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Jozef Venglo?
Personal information
Date of birth (1936-02-18) 18 February 1936 (age 84)
Place of birth Ru?omberok, Czechoslovakia
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954-1966 Slovan Bratislava
National team
Czechoslovakia B
Teams managed
1966 FC Prague Sydney
1966-1967 New South Wales
1967 Australia
1969-1971 VSS Ko?ice
1970-1972 Czechoslovakia U-23
1973-1976 Slovan Bratislava
1973-1978 Czechoslovakia (assistant)
1978-1982 Czechoslovakia
1983-1984 Sporting Clube de Portugal
1985-1987 Kuala Lumpur FA
1986-1987 Malaysia
1988-1990 Czechoslovakia
1990-1991 Aston Villa
1991-1993 Fenerbahçe
1993-1995 Slovakia
1996-1997 Oman
1998-1999 Celtic
2002 JEF United Ichihara
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Jozef Venglo? (born 18 February 1936) is a Slovak former professional football player and coach. He has a doctorate in Physical Education, as well as specialising in Psychology. He has been selected by FIFA on various occasions to lecture at the FIFA academies throughout the world.

Playing career

Born in Ru?omberok, Czechoslovakia (present-day Slovakia), Venglo? played as a midfielder for Slovan Bratislava 1954-1966, and later captained the team, and also played for Czechoslovakia at the B level. After his playing career was prematurely ended by hepatitis, he began his managerial career in Australia, first in club football, before going on to manage the national team.[1] He then returned to Czechoslovakia and coached at club and Under-23 national level.[2]

Coaching career

In 1973, Venglo? was appointed as manager of Slovan Bratislava. During his three years in charge, he twice won the championship. He was also assistant manager of Czechoslovakia from 1973-1978. As assistant to Václav Je?ek, he helped guide the team to victory in the Euro 1976, beating the Netherlands in the semi-finals and West Germany in the Final.

As manager of Czechoslovakia from 1978 to 1982, Venglo? led his side to 3rd place in the 1980 European Championship. He also led them to the 1982 World Cup Finals, where they went out in the first round. He then coached Sporting Lisbon from 1983 to 1984, before coaching in Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur FA & Malaysia). In 1988, he was re-appointed to manage Czechoslovakia and took them to the quarter-finals of the 1990 World Cup.

Following the World Cup, he took over at Aston Villa, becoming the first manager born outside Britain or Ireland to take charge of a top division club in England.[3] He left after one season after they finished just two places above the First Division relegation zone. He then moved to the Turkish league, where he managed Fenerbahçe from 1991 to 1993. He was the first manager of the Slovakia national team from 1993 to 1995, before managing Oman 1996-1997.

Venglo? was appointed as Head Coach of Celtic on 17 July 1998. Season 1998-99 saw his Celtic team in some excellent form, but they failed to qualify for the Champions League and lost the League Championship and Scottish Cup to Rangers, who also won the Scottish League Cup, completing the treble. At the end of the season, Venglo? left to take up a new position as a European technical adviser and as a scout for Celtic. He is most credited for signing fans' idol ?ubomír Morav?ík during his season as manager. Other successful signings include club legend Johan Mjallby and while a trophy evaded Venglo?, he is still looked upon fondly by fans for bringing such players to the club. The stand-out of his reign came as his Celtic side inflicted a punishing 5-1 defeat on arch-rivals Rangers in the first half of the season. In the new year of 1999, he also took Celtic to Ibrox where they held their Old Firm rivals to a 2-2 draw on their own soil.[4]

He later managed Japanese team JEF United Ichihara for a season in 2002.

Cultural references

Venglo? is mentioned in the song This One's For Now by the band Half Man Half Biscuit on their 2014 album Urge For Offal.


  1. ^ Bell, Stephen; Zlotkowski, Andre (6 June 2008). "Scotland XI Tour of Asia and Oceania 1967". RSSSF. Retrieved 2013. Australia was coached by Joe Venglos
  2. ^ "VENGLO?: Úspech na ME 1976 mi otvoril cestu do sveta" (in Slovak). 1 April 2011.
  3. ^ "Sport: Football Celtic appoints new coach". BBC News. 17 July 1998. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ "Top Ten Old Firm derbies". Sky Sports. Archived from the original on 16 January 2014.

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