Holger Osieck

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Holger Osieck
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Personal information
Full name Holger Osieck
Date of birth (1948-08-31) 31 August 1948 (age 66)
Place of birth Duisburg, West Germany
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1958–1965 FC Schalke 04
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1970 Eintracht Gelsenkirchen
1970–1972 SSV Hagen
1972–1976 1. FC Mülheim 55 (11)
1976 1. FC Bocholt
1977 Vancouver Whitecaps 21 (2)
1978 Rot-Weiß Oberhausen
Teams managed
1978–1979 Canada (assistant)
1979–1987 West Germany (youth)
1987–1990 West Germany (assistant)
1990 FC Schalke 04 (youth)
1990–1991 Olympique Marseille (assistant)
1991–1992 VfL Bochum
1993–1994 Fenerbahçe
1995–1996 Urawa Red Diamonds
1997–1998 Kocaelispor
1998–2003 Canada
2007–2008 Urawa Red Diamonds
2010–2013 Australia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Holger Osieck (born August 31, 1948) is a German football manager who last managed the Australian national association football team.[1] Prior to the Australian role, he most recently managed J. League club Urawa Red Diamonds, where he won the 2007 AFC Champions League. He served as an assistant coach of the West Germany national football team when they won the 1990 FIFA World Cup. He also led Canada in winning the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[2]

Playing career[edit]

In his native country, he played for FC Schalke 04, Eintracht Gelsenkirchen, SSV Hagen, 1. FC Mülheim, 1. FC Bocholt and Rot-Weiß Oberhausen. However, he never appeared in a top-flight Bundesliga match. Toward the end of his playing career, he moved to Canada to play for the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Managerial career[edit]

Early career[edit]

After finishing his playing career in Canada, Osieck became an assistant coach to Franz Beckenbauer for the Germany that won the 1990 FIFA World Cup. He then managed VfL Bochum,[3] Fenerbahçe,[4] the Urawa Red Diamonds,[4] and Kocaelispor.[4]

Canada and Urawa Red Diamonds[edit]

Osieck landed the job of manager of the Canadian men's national soccer team in September 1998.[5]

Under Osieck, Canada won the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup, earning the nickname "Holger's Heroes," a reference to the television show Hogan's Heroes. Osieck resigned in September 2003.[6] He worked for FIFA between 2004 and 2006 as chief of their technical department. In 2007, he again became the manager of Urawa and led the club to win the 2007 AFC Champions League. However, he was fired by Urawa on 16 March 2008, after a poor start to the 2008 season.


On 11 August 2010, Osieck was named as the head coach of the Australia,[7] replacing Pim Verbeek, who stepped down as Australia's coach after the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This role also involves actively assisting youth development. His first game as Australia's coach was against Switzerland, with Australia drawing 0–0. His first win as Australia's coach was a 2–1 win against Poland. Australia then proceeded to defeat Paraguay 1–0, before suffering a 3–0 loss to Egypt in Cairo.

In January 2011, he led the team to the final of the AFC Asian Cup, before an extra-time loss to Japan 1–0, with Australia conceding just two goals for the entire tournament. Osieck was widely praised for an otherwise outstanding campaign that included a victory over defending champions Iraq in the quarter-finals, and an amazing 6–0 defeat of Uzbekistan in the semi-finals.

On 30 March 2011, Osieck lead Australia to a shock 2–1 victory over his home country Germany in an international friendly match at Mönchengladbach. Australia were without their top goal scorer Tim Cahill but managed to score two goals in quick succession mid-way through the second half with Germany playing a weakened side with coach Joachim Löw playing a younger squad. Australia remained to be the only team to defeat Germany at home or away in 2011. Out of 17 games played in 2011, Australia achieved 12 wins, three draws and two losses.

On 18 June 2013, Osieck precipitated a bout of conniptions from Australian talisman Tim Cahill and enraged Australian fans by substituting him in the 78th minute of the 2014 World Cup Qualifier against Iraq.[8] His decision was to be vindicated, however, with the tactical substitution of Joshua Kennedy scoring the decisive goal in the 83rd minute and hoisting Australia to a third successive World Cup berth.[9]

On 12 October 2013, after two consecutive 6-0 defeats in friendly matches against Brazil and France, Osieck's contract was terminated with the FFA.[10][11]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 22 January 2014
Team From To Record
G W D L Win % Ref.
VfL Bochum 1 July 1991[3] 2 November 1992[3] 53 12 17 24 22.64 [3][12]
Fenerbahçe 1 July 1993[14] 18 December 1994[14]
Urawa Red Diamonds 1 January 1995[15] 31 December 1996[15]
Kocaelispor 1 January 1997[16] 30 June 1998[16]
Canada 30 September 1998[5] 2 September 2003[6] 44 18 10 16 40.91
Urawa Red Diamonds 1 January 2007[15] 15 March 2008[15] 48 27 14 7 56.25
Australia 11 August 2010[7] 12 October 2013[11] 44 23 10 11 52.27
Total 189 80 51 58 42.33



Fenerbahçe S.K.
Urawa Red Diamonds




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  2. ^ "Holger Osieck: "Canada can still go a long way"". FIFA. 4 May 2001. Retrieved 17 October 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Holger Osieck" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Holger Osieck". World Football. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Holger Osieck neuer Nationaltrainer Kanadas". kicker (in Gernan). 30 September 1998. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Holger Osieck tritt zurück". kicker (in German). 2 September 2003. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Osieck is new Aussie boss". ESPN Soccernet. 11 August 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "The bravest substitution: taking off Cahill proves a masterstroke for Osieck". The Sydney Morning Herald. 19 June 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  9. ^ Hassett, Sebastian (19 June 2013). "Kennedy the redeemer seals World Cup spot". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "Socceroos coach Holger Osieck sacked after Friday night Bleus". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  11. ^ a b "Socceroos coach Holger Osieck sacked". ESPN. 12 October 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "VfL Bochum" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "VfL Bochum" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "Fenerbahçe » Trainerhistorie". World Football. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  15. ^ a b c d "Urawa Red Diamonds » Trainerhistorie". World Football. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "Kocaelispor » Trainerhistorie". World Football. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 

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