Han Berger

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Han Berger
Han Berger (1983).jpg
Personal information
Full name Han Berger
Date of birth (1950-06-17) June 17, 1950 (age 64)
Place of birth Utrecht, Netherlands
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1970 Velox
Teams managed
1976–1983 FC Utrecht
1983–1986 FC Groningen
1986 AZ
1987 Fortuna Sittard
1987–1989 FC Utrecht
1989–1991 Fortuna Sittard
1992–1993 SVV/Dordrecht'90
1993–1995 Sparta Rotterdam
1995–1998 SC Cambuur
1998–2000 Netherlands U21
2000–2003 FC Utrecht (technical director)
2004 Oita Trinita
2005–2008 De Graafschap (technical director)
2009– Australia (technical director)
2010 Australia (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Han Berger (born June 17, 1950 in Netherlands) is a Dutch football coach[1] and former football player.

Biography[edit]

Han Berger is the youngest head coach ever in the history of professional football in The Netherlands. After suffering a severe knee injury, his playing career ended at the age of 22 and he was appointed youth and assistant coach at his hometown side FC Utrecht. When the then head coach Jan Rab was dismissed in January 1976, Han Berger was appointed head coach of FC Utrecht at the age of 25.

After that he coached the amazing number of 637 games in the Dutch Eredivisie being particularly successful with FC Utrecht and FC Groningen, leading them to a number of spectacular UEFA Cup campaigns. Under his management Cambuur Leeuwarden in 1998 won the 1st division play-offs for promotion to the Eredivisie.

From 1998 till August 2000 Han Berger was in charge of the national youth teams program of the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) and head coach of The Netherlands U/21 and Olympic Team and in 2004 he coached Oita Trinita in the Japanese J-League.

As director of football at FC Utrecht and De Graafschap he acquired a reputation for implementing successful technical strategies, particularly in the field of youth development. Because of this he was offered the role of technical director of the Football Federation Australia. He held this position from January 2009 till July 2014.[2] In 2010 Berger also had a short spell as caretaker manager of the Socceroos.[3]

On April 17, 2014 Han Berger was appointed as a member of Directors on the board of Sydney FC.[4]

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