Han Berger

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Han Berger
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Han Berger (1983)
birthday June 17, 1950
place of birth UtrechtNetherlands
Stations as a trainer
Years station
1976-1983 FC Utrecht
1983-1986 FC Groningen
1986 AZ Alkmaar
1987 Fortuna Sittard
1987-1989 FC Utrecht
1989-1991 Fortuna Sittard
1992-1993 FC Dordrecht
1993-1995 Sparta Rotterdam
1995-1998 SC Cambuur-Leeuwarden
1998-2000 Netherlands U-21
2000-2003 FC Utrecht (Technical Director)
2004 Ōita Trinita
2005-2008 De Graafschap (Technical Director)
2009– Australia (Technical Director)

Han Berger (born June 17, 1950 in Utrecht ) is a Dutch football coach . Since 2009 he has been the technical sports director for the Australian national team .



Berger's first coaching station was FC Utrecht on January 1, 1976 . There he replaced Jan Rab . He had previously been the team's assistant coach since the 1972/73 season. He was head coach of the team for seven years. This mark has not yet been broken by any other Utrecht coach. The team under Berger's direction achieved its best placement in 1980/81 when third place was achieved. This remained the best placement in the club's history to this day (as of 2009). The coach led the FCU to their first UEFA Cup participation. After a 2-1 win and a 1-3 defeat in the second leg, the club was eliminated in the second round against Eintracht Frankfurt .


1983 Berger was replaced by the Welshman Barry Hughes . He himself joined FC Groningen , which he looked after for the next three years. 1983/84 this club also played in the UEFA Cup for the first time. But like in Utrecht, the second round was the last stop when Inter Milan had to admit defeat. In the league you played regularly in the first third of the table. However, there were no major successes. In 1986 AZ Alkmaar secured the services of the coach. After only six months, Berger left the AZ again. Fortuna Sittard became the new employer . But even here the football teacher didn't last long and after six months Berger moved back to FC Utrecht. There he was active for another three years, but could not build on the past successes. Finally, Berger moved back to Fortuna Sittard in 1989/90. After a good first year, the club had to look down in 1991, which led to them going their separate ways.


Shortly after the beginning of the 1991/92 season, Berger was released in October 1991. Even so, he did not remain unemployed. After a short break, he became a new coach in March 1992 at the relegation-threatened FC Dordrecht . The league was not made and so Berger was drawn to league rival Sparta Rotterdam . With Sparta, the coach found himself mostly in the lower midfield of the table. For the first time Berger finally moved to the Eerste Divisie and from then on looked after the SC Cambuur-Leeuwarden . 1997 and 1998 they reached second place in the league, but only prevailed in 1998 in qualifying for the Eredivisie . There the coach and the team parted ways. Berger took an offer from the KNVB , which U21 in the country to look after. He held this job for two years. Berger's contract was not renewed due to failure in the group stage for the U-21 European Football Championship in 2000 .

Since 2000

After eleven years he has now rejoined FC Utrecht and was in charge of it as technical sports director. In 2004 he sat down on the bench again. In his only season abroad, he was committed by the Japanese club Ōita Trinita . In 2005 he returned to the Netherlands and held the post of technical director at VBV De Graafschap Doetinchem . After three years, the Australian Association brought him into the Australian national team for the same position . There he took over from Robert Baan , who previously resigned. Berger's contract is valid for four years.

Web links


  1. Berger new technical director in Australia on November 30, 2008 on handelsblatt.com