In the last of our eight-part special series ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, we look at the favourites and the dark horses
Sporting success can be measured in terms of statistics and trophies won. But how do you assess influence? As coach, Carlos Bilardo won a World Cup with Argentina (1986) and reached another final four years later. Marcelo “El Loco" Bielsa’s two World Cup appearances resulted in a first-round exit with Argentina (2002) and a round-of-16 loss with Chile (2010). Yet, it’s Bielsa that the current generation of coaches reveres. Pep Guardiola, for example, swears by his methods.