European football ended with two massive victories for Chelsea and Arsenal in Europa League. Premier League is now set to make a return this coming weekend. The biggest clash will be between Tottenham Hotspurs and Manchester City at Wembley on Monday night. This means Liverpool can go three points clear on top with a home win against Cardiff City on Saturday. Manchester United will host Everton at Old Trafford but Chelsea and Arsenal will travel to face Burnley and Crystal Palace respectively. Today, we want to look at soccer history and the World Cup is our focus. Let us recognize five stars coached their dads in the world biggest football showdown.
6. Ondino & Milton Viera- 1966
The story of head Coach selecting his son for the World Cup started in 1966 in England. Uruguay Coach Ondino Leonel Viera Palasérez was the first national team manager to select his son Milton Viera Rivero. The South American side reached the quarterfinals in the tournament. The father died in 1997 aged 95 and the son is now 72 years of age. Milton enjoyed a successful career in the Greek League with Olympiakos and AEK Athens.
5. Cesare & Paolo Maldini- 1998
Maldini family is one of the most popular not only in Italy but also all over the World. The story was started by Cesare Maldini. He won Serie A and UEFA Champions League in a 12-year career with AC Milan. His son decided to play as a defender just like his father and according to pundits, he was even better at it than his father.
In fact, Paolo Maldini called San Siro home for 25 years. He also played for the Azzurri 126 times including in 1998 World Cup when his father was the Head Coach. He won all trophies available for a footballer for both club and country. He was a special player admired by many Coaches including Sir Alex Ferguson who tried to sign him at Manchester United.
4. Zlatko & Niko Kranjcar- 2006
Croatia and Dinamo Zagreb Zlatko Kranjcar was a fine striker during his playing days. The legendary footballer is the current head coach of Iran U-23 team. He started Coaching in 1992 at Segesta and the journey has taken him to all parts of the World including Egypt. In 2004, Croatian FA gave him a job to help the national team qualify for Germany World Cup 2006 and he delivered. In his final 23-man squad, his son Niko Kranjcar got a place. This might be one of the reasons why Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspurs signed him later.