Ange Postecoglou

Ange Postecoglou

Postecoglou during the 2015 AFC Asian Cup tour in 2014
Personal information
Full name Angelos Postecoglou
Date of birth (1965-08-27) 27 August 1965
Place of birth Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, Greece
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Australia (head coach)
Youth career
1978–1983 South Melbourne
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1993 South Melbourne 193 (19)
1994 Western Suburbs[1] (4)
National team
1985 Australia U-20 13 (1)
1986 Australia 4 (0)
Teams managed
1996–2000 South Melbourne
2000–2005 Australia U-17
2000–2007 Australia U-20
2008 Panachaiki
2009–2012 Brisbane Roar
2012–2013 Melbourne Victory
2013– Australia

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Angelos "Ange" Postecoglou (Greek: Άγγελος Ποστέκογλου) is an Australian former football (soccer) player and the head coach of the Australia national soccer team. He is one of the most successful Australian club coaches with two premierships, four championships and a continental title.

Early life

Postecoglou was born in Athens, Greece, and emigrated to Australia from his native country at the age of five, growing up in Melbourne, Victoria.[2][3] In his early years he grew up playing Australian rules football[4] and is a lifelong supporter of the Carlton Football Club in the Australian Football League.[5] Postecoglou supports Liverpool.[6]

Playing career

Postecoglou played 193 games from 1984 to 1993 for South Melbourne in the National Soccer League, where he was involved in their 1984 and 1990–91 titles, the latter as captain, before moving into coaching.

International career

In his international playing career, Postecoglou represented Australia on four occasions between 1986 to 1988 as well as representing Australia at youth level in 1985.[7]

Coaching career

South Melbourne

Postecoglou coached South Melbourne from 1996[8] until 2000. He led them to consecutive National Soccer League titles in 1997–98 and 1998–99, as well as winning the 1999 Oceania Club Championship, which in turn led to their participation in the 2000 FIFA Club World Championship.[9] After the 1999–2000 NSL season, he stood down from the South Melbourne coaching role when he was appointed coach of the Australian youth team. He is the only person to have been involved in all four of South Melbourne's NSL title-winning teams, the first two as a player and the latter two as coach.

Young Socceroos

Following his domestic coaching success, Postecoglou became coach of Australia's youth sides in 2000. During his tenure, he played a role in identifying and developing Australian players.[10][11] Postecoglou was involved in an on-air argument with football pundit Craig Foster on The World Game.[12][13] He was replaced as coach in February 2007 after the Australia failed to qualify for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup. After his departure as coach of the Australian youth teams,[14] Postecoglou worked as a football pundit for Fox Sports and as an elite consultant to Football Federation Victoria.


Postecoglou coached the third division Greek club, Panachaiki Patras, from March 2008 to December 2008.[15]

Brisbane Roar

On 16 October 2009, Postecoglou was signed as the new Brisbane Roar coach, replacing Frank Farina.[16] Postecoglou started rebuilding the team by getting rid of Liam Reddy, Craig Moore, Bob Malcolm and Charlie Miller. Tommy Oar, Michael Zullo and Adam Sarota were bought by Dutch club FC Utrecht and striker Sergio van Dijk went to Adelaide United.[17] Postecoglou, who asked to be judged a year from the time he took over, proved the critics wrong by winning and playing an entertaining brand of football.[18][19][20][21] The Roar's possession based style of play under Postecoglou earned them the nickname "Roarcelona".[22]

The 4–0 win against Adelaide United in round 13 was highly praised in the media as some of the best football the A-League has ever seen.[23][24] Postecoglou led the Roar to the Premiership and Championship in the 2010–11 season, winning the Grand Final 4–2 on penalties against the Central Coast Mariners in front of 52,168 people at Lang Park. The Roar only lost one game all season and went on a 36-game unbeaten run, which broke the previous Australian football record.[25] On 18 March 2011, he signed a two-year extension with the club keeping him until the 2013–14 season.[26][27]

Postecoglou's side continued their winning streak in the 2011–12 season and now hold the all-time Australian football code record for longest undefeated sporting streak of 36 games, surpassing rugby league side Eastern Suburbs' record set 74 years ago.[28] Postecoglou is managed by sports management company Football Focus International. In the 2011–12 season, Brisbane Roar became the first team to win back-to-back A-League championships and Postecoglou became the most successful Australian domestic football (soccer) coach, with four national titles.[29]

On 24 April 2012, Postecoglou announced his resignation as head coach of Brisbane Roar. Postecoglou left the Roar after two-and-a-half years, during which he led the club to back-to-back A-League championships, a premiership and consecutive qualification for the AFC Champions League.[30]

Melbourne Victory

On 26 April 2012, it was announced that he had signed a three-year contract with A-League club Melbourne Victory as head coach.[31] Postecoglou started rebuilding the team by releasing Matthew Kemp, Grant Brebner, Rodrigo Vargas, Tom Pondeljak, Ante Čović, Carlos Hernández, Harry Kewell and Fabio Alves, with Jean Carlos Solórzano and Ubay Luzardo returned to their respective clubs after their loan deals had expired. Postecoglou rounded up his squad by signing Jonathan Bru, Guilherme Finkler, Adama Traoré, Marcos Flores, Mark Milligan, Theo Markelis, Sam Gallagher and Spase Dilevski.

Postecoglou's first game in charge of Melbourne Victory was the Round 1 clash against crosstown rivals Melbourne Heart, an encounter which the Victory lost 2–1. His first win came against Adelaide United in Round 4, with the Victory prevailing 2–1. The following year, Melbourne Victory made the A-League Preliminary Final after beating Perth Glory in an Elimination Final 2–1 at Docklands Stadium. Melbourne Victory then played in the Preliminary Final against Central Coast Mariners and lost 2–0.

Australian national team

Postecoglou was appointed head coach of Australia on 23 October 2013 on a five-year contract, replacing German Holger Osieck, who was sacked after successive 6–0 defeats to Brazil and France.[32][33] Postecoglou was tasked with regenerating the Australian national team, which was deemed to have been too reliant on members of their Golden Generation of 2006, subsequently leading to a stagnation of results, culminating in successive 6–0 defeats to Brazil and France.[34][35][36][37][38][39][40][41][42][43][44] In his first game as Australia's manager, a home friendly match against Costa Rica, Australia won 1–0, courtesy of a goal from Tim Cahill.[45]

2014 FIFA World Cup

Postecoglou in 2014

For the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Australia were drawn in Group B alongside holders Spain, 2010 runners-up Netherlands and Chile.[46] Their first match was off to a lacklustre start, having conceded only a goal from Tim Cahill before losing to South America's Chile 3–1. Their second match against the Netherlands was a close one, but their efforts ended in a 3–2 loss, thus earning their early exit along with the Spanish team. Australian fans praised the team for their outstanding efforts in a tough group. In the end, Australia finished Group B with a third defeat to former world champions Spain 3–0. Australia's competitive World Cup performances in a difficult group lead to belief that a new Golden Generation was about to begin,[47][48] although at that time nobody thought this would be a new Golden Generation.

2015 AFC Asian Cup

Postecoglou coached Australia in 2015 AFC Asian Cup. Australia beat Kuwait 4–1 and Oman 4–0, but lost to South Korea 0–1 in the qualifying rounds, before beating China (2–0) in quarter-final and United Arab Emirates (2–0) in the semi-final. Australia then beat South Korea 2–1 in extra time to win in the final to win its first AFC Asian Cup.

Australia results

# Date Venue Opponent Result Goalscorers Competition
1 19 November 2013 Australia Sydney, Australia  Costa Rica 1–0 Tim Cahill Friendly
2 5 March 2014 England London, England  Ecuador 3–4 Tim Cahill (2) & Mile Jedinak Friendly
3 26 May 2014 Australia Sydney, Australia  South Africa 1–1 Tim Cahill Friendly
4 6 June 2014 Brazil Salvador, Brazil  Croatia 0–1 Friendly
5 13 June 2014 Brazil Cuiabá, Brazil  Chile 1–3 Tim Cahill 2014 FIFA World Cup
6 18 June 2014 Brazil Porto Alegre, Brazil  Netherlands 2–3 Tim Cahill & Mile Jedinak 2014 FIFA World Cup
7 23 June 2014 Brazil Curitiba, Brazil  Spain 0–3 2014 FIFA World Cup
8 4 September 2014 Belgium Liège, Belgium  Belgium 0–2 Friendly
9 8 September 2014 England London, England  Saudi Arabia 3–2 Tim Cahill, Mile Jedinak & Bailey Wright Friendly
10 10 October 2014 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates  United Arab Emirates 0–0 Friendly
11 14 October 2014 Qatar Doha, Qatar  Qatar 0–1 Friendly
12 18 November 2014 Japan Osaka, Japan  Japan 1–2 Tim Cahill Friendly
13 9 January 2015 Australia Melbourne, Australia  Kuwait 4–1 Tim Cahill, Massimo Luongo, Mile Jedinak & James Troisi 2015 AFC Asian Cup
14 13 January 2015 Australia Sydney, Australia  Oman 4–0 Matt McKay, Robbie Kruse, Mark Milligan & Tomi Juric 2015 AFC Asian Cup
15 17 January 2015 Australia Brisbane, Australia  South Korea 0–1 2015 AFC Asian Cup
16 22 January 2015 Australia Brisbane, Australia  China PR 2–0 Tim Cahill (2) 2015 AFC Asian Cup
17 27 January 2015 Australia Newcastle, Australia  United Arab Emirates 2–0 Trent Sainsbury & Jason Davidson 2015 AFC Asian Cup
18 31 January 2015 Australia Sydney, Australia  South Korea 2–1 Massimo Luongo & James Troisi 2015 AFC Asian Cup Final
19 25 March 2015 Germany Kaiserslautern, Germany  Germany 2–2 James Troisi & Mile Jedinak Friendly
20 31 March 2015 Republic of Macedonia Skopje, FYR of Macedonia  Macedonia 0–0 Friendly
21 17 June 2015 Kyrgyzstan Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan  Kyrgyzstan 2–1 Mile Jedinak & Tommy Oar 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
22 3 September 2015 Australia Perth, Australia  Bangladesh 5–0 Mathew Leckie, Tom Rogić (2), Nathan Burns & Aaron Mooy 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
23 8 September 2015 Tajikistan Dushanbe, Tajikistan  Tajikistan 3–0 Mark Milligan & Tim Cahill (2) 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
24 8 October 2015 Jordan Amman, Jordan  Jordan 0–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
25 12 November 2015 Australia Canberra, Australia  Kyrgyzstan 3–0 Mile Jedinak (P), Tim Cahill & Ildar Amirov (OG) 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
26 17 November 2015 Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh  Bangladesh 4–0 Tim Cahill (3) & Mile Jedinak 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
27 24 March 2016 Australia Adelaide, Australia  Tajikistan 7–0 Massimo Luongo, Mile Jedinak (P), Mark Milligan (P), Nathan Burns (2) & Tom Rogic (2) 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
28 29 March 2016 Australia Sydney, Australia  Jordan 5–1 Tim Cahill (2), Aaron Mooy, Tom Rogic & Massimo Luongo 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
29 27 May 2016 England Sunderland, England  England 1–2 Eric Dier (OG) Friendly
30 4 June 2016 Australia Sydney, Australia  Greece 1–0 Mathew Leckie Friendly
31 7 June 2016 Australia Melbourne, Australia  Greece 1–2 Trent Sainsbury Friendly
32 1 September 2016 Australia Perth, Australia  Iraq 2–0 Massimo Luongo & Tomi Juric 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
33 6 September 2016 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates  United Arab Emirates 1–0 Tim Cahill 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
34 6 October 2016 Saudi Arabia Jeddah, Saudi Arabia  Saudi Arabia 2–2 Trent Sainsbury & Tomi Juric 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
35 11 October 2016 Australia Melbourne, Australia  Japan 1–1 Mile Jedinak (P) 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
36 15 November 2016 Thailand Bangkok, Thailand  Thailand 2–2 Mile Jedinak (2 P) 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification




South Melbourne



South Melbourne
Brisbane Roar


Australia U-17
Australia U-20



With Brisbane Roar FC

Managerial statistics

As of 15 November 2016
Team Nat From To Record
South Melbourne FC Australia 1996 2000 127 68 27 32 53.54
Australia U-20 Australia 2000 2007
Panachaiki Greece March 2008 December 2008
Brisbane Roar Australia 16 October 2009 24 April 2012 80 42 22 16 52.50
Melbourne Victory Australia 26 April 2012 25 October 2013 32 15 7 10 46.88
Australia Australia 23 October 2013 Present 36 17 7 12 47.22
Total 275 142 63 70 51.64


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