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Didn't see this June 14 article posted anywhere yet ....

Osieck gets new job with FIFA


Former Canadian soccer coach Holger Osieck has a new job — technical director with FIFA, the world governing body of soccer.

The position is based out of Zurich, Osieck's wife said Monday in confirming the position. The Osiecks are in the process of leaving their Toronto-area home and moving back to Europe.

Holger Osieck is currently in Portugal where he is a member of UEFA's technical study group for EURO 2004.

He is one of nine coaches in the group, who are responsible for analysing tactical and technical trends at the 16-country tournament.

Others on the committee are Jozef Venglos (Slovakia), Rinus Michels (Netherlands), Berti Vogts (Germany), Gerard Houllier (France), Roy Hodgson (England), Anghel Iordanescu (Romania), Gyorgy Mezey (Hungary), and team co-ordinator Andy Roxburgh (Scotland), UEFA's technical director since 1994.

In addition to attending the matches, the group will also study the teams to watch how they prepare and train at the competition.

"The aim is to observe trends, highlight talking points and stimulate debate," Roxburgh was quoted on the official Euro 2004 website.

Osieck performed a similar role for FIFA at the 2002 World Cup finals in Japan and South Korea.

The 55-year-old Osieck made the 10-man short list recently for the vacant South Korean national coaching job.

The German native stepped down as head coach of the Canadian men's team last September, after five years at the helm and a 20-17-9 record.

The national team was ranked 78th in the world when he left, compared to No. 95 now.

Osieck helped elevate the sport to an all-time high in Canada, leading the Canadians to an unexpected Gold Cup win in 2000. That championship run rocketed Canada 24 places to No. 61 in the world rankings and introduced the Canadians to the rarified air of the 2001 Confederation Cup in Japan, where Canada tied Brazil 0-0 in the tournament of continental champions.

He also oversaw a 15-game unbeaten streak, that included the 2000 Gold Cup.

Prior to coming to Canada, Osieck spent 11 years in the German Football Federation and was an assistant coach when Germany won the World Cup in 1990 under Franz Beckenbauer.

Osieck went on to coach club teams in Germany, Turkey and Japan before signing on with Canada.

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15 game unbeaten streak? didnt know about that....I dont think that comparison of our nat. team ranking when he left (78) and what it is now (95) is really fair. Under Yallop i think we should be able to crack the top 60, especially if we pull an Aussie with our win(s) vs belize.

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