World Cup 2010 Head Coaches; Where Are They Now?


Paul Le Guen, Cameroon

Le Guen took his first national team job in 2009 with Cameroon, and things went well until the World Cup, when Cameroon fell at the first hurdle. Le Guen immediately resigned, and he’s now the coach of Oman.


Marcelo Lippi, Italy

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Lippi meant to go out on top. He left the Italian national team three days after leading them to World Cup glory in 2006, and was prepared to ride off into the sunset.

But after Italy’s disappointing Euro 2008 and Roberto Donadoni’s resulting dismissal, Lippi came out of retirement for another shot at glory in South Africa. Of course, it was a total disaster. Selecting a squad mainly based of the 2006 team, Italy crashed out in the group stage with a loss to Slovakia. Lippi resigned, and took a job in China that makes him one of the highest paid managers in the game. He’s enjoying success in Asia, winning the AFC Champions League in 2013.


Joachim Low, Germany

Joachim Low

Low’s Germany team lit up the South African World Cup, finishing third. Low’s previous contact disputes with the German FA resolved, he’s the man at the helm of Germany until at least 2016, barring an unexpected result – good or bad – in Brazil.


Diego Maradona, Argentina

Diego Maradona

Undoubtedly the manager who drew the most headlines at the 2010 World Cup, Maradona was much maligned throughout the footballing world for his performance as manager of Argentina.

Still, after the tournament, the President of the Argentine FA announced Maradona would be offered a new four-year contract. Instead, ten days later, the board announced they would not extend Maradona’s contract, which provoked a vicious response from Maradona himself.

Maradona’s next coaching job was with Al Wasl in the UAE. He lasted just over a year. Maradona is scheduled to work the 2014 World Cup as a pundit for Venezuelan television.


Gerardo Martino, Paraguay

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You now know him as the coach of Barcelona, but in 2010, Gerardo Martino had a much less glamorous gig: Manager of Paraguay. Martino planned to leave the role after the 2010 World Cup, but after Paraguay’s surprise run to the quarterfinals, he agreed to stay on until the end of the 2011 Copa America, where Paraguay reached the final.

Martino then left for Newell’s Old Boys, and on from there to Barcelona.


Bert van Marwijk, Netherlands

Bert Van Marwijk

Always a bit testy, van Marwijk nonetheless led his team to the World Cup Final, where they disgraced themselves against Spain. Van Marwijk met his end at Euro 2012, when Holland lost all three games and van Marwijk resigned.

After turning down offers from Sporting Lisbon and Southampton, van Marwijk signed with Hamburg. However, he only lasted 143 days, as bad results and a bad atmosphere at the club required his ouster in early 2014.


Takeshi Okada, Japan

Okada – who took over his native Japan in 2007 when the previous coach had a stroke – was given his due for turning the Samurai Blue into a slick side that just came up short on penalties of a quarterfinal spot at the 2010 World Cup.

Okada left the national team after the tournament and ventured into club management with Hangzhou Greentown in China until late 2013.


Morten Olsen, Denmark

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Olsen is in his 14th year coaching Denmark, and neither side has expressed any desire to move on. This stability is incredibly rare in the international game.

Denmark never sparked at the 2010 World Cup, and they went out in the group stage. Olsen has stayed on through Denmark’s unsuccessful 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.


Carlos Alberto Parreira, South Africa

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The World Cup winning coach of Brazil was brought in to guide the host nation after Joel Santana was sacked in 2009. Parreira did admirably, guiding South Africa to four points and coming up short on goal difference for a place in the knockout round.

Parreira has since retired from management, and is once again closely involved with his native Brazil as an advisor in their preparations for the 2014 World Cup.


Carlos Queiroz, Portugal

Carlos Queiroz

Queiroz has had a number of high profile jobs in his career, and the Portugal spell wasn’t a bright spot. Playing a highly defensive formation, Portugal failed to score in three of their four World Cup games and went out with a whimper in the Round of 16.

Queiroz was then bizarrely given a six-month ban for doping by the Portuguese Anti-Doping Authority, and then sacked.

Queiroz landed with Iran, who he is preparing to lead into the 2014 World Cup.


Milovan Rajevac, Ghana

Milovan Rajevac

The World Cup was by far the most successful period of the Serbian Rajevac’s career. After leaving Ghana after the tournament for storied Al-Ahli in Saudi Arabia, Rajevac has enjoyed less success.

Rajevac was quickly dismissed in the Middle East, and then was in the final two for the vacant Egypt job, but was beaten out by Bob Bradley – the coach he beat in the Round of 16 in South Africa.

Instead of Egypt, Rajevac went to the Qatar national team, where he was sacked after losses to India and Vietnam in 2011. He hasn’t coached since.


Otto Rehhagel, Greece

Otto Rehhagel

The 2010 World Cup was the end of a long road with Greece for Otto Rehhagel. The peek of that reign came six years before in Portugal when Greece won Euro 2004. Greece got their first World Cup goal and win at the tournament, but Rehhagel resigned afterwards.

He then went to Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga, but he couldn’t save them from relegation in his only year in charge in 2012. At 75, Rehhagel is retired after a great career.


Reinaldo Rueda, Honduras

Rueda came up coaching in the Columbian ranks, but in 2010 he was coaching Honduras. Not much was expected of the team, and they did not promote themselves in any way, going out with a single point and no goals scored.

Rueda’s tactics were severely questioned, and his reputation took a beating in Honduras. He left the post, and landed with Ecuador, who he has guided to this summer’s finals in Brazil.


Rabah Saadane, Algeria

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Saadane was in his fifth spell in charge of Algeria in South Africa, with his stints spanning from 1981 to 2010. After Algeria went obstinately and ignominiously out of the World Cup, Saadane didn’t last long – he resigned in September, and he now coaches ES Satif in the Algerian league.


Oscar Tabarez, Uruguay

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The Teacher led the upstart team of the tournament in South Africa, and Tabarez’s demeanor betrayed none of the histrionics that accompanied Uruguay on their run to the semifinals.

In 2011, Tabarez led Uruguay to Copa America glory, and he is the second-longest tenured coach in the field for Brazil.


Pim Verbeek, Australia

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Verbeek’s Australia went out at the first hurdle in South Africa, and the press never really got along with the manager. Verbeek actually took his next job – youth technical director with Morocco – before the World Cup even started.

He still has that job, which sees him also coach the Moroccan U-23s.


Vladimir Weiss, Slovakia

Slovakian Coach Vladimir WEISS thanks the fans

Weiss’ best player in South Africa arguably was his son, and the tandem were etched into Slovakian football lore when the team beat Italy 3-2 to go through the knockout stages. The fairytale didn’t last forever though – Weiss parted ways the national team after unsuccessfully trying to qualify for Euro 2012.

He now coaches FC Kairat in Kazakhstan.


Of the thirty-two 2010 World Cup coaches, just five are in the same job today, and four will be leading their nation into a second consecutive World Cup.  Which bosses will fall by the wayside before 2018? Well, pretty much everyone. Let the games begin.

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