Troels Bech

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Troels Bech
Personal information
Date of birth (1966-07-29) July 29, 1966 (age 48)
Place of birth Svendborg, Denmark
Playing position Manager
(former defender and midfielder)
Club information
Current team
None
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
0000-1987 Svendborg fB (-)
1987 SpVgg Fürth 7 (0)
1987 Svendborg fB - (-)
1988–1994 Silkeborg IF 177 (-)
Teams managed
1994–1996 Viborg FF (asst)
1997 Hjortshøj-Egå IF (women)
1998–1999 AC Horsens
1999–2000 Ikast FS
2000–2002 Odense BK
2002–2003 FC Midtjylland
2004–2005 Odense BK
2006–2008 Esbjerg fB
2009–2012 Silkeborg IF
2012–2014 Odense BK
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Troels Bech (born July 29, 1966) is a Danish football manager and a former player, who managed Odense BK to the 2002 Danish Cup trophy. He was the manager of Danish club Esbjerg fB until November 2008 and took over Danish club Silkeborg IF in January 2009. During his active career, he most prominently won the 1994 Danish Superliga championship with Silkeborg IF.

Biography[edit]

Born in Svendborg, Bech started his career in Svendborg fB in the secondary Danish 2nd Division under manager Viggo Jensen. In 1987, Bech moved to Germany to play for Greuther Fürth in the Bayernliga. He played seven league games for Greuther Fürth as a midfielder, before he moved back to Svendborg.[1] In 1988, Bech was reunited with Viggo Jensen, when he moved to play for Danish top-flight club Silkeborg IF.

In his first years at Silkeborg, Bech played as a central defender. He took most of Silkeborg's set pieces, and managed to score four goals in two games during the 1990 season; three penalty kicks and a goal directly on corner kick.[2] Still a part of the team, Bech eventually found himself as a left defender.[2] He won the 1994 Danish Superliga championship with Silkeborg, before ending his playing career later that year. At 27 years of age, he was declared medically unfit to play football, due to a recurringly injured Achilles tendon.[2]

He soon began his coaching career, as assistant manager of Viborg FF in the Danish 1st Division. Serving under manager Viggo Jensen, Bech helped Viborg win promotion to the Superliga in 1995.[1] He became manager of women's team Hjortshøj-Egå, with whom he won the 1997 Danish Elitedivision championship. He went on to coach 1st Division club AC Horsens, before he signed with league rivals Ikast FS. Shortly thereafter, Ikast merged with Herning Fremad to form FC Midtjylland (FCM). Bech was deemed surplus, as Herning manager Ove Pedersen went on to coach FCM.

In 2000, he became the manager of Superliga club Odense BK, which he guided to the 2002 Danish Cup trophy. He moved back to FCM in 2002, and managed the club to the 2003 Danish Cup final. He was fired by FCM in December 2003, due to bad results.[1] He had another stint as Odense manager from 2004 to 2005, before he was signed as manager of Esbjerg fB in October 2005, effective from January 2006.

After a series of disappointing results in the Danish Superliga and after being allowed to leave the club to enter talks with SK Brann, Bech resigned on November 16, 2008.

December 2008 Bech was appointed manager of Danish club Silkeborg IF from January 2009 after the club had sacked former manager Peder Knudsen due to disappointing results.

Bech was announced as new manager of Odense Boldklub at the beginning of the 2012-13 Danish Superliga season. He was sacked on 30 September 2014 following a poor start to the 2014-15 season.

Honours[edit]

As player
As coach

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c (Danish) Jens Gjesse Hansen, Troels Bech ny træner i Esbjerg, Danmarks Radio, November 23, 2005
  2. ^ a b c (Danish) Michael Ravn, 4. december: Troels Bech, Silkeborg IF, December 4, 2005

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