Monday, March 23, 2009

The Holger Osieck Era

I hinted in a post last week that it might be fruitful to, at some point, comb the records and compare Holger Osieck's tenure with the more recent Canada managers. In doing so, I realized I had overlooked a critical juncture in Canadian soccer lore, the intravening period between Osieck and Frank Yallop: The Colin Miller Era

THE COLIN MILLER ERA
Date Opponent Location Type CAN Opp Result
08/11/03 Finland Tampere Friendly 2 3 Loss
11/15/03 Czech Rep Teplice Friendly 1 5 Loss
11/18/03 Rep of Ireland Dublin Friendly 0 3 Loss
Totals


3 11


Wins 0




Draws 0




Losses 3



Alright, it was nothing special. It's a bit surprising how many friendly matches were organized for a lame-duck interim manager, but I don't really care to get into the details.

The Holger Osieck era was a much different (and longer) story:

THE HOLGER OSIECK ERA
Date Opponent Location Type CAN Opp Result
04/27/99 North Ireland Belfast Friendly 1 1 Draw
05/29/99 Guatemala Toronto Friendly 1 0 Win
06/02/99 Guatemala Edmonton Friendly* 2 0 Win
06/04/99 Iran Edmonton Friendly* 0 1 Loss
06/06/99 Ecuador Edmonton Friendly* 1 2 Loss
07/09/99 Saudi Arabia Fullerton, Cal. Friendly 1 2 Loss
09/02/99 Jamaica Toronto Friendly 1 0 Win
10/06/99 Cuba Los Angeles GCQ 0 0 Draw
10/08/99 El Salvador Los Angeles GCQ 2 1 Win
10/10/99 Haiti Los Angeles GCQ 2 1 Win
01/08/00 T & T Port of Spain Friendly 0 0 Draw
01/11/00 Bermuda Hamilton, Ber. Friendly 2 0 Win
02/13/00 Costa Rica San Diego Gold Cup 2 2 Draw
02/15/00 Korea Rep Los Angeles Gold Cup 0 0 Draw
02/20/00 Mexico San Diego Gold Cup 2 1 Win
02/24/00 T & T Los Angeles Gold Cup 1 0 Win
02/27/00 Colombia Los Angeles Gold Cup 2 0 Win
05/27/00 T & T Toronto Friendly 1 0 Win
05/30/00 Honduras Winnipeg Friendly 3 1 Win
06/04/00 Cuba Havana WCQ 1 0 Win
06/11/00 Cuba Winnipeg WCQ 0 0 Draw
07/16/00 T & T Edmonton WCQ 0 2 Loss
07/23/00 Panama Panama City WCQ 0 0 Draw
08/15/00 Mexico Mexico City WCQ 0 2 Loss
09/03/00 T & T Port of Spain WCQ 0 4 Loss
10/09/00 Panama Winnipeg WCQ 1 0 Win
11/15/00 Mexico Toronto WCQ 0 0 Draw
04/24/01 Egypt Cairo Friendly* 0 3 Loss
04/26/01 Iran Cairo Friendly* 1 0 Win
05/31/01 Japan Niigata Confed Cup 2 3 Loss
06/02/01 Brazil Ibaraki, Jap. Confed Cup 0 0 Draw
06/04/01 Cameroon Niigata Confed Cup 0 2 Loss
11/14/01 Malta Paola, Malta Friendly 1 2 Loss
01/18/02 Haiti Miami Gold Cup 2 0 Win
01/22/02 Ecuador Miami Gold Cup 0 2 Loss
01/26/02 Martinique Miami Gold Cup 1 1 Draw
01/30/02 USA Pasadena Gold Cup 0 0 Draw
02/02/02 Korea Rep Pasadena Gold Cup 2 1 Win
05/15/02 Switzerland St. Gallen Friendly 3 1 Win
10/15/02 Scotland Edinburgh Friendly 1 3 Loss
01/18/03 USA Fort Lauderdale Friendly 0 4 Loss
02/12/03 Libya Tripoli Friendly 4 2 Win
03/29/03 Estonia Tallinn Friendly 1 3 Loss
06/01/03 Germany Wolfsburg Friendly 1 4 Loss
07/12/03 Costa Rica Foxboro, MA Gold Cup 1 0 Win
07/14/03 Cuba Foxboro, MA Gold Cup 0 2 Loss
Totals


46 53


Wins 19




Draws 11




Losses 16



The friendlies bearing an asterisk (*) were part of the Canada Cup and LG Cup friendly tournaments. GCQ refers to Gold Cup qualifying, which Canada, unfortunately, is no longer required to take part in.

There's the good
: a 14-game unbeaten streak from 1999 to 2000 that includes the memorable 2000 Gold Cup championship.

There's the bad: a lackluster peformance at the Confederations Cup in 2001

And the ugly: the 2000 WCQ campaign which included a 4-0 loss to Trinidad. The only win in that campaign was an ugly wind-swept match in my hometown against Panama. (I didn't go to that match, but I was on hand for the 0-0 draw against Cuba in the elimination round).


It does seem that Holger managed to squeeze a few more dollars out of the CSA, because his reign is somewhat more densely packed with matches than the Yallop Era, though part of that can be attributed to long-ish runs in the Gold Cup in '00 and '02.

I liked the Holger Osieck era. I'd even give him the benefit of the doubt if he was hired to replace Mitchell. (On that note, still no news on the Mitchell firing/re-assignment front).



If you're playing along at home, Montreal currently leads Toronto 38.5% to 36.4% in the battle for the most Canadian pro team in Canada. I think Vancouver will likely go over 50% this year and blow the other two out of the water, but the USL-1 season seems awfully far away. Until then, this competition won't be all that interesting.

Toronto likely won't bump its percentage any higher as long as Greg Sutton stays on the bench. I don't see Kevin Harmse as a permanent centre back solution, though he didn't look out of place on Saturday.

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