45 days to go: None younger than Dunga

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Nine different coaches have won the FIFA Confederations Cup but, so far, none have managed to repeat the feat.

 

The youngest winning coach was Dunga, who guided his native Brazil aged 45 to triumph at South Africa 2009 after a dramatic 3-2 win against USA in the final. Next youngest was Alfio Basile, who won the debut Confederations Cup in 1991 at 48 years of age, and then Jacques Santini, who celebrated victory with France in 2003 when he was 51.

 

Theoretically, only New Zealand head coach Anthony Hudson, who turned 36 in March, could better Dunga’s achievement at the 2017 Confederations Cup. Nevertheless, even if Dunga loses this record, he has gone down permanently in the tournament’s annals as the first and, to date, only person to lift the Confederations Cup trophy as both a player (in 1997) and a coach.

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