Wednesday, August 11, 2010

New Socceroos Coach: HOLGER OSIECK

This is the new Socceroos coach.

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Playing Career:
1965-1970: Eintracht Gelsenkirchen
1970-1972: SSV Hagen
1972-1976: 1. FC Mülheim
1976: 1. FC Bocholt
1977: Vancouver Whitecaps
1978: Rot-Weiss Oberhausen

Coaching Career:
1977: Assistant coach of the Canadian national team
1979-1987: Youth coach at the German Football Federation
1987-1990: Assistant coach of the German national team (and national youth coach) – Winners of the FIFA World Cup™
1990-1991: Assistant coach of Olympique Marseille (French Ligue 1 Winners)
1991-1992: VfL Bochum
1993-1994: Fenerbahçe Istanbul
1995-1996: Urawa Red Diamonds
1997-1998: Kocaelispor (Turkish Cup Winner)
1998-2003: Canada National team Head Coach and Technical Director (2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup Winners)
2004-2006: Director of the FIFA Technical Department
2007-2008: Urawa Red Diamonds (AFC Champions League 2007 Winners)

2008-2010: FIFA Technical Department

I remember he coached the Urawa Reds to the Asian Champions League final a couple of years back.  I watched the Urawa team play Sydney FC in Sydney and he coached the team pretty well. They played quite attacking football.

He does not have a bad rep like Verbeek.

Anything must be better than boring and drab Pim. I also think the German influence will help Australia. Ask the Greeks what the German effect was with Otto Rehhagel coaching them.
The only thing is he has no experience as a head coach at a World Cup.

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