Wednesday, 11th August 2010

Australia have appointed German Holger Osieck as their new national team boss in a surprise move. The 61-year-old was most recently managing in Japan, with Urawa Red Diamonds. Osieck has signed a two-year deal with Football Federation Australia.

Osieck may arrive as a relative unknown compared to more high profile candidates like Paul Le Guen and Carlos Alberto Parreira, but has significant experience. The Homburg-born coach served as Franz Beckenbauer’s assistant in the 1990 World Cup which West Germany won. Osieck has also coached in his native Germany, Turkey, and Canada in addition to Japan.

As successor to Pim Verbeek, Osieck must ensure a fine Australian performance at next year’s Asian Cup. He also has experience of Asian football, from his time in Japan, which will surely be invaluable.



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