The first record of the 2018 FIFA World Cup has been set in just the second match of the tournament.
Uruguay's group A class with Egypt on Friday 15 June in Yekaterinburg (which they won 1-0) saw a record for the South American side's coach, Óscar Tabárez, who now has MostFIFA World Cup appearances with the same national team by a coach (4).
Tabárez, 71, has also led Uruguay at the 1990, 2010 and 2014 tournaments reaching the round of 16 twice and semi-finals in 2010.
After three decades on the touchline, the manager known as “El Maestro” has also earned the record for the Most games as head coach of the same international football soccer team – having spearheaded the team for 180 fixtures going into Uruguay's World Cup opening during two spells in charge (1988-1990 and 2006-present).
His “El Maestro” nickname translates to “the teacher” in English and is not just for his instructive coaching abilities; after a 12-year footballing career he became a primary school teacher before returning to the game as a coach.
During his time as Uruguay’s coach, the 71-year-old has led the national team to victory in the 2011 Copa América, fourth place in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and fourth in the FIFA world rankings in 2011 with a side boasting the likes of Luis Suarez, Diego Forlan and Edinson Cavani.The match could have seen two records set, however 45-year-old Egyptian goalkeeper, Essam El-Hadary, was an unused substitute meaning he still has to wait for his chance to become the Oldest player in a FIFA World Cup (and Oldest goalkeeper in a FIFA World Cup).
Meanwhile Cristiano Ronaldo, thanks to his hat-trick against Spain in Portugal's first match of the tournament, has become the joint record holder for Most FIFA World Cup tournaments scored in by a player, joining Pele, Uwe Seller and Miroslav Klose on four.