Imagine a world where the World Cup and football didn’t exist – what on earth would the sport’s top managers be doing?
It’s an unavoidable fact that most of the World Cup’s coaches have gone home from the tournament far sooner than they’d have hoped.
While few of them are now likely to hang up their tracksuits for good, are there any lost careers that they could have fallen into?
Channel 4 News enters the parallel universe of World Cup coaches, and asks – if they weren’t in football, what would they be?
Confident, cool under pressure, popstar moptop, prone to basking in the limelight.
Alternative career: lead singer of a 70s tribute band
Straightforward, philosophical, good at planning ahead although does like to depend on a few reliable routes.
Alternative career: cabbie
Experienced, adaptable, looks good in a cardigan, coping with the progress of time quite nicely.
Alternative career: knitwear model
Big thinker of his age with a thick resilient streak.
Alternative career: philosopher
Authoritarian, impeccable taste, his first international venture was a failure but now he hopes some Russian specialties can do the trick.
Alternative career: head chef
Born to a wealthy family in Buenos Aires but recently spotted working in a south London launderette (according to a reliable C4 source).
Alternative career: launderette manager
Also the first marquis of del Bosque, plainly a country gent at heart.
Alternative career: man of leisure
Passionate, meticulous note-taker, rebellious and a tiny bit controversial.
Alternative career: student philosopher, with a long-term tulip shop plan (in case things don’t work out)