Former Czech captain and coach Frantisek Straka has been appointed Head Coach of embattled A-League club North Queensland Fury.
Affectionately known in Europe as the “Czech Beckenbauer”, Straka enjoyed an illustrious playing career that included 35 international caps for Czechoslovakia and captaining the Sparta Prague side of the 1980’s to multiple domestic titles.
His coaching career has seen him at the helm of clubs in his native Czech Republic, Austria, Greece and Germany, culminating with a brief stint as Czech National Head Coach last year.
“What struck me was the quality of the facilities and the passion of the people involved. It is a very exciting opportunity and I look forward to working together with the staff and players to ensure a successful season for the Fury,” said Straka.
FFA Technical Director Han Berger, who headed the selection panel, described the appointment as a big step in the development of the A-League.
“It was important to secure someone with the highest technical qualifications and Franz Straka’s appointment will not just strengthen the Fury, but the coaching ranks of the entire league.”
Straka has just under two months to prepare for the club’s opening-round match away to Perth on August 6 but he doesn't see it has a hindrance.
“Eight weeks is more than enough time to have them ready for the season. New players will have to adapt to the climate but I think this will be to our advantage as we will need to be the fittest team in the league to play in these temperatures consistently.”
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