Thomas Dooley

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Thomas Dooley
Thomas Dooley 1994 stamp of Nicaragua.jpg
Dooley in 1994 postage stamp of Nicaragua
Personal information
Full name Thomas Dennis Dooley
Date of birth (1961-05-12) May 12, 1961 (age 61)
Place of birth Bechhofen, West Germany
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Position(s) Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Youth career
0000–1979 TuS Eintracht 1912 Bechhofen
1979–1981 TuS Landstuhl
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1983 FK Pirmasens 40 (17)
1983–1988 FC Homburg 121 (20)
1988–1993 1. FC Kaiserslautern 128 (14)
1994–1995 Bayer Leverkusen 21 (3)
1995–1997 Schalke 04 28 (3)
1997–2000 Columbus Crew 73 (7)
2000–2001 MetroStars 22 (0)
Total 433 (64)
International career
1992–1999 United States 81 (7)
Managerial career
2002–2003 1. FC Saarbrücken
2011–2014 United States (assistant)[1]
2014–2018 Philippines
2019–2020 Viettel (sporting director)
2021 Sri Pahang
2022 Philippines
Men's Soccer
Representing  United States
Runner-up CONCACAF Gold Cup 1993
Runner-up CONCACAF Gold Cup 1998
Representing  Philippines (as manager)
Runner-up AFC Challenge Cup 2014
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Thomas Dooley (born May 12, 1961) is an American former soccer player and coach. He played as a defender and defensive midfielder and was a long-time member and former captain of the United States national team. Dooley recently served as the head coach of the Philippines national team.

Early life[edit]

Dooley was born to a German mother and a U.S. Army father.[2]

Club career[edit]

Dooley played as a forward with amateur team FK Pirmasens. He started his professional career in 1984 with third division club FC Homburg. He moved to midfield with Homburg and helped the team move steadily up the German leagues, until they finally reached the Bundesliga.[3]

He moved to 1. FC Kaiserslautern in 1988 and helped them to the German Cup in 1990 and the Bundesliga title in 1991. He also played as they won the 1991 DFB-Supercup.[4] After the 1994 World Cup, he moved to Bayer Leverkusen, and to Schalke 04 a year after that, helping them to the 1997 UEFA Cup title.

At the end of the season, he moved to Major League Soccer (MLS), signing with the Columbus Crew. Dooley spent three seasons in Columbus, and was named to the MLS Best XI in both 1997 and 1998. In 2000, Thomas was traded to the MetroStars for Mike Duhaney, partially to help support Lothar Matthäus' adjustment to the United States. Dooley played one year for the Metros before retiring from playing soccer.

International career[edit]

As US Soccer started to look abroad for players eligible to play for its national team in advance of its hosting the 1994 FIFA World Cup, Dooley was discovered. He made his first international appearance on May 30 against Ireland. Dooley became a regular for the US almost immediately, being named U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year in 1993 and then playing every minute at the 1994 World Cup, including the match against Colombia which the U.S. won 2–1. After John Harkes was dismissed from the U.S. national team, Dooley was named captain for the 1998 World Cup, and started every game for the U.S.[5]

On February 21, 1999, Dooley was given a send-off match by the United States in a friendly against Chile.[6] He ended his international career with 81 caps and seven goals.[2]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list United States' goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Dooley goal.
List of international goals scored by Thomas Dooley
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 June 9, 1993 Foxborough, Massachusetts  England 1–0 2–0 Friendly (1993 U.S. Cup)
2 June 13, 1993 Chicago, Illinois  Germany 1–1 3–4 Friendly (1993 U.S. Cup)
3 3–4
4 July 14, 1993 Dallas, Texas  Panama 2–1 2–1 1993 CONCACAF Gold Cup
5 June 18, 1995 Washington, D.C.  Mexico 2–0 4–0 Friendly
6 June 16, 1996 Pasadena, California  Mexico 2–2 2–2 Friendly
7 November 10, 1996 Richmond, Virginia  Trinidad and Tobago 1–0 2–0 1998 FIFA World Cup Qualifying

Coaching career[edit]


After retiring, Dooley went back to Germany and became the head coach of FC Saarbrücken in 2002, becoming the first American to coach a team in Europe.

United States[edit]

Dooley was appointed by US national team coach Jürgen Klinsmann to be an assistant coach in the match against Mexico on August 10, 2011.[1]


Thomas Dooley (center left) with Philippine national team manager, Dan Palami (center right) along with officials from the Institute of Plant Breeding and Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development

In February 2014, Dooley signed a one-year deal with the Philippine Football Federation to handle the Philippines national team.[7] His first match was a friendly against Malaysia which ended 0–0,[8] and a few days later, narrowly lost to European side Azerbaijan 1–0.[9] Dooley earned his first win for the Philippines after his charges defeated Nepal 3–0 in another friendly match in Qatar.[10]

Dooley earned national team manager Dan Palami's praise after his first few matches in charge. Palami commended Dooley's ability to foster a better understanding of the game to his squad and give subs and reserves chances to step up in the absence of star players."Our players have a better understanding of the role they have to play in their respective positions under Dooley's system that anyone can step up even if we don't have our stars playing," Palami said.[11]

The Philippine national team came close to qualifying to the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. They failed to qualify after they lost 0–1 to Palestine in the final of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup.[12] Two months after the tournament, Stephan Schröck and Dennis Cagara resigned from the national team over tensions with Dooley.[13] Schröck had disagreement with the setup of the national team under Dooley but has made amends with the coach in 2015 and briefly played once again for the Philippines though undisclosed issues surfaced in 2016.[14]

In his first match coaching the Philippines in a World Cup qualifier, Dooley's team defeated Bahrain 2–1.[15] After an impressive run in qualifying that included a 3–2 win over North Korea that was considered an upset, Dooley's contract was extended for two years.[16]

Dooley failed to get the Philippines past the group stage at the 2016 AFF Championship, which the Philippines co-hosted with Myanmar. He managed to secure qualification for the Philippines for their first Asian Cup stint in the 2019 by winning 2–1 over Tajikistan in March 2018.[17] The coach's contract with the Philippines ended on March 31, 2018[18] after the historic match.[19][13] Dooley's contract was not renewed and the PFF announced Terry Butcher as his successor in June 2018.[20]


In 2019, Dooley was appointed as sporting director of V.League 1 club Viettel.[21][22] During his tenure, Viettel won the 2020 V.League 1 title.

Sri Pahang[edit]

In January 2021, Dooley was appointed as head coach of Malaysia Super League club Sri Pahang, replacing Dollah Salleh.[23] Three months after his appointment, Dooley was sacked by Sri Pahang together with his assistant coach, Christophe Gamel and was replaced by former head coach Dollah Salleh. After being sacked, he was immediately appointed as adviser of Sri Pahang U21 team while Gamel was appointed as head coach.[24][25]

Return to Philippines[edit]

In May 2022, Dooley was reappointed as head coach of the Philippines national team ahead of the third round of 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers, replacing Scott Cooper.[26][27][28] He signed a short-term deal with an option to extend depending on the qualification of the Philippines to the 2023 AFC Asian Cup.[29]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played June 14, 2022
Team Nat. From To Record
M W D L GF GA GD Win %
1. FC Saarbrücken Germany January 18, 2002 June 30, 2002 15 4 2 9 16 39 −23 026.67
Philippines Philippines February 3, 2014 March 31, 2018 42 18 11 13 63 53 +10 042.86
Sri Pahang Malaysia January 3, 2021 March 14, 2021 3 0 1 2 1 5 −4 000.00
Philippines Philippines May 25, 2022 June 15, 2022 3 1 1 1 1 4 −3 033.33


Media related to Thomas Dooley at Wikimedia Commons

  1. ^ a b "Jurgen Klinsmann sets U.S. roster". ESPN FC. ESPN. Associated Press. Retrieved October 7, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Brian Sciaretta (February 20, 2014). "Thomas Dooley Takes Over Philippines National Team". American Soccer Now. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  3. ^ "Dooley, USA's German giant". FIFA. Archived from the original on June 13, 2009. Retrieved January 21, 2010.
  4. ^ "Deutscher Supercup, 1991, Finale". October 16, 2014. Retrieved November 5, 2020.
  5. ^ Thomas DooleyFIFA competition record (archived)
  6. ^ "Ex-US skipper Dooley is new Azkals coach: report". ABS-CBN News. January 31, 2014. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  7. ^ Teng Kiat (February 7, 2014). "Philippines appoint Dooley as new coach". Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  8. ^ "Malaysia 0 – 0 Philippines Match report – 3/1/14 Friendlies". March 1, 2014. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  9. ^ "First half header lifts Azerbaijan past PHL Azkals". GMA News Online. March 6, 2014. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  10. ^ Ceres Lina (April 12, 2014). "Dooley picks up first win as Azkals coach after 3–0 blowout versus Nepal". GMA News Online. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  11. ^ "Palami likes Azkals' chances in AFC Challenge Cup". Rappler. April 22, 2014. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  12. ^ Moore, Roy (May 31, 2014). "Azkals forced to settle for second place at 2014 AFC Challenge Cup". GMA News. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  13. ^ a b Go, Beatrice (March 28, 2018). "No decision yet on Dooley's contract according to Azkals manager Palami". Rappler. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  14. ^ Hammond, Ashley (March 16, 2018). "Axeing Schrock could come back to haunt Dooley". Gulf News International. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  15. ^ "Philippines upset Bahrain in World Cup qualifying". ESPN FC. ESPN. June 11, 2015. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  16. ^ Tupas, Cedelf (April 19, 2016). "Dooley stays Azkals coach for another two years". IGC. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  17. ^ Duerden, John (March 28, 2018). "Philippines rally to make history and qualify for first-ever Asian Cup". ESPN 5. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  18. ^ Go, Beatrice (April 3, 2018). "Azkals move forward with possible new recruits, 'bayanihan' initiatives – Palami". Rappler. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  19. ^ Leongson, Randolph (April 3, 2018). "Palami on Dooley's status with Azkals: 'A lot of reasons for him to be extended'". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  20. ^ Saldajeno, Ivan Stewart (June 16, 2018). "Dooley respects PFF decision to replace him with Butcher". Philippine News Agency. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  21. ^ Tâm, Băng (May 26, 2022). "'Người cũ' CLB Viettel làm HLV trưởng Philippines" (in Vietnamese). An ninh Thủ đô. Retrieved May 27, 2022.
  22. ^ Pedralvez, Manolo (May 27, 2022). "Ex Azkals coach Thomas Dooley hails Younghusbands — 'Pleasure to work with them'". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved May 27, 2022.
  23. ^ "Ex-US captain Dooley replaces Dollah as Pahang coach". New Straits Times. January 3, 2021. Retrieved May 27, 2022.
  24. ^ Awang, Asrol (April 8, 2021). "Dooley, Gamel tak dipecat" (in Malay). Berita Harian. Retrieved May 27, 2022.
  25. ^ Azharie, Farah (April 10, 2021). "Bernhardt joins the ranks of the 'rested'". New Straits Times. Retrieved May 27, 2022.
  26. ^ "Thomas Dooley returns as Azkals Head Coach". Philippine Football Federation. May 25, 2022. Retrieved May 25, 2022.
  27. ^ "Football: Thomas Dooley back as Azkals head coach". ABS-CBN News. May 25, 2022. Retrieved May 27, 2022.
  28. ^ Micaller, Bea (May 25, 2022). "Thomas Dooley back at the helm of Philippine Azkals". GMA News. Retrieved May 27, 2022.
  29. ^ Cabatbat, Erel (May 26, 2022). "The comeback kid". The Manila Standard. Retrieved May 27, 2022.
Sporting positions
Preceded by United States captain
Succeeded by