World Cup 2014: I Heart Coaches

22 Jun

Pic 1 World Cup CoachesThe pounding of the heart. The sweaty palms. The upset stomach. The drama of the World Cup. We love it and we gladly suffer through it every four years and long for the body wrecking drama as soon as it’s over. If we’re lucky, we are rewarded with excellent play, amazing goals and suspense until the final whistle.

And if we’re even luckier, we enjoy all of these things played out by lovely boys in shorts. And the Daily Drools have shown that we have plenty of those to keep our heart fluttering when it’s not pounding after a near miss or a saved penalty. And with all due respect to my dear friends who enjoy the Muppet Babies, may I respectfully draw your attention to the men in the hot seat (and in many cases, I do mean hot.)

I have long had a soft spot for the “Misters” on the bench and Dr. P can attest to my long list of men who have graced my “Coaches Harem” and my constant search for new members. And this World Cup is no different. Here are some of my candidates:

Carlos Queiroz, coach of Iran

Carlos Queiroz, coach of Iran

I’ve had my eye on Mr. Queiroz for some time, as Assistant Coach for Manchester United, beleaguered coach of the MetroStars and former coach of your very own Real Madrid.   Born in Mozambique of Portuguese parents, Mr. Queiroz is presently the coach of the Iranian national team. He is a good example of a famous ForzaSusan comment, “I like Salt.”

James Kwesi Appiah, Coach of Ghana

James Kwesi Appiah, Coach of Ghana

Now that the US-Ghana match is behind us, it’s safe to take a look at coach James Kwesi Appiah. Mr. Appiah was an assistant coach under former Ghanaian coach Goran Stepanovic and continued on after Mr. Stepanovic was let go.  He played for the runner-up Ghanaian team in the African Nations Cup in 1992.

Sabri Lamouchi, Coach of the Ivory Coast

Sabri Lamouchi, Coach of the Ivory Coast

While Didier Drogba always keeps my attention when watching the Elephants of the Ivory Coast, French coach Sabri Lamouchi  is an easy distraction– and good for me, at 42, he’s just a tad younger than me! Born in Lyon, Mr. Lamouchi plied his trade as a player in France, Italy and the Middle East and was named Cote d’Ivoire ‘s coach just five days before the qualifying campaign.  Sabri Lamouchi is also a member of the Marseille based “Champions for Peace” club.

Hong Myung-bo, Coach of South Korea

Hong Myung-bo, Coach of South Korea

Another coach in my age range is South Korean coach Hong Myung Bo.

45 year old Coach Hong is a hero among his countrymen, having played in four World Cups and was the skipper for the Semi Final team at the 2002 World Cup and the Bronze Winning Olympic team in 2012. He finished his playing career in MLS, playing with the LA Galaxy in 2004. It is expected that he will continue to coach South Korea at the 2015 Asian Cup but it may very well depend on the performance of South Korea at this year’s World Cup.

Cesare Prandelli, Coach of Italy

Cesare Prandelli, Coach of Italy

No one and I mean no one, will be surprised that I have an Italian on my list. My current harem is full of Italians – Donadoni, Mancini, Ancelotti, — but I’m sure there’s room for Mr Cesare “Nice Guy” Prandelli. Mr. Prandelli is well loved by his players and by his countrymen for his class and intelligence. He was praised early on in his national team managerial career by taking the national team to Calabria to train on a pitch taken from the Mafia and is known for his strong anti-homophobia stance. Mr. Prandelli gained national sympathy when he took time off from coaching in 2004 to care for his childhood sweetheart and wife Manuela who eventually lost her battle with breast cancer. His grace during this awful time gained him much sympathy from the Italian public who have stood with him ever since.

Niko Kovac, Coach of Croatia

Niko Kovac, Coach of Croatia

Well! Thank you to Lozil for pointing out this Croatian beauty! Where has Mr. Kovac been hiding? Those of you who follow the Bundesliga will laugh at my ignorance since Mr. Kovac played in the Bundesliga for most of his playing career, including hometown team Hertha Berlin, Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich. Born in West Berlin to Bosnian parents, he captained the Croatian team in Euro 2008 and retired in 2009 to make room for younger players. His brother, Robert, is his assistant and the brothers expect to see Croatia through the 2016 European Championship qualifying campaign.

Jurgen Klinsmann and Jogi Low, Coaches of The United States and Germany

Jurgen Klinsmann and Jogi Low, Coaches of The United States and Germany

And two for the price of one — Critics will continue to argue who of this pair was the real brain behind the German third place success in the 2006 World Cup but most agree that the combination of these two great soccer minds is a fearsome thing to behold. We’ll be treated to the “dream-nightmare” match up of Klinsmann’s United States and Low’s Germany in the final match of Group G play.  To list the successes of these two men in their playing careers would take way too much space but suffice to say, these two men are no strangers to success. Both men would be more than welcome in my house — though Klinsie clearly beats out Jogi on my heat scale.  I mean…come on….

Klinsie

Klinsie

So…Did I miss anyone? Do tell!

– Forza “I Heart Coaches” Susan

 

One Response to “World Cup 2014: I Heart Coaches”

  1. number1barcachick June 22, 2014 at 10:11 am #

    So many good looking men so little time 🙂 Thanks guys really appreciate this post 😀

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