Ange Postecoglou

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Ange Postecoglou
Personal information
Full name Angelos Postecoglou
Date of birth (1965-08-27) 27 August 1965 (age 49)
Place of birth Athens, Greece
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Australia (head coach)
Youth career
1978 - 1983 South Melbourne
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1993 South Melbourne 193 (19)
1994 Western Suburbs 132 (15 [1])
National team
1985 Australia U20 13 (1)
1986 Australia 4 (0)
Teams managed
1996–2000 South Melbourne
2000–2007 Australia U20
2008 Panachaiki
2009–2012 Brisbane Roar
2012–2013 Melbourne Victory
2013– Australia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Angelos "Ange" Postecoglou is an Australian former football (soccer) player and the head Coach of the Australian national association football team. He is the most successful Australian club coach with two premierships, four championships and a continental title.

Biography[edit]

Postecoglou was born in Athens, Greece and emigrated to Australia from his native country at the age of five, growing up in Melbourne, Victoria.[2][3]

Club career[edit]

Postecoglou played 193 games from 1984 to 1993 for South Melbourne in the National Soccer League, where he was involved in their 1984 and 1990–91 titles, the latter as captain, before moving into coaching.[citation needed]

International career[edit]

In his international playing career, Postecoglou represented Australia on four occasions between 1986 to 1988 as well as representing Australia at youth level in 1985.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

South Melbourne[edit]

Postecoglou coached South Melbourne from 1996[5] until 2000. He led them to consecutive National Soccer League titles in 1997–98 and 1998–99, as well as winning the 1999 Oceania Club Championship, which in turn led to their participation in the 2000 FIFA Club World Championship.[6] After the 1999–2000 NSL season, he stood down from the South Melbourne coaching role when he was appointed coach of the Australian youth team. He is the only person to have been involved in all four of South Melbourne's NSL title-winning teams, the first two as a player and the latter two as coach.

Young Socceroos[edit]

Following his domestic coaching success, Postecoglou became coach of Australia's youth sides in 2000. During his tenure, he played a role in identifying and developing Australian players.[7][8] Postecoglou was involved in an on-air argument with football pundit Craig Foster on The World Game.[9][10] He was replaced as coach in February 2007 after the Australia failed to qualify for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup. After his departure as coach of the Australian youth teams,[11] Postecoglou worked as a football pundit for Fox Sports and as an elite consultant to Football Federation Victoria.

Panachaiki[edit]

In March 2008 he was appointed coach of Greek side Panachaiki. In December 2008, Postecoglou resigned from the Panachaiki position.[12]

Brisbane Roar[edit]

On 16 October 2009, Postecoglou was signed as the new Brisbane Roar coach, replacing Frank Farina.[13] Postecoglou started rebuilding the team by getting rid of Liam Reddy, Craig Moore, Bob Malcolm and Charlie Miller. Tommy Oar, Michael Zullo and Adam Sarota were bought by Dutch club FC Utrecht and striker Sergio van Dijk went to Adelaide United.[14] Postecoglou, who asked to be judged a year from the time he took over, proved the critics wrong by winning and playing an entertaining brand of football.[15][16][17][18] The Roar's possession based style of play under Postecoglou earned them the nickname "Roarcelona".[19]

The 4–0 win against Adelaide United in round 13 was highly praised in the media as some of the best football the A-League has ever seen.[20][21] Postecoglou led the Roar to the Premiership and Championship in the 2010–11 season, winning the Grand Final 4–2 on penalties against the Central Coast Mariners in front of 52,168 people at Lang Park. The Roar only lost one game all season and went on a 36-game unbeaten run, which broke the previous Australian football record.[22] On 18 March 2011, he signed a two-year extension with the club keeping him until the 2013–14 season.[23][24]

Postecoglou's side continued their winning streak in the 2011–12 season and now hold the all-time Australian football code record for longest undefeated sporting streak of 36 games, surpassing rugby league side Eastern Suburbs' record set 74 years ago.[25] Postecoglou is managed by sports management company Football Focus International. In the 2011–12 season, Brisbane Roar became the first team to win back-to-back A-League championships and Postecoglou became the most successful Australian domestic football (soccer) coach, with four national titles.[26]

On 24 April 2012, Postecoglou announced his resignation as head coach of Brisbane Roar. Postecoglou left the Roar after two-and-a-half years, during which he led the club to back-to-back A-League championships, a premiership and consecutive qualification for the AFC Champions League.[27]

Melbourne Victory[edit]

On 26 April 2012, it was announced that he had signed a three-year contract with A-League club Melbourne Victory as head coach.[28] Postecoglou started rebuilding the team by releasing Matthew Kemp, Grant Brebner, Rodrigo Vargas, Tom Pondeljak, Ante Čović, Carlos Hernández, Harry Kewell and Fabio Alves, with Jean Carlos Solórzano and Ubay Luzardo returned to their respective clubs after their loan deals had expired. Postecoglou rounded up his squad by signing Jonathan Bru, Guilherme Finkler, Adama Traoré, Marcos Flores, Mark Milligan, Theo Markelis, Sam Gallagher and Spase Dilevski.

Postecoglou's first game in charge of Melbourne Victory was the Round 1 clash against crosstown rivals Melbourne Heart, an encounter which the Victory lost 2–1. His first win came against Adelaide United in Round 4, with the Victory prevailing 2–1. The following year, Melbourne Victory made the A-League Preliminary Final after beating Perth Glory in an Elimination Final 2–1 at Docklands Stadium. Melbourne Victory then played in the Preliminary Final against Central Coast Mariners and lost 2–0.

Australia[edit]

Postecoglou was appointed head coach of Australia on 23 October 2013 on a five years contract, replacing German Holger Osieck.[29]

Honours[edit]

As a Player[edit]

South Melbourne
  • NSL Premiership: 3
1984, 1985, 1992–93
  • NSL Championship: 2
1984, 1990–91

As a Manager[edit]

South Melbourne
  • NSL Premiership: 1
1997–98
  • NSL Championship: 2
1997–98, 1998–99
1999
Brisbane Roar
2010–11
2010–11, 2011–12

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 23 June 2014.
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
South Melbourne FC  Australia 1996 2000 127 68 27 32 53.54
Australia U-20  Australia 2000 2007
Panachaiki  Greece March 2008 December 2008
Brisbane Roar  Australia 16 October 2009 24 April 2012 80 42 22 16 52.50
Melbourne Victory  Australia 26 April 2012 25 October 2013 32 15 7 10 46.88
Australia  Australia 23 October 2013 Present 9 2 1 6 22.22
Total 248 127 57 64 51.21

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ozfootball.net/ark/States/VIC/1994SLD1R.html
  2. ^ Hutchison, Geoff (24 May 2006). "Socceroos gear up to play Greece". 7.30 Report (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 16 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "World Wide Ange". Soccer International. 29 August 2008. Retrieved 16 October 2009. 
  4. ^ The Australian National Men’s Football Team: Caps And Captains. Football Federation Australia. 
  5. ^ "Did that REALLY happen in 1996?". Studs Up!. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Team of the Century Defender Nominees". South Melbourne Football Club. Archived from the original on 4 October 2009. Retrieved 16 October 2009. 
  7. ^ "Postecoglou axed as youth soccer coach". Sydney Morning Herald. 7 February 2007. Retrieved 16 October 2009. 
  8. ^ "Ex-Socceroos in heated TV clash". Fox Sports. 12 November 2006. Retrieved 16 October 2009. 
  9. ^ "Postecoglou puts up his hand - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". Abc.net.au. 2009-10-14. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ "Soccer | Football | A-League | Champions League : The World Game on SBS: The World Game on SBS". Theworldgame.com.au. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  12. ^ "South of the Border - a South Melbourne Hellas blog: Ange resigns as Panachaki coach". Southmelbournefc.blogspot.com. 2008-12-22. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  13. ^ "Ange Is The Man For Brisbane - Australia News - Australian FourFourTwo - The Ultimate Football Website". Au.fourfourtwo.com. 2009-10-16. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  14. ^ "Roar resurgence stuns Ange : A League : The World Game on SBS". Theworldgame.sbs.com.au. 2010-11-08. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  15. ^ [2][dead link]
  16. ^ Fitzgibbon, Liam (31 October 2010). "Roar a work in progress". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  17. ^ "Roar adding mental strength to their forward flow". The Roar. 2010-10-27. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  18. ^ "'Ten-Man Roar Were Fantastic' - Australia News - Australian FourFourTwo - The Ultimate Football Website". Au.fourfourtwo.com. 2010-11-06. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  19. ^ "Ange POSTECOGLOU". FIFA. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  20. ^ "Roar The Best We've Ever Seen? - Australia News - Australian FourFourTwo - The Ultimate Football Website". Au.fourfourtwo.com. 2010-11-08. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  21. ^ "Coolen praises Roar style : A League : The World Game on SBS". Theworldgame.sbs.com.au. 2010-11-08. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  22. ^ "Brisbane Roar record to stand for a while, says Ange Postecoglou". Couriermail.com.au. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  23. ^ "League Grand Final : Brisbane Roar v Central Coast Mariners at Suncorp Stadium". Couriermail.com.au. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  24. ^ Terri Begley (2011-03-15). "Brisbane celebrate Roar with city parade - ABC Brisbane - Australian Broadcasting Corporation". Abc.net.au. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  25. ^ "Roar break 74-year-old record with 36-game run". The Sydney Morning Herald. 27 November 2011. 
  26. ^ "Brisbane Roar coach Ange Postecoglou savours fourth national title". Goal.com. 2012-04-23. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  27. ^ "Ange Postecoglou resigns as Brisbane Roar Head Coach - Brisbane Roar FC 2013". Footballaustralia.com.au. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  28. ^ "Postecoglou confirmed as Victory coach - Sportal - Football Australia 2013". Footballaustralia.com.au. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  29. ^ "Postecoglou: Aussies unite in adversity". FIFA.com. 24 January 2014. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 

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Awards
Preceded by
Australia Branko Čulina
NSL Coach of the Year
1997/98
Succeeded by
Australia David Mitchell
Preceded by
Ernie Merrick
Hyundai A-League Coach of the Year
2010/11
Succeeded by
Graham Arnold