Foreign head coaches in Myanmar’s football history
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