Chris Coleman (soccer player)

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Chris Coleman
Chris Coleman 2015.jpg
Chris Coleman (2015)
Surname Christopher Coleman
birthday June 10, 1970
place of birth SwanseaWales
size 189 cm
position Defense
Years station
-1986 Manchester City
Years station Games (goals) 1
1986-1987 Manchester City 0 0(0)
1987-1991 Swansea City 160 0(2)
1991-1995 Crystal Palace 154 (13)
1995-1997 Blackburn Rovers 28 0(0)
1997-2002 Fulham FC 136 0(8)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1992-2002 Wales 32 0(4)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
2003-2007 Fulham FC
2007-2008 Real Sociedad
2008-2010 Coventry City
2011 AE Larisa
2012-2017 Wales
2017-2018 Sunderland AFC
2018– Hebei China Fortune
1 Only league games are given.

Christopher "Chris" Coleman , OBE (born June 10, 1970 in Swansea , Wales ) is a Welsh football coach and former player . From 2012 to 2017 he was national coach for Wales . As a player he was mostly active in the defensive position , but also came to some missions as a striker . His greatest successes to date are his 32 caps for the Welsh national team and the highest placement in the club's history with Fulham in ninth position in his first coaching season 2003/04 , the club had previously been considered one of the relegation candidates.

Player career

First stops: Manchester City, Swansea City, Crystal Palace

Coleman was born in Swansea but grew up in and around Gloucester . He signed his first professional club contract with Manchester City at the age of 16 , but then returned to his homeland to play for Swansea City . In 1987 he made his first appearance in his hometown and played for the South Wales club in almost 200 games for four years.

Crystal Palace recognized Coleman's talent and hired the now 21-year-old for £ 250,000, which was a not insignificant investment in the era before the Premier League was introduced. Coleman came to 143 games and scored 16 goals, whereby this quite high hit rate for a defensive player was also due to the fact that the coach Steve Coppell had him temporarily act as an emergency solution on the center forward position . Due to his good performances, he came to his first internationals for Wales. He also recommended himself for more ambitious clubs and then joined the reigning champions Blackburn Rovers in December 1995 after Crystal Palace had just been relegated from the Premier League.

In 2005, "Cookie", as Coleman was called by supporters, was voted Crystal Palace's "Team of the Century".

Blackburn Rovers

Due to his consistently good performance for Palace, Blackburn - who were handling several large transfers at the time - had to pay the high transfer fee of 2.8 million pounds for the purchase of Coleman. Blackburn could not defend the title in the 1994/95 season and only finished in seventh place in the table. Overall, Coleman came to 28 championship games during his almost two-year stay in Blackburn, but found himself more and more often - also due to a stubborn injury to the Achilles tendon - on the bench. In order to continue his career, he then accepted an offer from Fulham FC, who played two divisions below.

Fulham FC

The background to this unusual transfer was the extensive investment by the businessman Mohamed Al-Fayed in the London club. The coach he employed Kevin Keegan , who should lead Fulham in the Premier League, was able to convince Coleman of the commitment in the third division Second Division , whereby the club committed him for the third division record sum of over two million pounds.

Coleman made his debut for his new club in January 1998 against Brentford FC and quickly took on the role of team captain , which earned him the nickname "Captain Cookie". He became a crowd favorite and rose with the club with a record of 101 points in the second-rate First Division . In the following season, which was only moderate, Coleman was one of the club's few permanent players and retained the position of team captain even after changing coach to Jean Tigana in the summer of 2000.

The following season, in which Fulham made an impressive promotion to the Premier League, would find its conclusion without Coleman, who broke his leg in a car accident in Surrey in January 2001, just days before a major FA Cup game against Manchester United . A comeback attempt in the reserve team in March of the same year was later followed by the realization that he had to end his career as an active footballer, as he could never return to the previous level of performance. In October 2002, Tigana persuaded him to join his coaching staff instead.

Coaching career

Coleman as coach of the Welsh national team (2015)

When Tigana left Fulham FC in March 2003 - two months before the end of his contract - and potential successors such as Radomir Antić were not signed, Al-Fayed Coleman appointed temporary coach on a part-time basis. The then youngest coach in the Premier League managed to stay in the top English division, which resulted in Coleman's promotion to the new head coach.

In his first full coaching season, Coleman led the team to ninth place, which was the best positioning of Fulham FC in the club's history. The French striker Louis Saha - who moved to Manchester United during the season in January 2004 - played a major role in the team's good performance. In the following two years Coleman could not improve this season placement with Fulham, but ensured the relegation early on. During his tenure at Fulham, Coleman was regularly linked with a possible employment as a Welsh national coach. On the evening of April 10, 2007 Coleman was sacked by his club Fulham FC after a 3-1 home defeat to Manchester City.

After the resignation of Miguel Angel Lotinas as head coach of the Primera División- -Absteigers Real Sociedad Chris Coleman was on the recommendation of his compatriot John Toshack for the season 2007/08 the new coach of the Basques. In October 2007 he was briefly interviewed as coach of the Bolton Wanderers ; In the end, however, there was no engagement. On January 16, 2008, Coleman announced his resignation in San Sebastián and justified this step with the differing visions of the future of the newly elected President Inaki Badiola .

Just a month after his resignation from the Basques, Coleman signed a contract until 2011 with English second division club Coventry City . There he was released early after only one year and a disappointing final placement in 19th place. After a half-year break, he was hired in May 2011 as the new coach of the Greek club AE Larisa .

Coleman took over the post of Welsh national coach in 2012 as the successor to Gary Speed . After failing to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, he successfully led Wales to qualify for the 2016 European Football Championship in France. The team around the star Gareth Bale qualified for a European football championship for the first time. There Coleman came with Wales to the semi-finals, where he failed to Portugal 2-0. It was the greatest achievement in the history of the Welsh national team and Coleman's coaching career.

After failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup , Coleman resigned from the national coaching post in November 2017 to take over the coaching position at the relegation-threatened second division AFC Sunderland . As a result, he did not manage to lead the club out of the basement. After only five wins from 29 league games, the club was determined early on as a relegation to Football League One . Coleman was fired from his contract on April 29, 2018 as the club faced a change of ownership.

In June 2018 he became the new head coach at Hebei China Fortune .

Web links

Commons : Chris Coleman  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Coleman named new Larissa coach . FourFourTwo , May 26, 2011, accessed July 4, 2016.
  2. Chris Coleman is supposed to lead Wales to the Euro 2016., November 19, 2013, accessed July 4, 2016 .
  3. Chris Coleman leaves Wales role for Sunderland job (Nov. 17, 2017) , accessed November 18, 2017
  4. Chris Coleman: Sunderland manager leaves as club are taken over (April 29, 2018) , accessed April 29, 2018
  5. 官方 公告 - 河北 华夏 幸福 足球 俱乐部. Retrieved August 3, 2018 .