Tariq Lutfi

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Tariq Lufti
Personal information
Full name Umar Farooq Tariq Lufti
Date of birth (1951-09-20) September 20, 1951 (age 62)
Place of birth Pakistan
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
PIA FC
National team
Pakistan
Teams managed
PIA FC
Pakistan
2011- KRL FC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).

Umar Farooq Tariq Lufti (born 20 September 1951) is a former Pakistani footballer, and subsequently a football manager and head coach. He was also the head coach of the Pakistan national football team.[1] As a player, he represented PIA FC.

Tariq has the distinction of being the first-ever FIFA Coaching Instructor from South Asia. He is the current manager of KRL FC having previously managed PIA FC[2] and the former head coach of the Pakistan Women Football team.[3] He was also the manager of Karachi Bazigar in the Geo Super Football League 2007 campaign. Tariq is often described as arguably the most qualified football coach of Pakistan.[4]

PIA FC[edit]

As a player and coach of PIA FC, Tariq Lutfi has led the team to become National Champions a record nine times in the history of Pakistani club football.[5]

Pakistan national team[edit]

Tariq Lutfi served as head coach of the Pakistan national team several times from 1985 to 2004, and, under his leadership, Pakistan had gold medal success in the 1989 South Asian Games,[5] as well as in the 1991 South Asian Games and the 2004 South Asian Games.[1] He returned a caretaker coach in 2011 but was replaced by Zaviša Milosavljević.

Pakistan women football team[edit]

Pakistan Football Federation's President Faisal Saleh Hayat had appointed Tariq Lutfi as coach of the Pakistan Women football team in 2010. Tariq coached the team for the first SAFF Women Championship in Bangladesh where the team reached the semi-finals for the first time in history.[6]

KRL FC[edit]

For the 2011 season of the Pakistan Premier League Tariq Lutfi became Head Coach of KRL FC where he help them become national champions.[7]

Honours and accolades[edit]

Tariq Lutfi is widely considered to be the most qualified and successful coach in Pakistan football.[8] Shazia Hasan of Dawn describes Tariq as "arguably the most-qualified football official in Pakistan".[4] He has several coaching qualifications through Bisham Abbey, Bert Trautmann, Holger Osieck, etc. and has the honour of attending several FIFA and Olympic courses.[5] Tariq has the grand distinction of being the first-ever FIFA Coaching Instructor from South Asia.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lutfi appointed Pakistan coach. The News International.
  2. ^ Liaquat Ali loses hand in Swat shelling. The News International.
  3. ^ Sincere efforts required to boost women’s soccer: FIFA coach. Daily Dawn.
  4. ^ a b Controversies will hurt Pakistan soccer: Lutfi. Daily Dawn.
  5. ^ a b c d Shazia Hasan. Coach upbeat to bring improvement: Lutfi given charge of football team. Daily Dawn.
  6. ^ New football coach focuses on Malaysia. The Express Tribune.
  7. ^ "KRL ease to title". paktribune.com. 5 January 2012. 
  8. ^ Shazia Hasan. Absence of qualified coach hurts as PFF looks the other way. Daily Dawn. "Meanwhile, the most experienced coaches of all here, Tariq Lutfi, was overlooked on the pretense of his not having the required qualifications from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) even though the man has served as coaching instructor for both FIFA and AFC and is confident that his qualifications from England, Germany, Brazil, etc., are enough to get him an honorary certification from AFC to do the needful. The PFF only saw him worthy of coaching the raw national girls’ team, which he helped reach the semi-finals in the recently-concluded inaugural SAFF Women Football Championship."

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