Parreira matches mentor Zagallo's record
Carlos Alberto Parreira's objective going into the 2006 FIFA World Cup was to become only the second coach in history to win the world crown twice. On Saturday, France shattered that dream, but in taking charge of the Seleção for their quarter-final contest, Parreira did reach another landmark.
It was his 20th match as head coach in the competition, taking him alongside his right-hand man, Mario Zagallo, as the Brazilian coach with most FIFA World Cup matches to his name. The two have enjoyed a long association, which began back in 1970, when Parreira was a member of coach Zagallo's supporting cast.
The double act continued in 1994 by which time Parreira - who had been in charge of Kuwait at Spain 1982 and UAE at Italia 90 - was head coach and Zagallo acted as his assistant. Parreira stepped down from his post following that triumphant campaign in the United States, with Zagallo assuming the managerial reins for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Coincidentally, Zagallo's 20th match in charge also ended in defeat by France, 3-0 in the Final at the Stade de France.
Another coach with 20 FIFA World Cup matches to his name is Bora Milutinovic. He has coached different teams at five separate tournaments: Mexico in 1986, Costa Rica in 1990, the USA in 1994, Nigeria in 1998 and China in 2002. Parreira has coached four different sides: Brazil in 1994 and 2006, Kuwait in 1982, UAE in 1990 and Saudi Arabia in 1998. Zagallo has coached at three tournaments, all in command of Brazil.
Top of the tree with 25 matches remains the legendary Helmut Schon. He was in charge of West Germany at every FIFA World Cup from 1966 to 1978. The only coach to win the FIFA World Cup twice is legendary Italy coach Vittorio Pozzo, successful in both 1934 and 1938.