Managers likely to be at 2018 FIFA World Cup

Jose Pekerman

The vastly experienced Argentine was at the helm of La Albiceleste at the 2006 World Cup in Germany when his team crashed out of the competition after losing to the hosts in the quarter-finals after a penalty shootout. Perhaps his most abiding memory of that campaign would be his refusal to use Lionel Messi – in his first World Cup campaign – in the fatal game.

Pekerman is a renowned manager and has been leading the Colombia national team since 2012. He led them through a fantastic campaign at the 2014 World Cup when they lost to Brazil in the quarter-final after giving the hosts a run for their money.

Although Los Cafeteros haven’t been able to do much after their 2014 campaign, going home from the group stage at last year’s Copa America,  he is expected to preside over the Colombian national team if they qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Didier Deschamps

The former Marseille and Juventus midfielder has been managing the France national team since 2012 when he took the reins from current Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc. The 1998 World Cup winning captain has assembled a fantastic team under his stewardship and Les Bleus can be expected to do great things if they continue progressing.

When Deschamps took charge the team were in tatters and infighting abound, but the strict disciplinarian has managed to get the house in order. He has also been helped by the emergence of some very talented footballers in the likes of Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann, and Raphael Varane amongst others.

It is likely that France will be there at the World Cup in Russia in two years’ time and it is hard to see them having a better man for the job than Deschamps.


The 1994 World Cup winning Brazilian captain is in his second spell as the manager of the Selecao. He had a four-year spell from 2006 until 2010 that ended after Brazil were eliminated at the quarter-final stage by eventual runners-up Netherlands.

Dunga was reappointed as the national team manager in 2014 after Brazil were hammered 7-1 by Germany in the semi-finals under Luiz Felipe Scolari. Dunga’s appointment was not a popular choice as he has widely been panned for his passive approach.

He hasn’t had many admirers in his second spell either, but it is hard to see Brazil changing their manager unless they do very poorly at the Copa America in the coming summer.

Tata Martino

After the retirement of Alejandro Sabella following the 2014 World Cup, where he guided Argentina to the final of the competition, La Albiceleste have been led by Tata Martino.

Just like Dunga, Martino hasn’t been a popular appointment and has been widely derided for his tactics. His team reached the final of the 2015 Copa America, but the popular sentiment was that they did so despite Martino’s management not because of it.

During the 2018 World Cup qualifying games, his tactics haven’t earned him many admirers either. But perhaps for the lack of a better alternative he is likely to continue through to the summer of 2018.

However, things may turn out very differently if Argentina do poorly at the 2016 Copa America.