Paul Munster

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Paul Munster
PaulMunster.jpg
Photo of Paul during a match
Personal information
Date of birth (1982-02-09) 9 February 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
–2001 Cliftonville
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 London City 19 (25)
2004–2005 Slavia Prague 3 (0)
2006 Örebro SK 7 (2)
2006 Bunkeflo IF 3 (3)
2007 Hradec Kralove 11 (10)
2008–2011 Linfield 112 (35)
2011 Anker Wismar 4 (0)
Teams managed
2012 Assyriska BK
2013 Örebro Syrianska IF
2014–2016 BK Forward
2016- Örebro SK (U-19)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Paul Munster (born 9 February 1982) is a retired professional footballer and the current Head Coach of Örebro SK U-19 team.

Playing career[edit]

Munster began his career at the youth level with Cliftonville in 2001.[1] He traveled to Kitchener, Ontario in order to conduct a six-week sport and school exchange to coach, while conducting lessons he severely torn his knee ligament.[2] As a result his club released him from his contract effectively sidelining his career. He returned to Canada in 2004 in order to assist Eddie Edgar with his coaching academy. Edgar secured him a trial with London City of the Canadian Professional Soccer League. After a successful trial he played with club's reserve squad, where he scored 12 goals in 3 matches to promote him to the first team.

He made his debut on 18 June 2004 against Metro Lions, where he scored in his debut in a 2-1 defeat.[3] What followed was a stellar season where he became an instant success by finishing as the league's top goalscorer with 25 goals in 19 appearances.[4] The league recognized his contributions with the CPSL Rookie of the Year award.[5]After an impressive debut season in the CPSL he was signed by Slavia Prague of the Czech First League.[6][7][8]He became the first Irishmen to play in the league when he made his debut on 21 November 2004 against FK Chmel Blšany.[9]

After one season with Slavia Prague where he appeared in 3 league matches and voted fans player of the month. In 2006, he went to Scandinavia to sign with Orebro SK of the Superettan.[10] Midway through the season he was transferred to Bunkeflo IF in the Division 1, where he assisted in promoting the club to the Superettan.[11][12]

He returned to the Czech Republic to play with SK Hradec Kralove in the Czech National Football League.[13][14] He finished as the club's top goalscorer with 10 goals.[15] In 2008, he returned home to sign with Linfield in the NIFL Premiership.[16][17][18]In his first season with Linfield the lethal striker scored an impressive 17 goals in 20 starts. Throughout his tenure with Linfield he won the league title and Irish Cup in 2009/10 and 2010/11, and was the club's top goalscorer in the 2009/2010 season.

In January 2011 Linfield rejected an offer from Hellas Verona of the Lega Pro.[19] The offer was turned down by the Belfast club, even though Munster was leaving in the summer as a free agent. After his contract expired he signed with FC Anker Wismar in the NOFV-Oberliga Nord.[20]

Coaching career[edit]

In 2012, he retired from competitive football in order to manage Assyriska BK in the Swedish Football Division 2.[21] The following season he was appointed manager for Örebro Syrianska IF in the Division 1.[22]In 2014, he was given managerial responsibilities to BK Forward, and was appointed head coach for the U-19 Orebro SK[23][24]

Honors[edit]

London City[edit]

Linfield F.C.[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CPSL - Canadian Professional Soccer League". 2004-12-13. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  2. ^ KERNAGHAN, Jim. "Munster ready for big leap". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. London Free Press. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  3. ^ "June 21, 2004 CPSL details of weekend games (from CPSL site)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  4. ^ "CPSL 2004 League Leading Scorers". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  5. ^ "October 9, 2004 CPSL Award Winners (from CPSL website)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  6. ^ "CPSL - Canadian Professional Soccer League". 2004-12-13. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  7. ^ Woile, Dennis Grebasch, Michael. "SK Slavia Praha 2004-05". en.eufo.de. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  8. ^ KERNAGHAN, Jim. "Another Munster appears bound for City". canoe.com. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  9. ^ "CPSL - Canadian Professional Soccer League". 2004-12-12. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  10. ^ "Irish Munster settles at Orebro". The World Game. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  11. ^ "Northern Ireland Players in Foreign Leagues". nifootball.blogspot.ca. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  12. ^ "Inför söndagens match: Koll på Bunkeflo! - Falkenbergs FF - Superettan | SvenskaFans.com". www.svenskafans.com (in Swedish). Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  13. ^ "FC Hradec Králové". 
  14. ^ "Paul Munster Hradec Kr. - Fotbal iDNES.cz". iDNES.cz. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  15. ^ "Munster tränar med ÖSK - Örebro SK - Allsvenskan | SvenskaFans.com". www.svenskafans.com (in Swedish). Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  16. ^ Woile, Dennis Grebasch, Michael. "Linfield FC 2008-09". en.eufo.de. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  17. ^ "Welcome to Linfield Football Club". 2012-02-19. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  18. ^ "Welcome to Linfield Football Club". 2008-09-18. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  19. ^ "Linfield dismiss Verona's £10k offer for Munster - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk". BelfastTelegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  20. ^ "FC Anker Wismar :: DFB - Deutscher Fußball-Bund e.V.". datencenter.dfb.de. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  21. ^ "Paul Munster till FC Assyriska...". FC Assyriska (in Swedish). Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  22. ^ "Swede dreams are made of this... MUNSTER IS LOVING SCANDANAVIAN LIFE. - Free Online Library". www.thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  23. ^ "Paul Munster | Eyravallen". eyravallen.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  24. ^ "Örebro SK Fotboll U19 | laget.se". www.laget.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 2017-03-07.