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Syria axe ex-Glory boss Bernd Stange

Syria have sacked former Perth Glory coach Bernd Stange after a 2-0 defeat to Jordan at the Asian Cup.

Syria axe ex-Glory boss Bernd Stange

Syria have sacked former Perth Glory coach Bernd Stange after a 2-0 defeat to Jordan at the Asian Cup.

The Syrian national football has sacked its German coach Bernd Stange after losing 2-0 to Jordan in the Asian Cup.

Syria's national football association announced the decision to axe the former Perth Glory early mentor on Friday (AEDT).


The team had started into the tournament in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with high hopes of making it into the last sixteen, but scored no goals in two matches.

The team is not yet eliminated and have one point after a draw with Palestine.

Fajr Ibrahim is to take over as interim coach ahead of a match against defending champion Australia next Tuesday.

For Stange, 70, the side could have provided a last chance for glory.

Despite the ongoing civil war, Syria only narrowly failed to reach the World Cup in Russia but hoped they could make an impact at the Asian Cup.

Stange took charge from early 2018 to prepare the team for the tournament under conditions which were far from ideal because there are no home games in Syria and most players earn their money abroad.

A veteran of East German football, Stange is no stranger to international football.

In 1983, aged just 35, he was named East Germany coach for a six-year stint during which he had connections to the Ministry of State Security (Stasi).

The revelations came out through the Stern magazine, in 1995, when Stange was sporting director with Hertha Berlin.

He also coached in Ukraine, Australia, Oman, Cyprus, Singapore, Belarus and Iraq, where Stange was criticised for his involvement as coach of Saddam Hussein's national team from 2002-2004.

Stange, who coached the Glory between 1998 and 2000, is the second coach sacked in less than a week in the tournament after Thailand dumped Milovan Rajevac following a 4-1 loss to India last Sunday.

Rajevac was replaced by Sirisak Yodyadthai, who was at the helm on Wednesday as the Thais bounced back with a 1-0 win over Bahrain in Dubai.

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