17:24 | 21/06/2016 Sports
German Jurgen Gede was yesterday introduced as the new executive director of the Việt Nam Football Federation (VFF).
German Jurgen Gede is assigned to be Việt Nam Football Federation’s executive director for two years — Photo vietnamplus.vn
Gede will work in Việt Nam for 24 months starting from August 1 and has been tasked with raising the quality of the country’s football scene as well as setting a development plan for the future.
“The executive director will help national football, especially the youth, to run on the right track which suits the international trend,” VFF General Secretary Lê Hoài Anh said at a press briefing in Hà Nội yesterday.
The German expert was excited to work in a new environment, although he said he needed time to adjust to the change.
“It is my first time here but I see excellent conditions (provided by the VFF). I am interested in helping the federation, players and everyone. I will give my experience and support everything to improve national football, especially the youth,” Gede said.
“You know football is not easy, so I need time to learn all about the training and competition system here... It is time to work.”
Gede, 60, will return to his hometown before he takes up his new assignment. His first obligation will be to work with the U-19 side which will compete in the Asian championship this October, he said.
Gede entered football at the Schalke 04 training centre in 1970. He became a player at the club from 1975 to 1977 before moving to Preussen Munster and Fortuna Cologne. He switched to working as a trainer of Fortuna Cologne in 1991 and travelled around with different European and Asian clubs before being selected as coach of the Iranian Olympic team in 1995.
He was executive director of the Iranian squad which won the Asian championship two years later.
Since then he has worked in Uzbekistan, Bahrain, Malaysia, and Libya, in addition to Azerbaijan.
Before arriving in Việt Nam he was at the Aluminium Hormozgan Club in Iran./.