Gert Engels

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Gert Engels
Personal information
Full name Gert Josef Arthur Engels
Date of birth (1957-04-26) April 26, 1957 (age 60)
Place of birth Düren, West Germany
Teams managed
Years Team
1998 Yokohama Flügels
1999 JEF United Ichihara
2000–2003 Kyoto Purple Sanga
2008 Urawa Reds
2011–2013 Mozambique

Gert Engels (born 26 April 1957) is a former German footballer[1][2][3] and former coach of Mozambique.[4]


He commenced his professional playing career with lowly SG Düren 99 and later joined Borussia Mönchengladbach and FC Niederau. In Mönchengladbach he was part of the team that won the German Championships of 1976 and 1977, but Engels was not used in any league matches.

Coaching career[edit]

In 1990, he moved to Japan to work as a coach. His first stop was in Ibaraki with Prima Aseno FC, the club that later became Mito HollyHock. He also coached at Takigawa Dai Ni High School in Kobe before he joined the Yokohama Flügels as a member of the coaching staff in 1993.

Shortly before the Flugels folded and were partly absorbed into today's Yokohama F. Marinos - some of the players joined Yokohama Marinos, and the F was added in remembrance of Flugels - he was made manager there for a brief period. He held that position also briefly with JEF United Chiba before taking over the reins at Kyoto Purple Sanga.

In Kyoto he returned the club, that was relegated after the previous season, into the J1 League and even led it to a win in the Japanese cup competition, the Emperor's Cup in 2002, defeating the fancied Kashima Antlers 2-1 in extra time. After three years there he was fired when the club started poorly into the new season.

At the start of 2004 he was assistant coach with Urawa Red Diamonds, initially under head coach Guido Buchwald and later Holger Osieck, winning the AFC Champions League in 2007. When Osieck was sacked after only two matches of the new J.League season on March 16, 2008, Engels was appointed his successor. He was fired by Urawa Reds on 26 November 2008.

Since October 12, 2011, he is the new manager for the Mozambique national team. He ended his time there in 2013.[5]

Managerial statistics[edit]


Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Yokohama Flügels 1998 1998 9 7 0 2 77.78
JEF United Ichihara 1999 1999 15 4 2 9 26.67
Kyoto Purple Sanga 2000 2003 99 53 7 39 53.54
Urawa Reds 2008 2008 32 15 8 9 46.88
Total 155 79 17 59 50.97