The long awaited 2022 FIFA world cup is upon us, fans all over the world are excited about the tournament, but while most fans and pundits will look at the players, lets take a look at the mangers in the dugouts.
Netherlands: Louis van Gaal
Age: 71 – Nationality: Dutch
In his third spell as Netherlands boss, Van Gaal has said he will step down after Qatar 2022, with Ronald Koeman replacing him. The 71-year-old was also in charge of the Dutch in their last World Cup appearance eight years ago, leading the Oranje to third place in Brazil.
Senegal: Aliou Cissé
Age: 46 – Nationality: Senegalese
Cissé has had a major role in each of Senegal’s World Cup appearances. Captain in 2002, he was appointed as national-team boss in 2015 and led the team to Russia 2018, where they went out in the group stage. Under the 46-year-old, Senegal won their first Africa Cup of Nations title in early 2022.
England: Gareth Southgate
Age: 52 – Nationality: English
At the England helm since 2016, Southgate piloted the Three Lions to fourth place at World Cup 2018, and to the final of Euro 2020 a year ago. Not since 1968 have England reached at least the semi-finals of consecutive major tournaments.
Iran: Carlos Queiroz
Age: 69 – Nationality: Portuguese
Queiroz returned for a second spell as Iran head coach in September, replacing the Croat Dragan Skokic. The Portuguese was also in charge of Iran at World Cups 2014 and 2018, overseeing group-stage exits on both occasions.
France: Didier Deschamps
Age: 54 – Nationality: French
Deschamps was France’s captain when they won their first World Cup in 1998, before coaching Les Bleus to their second global crown four years ago. He is one of only three man to win the trophy as both a player and a coach; Brazil’s Mário Zagallo and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer are the other two.
Germany: Hansi Flick
Age: 57 – Nationality: German
Having replaced World Cup-winning Germany coach Joachim Löw in August 2021, Flick is the first manager other than Löw to lead Die Mannschaft into a major tournament since Jürgen Klinsmann in 2006. The 57-year-old was assistant to Löw when Germany lifted the trophy in 2014.
Spain: Luis Enrique
Age: 52 – Nationality: Spanish
Now in his second stint as Spain head coach following a short hiatus in 2019, former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has delivered good results: La Roja were a penalty shootout away from the Euro 2020 final last year, and in September qualified for their second straight Nations League finals.
Age: 61 – Nationality: Brazilian
The longest-serving head coach in the history of the Brazil men’s national team, Tite has said he’ll be ending his nearly six-and-a-half-year spell as boss of the Canarinha after the World Cup. Under the 61-year-old, Brazil reached the quarter-finals at Russia 2018, and won the 2019 Copa América.
Cameroon: Rigobert Song
Age: 46 – Nationality: Cameroonian
His country’s most-capped player, legendary former Cameroon defender Rigobert Song took over as head coach of Les Lions Indomptables in February, replacing Toni Conceição after the side’s semi-final exit to Egypt in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. Song, who was also caretaker boss in 2017 and 2018, had been in charge of Cameroon Under-2
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