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Neil Humphreys
Friday, May 30, 2014

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World Cup: Best 11 from the dugout

The New Paper | Neil Humphreys | Friday, May 30, 2014

Manchester United's manager Louis van Gaal.

WORLD CUP (JUNE 12 - JULY 13)

16 DAYS TO GO

They say a great player never makes a great manager.

They also say the best coaches come from the most average of footballers. That means Ricky van Wolfswinkel is going to be the next Jose Mourinho.

But how do the managers' playing resumes compare at this World Cup?

At South Africa 2010, the tournament boasted Diego Maradona. Does anyone in the dugout come close?

Here's a Managers XI for Brazil 2014.

CARLOS QUEIROZ

(PORTUGAL)

GOALKEEPER

Queiroz holds down the No. 1 position with ease. He's the only goalkeeper among the World Cup coaches.

He also makes Roy Hodgson's playing career look positively stellar. He played between the sticks for Clube Ferroviario de Nampula in the late '60s. Don't worry. No one else has heard of them either. They play in the top flight in Mozambique. Not many people have heard of them in Mozambique.

ROY HODGSON

(ENGLAND)

LEFT BACK

Whoever said the best managers come from average journeymen must have been thinking of Roy of the Rejects.

He was a youth player with Crystal Palace as the world queued up not to sign him. So he headed into the non-league with Tonbridge Angels and Gravesend & Northfleet. He was so prized as a player, he became a qualified coach at 23. He talks a good game, which is handy because he could never play one.

ANGE POSTECOGLOU

(AUSTRALIA)

DEFENDER

Australia's most successful club coach captained South Melbourne in the National Football League in the late '80s.

The defender's prime was a time when football was played with the hands in Melbourne (via Aussie Rules) and "football" was played by foreigners and little girls in primary schools. Postecoglou's teams were not taken seriously. They were ridiculed. That's perfect preparation for his Socceroos in Brazil.

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