leading Panama to their first ever World Cup outing.

Before his appointment, early 2014, El Bolillo (The Truncheon), has coached native Colombia in 1998 and Ecuador at the 2002 edition of the World Cup.

Age Hareide – Denmark

Hareide has decades of experience under his belt. He took over from the Danes longest-serving coach, Morten Olsen following the Scandinavian country’s inability to UEFA EURO 2016.

The former Norway defender and coach qualified the Danes for the 2018 World Cup after a play-off victory over the Republic of Ireland.

Gareth Southgate – England

Southgate succeeded Sam Allardyce as caretaker England coach in September 2016. He was then formally announced as coach on 30 November 2016.

The former England international played at the 1998 and 2002 World Cup. Southgate then took the Three Lions to Russia after they topped Group F of the European qualifiers.

Didier Deschamps – France

Deschamps was a World Cup winner in 1998 with France. A former Marseille, Monaco, and Juventus he has been in charge of the Les Bleus since 2012.

The French team topped Group A during qualifiers. They finished ahead of Sweden and the Netherlands.

Joachim Low – Germany

Low has had an incredibly successful stint with the Germans. Since taking over in 2006, he has guided them to the World Cup crown in Brazil in 2014.

In 2017, he took a youthful side to lifting the FIFA Confederations Cup.

Adam Nawalka – Poland

Nawalka is a former Polish international. He played for the side at the 1998 World Cup in France.

In 2013, he was named coach of the national team. He has guided them to their first UEFA European Championship quarter-final and their first FIFA World Cup since 2006.

Heimir Hallgrimsson – Iceland

Hallgrimsson, formerly served as the joint-head coach with Lars Lagerback. The former dentist has masterminded Iceland’s remarkable rise.

Alongside Lagerback, he led them to the quarter-final of the Uefa Euro 2016. However, he was in charge as the team got to their first World Cup – becoming the smallest country by population ever to qualify – by topping Group 1.

Fernando Santos – Portugal

Santos had previously coached Greece – taking them to the quarter-final at Euro 2012.  He also guided them to the Round of 16 at Brazil 2014.

Santos was in charge as Portugal won the 2016 EURO and led them to Russia 2018.

Stanislav  Cherchesov – Russia

Cherchesov is a former goalkeeper for the USSR and Russia. He played at the 1994 and 2002 World Cup finals.

The former Dynamo Moscow man was appointed in 2016 with a mandate to take the home team to the semi-final stage at least.

Julen Lopetegui – Spain

Before taking over at the as the coach of the La Roja, Lopetegui was in charge of coach of FC Porto the Spanish youth teams – he won the U-19 and U-21 UEFA European Championships.

He succeeded Vicente Del Bosque after UEFA EURO 2016 and represented Spain at the 1994 World Cup in USA.

Andersson – Sweden

Andersson took charge of the Sweden team after Euro 2016. Prior to that, he had gained fame by winning the Allsvenskan title win in 2015 with IFK Norrkoping.

A surprising playoff win over Italy saw them book a place at the World Cup.

Mladen Krstajic – Serbia

Krstajic, a former defender who played for Serbia and Montenegro at the 2006 Fifa World Cup, was made caretaker coach after Slavoljub Muslin was sacked in October 2017.  He had previously served on Muslin’s coaching team.

 Vladimir Petkovic – Switzerland

He was born in Bosnia and will be debuting at the World Cup. The Bosnian was given the reins of authority for the La Nati after the World Cup in 2014.

They defeated Northern Ireland in the playoffs.

Carlos Queiroz – Iran

Carlos Queiroz. Picture: Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images

Born 1 March 1953 Queiroz is a Portuguese football manager and Iran’s longest-serving manager. He would be leading the team for the second consecutive World Cup since he took up the job in 2011.

His portfolio includes stints as the manager of Portugal, Real Madrid, and as an assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

Shin Tae-Yong – South Korea

Shin Tae-Yong. Picture: Getty Images

Tae-Yong was born April 11, 1969 in Yeongdeok, South Korea. He is a former South Korean footballer who was forced into retirement in 2015 due to an ankle problem. Nicknamed ‘Asian Mourinho’ according to John Duerden, he was appointed the manager of the team in June 2017 after the sack of German Uli Stielike.

Vahid Halilhodžić – Japan

Vahid. Picture: Reuters

Halilhodžić is a Bosnian former player who played under the colours of Yugoslavia in the late 1970s and 1980s.

He earned 15 full international caps for Yugoslavia and was part the team that won the 1978 European Under-21 Championship.

He took up the mantle at Japan in March 2015 and masterminded their qualification for the Mundial at Russia.

Juan Carlos Osorio – Mexico

Osorio spent spells with several clubs and enjoyed great success with Atletico Nacional in particular before being appointed Mexico coach in 2015. The Colombian guided his team through an impressive qualifying campaign, with El Tri topping CONCACAF’s standings and securing a ticket to Russia 2018 with three games to spare. (Fifa)

Hector Cuper – Egypt

Hector Cuper. Picture: Getty Images

Hector was born November 16, 1955. A former coach of Valencia and Internazionale, Cuper took charge of Egypt in March 2015 and led the Pharaohs to their first World Cup appearance since 1990 after a 2-1 win over Congo in the last qualifying game of Group E.

Cuper has a run of bad luck in the finals of competitions though, losing far more than he has won. The most famous being while with Valencia when he lost back to back Uefa champions league finals in 2000 and 2001 to Real Madrid and Bayern Munich respectvely.

Herve Renard – Morocco

Renard. Picture: Getty Images

The head coach of the Atlas Lions is something of an expert on African football with stints as manager of the Zambian and Ivorian national teams winning the African Nations Cup with both teams.

He took charge of Morocco in February 2016 and led the Atlas Lions to their first FIFA World Cup since 1998.

Aliou Cisse – Senegal

Aliou Cisse. Picture: AFP

Before spearheading the second ever World Cup qualification of the Teranga Lions, Cisse was the captain of the Senegal side that made history at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, reaching the quarter-finals in their debut appearance.

Nabil Maaloul – Tunisia

Nabil Maaloul. Picture: AFP

Nabil was himself an integral part of the Tunisian national team in the 1980s and ‘90s. Maâloul was appointed as coach in April 2017 and qualified his team for their first World Cup in 12 years.

He has coached club sides and the Kuwaiti national team.

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