Of all the 2018 pre-tournament favourites, France manager, Didier Deschamps is the only one who could join the exclusive list of players who have won the World Cup as a player and coach.
Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Spain, Belgium, France, England and Nigeria could be favourites to win the World Cup depending on who is making the list, but out of all only Didier Deschamps has won the World Cup as a player.
To date, only two men have won the FIFA World Cup™ as both a player and coach – Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer.
Zagallo became a world champion twice during his playing career, in 1958 and 1962, and was on the touchline when Brazil triumphed again in Mexico in 1970.
Franz Beckenbauer lifted the Trophy as West Germany’s captain in 1974 and as the national team manager in 1990. He was also on the losing side in the Final as a player in 1966 and as a coach 20 years later.
Could Didier Deschamps lead the Les Bleus to world cup triumph?