Footballing Titans: The Only Three to Conquer the World Cup as Player and Manager

Footballing Titans: The Only Three to Conquer the World Cup as Player and Manager

Three people in history who have won the FIFA world cup both as player and as manager

Securing a World Cup win as both a player and a manager is no walk in the park. In fact, only three remarkable individuals have ever pulled off this incredible feat.

Didier Deschamps

Deschamps had a stellar journey in the World Cup. Back in 1998, he led France to victory as the team's captain on home turf.

They faced tough opponents like Denmark, South Africa, and Saudi Arabia in the group stage. Later, they battled through Paraguay, Italy, Croatia, and ultimately triumphed against Brazil in a legendary final match.

Fast forward to 2018, Deschamps was at the helm, guiding Les Blues to a 4-2 victory over Croatia in the final. This was France's first final appearance since 2006. Along the way, they navigated through a challenging group featuring Denmark, Peru, and Australia.

They then conquered Argentina, Uruguay, and Belgium before claiming the trophy against Croatia.

Mario Zagallo

Zagallo had an incredible World Cup journey. He clinched the trophy twice as a player for Brazil, first in 1958 by defeating Sweden in the final and then in 1962 with a victory over Czechoslovakia.

Later on, in 1970, he managed Brazil's team, which included legends like Pele and Jairzinho, leading them to another memorable World Cup win by beating Italy in the final match.

Sadly, earlier this month, Zagallo passed away at the age of 92.

Franz Beckenbauer

The legendary German had some remarkable moments in the World Cup. Beckenbauer secured the trophy in 1974, playing on home turf and defeating the Netherlands in the final.

Later, as a manager, he guided his country to victory in 1990, triumphing over an Argentina team led by Diego Maradona, and overcoming England in the semi-finals.

Just like Zagallo, Beckenbauer has unfortunately passed away. His legacy in football, both as a player and a manager, remains an integral part of the sport's history.

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