Countdown to the Confeds

At 36 years and 98 days old, Anthony Hudson will be the youngest coach in FIFA Confederations Cup history when he leads out the All Whites for the opening match against Russia, thus setting the first record of the tournament in the very first game.

The record currently belongs to former Nigeria coach Shaibu Amodu, who was 36 years and 263 days old when he managed his country at the 1995 Confederations Cup.

The son of former Arsenal, Chelsea, Stoke City and England midfielder Alan Hudson, Anthony grew up at West Ham United’s academy but could not make the transition to senior football. He opted to move into coaching and has not disappointed.

At 27, he was appointed head coach at Real Maryland Monarchs in the USA. By 32, he was coaching the Bahrain national team and got the New Zealand job at 33, already managing to win the OFC Nations Cup last year. Will Hudson shock the world again in Russia?

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