Hans Backe in 2013
|Full name||Hans Backe|
|Date of birth||14 February 1952|
|Place of birth||Sweden|
|Playing position||Defender / Midfielder|
|2007–2008||Manchester City (assistant)|
|2010–2012||New York Red Bulls|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.|
Hans "Hasse" Backe (born 14 February 1952) is a Swedish former football player who currently manages Finland's national team. Prior that he was most recently with New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer.
Backe's playing career lasted through the 1970s, mostly in the Swedish lower divisions, including one stint with Brommapojkarna in 1977–1978. He took up coaching while playing for Bro IK, and led them from the fifth to the third tier.
Backe began his managerial career with Djurgårdens IF in his native Sweden from 1982–84, compiling a record of 38 wins, 20 draws and only 12 losses, which included a first-place finish in the 1982 Division 2 Norra. Following his early success with Djurgårdens IF he went on to manage Molde FK, Hammarby IF, Östers IF, AIK and numerous other top Scandinavian clubs. In 1989 he led Öster to a first-place finish in Division 1 Södra in which the club ended the season unbeaten in all 26 league matches and gained promotion to the Swedish Allsvenskan.
He enjoyed his greatest success in Denmark, having won four Danish titles with FC Copenhagen and Aalborg BK. In his first season in Danish football Backe led Aalborg BK to the 1998–99 Danish Superliga title. He also helped guide the club to consecutive Danish Cup finals in his two years at the club. During the 2001 season Backe returned to Denmark to lead top side FC Copenhagen. During his time at the club the Danish side would enjoy one of the clubs most successful spells. During this period Backe led Copenhagen to three Danish Superliga titles, one Danish Cup title, and two Danish Super Cup titles, which included a treble winning season during the 2003–04 season.
Backe was the manager of Panathinaikos in Athens until 14 September 2006, when he was fired after just three games due to the team's poor performance in this time. Although Panathinaikos won two of three league matches, a 2–0 home loss to Ionikos and a 1–1 draw at home in a UEFA Cup tie against Ukrainian side Metalurh Zaporizhya led to his dismissal.
Assistant to Sven-Göran Eriksson
In July 2007, he was appointed as assistant manager at Manchester City in the Premier League, working alongside fellow countryman Sven-Göran Eriksson. Prior to being appointed as Manchester City assistant manager, he worked as a senior advisor for Östers IF as well as a football analyst and commentator for Swedish TV4. Backe briefly resigned his position at City after a family crisis in Sweden forced him to take compassionate leave shortly into his time at the club, but after a month was able to return at his former post. Along with Eriksson, Backe and first-team coach Tord Grip parted company with the Eastlands club, joining Mexico with the two Swedes.
On 27 October 2009, Backe was appointed as manager of Notts County; the Swedish coach signed a three-year contract with the club. He resigned just seven weeks later, on 15 December after a dispute about wages not being paid was announced. During his time with Notts County, Backe compiled 4 wins (including two FA Cup wins), 3 draws, and 2 losses.
New York Red Bulls
On 7 January 2010, Backe was named manager of New York Red Bulls. After a blistering start to the 2010 season, club fans began to create shirts and flags with his likeness, and these honors culminated in the birth of the Hans Backe Viking Army, an offshoot of the Empire Supporters Club and Garden State Supporters. In his first season with New York he coached the team to an Eastern Conference first-place finish. Then on 9 November 2012, it was announced that Backe would not extend his contract with the Red Bulls.
On 12 August 2015, Backe was named manager of Finland national football team, starting on 1 January 2016. His first official match with the team was held on 10 January 2016 and ended in a 0-3 defeat by Sweden.
Statistics accurate as of match played 9 October 2016.
|Djurgården||January 1982||December 1984||70||38||20||12||124||58||54.29|
|Molde FK||April 1985||October 1986||22||7||7||8||25||33||31.82|
|Hammarby IF||January 1987||December 1988||44||11||13||20||56||67||25.00|
|Östers IF||January 1989||December 1993||134||60||44||30||253||170||44.78|
|AIK||January 1994||June 1995||52||18||17||17||76||75||34.62|
|Stabæk||April 1996||October 1997||52||22||13||17||80||80||42.31|
|SV Salzburg||July 2000||September 2001||45||16||13||16||59||56||35.56|
|F.C. Copenhagen||17 September 2001||31 December 2005||199||110||56||33||336||179||55.28|
|Panathinaikos||1 July 2006||14 September 2006||3||2||0||1||5||3||66.67|
|Notts County||27 October 2009||15 December 2009||7||2||3||2||12||8||28.57|
|New York Red Bulls||7 January 2010||9 November 2012||98||41||31||26||145||119||41.84|
|Finland||1 January 2016||Present||9||0||2||7||4||20||0.00|
- Division 2 Norra: 1982
- Danish Superliga: 2002–03, 2003–04
- Danish Cup: 2004
- Danish Super Cup: 2001, 2004
- Danish Cup: Runners-up 2002
- Notts County appoint Hans Backe as Manager
- County confirm Backe
- RBNY names Hans Backe head coach
- Red Bulls clinch Eastern Conference
- "Red Bulls Announce Contract for Hans Backe Will Not Be Extended". New York Red Bulls. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
- Hans Backe appointed head coach of Finland men's national team
- "Backen debyytti Huuhkajissa päättyi murskatappioon". yle.fi (in Finnish). Yle Uutiset. 10 January 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2016.