Ange Postecoglou Profile
|Born||Aug 27, 1965|
A relative unknown when he arrived in Glasgow in 2021, Ange Postecoglou became the first Australian manager to coach a major European club and swiftly restored Celtic to the top of the Scottish tree.
Postecoglou is a Greek-Australian football manager and currently the head coach of Scottish Premiership team Celtic.
He had a successful career as a player as a one-club man for South Melbourne, lifting the NSL Championship in 1984 and 1991. His time at the club included a spell where he was managed by footballing legend Ferenc Puskas, who influenced his future coaching style.
Postecoglou cut his managerial teeth in the Greek, Australian and Japanese domestic leagues, and also had a spell as the national coach of Australia.
The silverware he has collected as a manager includes the A-League, J1 League and the Scottish Premiership.
Early managerial career
After a spell as assistant manager, Postecoglou became head coach of South Melbourne in 1996 and guided them to NSL titles in 1997/98 and 1998/99, and the 1999 Oceania Club Championship.
He then took up roles coaching Australia's youth sides in 2000, but after missing out on qualifying for the 2007 U-20 World Cup and an on-air row with respected TV pundit Craig Foster his career went into decline.
His next move was Greek third division side Panachaiki, followed by a short stint at Whittlesea Zebras.
Postecoglou in the A League
Postecoglou joined the Roar in October 2009, and had great success winning the A-League Championship in back-to-back seasons.
The Greek-Australian's first year in the Premiership at the club brought a 36-game unbeaten run. The following year saw Brisbane win the A-league Championship again.
It was not just success that he brought to Brisbane, he also introduced high quality football.
Postecoglou joined Melbourne Victory for the 2012/13 season, but was unable to lift the A-League Championship with his new club before the Socceroos came knocking.
Postecoglou managing Australia
Postecoglou only made four appearances for the national side as a player, but he faired far better as head coach of the Socceroos.
He led Australia to the 2014 World Cup, where they finished bottom of a tough group that included Spain, the Netherlands and Chile.
But his managerial high point came when Australia lifted their first ever Asia Cup in 2015, defeating South Korea 2-1 after extra time.
He earned two draws in the group stages of the 2017 Confederations Cup and booked Australia's place in the 2018 World Cup, but resigned shortly after securing qualification in November 2017.
Postecoglou managed 49 Australia games, claiming 22 wins with a win rate of 44.9%.
Success in Japan
Less than a month after his resignation from the Australian national team Postecoglou was announced as manager of the Yokohoma F. Marinos in Japan's J-League.
After struggling in his first season with a calamitous defence that leaked too many goals, the club finished in 12th, and lost in the final of the J-League Cup. But Postecoglou bounced back in 2019.
He guided F. Marinos to their first title in 15 years and became the first Australian manager to win the J-League.
The 2020 season was heavily impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and F. Marinos eventually finished in 9th place. He left the club in June 2021 to join Celtic.
Postecoglou at Celtic
The atmosphere that Postecoglou walked into at Celtic was downbeat following a season that saw them fail to secure ten title victories in a row.
With the departure of key figures like Scott Brown, Odsonne Edouard, Kristoffer Ajer and Ryan Christie, Postecoglu had a big rebuilding job on his hands.
Over the course of his first season Celtic signed seventeen first-team players, most notably several names from the J-League including Kyogo Furuhashi, Daezan Maeda, Reo Hetate and Yosuke Ideguchi joining the club. These signings were supplemented by Premier League experience in the form of Joe Hart, James McCarthy and Cameron-Carter Vickers.
The rebuild worked and in his first season at Celtic Postecoglou won the Scottish Premiership, four points clear of rivals Rangers, and the Scottish League Cup beating Hibernian in the final.
Postecoglou personal life
Postecoglou is married to Georgia and the couple have three sons James, Alexi and Max.
Postecoglou net worth
His annual pay is approximately Â£2million a year, and his net worth is believed to be around Â£4million.
Ange Postecoglou News
- Nov 02, 2022