Valère Billen

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Valère Billen
Personal information
Date of birth 23 November 1952
Place of birth Belgium
Teams managed
Years Team
2005–2006 Ujpest FC (assistant)
2006 Ujpest FC[1]
2007 Sint-Truidense V.V.
2008–2009 Dessel Sport
2009–2011 Beerschot A.C. (youth)[2]
2011–2012 KVK Tienen[3]
2012–2013 Swaziland
2012 Swaziland U20
2014–2016 KFC Duffel
2016 KVK Tienen

Valère Billen (born 23 November 1952 in Belgium) is a Belgian football coach. He has coached in Ivory Coast where he managed Satellite FC Abidjan.[4]

Swaziland[edit]

National Team[edit]

Appointed Swaziland head coach in 2012 on a one-year contract,[5] Billen was bought a new car by the National Football Association of Swaziland as a mode of conveyance was one of the rules his contract embodied.[6] With a monthly salary of 100000 Swaziland lilangenis,[7][8] and the Swaziland Football Association spending 40000 on his rent, the Belgian's first match was a friendly against Lesotho in October,[9] losing 2-1.[10] Two days later, he helped them achieve a 1-0 victory over Lesotho again.[11] Praising his players for their efforts that game,[12] his charges held Lesotho to a 0-0 stalemate[13] in their third and final friendly in preparation for the 2014 African Nations Championship qualifying two-legged round opposing Angola,[14] losing 0-1 both legs. That same month, the former footballer stated that his desire was to work with local coaches and predicted a rise in the FIFA World Rankings, claiming that they would improve dramatically over time.[15] In 2013, he went with the national selection to participate in the 2013 COSAFA Cup, not having a presentiment of failure and predicting that they would overcome all seemingly insuperable obstacles and deliver a good showing in the tournament;[16] however, despite a draw with Botswana in their opener,[17] the Sihlangu never progressed past the group stage, losing 2-0 twice to Kenya and Lesotho with Billen reconsidering his job as coach.[18] Being thrashed 10-0 by Egypt in a friendly worsened the trainer's position, with fans requesting for his immediate dismissal as they were not expecting such a scoreline;[19] but, despite fan pressure, the National Football Association of Swaziland still did not sack Billen[20] until November 2013, with local Harris Bulunga taking up the interim post.[21] The reason they gave for his firing was that he was in Belgium too often and spent more time there rather than helping the Swaziland Football Association.[21]

The coach temporarily returned to Belgium to care for his mother, who was ill.[22]

One year succeeding his appointment, Billen criticized his Swazi coaching colleagues, saying that they never allowed him to share his ideas.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/news/newsid=436772.html
  2. ^ http://www.gva.be/cnt/aid861588/valere-billen-landt-op-t-kiel
  3. ^ http://www.voetbalbelgie.be/nl/article.php?id=38391
  4. ^ http://www.gva.be/cnt/oid10987/archief-valere-billen-wordt-trainer-in-ivoorkust
  5. ^ https://www.supersport.com/football/africa/news/120831/Swaziland_appoint_Belgian_Billen
  6. ^ http://www.times.co.sz/sports/82694-fa-buys-e250-000-car-for-billen.html
  7. ^ http://www.times.co.sz/sports/92980-no-salary-complaints-from-billen-%E2%80%98bomber%E2%80%99.html
  8. ^ http://www.times.co.sz/sports/90676-billen-retains-e100-000-salary.html
  9. ^ https://news.ghanamma.com/2012/10/12/billens-first-step-of-a-long-journey/
  10. ^ http://www.times.co.sz/sports/80630-lesotho-spoil-billen-s-debut-as-silangu-coach.html
  11. ^ http://www.times.co.sz/index.php?news=80723&vote=5&aid=80723&Vote=Vote
  12. ^ http://www.times.co.sz/sports/80687-billen-full-of-praise-for-players.html
  13. ^ National-Football-Teams
  14. ^ http://www.times.co.sz/sports/79827-billen-wants-three-friendly-games-for-sihlangu.html
  15. ^ http://www.times.co.sz/sports/81073-billen-predicts-bright-future.html
  16. ^ https://www.supersport.com/football/news/130704/Swaziland_coach_in_confident_mood
  17. ^ https://www.supersport.com/football/cosafa-cup/news/130707/Botswana_stumbles_to_a_draw_v_Swaziland
  18. ^ http://www.times.co.sz/sports/89328-billen-undecided-about-sihlangu-job.html
  19. ^ http://www.times.co.sz/sports/85674-fa-billen-must-resign-after-10-0-loss.html
  20. ^ http://www.times.co.sz/sports/89988-billen-stays-%E2%80%93-fa.html
  21. ^ a b http://www.africatopsports.com/2013/11/05/valere-billen-le-selectionneur-belge-du-swaziland-vire/
  22. ^ http://www.times.co.sz/sports/91075-sihlangu-coach-billen-still-at-home.html
  23. ^ http://www.times.co.sz/sports/85182-swazi-coaches-are-lazy-billen.html

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