Former Red Bulls boss Hans Backe named coach for Finland Nat’l Team

After a two year hiatus from coaching, former New York Red Bulls boss Hans Backe is returning to the touchline to lead Finland’s floundering National Team.

“The most important thing is to build a national team in which each player trusting each other, plays selflessly and knows what to do,” Backe told reporters in his first address as Finland coach. “My job will be to lift the self-confidence of the Finnish players so that they believe that everything is possible.”

Backe, 63, returned to television in his native Sweden after serving a successful three year stint with the Red Bulls. Backe gathered a respectable 41-26-31 record with the club, and led the Red Bulls to a first place finish in the Eastern Conference after a disastrous 2009 season that saw the team place dead last in MLS. His popularity spawned a supporters group which began as ‘Hans Backe’s Viking Army’ and evolved to simply ‘Viking Army’ by the time of his ouster.

While his resume was impressive with New York, Backe’s team consistently struggled to advance in the playoffs, facing ousters in three straight quarterfinal rounds.

He faces an uphill battle with Finland. Previous coach Mixu Paatelainen was sacked following his fourth straight Euro qualifying loss this past June. It will be up to Backe to uplift his side whom face an uphill battle in Group F, where Finland is currently second-to-last.


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  • Sammy the Red Bull

    Good luck to Hans and Finland. I hope the Finnish people enjoy 4-4-2 and zero in game adjustments.

  • BleedingRed

    My thoughts exactly. I’m glad to be rid of him.

  • Backe briefly resigned his position at City after a family crisis in Sweden forced him to take compassionate leave shortly into his time at the club, but after a month was able to return at his former post.

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