November 30, 2015 – 8:23AM
Ange Postecoglou has been named Asian football’s coach of the year, while the Socceroos were judged national team of the year after their historic Asian Cup win at the AFC Annual Awards in India on Sunday night.
After taking over the national coaching duties in October 2013, Postecoglou was instrumental in Australia’s 2-1 extra time win over Korea Republic in the final in January. Australia have won 10 of their 14 matches this year which has included two draws and two losses.
Australia remain at the top of Group B in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, something Postecoglou said he was proud to be a part of.
Trophy time: Australia’s Ange Postecoglou, second left and Japan’s Asako Takakura, second right hold their Coach of the year awards during the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) annual awards in New Delhi. Photo: Altaf Qadri
“I am truly honoured to accept the award,” said Postecoglou following the awards ceremony in New Delhi. “As an Australian, coaching our national team is a truly humbling experience and to be recognised for what we have achieved in the last 12 months is a nice recognition.
“Australian football is taking significant steps forward and our coaches are a huge part of that. Coaching has played a significant role in the evolution of the way we play football and this award is also a positive reinforcement of the ability of Australian coaches to compete at the highest level.”
Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak was equally as pleased and said being recognised as AFC Team of the Year was a fair reward for the effort of his players.
“Everyone involved, from players, coaches, team staff, the FFA and our families deserve praise for playing their part in the success of the Socceroos in 2015,” Jedinak said. “Winning the Asian Cup on home soil in front of a packed stadium…was a special night and the highlight of the last 12 months. The boss [Postecoglou] talks to us a lot about the journey we are on and this award shows that we are heading in the right direction.”
The Canberra Times