In the 29 World Cups played to date there have been 27 title-winning coaches. Only Italy’s Vittorio Pozzo in 1934 and 1938 and the USA’s Jill Ellis in 2015 and 2019 have led their teams to two titles. The member of this elite club about whom football fans perhaps know the least is the very first of them – Alberto Suppici, who at the tender age of 36 led Uruguay to success at the 1930 World Cup.
In the 1930 showcase of the World Cup Gallery at the FIFA Museum, we display a small enamel-and-silver medal featuring the 1930 World Cup poster designed by the Uruguayan artist Guillermo Laborde. The medal was given to Alberto Suppici in 1930 by the Uruguayan Football Association because at that time, the coach – and even those members of the squad that did not feature in the Final itself – did not receive the medal awarded by FIFA. It was up to the winning association to recognise the achievements of those who they believed had contributed to the victory.