Angelos Postecoglou

Angelos Postecoglou
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Angelos Postecoglou

Current Club/Country: Yokohama F. Marinos.

Previous Clubs/Countries: Australia, Melbourne City, Brisbane Roar, Panachaiki, Australia U20, South Melbourne.

Honours: Asian Cup 2014/15. Australian A-League 2010/11, 2010/11, 2011/12. Japanese J-League 2018/19.

Ange Postecoglou has made himself one of the most successful of all Australian club coaches by playing a style of good, attacking football and attempting to win games rather than stifling opponents. During his time as manager of Brisbane Roar the team were called Roarcelona as their swift passing style tore opponents apart and he became the first manager to win the J-League.

As a manager he has often found himself criticised for his ambitious style of play, particularly for pushing his keepers so far forward that they conceded goals from shots hit from the halfway line. That led to a storm of criticism in his time as Australia's head coach in particular.

With Australia, his expansive style of play was not as successful as he had been in club football, probably due to the level of quality of player at his disposal compared to his opponents. At club level he had players of a similar quality to their opponents, with Australia they were often facing better players.

That is why at the Roar he was able to go on a 36 game winning streak (which earnt them their Roarcelona nickname), with the Marinos he was able to turn them from relegation strugglers to league champions in his second season in the J-League but he was unable to have similar success with the national side. His methods work, but they can only do so much.

It would be interesting to see if his methods could transfer to a top European league, the style of football would certainly be exciting to watch with his emphasis on attacking, willing to take risks to win. There is no reason to believe that, given a half-decent side, Postecoglou could not transfer his ideology to a higher quality league.

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