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World Cup coaches have drastically varying styles

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 23, 2014 at 2:46 am •  Published: June 23, 2014

SAO PAULO (AP) — In the perfect picture of contrasting coaches' styles at this World Cup, Alejandro Sabella of Argentina stood near midfield dressed in a suit that looked appropriate for Wall Street, while Bosnia's Safet Susic stood nearby looking like he was headed for a workout.

Plenty of coaches are setting high standards for style this World Cup, with fitted jackets, gleamingly shined shoes and ties in the national colors. Others look like they want to be comfortable exhorting their players and yelling at referees.

Croatia's Niko Kovac, a doppelganger of actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, has been a style star, wearing a fitted suit in the opener against host Brazil in Sao Paulo, but then losing the tie and jacket for a game in steamy Manaus.

"Very simple. For me, managing Croatia is a matter of great pride," Kovac said Sunday in Recife. "It's a holiday for me every day, and our custom back in Croatia is, when it's a holiday, you put on your Sunday clothes, and that's it."

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli and Costa Rica's Jorge Luis Pinto certainly planned their World Cup wardrobes thoughtfully. Each dapper in their dark suits, they brought some serious style to their postgame handshake Friday in Recife.

Then, there's U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann, a German who has turned California casual in his staple khakis and an untucked navy blue polo. He won't wear red, though nobody really knows why, and team officials have never seen him in a tie — only a suit jacket when the occasion calls for him to go more formal.

Prandelli's Dolce&Gabbana dark suits are classic, with a small Italian flag badge on the pocket.

"They have dressed us since 2006, when we won the Cup," said Demetrio Albertini, the head of the Italian team's delegation in Brazil and a vice president of the Italian football federation. "It's a great Italian brand and we're honored to wear their suits."

Dolce&Gabbana published a book featuring photos of the Azzurri in formal and casual wear, in "a blend of tradition and national pride." Proceeds go to a charity to aid a small Brazilian fishing village outside Natal, where Italy plays its third Group D match against Uruguay.

Prandelli and Kovac are joined by German coach Joachim Loew on the World Cup's best-dressed list.

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