Most of the focus in the World Cup rightfully goes to the players on the field. But what about the guys roaming the sidelines who put those players there? This World Cup will feature some of the top coaches in tournament history. Here's a list of the 10 best who will be in Brazil:
1. Vicente Del Bosque (Spain): Won two La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues crowns with Real Madrid before taking over the Spanish national team and leading it on a historic run that included two Euro crowns and a World Cup trophy.
2. Luiz Felipe Scolari (Brazil): Has already won one World Cup for Brazil, in 2002. He coached Portugal to the semifinals four years later before returning to his native country in November 2012 and leading the team to the Confederations Cup title seven months later.
3. Louis Van Gaal (Netherlands): Won national titles in Spain, the Netherlands and Germany, as well as a Champions League crown, a World Club Cup and the UEFA Super Cup. His past brush with the World Cup did not go well, though, as he failed to qualify the Dutch in 2002. Will take over at Manchester United in July.
4. Joachim Loew (Germany): Under Loew, the hand-picked successor to Juergen Klinsmann, Germany finished third in the 2010 World Cup and finished second in the 2008 Euro. But the country hasn't won a major trophy in 18 years.
5. Fabio Capello (Russia): Won league titles in nine of the 16 seasons he coached at Milan, Real Madrid and Juventus. Also won a Champions League at Milan and qualified England for the 2010 World Cup, in which it was eliminated in group play. Took over in Russia after the team's disappointing performance in the 2012 Euro and guided it to a first-place finish in its World Cup qualifying.
6. Oscar Tabarez (Uruguay): Uruguay hadn't gotten past the group stage in a World Cup since 1970 before Tabarez led it to a fourth-place finish in South Africa. Also coached the team to the 2011 Copa Libertadores titles. Hired in May 2006, he is the longest-tenured coach in this World Cup.
7. Roy Hodgson (England): Expectations are tempered for England this year, but Hodgson has had great runs elsewhere –- although much of it took place in 1990s, when he guided Switzerland to the 1994 World Cup and 1996 Euro. As a club coach, he took Inter Milan to the 1997 UEFA Cup final and his most recent success came with Fulham, which he directed to the 2009 Europa League final.
8. Juergen Klinsmann (U.S.): Guided Germany to a third-place finish in the 2006 World Cup. In his second full year with the U.S. in 2013, Klinsmann led the Americans to 16 wins and a .761 winning percentage –- both national records –- as well as a Gold Cup title and a first-place finish in World Cup qualifying.
9. Carlos Queiroz (Iran): Led Portugal to two U-20 world titles and qualified South Africa for the 2002 World Cup, although he resigned before the tournament after a falling out with the national federation. Captured a Portuguese Cup title at Lisbon and earned a lot of hardware in two stints as an assistant coach at Manchester United.
10. Luis Fernando Suarez (Honduras): Took Ecuador to the knockout round in just its second World Cup appearance in 2006 but was sacked after losing the first three qualifiers for the 2010 tournament and landed in Honduras, which finished third in regional qualifying for Brazil.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times