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The only man to win World Cup as Captain and Coach

Nancy Namulanda
West Germany’s former head Coach. He won the world cup both as a player and coach. [Photo/germanysport]

The 2018 edition of the FIFA World Cup is only hours away before it officially kicks off in Russia on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

32-teams will be up against each other, in a bid to win this year’s World Cup. 

At the end of the tournament on July 15, 2018, old records would have been broken and new ones set.

All the same, there’s one particular World Cup record that will not be broken – at least not this year.

Germany football legend Franz Anton Beckenbauer remains the only man to win the World Cup as Team Captain and a Team Coach.

Beckenbauer Captained West Germany to World Cup glory in 1974. In 1990, he was West Germany’s head Coach when the team become World Champions.

Early in his playing career, he was nicknamed Der Kaiser ('The Emperor') because of his elegant style, dominance and leadership on the field.

The only person who comes close to him is Brazilian Mario Zagallo who won the World Cup both as a player and a Coach, but not as a team Captain and a team Coach.

Zagallo won the World Cup as a player in 1958 and 1962, and as a Coach in 1970. Germany head Coach Joachim Low seeks to win the World Cup for the second time in arrow this year after leading his team to glory in 2014. 

If he wins it, he will still not break Beckenbauer’s record of winning the World Cup as a team Captain and a Coach. 

Low has never won the World Cup as German’s Captain.   

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