By Chux Odoh
Uruguay coach, Óscar Tabárez, is the oldest manager in Russia 2018 and he is also the first manager to appear in four World Cups with the same team. He was also a former player, who played as a defender during his 12 years career and retired at the age of 32.
Tabárez has been in management since 1980, a year just after his footballing career but his first spell with the Uruguay national team was in 1988. He led the team to qualify for the 1990 World Cup where they were eliminated by hosts Italy in the first knockout stage.
He left his post as Uruguay manager after the World Cup to manage at club level including Boca Juniors of Argentina and AC Milan of Italy.
After failing to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Tabarez returned to manage his country and has been in charge since, qualifying the team for all three subsequent World Cups tournaments.
In 2010 at the world cup in South Africa, Uruguay got their first World Cup win since 1990 – which was also incidentally under Tabarez. They also surprised a lot of people by finishing fourth in the tournament.
In the ongoing World Cup, Uruguay is already qualified for the quarterfinals after they beat Portugal 2-1 in the round of 16 with outstanding goals by striker Edison Cavani. They were also Group A toppers with three wins in three games and zero goals conceded.
So far Uruguay with stars like Luis Suarez, Edison Cavani, Diego Godin and others looks like a team that can go all the way to the finals. If Uruguay can win the World Cup, it will be a fitting farewell to a man who has done so much for Uruguayan football in recent years.