Rehhagel still holds record for oldest World Cup manager

Rehhagel still holds record for oldest World Cup manager

Whatever happens at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the Greek national team will still be part of a proud record when the tournament ends, as veteran German manager Otto Rehhagel remains the oldest head coach to have worked at the competition.

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Back at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the Ethniki Omada were placed in Group B, losing to South Korea and Argentina both by a score of 0:2 while beating Nigeria 2:1. At the time of the final group match against the Argentinians, the legendary Otto Rehhagel, who won UEFA Euro 2004 in heroic circumstances with Greece, was 71 years and 317 days of age - a competition record. 

Rehhagel’s impressive record cannot be beaten in Russia. At the 2018 World Cup, Uruguay’s Oscar Tabárez is also 71, but he loses out to Rehhagel in terms of months and days. 

Before Rehhagel managed at the 2010 competition, the record holder was Italian boss Cesare Maldini from the 2002 World Cup. Interestingly, the youngest coach is still Argentinian Juan Jose Tramutola when he led his country at the 1930 World Cup at the tender age of 27.


by Shaun Nicolaides

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