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2006 FIFA World Cup™ coaches: part 2

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2006 FIFA World Cup™ coaches: part 2

Breakdown by confederation and nationality

Of the 32 coaches present at the 2006 FIFA World Cup™, 21 are European, 8 are South American, 2 are from North/Central America and one is African.

This year's tournament sees the highest number of coaches from the same country; there are two sets of four coaches from the same country: Parreira, Paqueta, Scolari and Zico from Brazil, and Advocaat, Beenhakker, Hiddink and van Basten from the Netherlands. This was also the case in 1998, with four coaches from Brazil and France present (BRA: Carpeggiani, Parreira, Simoes, Zagallo; FRA: Jacquet, Le Roy, Michel, Troussier).

Former FIFA World Cup™ players

Almost one third of the coaches previously featured in a FIFA World Cup™ competition as a player. These include:

  • Oleg Blokhin - 7 caps/ 2 goals (USSR, 1982-1986)

  • Alexandre Guimaraes - 3 caps (Costa Rica, 1990)

  • Pawel Janas - 6 caps (Poland, 1982)

  • Jurgen Klinsmann - 17 caps/ 11 goals (Germany FR/ Germany, 1990-1998)

  • Jakob Kuhn - 2 caps (Switzerland, 1966)

  • Ricardo La Volpe - unused sub (Argentina, 1978)

  • Henri Michel - 2 caps (France, 1978)

  • Ilija Petkovic - 5 caps/ 1 goal (Yugoslavia, 1974)

  • Marco Van Basten - 4 caps (Netherlands, 1990)

  • Zico - 14 caps/ 5 goals (Brazil, 1978-1986)

Coaches facing their native country

Once again, Sven Goran Eriksson (SWE) will lead England against his own country, Sweden, at the FIFA World Cup™. This has occurred 9 times in previous tournaments:

Data valid as at 8 June 2006