Ján Kocian

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Ján Kocian
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Personal information
Full name Ján Kocian
Date of birth (1958-03-13) 13 March 1958 (age 61)
Place of birth Zlaté Moravce, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Yemen (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1979 ZŤS Martin
1979–1988 FK Dukla Banská Bystrica 209 (20)
1988–1993 FC St. Pauli 129 (8)
National team
1984–1992 Czechoslovakia 26 (0)
Teams managed
1993–1995 Slovakia (assistant manager)
1996–1997 FK Dukla Banská Bystrica
1997–1998 Petra Drnovice
1999 FC Košice
1999–2002 1. FC Köln (assistant manager)
2002–2004 Eintracht Frankfurt (assistant manager)
2005 Rot-Weiss Erfurt
2005–2006 Sportfreunde Siegen
2006–2008 Slovakia
2008–2009 Austria (assistant manager)
2011 Jiangsu Sainty
2011–2012 South China
2013–2014 Ruch Chorzów
2014–2015 Pogoń Szczecin
2016–2017 Podbeskidzie
2018–2019 Yemen
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ján Kocian (born 13 March 1958) is a Slovak football coach and former player who manages the Yemen national team.[1]


During his playing days, he made 209 appearances for FK Dukla Banská Bystrica between 1979 and 1988 before moving on to German club FC St. Pauli, where he made another 147 appearances up to 1993.


He was capped 26 times by Czechoslovakia. Playing at sweeper as the team reached the 1990 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals, Kocian was voted the country's player of the year in 1990.

Coaching career[edit]

Kocian began his coaching career with Czech side FK Drnovice before moving to the German clubs FC Rot-Weiss Erfurt and Sportfreunde Siegen. He has also worked as an assistant at 1. FC Köln and Eintracht Frankfurt.

He was appointed the new head coach of the Slovakia national football team on 2 November 2006, replacing Dušan Galis. Previously, he had worked as an assistant to former national coach Dr Jozef Vengloš between 1993 and 1995. He was last seven months Assistant Coach from Karel Brückner by Austria between 4 March 2009.

On 8 December 2010, Kocian was officially announced as the new head coach for the Chinese Super League team Jiangsu Sainty F.C.[2]

On 28 June 2011, Kocian has been announced as the Hong Kong First Division League team South China AA's new head coach.[3] Despite being one of the highest-profile coaches ever to coach a Hong Kong club, his tenure with South China was generally viewed as a disappointment. South China finished 3rd in the 2011-12 Hong Kong First Division League, and were trophyless for the first time in six seasons. Kocian was not offered new contract at the end of the season

On 25 October 2018, Kocian has been announced as the manager of the Yemen national team.[4][5] After failing to win any single matches in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, he was found to have departed from the team, as the 2019 WAFF Championship coach of Yemen turned out to be Sami Hasan Al Nash and not Kocian in charge.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.profutbal.sk/ligy/pol1/clanok214526-Kocian_sa_vratil_do_Polska_na_pomoc_si_vzal_Goffu.htm
  2. ^ 江苏正式宣布签约新洋帅 科西安:我来执教不是为钱 (in Chinese). sina.com.cn. 8 December 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
  3. ^ "新教練 Jan Kocian" (in Chinese). South China Football Club official blog. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
  4. ^ "السلوفاكي جان كوسيان مدرباً للمنتخب الوطني الأول". www.yemenfa.com (in Arabic). Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  5. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46721547