Every football manager wants the words ‘World Cup Winner’ on his resume. This is a list of five coaches who could lift the most desired title in world football with their country.
Luiz Felipe Scolari
The Brazilian has won the title with his country once before in 2002 and has had a roller coaster ride after that. The 64-year-old has since managed Portugal, Chelsea, Bunyodkor, Palmeiras before return to manage his native country. Scolari was unappreciated at the start of the 2002 World Cup but silenced all his critics with impressive wins over Turkey, China Belgium and England before beating Germany 2-0 in the final.
‘Big Phils’ managed to lead his team to Confederation Cup glory this year and looks hell bent on challenging his opponents in 2014 in the World Cup that will be played in his homeland. A World Cup win on home soil is every managers dream and there is no reason why Scolari can’t make that a reality.
Vicente del Bosque
Perhaps one of the most under-rated managers of our time, del Bosque looks like he will pack a punch in his second innings in the World Cup. The 62-year-old has previously had successful stints at Real Madrid and Besiktas before taking the reigns of La Roja.
The Spaniard led his country to World Cup glory in 2010 and then proceeded to win the Euro 2012 by thumping Italy 4-0. The manager has handed debuts to 21 players since his appointment and is known for using young blood in his squad. Brazil promises to be a much harder task for the Spanish coach but he is perfectly capable of rising to the massive occasion.
The 53-year-old manager has had a long association with the German team and is one of the most respected managers on the international stage. Low started his career with the national team in 2004 as assistant coach before taking over the first team in 2006.
Under his leadership Germany have had excellent campaigns in the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup, Euro 2008, FIFA 2010 and Euro 2012. Low is a brilliant tactician and under his leadership Germany are sure to excel in the upcoming World Cup.
The Italian got off to a shaky start with a 1-0 loss to the Ivory Coast in 2010 but has since gone on to become one of the top international coaches in world football. The 56-year-old pulled off the unthinkable when he guided Italy to the Euro 2012 finals, where they we’re beaten 4-0 by Spain.
Prandelli followed up on the successful Euro campaign by guiding Italy to a third place finish in the Confederations Cup this year. The Azzurri boss has won critical acclaim for putting a large amount of faith in the youth, especially Mario Balotelli, who was the best performer for Italy in Euro 2012.
Balotelli and Prandelli have forged a great understanding which has lead to Italy becoming one of the most feared attacking teams in Europe. Italy have a great chance of playing in the World Cup finals under Prandelli’s leadership.
Wilmots pulled off a major coup when he succeeded in booking a berth for his country in Brazil next year. The 44-year-old is Belgium’s all time top scorer with 27 goals, including three in the 2002 World Cup, and is an excellent mentor to the youthful Belgian squad.
The former Belgium international has put immense faith in Thibaut Courtois, Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Christian Benteke. The Red Devils have one of the youngest squads in the World Cup, but already look like a team with maturity. A World Cup final does no seem far fetched for Marc Wilmots and his team.