Bernd Stange

Bernd Stange

Football coach
Date of Birth: 14.08.1948
Country: Belarus

  1. Biography of Bernd Stange
  2. Working with Foreign Teams
  3. Coaching the Belarus National Team

Biography of Bernd Stange

Bernd Stange is a football coach and the head coach of the Belarus national football team. He started his coaching career with the East German team "Carl Zeiss" and achieved victories in the GDR championship in 1972 and 1975, as well as in the GDR cup in 1973 and 1974. From 1982 to 1986, Stange worked with the East German youth national team. He then returned to "Carl Zeiss" in the unified Bundesliga and later became the coach of "Hertha" in Berlin. However, an incident with the Stasi led to Stange being left without a job. His time with Leipzig's "Lokomotive" was also unsuccessful.

Working with Foreign Teams

Following these setbacks, Stange decided to work with foreign teams. His first team outside of East Germany was the Dnipro team from Dnipropetrovsk in 1995. After a year, Stange moved to Kyiv and became the coach of "CSKA" Kyiv. In 1998, he became the coach of the Australian team "Perth Glory" and led them to victory in 2000, although they were unable to win the Australian Super Cup. During his time in Australia, Stange obtained Australian citizenship.

In 2001, he joined the Oman national football team but only lasted there for three months due to the war in Iraq. Following this, Stange became the coach of the Iraqi national football team, but the volatile situation in the country prevented him from working in a normal regime.

In 2005, Stange took over as the coach of the Cypriot football club "Apollon" and led them to victory in the national championship in 2005-2006, as well as in the battle for the Cypriot Super Cup. However, his contract expired and could not be extended, and shortly after, "Apollon" started to lose matches. Stange left the position of coach before the contract expired.

Coaching the Belarus National Team

Since 2007, Stange has been coaching the Belarus national team. Although they failed to qualify for Euro 2008, the Belarusian team proved to be strong and finished 4th in their group, defeating the Dutch in their final match. The following year, they drew with the Germans and Turks, both with a score of 2-2. Currently, Belarus is ranked 74th in the FIFA rankings.