Outgoing Football Federation of Australia (FFA) technical director Han Berger will join Sydney FC as a director at the conclusion of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
It was announced in 2013 that Berger would leave his post at the FFA which will bring to an end almost five years in the role. In that time Berger helped draft and deliver a brand new ‘National Curriculum’ for youth player and coaching development in Australia.
With Berger’s credentials in harnessing new coaches and talent he will be expected to be influential in Sydney FC’s football operations.
As reported in the Sydney Morning Herald, Berger will have an advisory role in the establishment of their yet-to-be-built youth academy and centre of excellence, the appointment of players and coaches as well as assisting with talent scouting in Europe
In a statement, Chairman of Sydney Football Club Scott Barlow said that Mr Berger will be a valuable addition to the Sydney FC board and that the club will benefit immensely from having a director of Mr Berger’s football and technical experience.
“Han brings decades of global football coaching, technical and management experience that is without parallel in Australia.
“As Sydney FC enters a new phase of strategic growth, we will be harnessing all of that experience to help grow the club and we will welcome his contribution to the board,” said Mr Barlow.
Mr Berger said he will be passionate about helping Sydney FC grow in his new role as a director.
“From my time here in Australia, I understand the huge potential that club football has in front of it,” said Mr Berger.
“I will be very keen to help grow youth development and technical strategies at Sydney FC, especially given my passion for bringing players from the grassroots into the professional game.
“I am privileged to join the board of Sydney FC and look forward to working closely with Scott and the other directors in the best interests of the club,” Mr Berger said.
Berger will officially join the club on August 1.