Not many times has a team qualified for the finals consecutively.
Behind every successful team is an exemplary manager. Just like any player, each manager also dreams of winning the FIFA World Cup. Some managers have had the chance to win the FIFA World Cup more than once. These managers have led their teams to back-to-back FIFA World Cup finals.
Here are the managers who have led teams to back-to-back FIFA World Cup finals:
4. Didier Deschamps
The coach of the champions of the world. Didier Deschamps’ France shook the entire world back at the FIFA World Cup 2018. France beat Argentina 4-3 back then in the Round Of 16 to progress to the quarter-finals. France managed to beat Croatia easily in the finals of the FIFA World Cup 2018. However, at the FIFA World Cup 2022, many key players are missing for France. Deschamps’s key players like Paul Pogba, N’golo Kante and even the 2022 Ballon d’Or winner Benzema are injured. Not once has Didier’s France struggled throughout the FIFA World Cup 2022. France has progressed seamlessly under Didier’s management. France is certainly thriving and will give Argentina a tough fight in the finals.
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3. Vittorio Pozzo
This name is quite unknown in the modern era of football. However, Vittorio Pozzo is one of the best managers in the history of football. He is the first ever to guide a national team (Italy) to two FIFA World Cup titles. Vittorio Pozzo reached the finals with Italy in 1934 and 1938. Pozzo’s main success was linked with the brilliance of his strikers. However many of his strikers were termed “oriundi” (foreign-born Italian nationals). Nevertheless, Vittorio achieved history for Italy in 1934 when Raimundo Orsi (an Argentinian) scored a goal in the final of the FIFA World Cup.
2. Carlos Bilardo
Bilardo is an Argentina legend and has managed the iconic Diego Maradona. At the start of his managing career, Bilardo struggled a lot. He even became Colombia’s trainer but was fired after they failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in 1982. However ever since he returned to Argentina from Colombia, he has achieved wonders. Under his managerial stint from 1983 to 1990, Diego Maradona became one of the world’s best footballers, Argentina won the FIFA World Cup in 1986 and reached the 1990 finals. Truly etched in Argentina’s history as one of their best managers ever.
1. Franz Beckenbauer
One of the most versatile players. Beckenbauer was amongst the first modern sweepers in football. Franz succeeded in his playing as well as his managerial career. He managed Germany in 1986 and guided them to the final. Unfortunately, Carlos Bilardo’s Argentina with Maradona at the helm was unstoppable. Coincidentally, Franz again led Germany to the final in the FIFA World Cup 1990 where they faced Argentina. This time Beckenbauer’s team got the better of Argentina, beating them 1-0. Franz Beckenbauer and Didier Deschamps are the only two to win the FIFA World Cup as team captains and a manager.
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