A former Nigerian international, Emmanuel Amuneke and another former coach of Nigeria at the World Cup in 1998, Bora Milutinović are among a group of analysts that FIFA has put together to produce the technical report of Russia 2018 World Cup.
The assembly is the Technical Study Group which has always being in place since the 1966 World Cup in England. The two are joined by other football greats like Carlos Alberto Parreira (Brazil), Alessandro Nesta (Italy), Andy Roxburgh (Scotland) and Marco van Basten (The Netherlands).
They are to provide technical and tactical insights into the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The group will be headed by Parreira, a FIFA World Cup-winning coach, who, along with Milutinović, holds the record for coaching the highest number of different teams (five) at FIFA’s showpiece event.
Asked about the upcoming World Cup, Parreira who had in the 1960s coached Ghana in matches with Nigeria, said: “I’m expecting to see football where teams play as teams and defend with as many players as possible, pressing and then breaking forward at speed.
“Very compact teams, with lots of players behind the ball, closing down space and playing at pace on the attack.”
The Technical Study Group will be responsible for deciding the following awards for adidas Golden, Silver and Bronze Boots for the leading goal scorers.
The eminent men will also decide winners of adidas Golden, Silver and Bronze Balls for the best players, adidas Golden Glove Award for the best goalkeeper and the Young Player Award for the best player born on or after 1 January 1997.
According to the World Cup Regulations, Fair Play Award will also be decided by the Technical Study Group at the end of the final competition.
Head – Carlos Alberto Parreira (Brazil)
One of the most experienced coaches in the history of the international game, Parreira understands multiple aspects of what it takes to lead a national team at a major tournament, having also worked as a fitness coach and as a technical director for Brazil over the years. Parreira guided Brazil to the 1994 World Cup title and holds the record for appearing in the most World Cups as a coach (six).
Emmanuel Amuneke (Nigeria)
Amuneke played for the successful Nigeria team at the 1994 World Cup when the country made their debut on the world stage. He scored two goals in the Super Eagles’ campaign, helping them reach the round of 16, where they were defeated by eventual finalists Italy after extra time. He has also experienced success as a coach, leading Nigeria to the FIFA U-17 World Cup title in 2015.
Bora Milutinović (Serbia)
Milutinović is one of the most experienced coaches in World Cup history, with a diverse CV to boot. He led five different nations in five consecutive World Cups: Mexico (1986), Costa Rica (1990), USA (1994), Nigeria (1998) and China PR (2002). Known as ‘The Miracle Worker’, Milutinović also became the first coach to lead four different nations to the knockout stage of the competition.
Alessandro Nesta (Italy)
A highly revered centre-back in his playing days, Nesta was a member of the Italy squad that lifted the 2006 FIFA World Cup Trophy. He played in three World Cups for the Azzurri, earning 78 caps during his international career.
Andy Roxburgh (Scotland)
Roxburgh is one of the most successful coaches in Scottish football history. He led his homeland at the 1990 World Cup, where they narrowly missed out on the knockout stages after being drawn into a difficult group, and he has since used his expertise in the game to lead various organisations’ technical departments. Roxburgh has been a FIFA TSG member at six FIFA World Cup editions.
Marco van Basten (Netherlands)
One of the greatest forwards of all time and the FIFA World Player of the Year in 1992, Dutch legend Van Basten played in four matches at the 1990 World Cup in Italy, helping the Netherlands reach the round of 16, where they were narrowly defeated by eventual winners West Germany. He has been FIFA Chief Technical Development Officer since September 2016, and he currently heads up all technical areas at the governing body.