German coach, Rudi Gutendorf, had a globetrotting football career. In 1979, he was appointed by governing body president, Sir Arthur George, to lead Australia in the nation's quest for a place in the 1982 FIFA World Cup. As a coach, his philosophy was to develop local talent and use youth where he could.
Gutendorf was born in the German city of Koblenz on the Rhine river, which has its sources in Switzerland and flows in a mostly northerly direction through Germany and the Netherlands. In a career that spanned 53 years, he coached in 28 countries from Antigua to Zimbabwe - winning the 1980 Oceania Nations Cup with Australia.
His record with the Socceroos was 15 wins, 10 draws and 12 losses in 37 matches (A and B internationals). While his club coaching career was mainly in his native Germany, and earlier in Switzerland, football took him around Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania.
In 1981, the Socceroos needed to beat New Zealand to establish a realistic chance of progressing to the next round of World Cup qualifiers. After securing a 3-all draw in Auckland on 25 April, the Sydney Cricket Ground played host to the decisive qualification match on 16 May. Gutendorf's team put on a disjointed display and the Kiwis won 2-0. Under pressure from the governing body, Gutendorf elected to resign, leaving the Socceroos' qualification campaign in tatters.
The Kiwis went on to win a weak group that comprised Indonesia, Fiji and Chinese Taipei and subsequently won another round-robin culminating in a play-off with China to qualify for their first World Cup.
Gutendorf passed away in 2019. He was 93.
Gutendorf 1980 T-shirt
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