Let’s take a look at the youngest managers to have ever lifted the FIFA World Cup.
Winning the FIFA World Cup is the ultimate dream for any football player, coach, or fan. It’s the most prestigious and coveted trophy in the sport, and only a select few have had the privilege of lifting it. However, winning the World Cup as a manager is a whole other level of achievement. In this article, we will take a look at the top five youngest managers to have won the World Cup.
5- Lionel Scaloni (44 years old)
Coming in at number five on the list is Lionel Scaloni, who won the 2022 World Cup with Argentina. The 44-year-old former Argentine international was appointed as interim coach of the national team in 2018 and was later given the job on a permanent basis. Despite having little coaching experience before taking over the national team, Scaloni managed to guide Argentina to their first World Cup triumph since 1986, with the help of superstar Lionel Messi.
4- Juan Lopez Fontana (42 years old)
Juan Lopez Fontana, who won the World Cup with Uruguay in 1950, takes the fourth spot on the list. At 42 years old, he became the youngest manager to win the tournament at the time. Fontana was a former player himself and had represented Uruguay in the 1930 and 1934 World Cups. He was known for his tactical acumen and his ability to get the best out of his players.
3- Cesar Luis Menotti (40 years old)
Cesar Luis Menotti is widely regarded as one of the best managers in Argentine football history. He won the World Cup with Argentina in 1978 at the age of 40, making him the third youngest manager to win the tournament. Menotti was a revolutionary coach who introduced a new style of play, which focused on possession and attacking football. His team, led by Mario Kempes, played some of the most entertaining football of the tournament and won the hearts of millions of fans around the world.
2- Mario Zagallo (39 years old)
Mario Zagallo, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 1970, is the second youngest manager to have lifted the trophy. Zagallo was only 39 years old when he guided Brazil to their third World Cup triumph. He had previously won the tournament as a player in 1958 and 1962 and was known for his passion and love for the game. Zagallo was a master motivator who could inspire his players to achieve greatness.
1- Alberto Suppici (31 years old)
At the top of the list is Alberto Suppici, who became the youngest manager to win the World Cup at just 31 years old. Suppici achieved this historic feat in the 1930 tournament, where he led Uruguay to victory on home soil. Along with his record-setting age, Suppici also holds the distinction of being the first-ever manager to win the World Cup. His legacy has been cemented in football history, and his achievement is an inspiration to young coaches around the world.