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Here you go.  You've been crying out for this I know, somewhere to deposit all those quirky World Cup factoids and statistics that people like Opta will post on Twitter.

First up, a look at some all-time World Cup records that can be broken or equalled or extended this time.

MOST WORLD CUPS WON: Brazil have held this record outright since 1994.  With a fifth title, the Germans would go level again on a record they used to share.  Or Brazil could pull further ahead of course.  Germany are also bidding to become only the third country to win successive World Cups, after Italy (1934 & 1938) and Brazil (1958 & 1962).

5   BRAZIL       1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002
4   ITALY        1934, 1938, 1982, 2006
4   GERMANY      1954, 1974, 1990, 2014
2   URUGUAY      1930, 1950
2   ARGENTINA    1978, 1986
1   ENGLAND      1966
1   FRANCE       1998
1   SPAIN        2010

LONGEST GAP BETWEEN WORLD CUP WINS: Look out for Uruguay or England trying to smash this out of the park.  Uruguay on a 68-year drought as it stands, while England's years-of-hurt meter is now up to 52.

44 years    ITALY       1938 - 1982
24 years    BRAZIL      1970 - 1994
24 years    ITALY       1982 - 2006
24 years    GERMANY     1990 - 2014

MOST TIMES RUNNER-UP: Chance for Argentina to equal an unwanted record here.  Although the separate and even more unwanted record of  "Most Times Runner-Up Without Ever Winning" will still belong to Holland whatever happens.

4   GERMANY      1966, 1982, 1986, 2002
3   HOLLAND      1974, 1978, 2010
3   ARGENTINA    1930, 1990, 2014
2   BRAZIL       1950, 1998
2   HUNGARY      1938, 1954
2   CZECH REP    1934, 1962
2   ITALY        1970, 1994
1   SWEDEN       1958
1   FRANCE       2006

MOST TIMES IN THE FINAL (TOTAL): Before all the pedants write in, yes I know the 1950 Brazil v Uruguay was a "Final Round match" not the actual "Final" and Brazil would have won the World Cup with a draw.  But I'm counting it.

8   GERMANY    
7   BRAZIL
6   ITALY
5   ARGENTINA
3   HOLLAND

LONGEST GAP BETWEEN FINAL APPEARANCES: England, Uruguay and Sweden all in with a shout here.

48 years    ARGENTINA   1930 - 1978
32 years    ITALY       1938 - 1970
32 years    HOLLAND     1978 - 2010
28 years    CZECH REP   1934 - 1962
24 years    BRAZIL      1970 - 1994
24 years    ARGENTINA   1990 - 2014

MOST TIMES REACHING THE LAST FOUR: Nobody's taking this one away from Germany for now; just staggering how consistent they've been.  Since 1954 they've played in all 16 World Cups and made at least the last four 12 out of 16 times.  Mental.

13   GERMANY
11   BRAZIL
8    ITALY
5    FRANCE  
5    ARGENTINA
5    URUGUAY
5    HOLLAND
4    SWEDEN

MOST SEMI FINAL EXITS: Germany again here, although Brazil can pull level with them this time.  All of these teams bar Sweden have won it at least once, and Sweden have at least been to a final. Below these you've got a load of teams that have reached the last four without ever making a final - USA, Serbia (Yugoslavia), Austria, Chile, Portugal, Russia (USSR), Poland, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, South Korea and Turkey.

5   GERMANY
4   BRAZIL
3   SWEDEN
3   FRANCE
3   URUGUAY

MOST TIMES REACHING THE LAST EIGHT (TOTAL): Brazil with 20 previous World Cups (all of them), to Germany's 18.  So only once have Germany failed to reach at least the last eight.  Absurd.

17   BRAZIL
17   GERMANY
10   ARGENTINA
10   ITALY
10   ENGLAND
7    FRANCE
7    SERBIA
6    HOLLAND
6    SPAIN
6    SWEDEN
6    URUGUAY

MOST EXITS FROM THE LAST EIGHT: England made this record their own after two limp quarter final exits under Sven Goran Eriksson and have a great shout of adding to this tally in Russia.  Stumble through the group.  Squeeze past Japan or Senegal or Colombia or Poland.  Lose to Brazil or Germany.  Job done.

8   ENGLAND
6   BRAZIL
5   ARGENTINA
5   SERBIA
4   GERMANY
4   RUSSIA
4   SPAIN
3   HUNGARY
3   SWITZERLAND

MOST EXITS FROM THE LAST SIXTEEN: Mexico the clear leaders here and their luck is unlikely to change in 2018.  Finish second behind Germany in the Group Stage and their most likely knockout round opponents will be Brazil.  Could well be another last sixteen exit for the World Cup's perennial under achievers.

13   MEXICO
9    BELGIUM
6    CHILE
6    ITALY
6    SPAIN
6    SWITZERLAND
5    ARGENTINA
5    BULGARIA
5    FRANCE
5    PARAGUAY
5    ROMANIA
5    URUGUAY
5    USA

MOST GROUP STAGE EXITS: Finally a mention for Scotland, whose record of first round elimination could at least be equalled if Mexico or South Korea have a stinker.  Although Mexico and South Korea have both been out of the group stage at other tournaments whereas Scotland haven't.

8   SCOTLAND
7   ITALY
7   MEXICO
7   SOUTH KOREA
6   CAMEROON
6   FRANCE
5   BULGARIA
5   CHILE
5   CZECH REP
5   SPAIN

MOST GROUP STAGE EXITS WITHOUT EVER REACHING THE KNOCKOUT STAGE: By my reckoning, Scotland will continue to hold this record until at least 2034 :D

8   SCOTLAND
4   IRAN
4   TUNISIA
3   BOLIVIA
3   HONDURAS
3   IVORY COAST
3   SOUTH AFRICA
2   EL SALVADOR
2   NEW ZEALAND
2   SLOVENIA

 

SELECTED FOR MOST WORLD CUPS: Onto players now.  Only two players have featured in five different World Cups, Mexico's Antonio Carbajal and Germany's Lothar Matthaus.  They should be joined this year by Mexico's Rafael Marquez, who has previously appeared in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014.  Gianluigi Buffon gets onto this list on a technicality: he was an unused sub in France 98 although he was in the Italy squad, and Italy's failure to qualify this year means he misses the chance to become the first man in history to feature in six World Cup squads.  Special mention here also for Colombia goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon, who was an unused sub at USA 94, played at France 98, and then came on in 2014 as a late substitute to become the World Cup's oldest player.  That's a span of six World Cups, although he only counts for those three because Colombia didn't qualify every time.

5   ANTONIO CARBAJAL      MEXICO       1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966
5   LOTHAR MATTHAUS       GERMANY      1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998
5   GIANLUIGI BUFFON      ITALY        1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014

Below these five-timers there is a long list of around 50 players that have been selected for four World Cups.  Joining this list of four-timers this year are 11 more players that were all selected already for 2006, 2010 and 2014: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Pepe Reina, Sergio Ramos and Andres Iniesta (Spain), Mark Milligan and Tim Cahill (Australia), Lionel Messi and Javier Masherano (Argentina), Valon Behrami (Switzerland) and Guillermo Ochoa and Andres Guardado (Mexico).  Maybe one or two others I've missed.  You can browse the full lists here at your leisure: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_players_who_have_appeared_in_multiple_FIFA_World_Cups. 

OLDEST WORLD CUP PLAYER: The aforementioned Farydn Mondragon holds this record courtesy of a five-minute cameo four years ago.  He is likely to be usurped in Russia by Egypt's goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary who is still their regular captain apparently at the age of 45!  Nobody else in any of the 2018 squads that is old enough to break into this top ten.  Dino Zoff usually gets a mention here as the oldest World Cup winner and (I think) the oldest World Cup captain, but he is only the fifth-oldest player overall.

Faryd Mondragon (Colombia)     43y 0m 3d       2014
Roger Milla (Cameroon)         42y 1m 8d       1994
Pat Jennings (N Ireland)       41y 0m 0d       1986
Peter Shilton (England)        40y 9m 19d      1990
Dino Zoff (Italy)              40y 4m 13d      1982
Ali Boumnijel (Tunisia)        40y 2m 10d      2006
Jim Leighton (Scotland)        39y 10m 30d     1998
David James (England)          39y 10m 26d     2010
Angel Labruna (Argentina)      39y 8m 18d      1958
Joseph Bell (Cameroon)         39y 8m 16d      1994

OLDEST PLAYERS (OUTFIELD ONLY): Now then.  Rip the goalkeepers out of the list of oldest players and there are a handful of players to watch out for in 2018.  Nobody's getting to Roger Milla of course, but there are three that could sneak into the top 10.  Mexico's Rafael Marquez goes into his fifth World Cup aged 39, Sergei Ignashevich and Tim Cahill are 38.  Panama have two 37-year-olds in Blas Perez and Felipe Baloy but both fall a few months short.

Roger Milla (Cameroon)         42y 1m 8d       1994
Angel Labruna (Argentina)      39y 8m 18d      1958
Stanley Matthews (England)     39y 4m 25d      1954
Jan Heintze (Denmark)          38y 9m 20d      2002
Mario Yepes (Colombia)         38y 5m 21d      2014
Fernando Clavijo (USA)         38y 5m 11d      1994
Manuel Bento (Portugal)        37y 11m 9d      1986
Russll Latapy (Trinidad)       37y 10m 18d     2006
Gunnar Gren (Sweden)           37y 7m 29d      1958
Fritz Walter (Germany)         37y 7m 24d      1958

YOUNGEST PLAYERS: Norman Whiteside can rest easy for another four years.  Youngest player at this World Cup is going to be Legia Warsaw's Sebastian Szymanski if he makes Poland's final squad, or Australia's Daniel Arzani if he doesn't.  But those lads are both 19 already.

Norman Whiteside (N Ireland)     17y 1m 10d      1982
Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon)          17y 3m 7d       1998
Femi Opabunmi (Nigeria)          17y 3m 9d       2002
Salomon Olembe (Cameroon)        17y 6m 3d       1998
Pele (Brazil)                    17y 7m 23d      1958
Bartholomew Ogbeche (Nigeria)    17y 8m 1d       2002
Rigobert Song (Cameroon)         17y 11m 18d     1994
Carvalho Leite (Brazil)          18y 0m 25d      1930
Manuel Rosas (Mexico)            18y 2m 26d      1930
Christian Eriksen (Denmark)      18y 4m 0d       2010

MOST WORLD CUP MATCHES (TOTAL): Obviously dominated by German players this, with Lothar Matthaus's five World Cups to everyone else's three or four nudging him ahead as the outright record holder.  Going into Russia 2018 with the most WC appearances are Rafael Marquez and Javier Mascherano (16), Lionel Messi (15) and Cristiano Ronaldo, Manuel Neuer, Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller and Jerome Boateng (all 13).  None of them are catching Matthaus for now, but the five Germans on 13 have all racked up 13 games in two previous World Cups rather than three.  So another good run in Russia and they will be young enough to have a crack at his record come 2022.

Lothar Matthaus (Germany)           25
Miroslav Klose (Germany)            24
Paolo Maldini (Italy)               23
Diego Maradona (Argentina)          21
Uwe Seeler (Germany)                21
Wladyslaw Zmuda (Poland)            21
Cafu (Brazil)                       20
Philipp Lahm (Germany)              20
Grzegorz Lato (Poland)              20
Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany)    20
Per Mertesacker (Germany)           19
Wolfgang Overath (Germany)          19
Ronaldo (Brazil)                    19
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (Germany)     19
Berti Vogts (Germany)               19

MOST WORLD CUP GOALS: Miroslav Klose eclipsing Ronaldo's record was one of the big stories of 2014, but Thomas Muller is already into double figures at the tender age of 28 and has at least two more World Cups to try and notch another half a dozen goals.  None of the other current players are anywhere near in this one; out of those heading to Russia the next closest are James Rodriguez (6) and Tim Cahill, Luis Suarez, Gonzalo Higuain and Lionel Messi (all 5).  Special mention as ever to France's Just Fontaine: his 13 goals all came at the same tournament (1958), a record which surely will never be beaten.

Miroslav Klose (Germany)         16
Ronaldo (Brazil)                 15
Gerd Muller (Germany)            14
Just Fontaine (France)           13
Pele (Brazil)                    12
Sander Kocsis (Hungary)          11
Jurgen Klinsmann (Germany)       11
Helmut Rahn (Germany)            10
Gary Lineker (England)           10
Gabriel Batistuta (Argentina)    10
Teofilo Cubilas (Peru)           10
Thomas Muller (Germany)          10
Grzegorz Lato (Poland)           10

 

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Love these two :thup:

Most different goalscorers for one team (single match):

7 for Yugoslavia against Zaire in 1974 (Dušan Bajević, Dragan Džajić, Ivica Šurjak, Josip Katalinski, Vladislav Bogićević, Branko Oblak, Ilija Petković)

Most different goalscorers for one team (whole tournament):

10 for France in 1982 (Gérard Soler, Bernard Genghini, Michel Platini, Didier Six, Maxime Bossis, Alain Giresse, Dominique Rocheteau, Marius Trésor, René Girard, Alain Couriol)

10 for Italy in 2006 (Alessandro Del Piero, Alberto Gilardino, Fabio Grosso, Vincenzo Iaquinta, Filippo Inzaghi, Marco Materazzi, Andrea Pirlo, Luca Toni, Francesco Totti, Gianluca Zambrotta)

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY A HOST NATION

WINNERS     Uruguay 1930
            Italy 1934
            England 1966
            Germany 1974
            Argentina 1978
            France 1998

WORST PERFORMANCE BY A HOST NATION: One for Russia to have a crack at here.  South Africa got 4 points in 2010 and were edged out on goal difference, so if Russia go out in the groups and don't get at least a win and a draw I suppose we can say officially that they are the worst host nation ever... at least until Qatar.

GROUP STAGE     South Africa 2010

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A DEFENDING CHAMPION

WINNERS     Italy 1938
            Brazil 1962

WORST PERFORMANCE BY A DEFENDING CHAMPION: Hard to believe really, but defending champions have gone out early three times out of the last four.

GROUP STAGE      Italy 1950
                 Brazil 1966
                 France 2002
                 Italy 2010
                 Spain 2014

 

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47 minutes ago, Readingfanman said:

It's amazing the host nation does so well so often. 

6 x Champion, 2 x Runner Up, 5 x 3rd/4th.  Crazy really.  I know in the old days people didn't get the World Cup unless they were a decent side... but even so.

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43 minutes ago, Rob1981 said:

6 x Champion, 2 x Runner Up, 5 x 3rd/4th.  Crazy really.  I know in the old days people didn't get the World Cup unless they were a decent side... but even so.

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It's also amazing that:

1) Brazil is the team with most titles: five (5)

2) Brazil have never won the World Cup at home, despite hosting it twice (1950 and 2014)

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4 hours ago, Rob1981 said:

YOUNGEST PLAYERS: Norman Whiteside can rest easy for another four years.  Youngest player at this World Cup is going to be Legia Warsaw's Sebastian Szymanski if he makes Poland's final squad, or Australia's Daniel Arzani if he doesn't.  But those lads are both 19 already.


Norman Whiteside (N Ireland)     17y 1m 10d      1982
Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon)          17y 3m 7d       1998
Femi Opabunmi (Nigeria)          17y 3m 9d       2002
Salomon Olembe (Cameroon)        17y 6m 3d       1998
Pele (Brazil)                    17y 7m 23d      1958
Bartholomew Ogbeche (Nigeria)    17y 8m 1d       2002
Rigobert Song (Cameroon)         17y 11m 18d     1994
Carvalho Leite (Brazil)          18y 0m 25d      1930
Manuel Rosas (Mexico)            18y 2m 26d      1930
Christian Eriksen (Denmark)      18y 4m 0d       2010

Brazil also had Edu in 1966, he was 16 years old but didn't play any game.

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12 minutes ago, FaceCrusher said:

Manuel Bento was a GK not an outfield player.

So he was, my bad.  You know what that means... someone else sneaks into 10th place my Top 10 Oldest Outfield Players :D  Step forward, Carlos Borja of Bolivia 1994.

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Corrected :thup:

OLDEST PLAYERS (OUTFIELD ONLY):

Roger Milla (Cameroon)         42y 1m 8d       1994
Angel Labruna (Argentina)      39y 8m 18d      1958
Stanley Matthews (England)     39y 4m 25d      1954
Jan Heintze (Denmark)          38y 9m 20d      2002
Mario Yepes (Colombia)         38y 5m 21d      2014
Fernando Clavijo (USA)         38y 5m 11d      1994
Russll Latapy (Trinidad)       37y 10m 18d     2006
Gunnar Gren (Sweden)           37y 7m 29d      1958
Fritz Walter (Germany)         37y 7m 24d      1958
Carlos Borja (Colombia)        37y 6m 2d       1994
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43 minutes ago, PMLF said:

Brazil also had Edu in 1966, he was 16 years old but didn't play any game.

Never knew that :thup:  Actually a few other 17-year-olds who aren't in the list of youngest players above because they were in their squads but didn't play.  Walter Brom was a 17-year-old goalkeeper in Poland's 1938 squad.  Also Fat Ronaldo, unused 17-year-old sub at USA 94.  And our own Theo Walcott in 2006. 

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Fabulous work!  Thanks for posting.  I do have a couple of nitpicks - Shilton captained the side in 1990 for some games after Bryan Robson got injured, and indeed he is the oldest world cup captain according to wikipedia, for the third placed game vs Italy.

And then when you say

MOST GROUP STAGE EXITS WITHOUT EVER REACHING THE KNOCKOUT STAGE: By my reckoning, Scotland will continue to hold this record until at least 2034 

you are probably right :) however of course they might not hold it as soon as 2022 if they were to qualify and get through to the knockout stage.

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France's Just Fontaine: his 13 goals all came at the same tournament (1958), a record which surely will never be beaten.

Something MENTAL I only learned today.  Despite 13 goals in a single World Cup, Fontaine missed out on the 1958 Team of the Tournament as voted for by journalists.  The reason?  He got more votes than any other forwards (obviously), but some journos voted for him to play inside left and some voted for him to play inside right.  So because this split his vote he didn't end up getting selected for either position (:D) and other forwards that got fewer votes overall got in ahead of him (:D:D).  How ridiculous is that ffs.

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Couple more

BIGGEST WORLD CUP WINS

9 GOALS    Hungary        10   El Salvador              1     1982 Group Stage
           Hungary         9   South Korea              0     1954 Group Stage
           Yugoslavia      9   Zaire                    0     1974 Group Stage

8 GOALS    Sweden          8   Cuba                     0     1938 Quarter Final
           Uruguay         8   Bolivia                  0     1950 Group Stage
           Germany         8   Saudi Arabia             0     2002 Group Stage

7 GOALS    Turkey          7   South Korea              0     1954 Group Stage
           Uruguay         7   Scotland                 0     1954 Group Stage
           Haiti           0   Poland                   7     1974 Group Stage
           Portugal        7   North Korea              0     2010 Group Stage

6 GOALS    Italy           7   USA                      1     1934 First Round
           Brazil          7   Sweden                   1     1950 Final Round
           Brazil          1   Germany                  7     2014 Semi Final
           Hungary         6   Dutch East Indies        0     1938 First Round
           West Germany    6   Mexico                   0     1978 Group Stage
           Argentina       6   Peru                     0     1978 Second Phase
           Soviet Union    6   Hungary                  0     1986 Group Stage
           Argentina       6   Serbia and Montenegro    0     2006 Group Stage

MOST GOALS IN A GAME

12 GOALS   Austria         7   Switzerland              5     1954 Quarter Final

11 GOALS   Brazil          6   Poland                   5     1938 First Round
           Hungary         8   West Germany             3     1954 Group Stage
           Hungary        10   El Salvador              1     1982 Group Stage

10 GOALS   France          7   Paraguay                 3     1958 Group Stage

9 GOALS    Argentina       6   Mexico                   3     1930 Group Stage
           Hungary         9   South Korea              0     1954 Group Stage
           West Germany    7   Turkey                   2     1954 Group Stage
           France          6   West Germany             3     1958 Third Place Playoff
           Yugoslavia      9   Zaire                    0     1974 Group Stage

8 GOALS    Italy           7   USA                      1     1934 First Round
           Sweden          8   Cuba                     0     1938 Quarter Final
           Uruguay         8   Bolivia                  0     1950 Group Stage
           Brazil          7   Sweden                   1     1950 Final Round
           England         4   Belgium                  4     1950 Group Stage
           Soviet Union    4   Colombia                 4     1962 Group Stage
           Portugal        5   North Korea              3     1966 Quarter Final
           Germany         8   Saudi Arabia             0     2002 Group Stage
           Brazil          1   Germany                  7     2014 Semi Final

 

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6 GOALS    Brazil          7   Sweden                   1     1950 Final Round
           Brazil          1   Germany                  7     2014 Semi Final

Brazil showing up in both sides of the big scores. :cool: 

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Been having a look at the World Cup manager stats today and then the 32 managers for this year. 

MOST WORLD CUPS AS COACH (SAME TEAM): Uruguay's manager Oscar Tabarez joins an elite list of only five men who have managed the same team at four different World Cups; Joachim Low goes into his third World Cup with Germany.  But if you look at total World Cups with different teams, Carlos Alberto Parreira and Bora Milutinovic still lead the way with 6 and 5 tournaments respectively.

4   Sepp Herberger         GERMANY        1938, 1954, 1958, 1962
4   Walter Winterbottom    ENGLAND        1950, 1954, 1958, 1962
4   Helmut Schon           GERMANY        1966, 1970, 1974, 1978
4   Lajos Borati           HUNGARY        1958, 1962, 1966, 1978
4   Oscar Tabarez          URUGUAY        1990, 2010, 2014, 2018
3   Costel Radulescu       ROMANIA        1930, 1934, 1938
3   Karl Rappan            SWITZERLAND    1938, 1954, 1962
3   Gavriil Kachalin       USSR           1958, 1962, 1970
3   Enzo Bearzot           ITALY          1978, 1982, 1986
3   Guy Thys               BELGIUM        1982, 1986, 1990
3   Mario Zagallo          BRAZIL         1970, 1974, 1998
3   Joachim Low            GERMANY        2010, 2014, 2018

MOST WORLD CUPS AS COACH (TOTAL):

6   Carlos Alberto Parreira      Kuwait 1982
                                 UAE 1990
                                 Brazil 1994
                                 Saudi Arabia 1998
                                 Brazil 2006
                                 South Africa 2010

5   Bora Milutinovic             Mexico 1986
                                 Costa Rica 1990
                                 USA 1994
                                 Nigeria 1998
                                 China 2002

2018 WORLD CUP MANAGERS MANAGING AT MULTIPLE TOURNAMENTS: In total, nine of this year's 32 managers have been to a previous World Cup.  Carlos Queiroz, Hernan Dario Gomez and Jose Pekerman are all going into a third tournament along with Joachim Low, although they've managed multiple teams instead of the same team every time so they are not among the all-time numbers in the lists above.

4   Oscar Tabarez         Uruguay 1990, 2010, 2014, 2018
3   Hernan Darío Gomez    Colombia 1998, Ecuador 2002, Panama 2018
3   Joachim Low           Germany 2010, 2014, 2018
3   Jose Pekerman         Argentina 2006, Colombia 2014, 2018
3   Carlos Queiroz        Portugal 2010, Iran 2014, 2018
2   Didier Deschamps      France 2014, 2018
2   Jorge Sampaoli        Chile 2014, Argentina 2018
2   Fernando Santos       Greece 2014, Portugal 2018
2   Bert van Marwijk      Holland 2010, Australia 2018

2018 WORLD CUP MANAGERS AS WORLD CUP PLAYERS: Nine out of 32 have played in the World Cup (or at least appeared as an unused sub in a squad).  Most notable here is Didier Deschamps of course, who won the World Cup with France in 1998.  None of the others got any further than a quarter final in their playing days.

  • Stanislav Cherchesov (Russia) -  Russia player, 1994 & 2002.
  • Juan Antonio Pizzi (Saudi Arabia) - Spain player, 1998
  • Julen Lopetegui (Spain) - Spain player, 1994
  • Didier Deschamps (France) - France player, 1998
  • Oscar Ramirez (Costa Rica) - Costa Rica player, 1990
  • Mladen Krstajić (Serbia) - Serbia & Montenegro player, 2006
  • Gareth Southgate (England) - England player 1998 & 2002
  • Adam Nawałka (Poland) - Poland player, 1978
  • Aliou Cissé (Senegal) - Senegal player, 2002

WON WORLD CUP AS BOTH PLAYER AND COACH: This is a short list.  But Didier Deschamps can join it if France come good.

Mario Zagallo (Brazil)        Won as player 1958, 1962
                              Won as manager 1970

Franz Beckenbauer (Germany)   Won as player 1974
                              Won as manager 1990

OLDEST AND YOUNGEST: Oldest manager at this World Cup is the aforementioned Oscar Tabarez at Uruguay.  At 71 years 3 months (ish), he is a few months younger than the oldest World Cup manager of all time, Greece's Otto Rehhagel who was nearly 72 when he lead Greece in 2010.  Youngest manager this time is Senegal's Aliou Cisse (42).  But the record here for youngest ever manager is 27(!), this was Argentina's manager in the first ever World Cup in 1930.

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