Know all the coaches of FIFA World Cup 2018

Published: 08th June 2018 10:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th June 2018 10:02 AM  

Here are the 32 masterminds who travel to Russia next week with their players in search of football's ultimate glory. (Photos | AP, AFP)
JOACHIM LOEW, GERMANY (58): Loew has only recently signed a contract extension with the German football federation (DFB), until the 2022 World Cup, and says he is fully focused on successfully defending the world title at Russia 2018. (Photo | AP)
JULEN LOPETEGUI, SPAIN (51): Spain's recent dominance in club competitions has masked a period of underachievement at international level, but coach Lopetegui believes failure leaves his side more determined than ever to win the World Cup. (Photo | AP)
JORGE SAMPAOLI, ARGENTINA (58): The key to a good showing in Russia is to get the best out of Messi, Sampaoli says unsurprisingly. His mission is to win the cup, to succeed where Jose Pekerman failed in Germany in 2006, where Diego Maradona failed in South Africa in 2010 and where Alejandro Sabella failed in Brazil four years ago. (Photo | AP)
TITE, BRAZIL (57): Tite's emotional and eloquent way of talking and his father-figure status in the dressing room were key in healing the mental scars of talented, young Brazilians who'd known so many setbacks. Tite didn't have to make wholesale changes to the squad - he only had to bring out the best in what he already had. (Photo | AP)
DIDIER DESCHAMPS, FRANCE (49): 'DD' was appointed in 2012 to succeed Laurent Blanc. With Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and other world-class players at his disposal, Deschamps certainly has the tools to deliver a better end result than the quarter-final exit in Brazil four years ago. (Photo |AP)
GARETH SOUTHGATE, ENGLAND (47): Expectations are low after England's wretched performances under Roy Hodgson at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016. But Southgate has tried to freshen up a squad that had gone stale as established stars like Wayne Rooney, Theo Walcott, Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere lost form. (Photo | AP)
ROBERTO MARTINEZ, BELGIUM (44): The Spaniard, who built his coaching career as manager of Swansea City, Wigan Athletic and Everton in Britain, will be hoping to help Belgium improve on their quarter-final showing from 2014.'We have a really good group of players, 25 players are now in the British game so are very well known,' Martinez said. (Photo | AP)
FERNANDO SANTOS, PORTUGAL (63): Under his leadership, Portugal won Euro 2016 scoring more than one goal in only two of their seven matches but who could argue with the result? His team won the country's first major tournament in its history.Cristiano Ronaldo will spearhead the charge but what about their coach, Fernando Santos, who led the team to glory only two years ago? (Photo | AP)
ZLAKTO DALIC, CROATIA (51): Croatia took a gamble when they appointed Dalic as national coach last October but he repaid them handsomely by guiding them to the World Cup finals.The challenge in Russia, where Croatia play in a tricky Group D against two-time former champions Argentina, Iceland and Nigeria, will be a major test of his coaching vision and will likely determine his long-term fate. (Photo | AP)
JOSE PEKERMAN, COLOMBIA (68): Pekerman's long road to the World Cup once included a stint as a taxi-driver.The 68-year-old Colombia coach arrives in Russia as the second longest-serving coach of any major national team in South America, a six-year reign in charge of 'Los Cafeteros' that has included back-to-back World Cup qualifications. He was in exile from international football, until handed with the job of revitalising Colombia's fortunes. (Photo | AP)
HEIMIR HALLGRIMSSON, ICELAND (50): When Heimir began his pregame chalk talks in 2012, a time when Iceland was ranked No. 104 in the world, only seven fans showed up. These days, with Iceland at No. 22 and coming off a magical Euro 2016 quarterfinal run that included eliminating England, as many as 700 squeeze into the room. Never has the trust been violated. (Photo | AP)
BERT VAN MARWIJK, AUSTRALIA (66): Van Marwijk, who led the Netherlands to a runner-up finish at the 2010 World Cup, personally pay the salaries of eight assistant coaches and analysts to help Australia prepare the way for this month's World Cup in Russia.The Dutchman is reportedly on a short-term contract worth more than USD 760,000 to guide Australia through to the end of the World Cup. (Photo | AP)
ADAM NAWALKA, POLAND (60): After the fall of communism, Nawalka returned in 1990 to run a car dealership and a jeans shop, before earning his coaching licence in 1995. His coaching career included three stints at hometown club Wisla Krakow before leading Gornik Zabrze to promotion six months after taking over in 2010. He took over the national side in 2013. (Photo | AP)
JANNE ANDERSSON, SWEDEN (55): Sweden's no-nonsense coach is hoping the best achievement of his footballing career is still ahead of him as he prepares to take his side to the World Cup in Russia. Andersson took over the national team after a disappointing Euro 2016 and conjured up a masterstroke to qualify them for their first appearance in the World Cup in 12 years. (Photo | AP)
CARLOS QUEIROZ, IRAN (65): Queiroz was once Alex Ferguson's formidable number two at Manchester United, but he has now carved out a new reputation - a man who can take your team to the World Cup. Under him, Iran became only the second team to qualify for Russia 2018, he is savouring the unique feat of qualifying for four World Cups with three different teams. On top of that, Iran, who will now contest back-to-back World Cups for the first time, have been Asia's number one team in the FIFA rankings for four years, helped by a growing number of players succeeding in Europe. He became Iran coach in 2011 and has weathered cultural and logistical difficulties to find success with Team Melli. (Photo | AP)
STANISLAV CHERCHESOV (54): Cherchesov is hoping to make history at home by becoming the first coach to lead Russia to the knockout stage of a World Cup - with the pressure of the host nation on his shoulders. His men enter the tournament ranked 66th in the world - Russia's lowest in history - and without a win in their World Cup warmups. (Photo | AP)
ALIOU CISSE, SENEGAL (42): Cisse will join the select band of those who played for and coached their country at the World Cup when Senegal tackle Poland in the Group H opener in Moscow. Tasked with securing qualification for Russia, Cisse succeeded by overcoming Madagascar over two legs and winning a group including Burkina Faso, Cape Verde and South Africa. (Photo | AP)
RICARDO GARECA, PERU (60): Gareca has managed to take Peru all the way to the World Cup finals for the first time in 36 years, but apparently doesn't want to stop there.'I don't know if we're going to win the World Cup, I don't know how we'll perform, but what I can tell you is that we're ready for the maximum effort,' the Argentine said. (Photo | AP)
HERNAN DARIO GOMEZ, PANAMA (62): He will join an elite band of coaches when he leads Panama into their debut World Cup campaign, one of only four men to have taken at least three different national teams to the finals. Gomez is now feted as a hero in Panama, a status unlikely to be threatened by results in Russia, where his team face England, Belgium and Tunisia in Group G.'I'm happy in Panama, the people show us affection: they love and respect the national team and what we have done,' he said in an interview. (Photo | AP)
AGE HAREIDE, DENMARK (64): He was described as 'an enlightened' boss of an exceptional group that could aspire to the heights reached by the Danish side that won the European Championship in 1992. Under the Norwegian,the team have not lost an official match since October 2016, their best run in 110 years. (Photo | AP)
HECTOR CUPER, EGYPT (62): The Argentine is the eleventh highest paid coach of the tournament. During his long career, he has managed 14 football clubs including the Georgian National team, al-wasl in Dubai, Racing Santander in Spain, and Parma in Italy.(Photo | AP)
NABIL MAALOUL, TUNISIA (56): He was criticised for executing an injury strategy during international friendlies and involved goalkeeper Mouez Hassen feigning injury to allow stoppages in which several fasting players would dash to the touchline to drink water and eat dates. (Photo | AP)
MLADEN KRSTAJIC, SERBIA (44): Krstajic's team leaves for Austria over the weekend, where Serbia will play pre-tournament friendlies against Chile on June 4 and Bolivia five days later. (Photo | AP)
AKIRA NISHINO, JAPAN (63): Nishino finds himself on thin ice after taking over as Japan coach two months before the tournament following the controversial sacking of Franco-Bosnian Vahid Halilhodzic. Nishino will realistically need to steer the Blue Samurai to the last 16 to prevent the Japan Football Association being left with egg on their face. (Photo | AP)
JUAN ANTONIO PIZZI, SAUDI ARABIA (50): The Argentine had confirmed that he is not concerned about a lack of preparation time for the World Cup in Russia as the side head to the finals for the first time in over a decade. Pizzi, who led Chile to the final of last year's Confederations Cup, said the plan for the World Cup was going well. 'We started in January with a training camp and then in February and another one now in Marbella in Spain.' (Photo | AP)
VLADIMIR PETKOVIC, SWITZERLAND (54): A surprise choice when appointed to take over the Switzerland post from the widely respected Ottmar Hitzfeld in 2014, former charity shop worker Vladimir Petkovic trod an unlikely path to international management.His arrival was greeted with little fanfare, but the choice of Petkovic, who defines himself as both Swiss and a Bosnian Croat, was symbolic of the squad's multi-cultural make-up. (Photo | AP)
JUAN CARLOS OSORIO, MEXICO (57): Mexico head to the World Cup in Russia with a clear objective, to reach the final and win it. Osorio was also bullish on the chances that Mexico, who have fallen in the last 16 in the last six World Cups, can surprise in Russia. 'We believe that we can go to the final, as athletes and human beings it's our right to believe, because we work hard for it,' he said. (Photo | AP)
OSCAR RAMIREZ (53): Ramirez is set to play his strongest side as he prepares for a World Cup Group E where their opponents will be Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland. 'The idea is to play a team very similar to the side we'll pick in the World Cup, with some adjustments and decisions.' (Photo | AP)
HERVE RENARD, MOROCCO (49): He made one switch to his provisional squad on Monday when he brought Malaga striker Youssef En-Nesyri into Morocco's final World Cup 23. Renard dropped another backup, Noussair Mazraoui of Ajax, but kept Oualid El Hajjam, a defender with Amiens in France, as a reserve, leaving him a squad of 24. The list only contains two players from Morocco's domestic league. (Photo | AP)
GERNOT ROHR, NIGERIA (64): Nigeria are in Group D with Croatia, Iceland and Argentina while England have been drawn alongside Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in Group G. (Photo | AFP)
OSCAR TABAREZ, URUGUAY (71): Twelve years ago, a desperate Uruguay tasked Oscar Tabarez to return to coaching the national team and put it back among football's elite. He guided them to a semi-final place in South Africa in 2010, followed by a Copa America triumph - in neighbouring Argentina no less - a year later. Tabarez now heads to his third World Cup as coach, boosted by goal-getters Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, but also nurturing a new generation of players. (Photo | AP)
SHIN TAE-YONG, SOUTH KOREA (49): The former South Korea international midfielder has won many admirers with his tactical acumen and charismatic persona since taking over the national team job in June 2017. Shin Tae-yong has been christened the 'Asian Mourinho', but with a fiendishly difficult World Cup assignment the question is: will he park the bus in Russia? (Photo | AP)
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