10 interesting facts about the coaches at the World Cup – Part 1

Roy Hodgson close-up England

Here are some surprising facts about different coaches of the World Cup teams, which features a name check for Sheffield United.

1. Alejandro Sabella (Argentina)

In 1978 he was bought by Sheffield United because Diego Maradona, his team mate at Boca Juniors back then, was too expensive for them. He played two years for Sheffield and became a respected player there although he wasn’t on the club’s list first. Of course his former team mate Maradona also achieved a couple of things in his career.

2. Kwesi Appiah (Ghana)

His real first name is James, but during his registration as a youth player his name got mixed up and ever since then he is just called after the name which actually isn’t his real name, Kwesi Appiah.

3. Safet Susic (Bosnia)

He was an excellent football player in the 1970s and 80s. During his career he played for 10 years for Paris St. Germain and holds the title of the best player in the club history, together with the awards of the best foreign player of all time in the French Ligue 1 and best Bosnian football player of the 20th century.

4. Ottmar Hitzfeld (Switzerland)

The highest football pitch in Europe is named after the Swiss coach. A place called Gspon in the Swiss Wallis area named their stadium “Ottmar Hitzfeld Gspon Arena”. The stadium is located on an altitude of 2008 meters above sea level.

5. Roy Hodgson (England)

The manager of the Three Lions has worked in several countries in Europe and therefore speaks a total of six languages. Apart from English he also knows to communicate fluently in German, Swedish, Norway, French and Italian.

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