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Know Your Coach: 10 things About Fiji’s Football Coach, Flemming Serritslev

He has been coaching since the 1980s. He has a wealth of experience at the international level, having been involved with the Denmark national team as an assistant coach, in addition to holding head coaching roles with the likes of PNG, Denmark U-21 and Armenia U-21 sides.
18 May 2020 09:33
Know Your Coach: 10 things About Fiji’s Football Coach, Flemming Serritslev
Vodafone Fijian Football head coach Flemming Serritslev conducts a seminar for Western district coaches in Ba on May 15, 2020. Photo: Fiji Football Association

Fiji Football Association new coach  Flemming Serritslev is far more experienced than his predecessor, Frenchman Christophe Gamel.

Ten things to know about our national coach.

1. He is from Denmark

Flemming is from Denmark, a country located in Northern Europe. He was born in Denmark’s capital city, Copenhagen, on 18th February, 1947.

He holds a UEFA (Union of European Football Association) Pro Licence.

2. Made 267 top league appearances for his club, Vejle Boldklub

He was a member of the team from 1966 – 1977, where they both won the Danish Cup and qualified for the UEFA Europa League.

He was rated one of its notable players.

Velje Boldklub is a professional club from the town of Vejle.

The club has won the Danish championship five times and the Danish Cup title six times.

3. Represented the Denmark national football team

He is a midfielder. He was a member of the Danish national side 1970 – 1976.

Denmark are one of the smaller countries in Europe. But in football, they are regarded as an international side which punches above its weight.

4. Head coach – Kolding IF

This was his second club and became a coach in 1986. It is based in Kolding. The team competes in the Danish 1st Division, the second-tier of Danish football.

He also coached club teams such as B1909.

5. Assistant coach for Denmark national team

He was the assistant coach 1992-2000. He helped guide the team to win the UEFA European Championship in 1992. The team also won the FIFA Confederations Cup in 1995.

6. Head coach of the Denmark U21 team

He coached the Denmark U21 team from 2000-2006.

7. Head coach of Nasarawa United

Nasarawa United Football Club is a club based in Lafia, Nasarawa.

They play in the Nigerian Premier League.

He was in Nigeria for one year before he left to head Armenia U-21.

8. Technical manager of  Mes Kerman in Iran Pro League

Mes Kerman is an Iranian team based in Kerman.

He was a technical director from 2010 before he became a coach. He later became the caretaker manager of the club.

9. Head coach of Papua New Guinea team

Serritslev spent two years in PNG (2016 – 2018) before he joined Fiji. He helped the team reach its first semifinal at the OFC Nations Cup where they beat Solomon Islands.

Then to the final where they lost to New Zealand on penalty kicks.

He left PNG when there was a dispute between the PNGFA and the breakaway body Football Federation PNG.

10. He is the most internationally qualified football coach Fiji has had

He has been coaching since the 1980s. He has a wealth of experience at the international level, having been involved with the Denmark national team as an assistant coach, in addition to holding head coaching roles with the likes of PNG, Denmark U-21 and Armenia U-21 sides.

Edited by  Osea Bola

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