Han Berger Takes Up Major Role With Dutch Football


Sydney FC board member and Technical Director Han Berger has been appointed to the highest football position within the Dutch FA having been announced as the Football Director for the board of the KNVB (Royal Dutch Football Association).

The job is the top technical position within football in Holland and is a significant recognition of Berger’s standing in the game.

The Dutchman will continue to work with Sydney FC as a board member and as Sky Blues Technical Director, while also fulfilling his role with the Dutch national association.

Sydney FC Chairman Scott Barlow said: “I’d like to congratulate Han on being appointed to the top technical position within Dutch football. 

“It really goes to show the calibre of people we have working here at Sydney FC.

“It was important to me that Han’s role here at Sydney FC would continue unaffected.

“We are both confident that this is the case and I welcome the benefits his new position in Holland will bring to us.”

Berger, who became a Sydney FC director in 2014, said he was happy to take on this new challenge and reiterated his commitment to Sydney FC.

“I am honoured to be appointed to the role of Football Director of the board of the KNVB,” he said.

“This is a very exciting opportunity given the current challenges Dutch football is facing and I hope I can make a positive contribution.

“My service to Sydney FC will remain unchanged and I have made it very clear to the KNVB that this is still my first priority.”

The 67-year old Berger became the youngest Head Coach in Dutch football history when he was handed the reins at FC Utrecht in 1976 at the age of 25.

He was also Technical Director of Football Federation Australia for five years prior to being appointed to the Sydney FC board.

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