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|Full name||Holger Osieck|
|Date of birth||31 August 1948|
|Place of birth||Duisburg, West Germany|
|1974–1976||1. FC Mülheim||55||(10)|
|1976–1977||1. FC Bocholt|
|1987–1990||West Germany (Assistant Manager)|
|1995–1996||Urawa Red Diamonds|
|2007–2008||Urawa Red Diamonds|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Holger Osieck is a German football coach and current coach of the Australian national association football team. 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 West Germany national football team when they won the 1990 FIFA World Cup. He also led Canada to the title of 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Playing career 
In his native country, he played for Schalke 04, Eintracht Gelsenkirchen, SSV Hagen, 1. FC Mülheim and 1. FC Bocholt. However, he never appeared in a top-flight Bundesliga match. Toward the end of his playing career, he moved to Canada to play for Vancouver Whitecaps.
Managerial career 
After finishing his playing career in Canada, Osieck became an assistant coach to Franz Beckenbauer for the Germany national football team that won the 1990 FIFA World Cup. He then managed VfL Bochum (Germany), Fenerbahçe S.K. (Turkey), Urawa Red Diamonds (Japan) and Kocaelispor (Turkey) before he landed the job of manager of the Canadian national team in 1999.
Under Osieck, Canada won the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup, earning the nickname "Holger's Heroes," a reference to the television show Hogan's Heroes. 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 Australian national team, 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. Osieck is currently contracted to the FFA until after the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
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 young players, however the squad featured stars such as Lukas Podolski, Miroslav Klose, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Müller, Arne Friedrich, Mats Hummels, Mario Götze, Toni Kroos, Marcel Schmelzer and Mario Gómez. Australia were also without many of their key players such as Tim Cahill, Vince Grella, Jason Culina, Mark Bresciano, Josh Kennedy and Scott McDonald. Although Germany were missing many of their world class players including Philipp Lahm, Mesut Özil, Manuel Neuer, Per Mertesacker and Sami Khedira.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.
- TSYD Cup: 1994–95
- Turkish Cup: 1996–97
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- Football Federation Australia profile
- Vancouver Whitecaps stats
- Sunday Profile Interview – Osieck is interviewed by Monica Attard on ABC Radio National