Gede considered top choice for national coach
HA NOI — German coach
Hans Juergen Gede is the current favourite among the shortlisted candidates for
the national football coaching post, which has been vacant since Austrian Alfred
Riedl quit last December following the U-23 team’s unsuccessful performance at
the Thailand Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
The National Coaching
Council finalised the narrowed list of nominees for the position at a meeting on
Tuesday. The list will be submitted this week to senior officials of the Viet
Nam Football Federation (VFF) for approval.
The council set up the
following standards for choosing the eighth foreign chief coach of the national
squad: possessing a comprehensive knowledge of Asian football; coaching for at
least one national team; having a good plan for the team’s development; and
Other candidates include
two Croatians, Branko Ivankovic and Zoran Vulic, Dragoslav Stepanovic from
Serbia and Francisco Maturana Garcia from Colombia.
career biography of Hans Juergen Gede
born on November 14, 1956 in Germany.
He was a halfback for Schalke in the Bundesliga tournament
(1975-76&1976-77), playing in 33 matches and scoring 2 goals.
After that he played for Preussen Muenster (1977-79) and Fortuna Cologne
(1979-91) in 414 matches, recording 58 goals.
Achievements: The second top team in 1983 with the Cologne team and the
second top team of Bundesliga with the Schalke team in 1977.
In 1991, Gede as coach brought the second-division Fortuna Cologne team
to the Bundesliga but he stepped down one year later.
In 1994, he was the coach of the Persepolis club in Tehran, Iran and a
third-tier team in Germany, KSV HEssen Kassel in 1996-97. In 1998, Gede
led the U23 squad of Iran.
From 1999-2001, Gede was the coach of SV Lippstadt 08, a third-tier club
in Germany and then assistant coach for another third-tier team,
In April 2005 he became the chief coach of the Uzbekistan national squad
but he was in this post for only one month. From 2005-2006, he led the
Tarbiat Badani Yazd club of Iran and then the Al-Ahli club of Bahrain.
The Colombian, 59, had
been the brightest candidate and one with an impressive background. Garcia led
two Spanish teams, Real Valladolid and Atletico Madrid, the national teams of
Colombia, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Peru and now Trinidad&Tobago, but he took
himself off of the list after signing a contract with the Trinidad and Tobago
The two Croatians, who
each have a better Asian football background, however, are not likely to accept
the VFF’s offer: Vulic just got a well-paid job with the Luc-Energia
Vladivostok club while Ivankovic, who satisfies most of the standards set by the
council, has been invited to come back to coach the Iranian team. Ivankovic is
now the coach of the Dinamo Zagreb club.
Dragoslav Stepanovic only
asked a monthly salary of US$10,000, the lowest of the five finallists. However,
he has little knowledge of Vietnamese football and has never led a national
Gede, who submitted his
file late, has therefore become the one who best suits to the VFF’s criteria.
The German’s name was not in the list of 23 potential nominees, but he was
introduced as a candidate by a Vietnamese football expert who lives in Germany
and has won the VFF’s favour.
Both the members of the
council and officials of the VFF want to choose Gede as the new coach of the
"We have chosen the
five most suitable candidates, but frankly, we prefer the German expert,"
said council chairman Nguyen Sy Hien.
The council’s vice
chairman, Tran Van Phuc, also confirmed: "I’ve worked with German coaches
before, and they are masters of discipline and building physical strength. I
think Viet Nam needs this kind of expert."
Chief of the football
division of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism Mai Duc Chung said:
"In this context, we need a coach who can maintain discipline, run
hard-working practices, and improve the physical strength and professionalism of
our players. And a German coach is a good choice for these requirements."
A key member of the
national coaching board said if everything goes smoothly, Gede will be invited
to work as the chief coach of the national football team.
The council selected five
from the initial list of over 100 nominees. In the preliminary selection,
several outstanding coaches were rejected because of requesting too high a
salary (over $40,000 a month) or their age (over 60).
The VFF are contacting
these candidates and asking them to send their plans for developing Viet Nam’s
football squad. The federation hopes to choose the new coach this month.
According to a member of
the council, this list is for reference only and the VFF can select other
candidates as well.
Karl Weigang was the first
of Viet Nam’s seven foreign coaches and the only German. He took the helm in
1995 and is remembered for introducing a high spirit and physically strong
performance to the team that went on to win the 1997 SEA Games silver under his
Hien added that former
Portuguese coach Henriquez Calisto and German technical director Rainer Wilfield
are also likely to be approached for the job offer. — VNS