For­eign head coaches in Myan­mar’s foot­ball history

Mizzima Business Weekly - - SPORT -

Myan­mar’s foot­ball history be­gan in 1947 when the na­tional team ap­pointed sev­eral for­eign head coaches. Over the years, some for­eign coaches brought suc­cess and some were sacked af­ter less than five games. Since then, the history of foot­ball at the na­tional level has seen many for­eign coaches come and go.

Myan­mar was once a re­gional pow­er­house in foot­ball.

It fin­ished sec­ond in the 1968 Asian Cup and par­tic­i­pated in the Sum­mer Olympics in 1972.

The team was dom­i­nant in South­east Asia in the 1960s and 1970s, win­ning the Asian Games twice in 1966 and 1970, and the foot­ball event of the South­east Asian Games on five suc­ces­sive oc­ca­sions: in 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971 and 1973.

Since then, Myan­mar’s high­est achieve­ment is the sil­ver medal in 1993. Myan­mar played its first World Cup qual­i­fiers in 2007.

The fol­low­ing pro­files high­light the for­eign coaches who have man­aged Myan­mar’s na­tional foot­ball team.

Bert Traut­mann (Ger­man, 1972 – 1974)

Traut­mann was a goal­keeper who played for Manch­ester City from 1949 to 1964. From 1972 to 1974, he served as the head coach. Dur­ing his term, Myan­mar won the Park Chung-hee Cup hosted by South Korea in 1972. Myan­mar, In­done­sia, Sin­ga­pore and Philip­pines were in the same group. The game against the Philip­pines ended in a 1-1 draw and Myan­mar beat Sin­ga­pore 1-0. In the semi-fi­nal of the 1972 Park Chung-hee Cup, Myan­mar beat South Korea 1-0. In the fi­nal con­test, Myan­mar beat In­done­sia 3-1 to be­come cham­pion.

Later, Traut­mann worked as man­ager of the Libya, Pak­istan and Tan­za­nia na­tional teams. He died in 2013 at age 89.

Ratomir Du­jkovic (Yu­gosla­vian, 1996 – 1997)

Du­jikovic be­gan work­ing for Myan­mar in 1996. Al­though his main tar­get was the 1998 Asian Games, his plan was thwarted when the foot­ball team re­signed from the Asian Games. Myan­mar, UAE, North Korea and Bangladesh were in Group E of the 1998 Asian

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