The oldest coach ever at the World Cup, Oscar Tabarez is scaling new heights as he has just signed a new deal that will span his international coaching career till Qatar 2022.
The man, who handles players among whom is Luis Suarez, has coached more games for one national team than anybody in World Cup history.
He is also on the list of football managers with most games. In September 2016, he surpassed an earlier record of 167 matches held by former West Germany’s Sepp Herberger and Denmark’s Morten Olsen’s 166 matches as national team manager with just one team.
At the weekend, Oscar Tabarez has officially signed a new four-year contract with the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) that will see him remain in charge of the national team until 2022, another full World Cup cycle.
The 71-year-old, who suffers from chronic neuropathy and is unable to walk unaided by a stick or crutches, is the only coach in history to have led the same country to four World Cups and will now be aiming to make it five in Qatar in four years’ time.
He already holds the world record for most ever games as an international manager, with the current number 185 and counting.
Tabarez was first handed control of Uruguay in 1988, leading the country to the final of the Copa America the following year, before going to the Italia ’90 World Cup.
After that initial spell, he returned to the helm in 2006 and took La Celeste to three more World Cups in 2010, finishing fourth, 2014 and most recently 2018 in Russia.
His team also won the Copa America in 2011, Uruguay’s first continental triumph since 1995.
Prior to his current job with the national side, Tabarez has coached extensively over the last 38 years, leading club sides in Uruguay and Colombia. After 1990, he took charge of Argentine giants Boca Juniors and later also managed the mighty AC Milan in Italy