Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

7 May 2013

Tanzania: Kim Earns World Ranking

SENIOR national team, Taifa Stars, head coach Kim Poulsen is ranked the 164th best coach in the world, according to the Institute of Football Coaching Statistics (IFCS).

Kim, who turned 54 on March 22, moved 36 places up of his previous 200th position, with a point haul of 1433, according to the latest ranking of the Netherlands-based IFCS.

Information gathered by GNA Sports indicates the Stars trainer is ranked above globally acclaimed coaches such as Spanish Jose Antonio Camacho (171st), now in charge of China PR, Dutchman Frank Rijkaard (173rd), and Sven Goran Eriksson (192nd).

Kim, however, is ranked below his predecessor and namesake Jan Poulsen, who occupies the 143rd place after slipping seven places from his previous 136th position. Kim, who has been in the country for the last two years, guided the national Under-17 and Under- 20 teams in his first year before replacing his compatriot, Jan Poulsen, as senior team coach.

Having coached several first division teams in Denmark and Singapore before arriving in Tanzania, the current Taifa Stars coach is credited with improving the performance of the Tanzanian outfit, which currently sit second in Group C of the 2014 Brazil World Cup qualifiers.

Marcio Maximo, who has also previously managed the Taifa Stars, is ranked 289th in the world. The Brazilian, who is credited with laying foundation for the current football development in the country, is currently not active. No Tanzanian trainer has been listed in the rankings, meaning that local coached have failed to earn Football Coach World Ranking points over the last 52 months.

At least four Kenyans have made cut in the long list of national team coaches; Francis Kimanzi (258th), Zedekiah Otieno (259th), Twahir Muhiddin (330th) and Jacob Mulee (401th). Former Young Africans Belgian coach Tom Saintfiet, who has also previously managed Yemen, Ethiopia, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Namibia, is ranked 269th.

At the continental level, Egypt coach Bob Bradley sits at the fifth position, Frenchman Michel Dussuyer, now in charge of Equatorial Guinea is 19th while Zambia coach Herve Renard is placed 24th. Egypt legend Hassan Shehata is 26th, Stephen Keshi (27th), Francois Zahoui (45th), Sami Trabelsi (52nd), Alain Giresse (53rd), Kinnah Phiri (63rd), Claude Le Roy (65th) and Rabah Saadane (66th).

The top 10 national team coaches in that order are Vicente Del Bosque (Spain), Joachim Low (Germany), Bert Van Marwijk (formerly of Netherlands), Oscar Tabarez (Uruguay), Bob Bradley (Egypt), Reinaldo Rueda (Ecuador), Fabio Capello (Russia), Morten Olsen (Denmark), Cesare Prandelli (Italy) and Cesar Farias (Venezuela).

The Football Coach World Ranking is world's first ranking of football coaches based on actual performance. The national team coach ranking is monthly calculated on the results of 3,800 national soccer matches played over the last 48 months.

The coaches earn ranking points in those international matches that give points for FIFA's World Ranking. Founded in the Netherlands in 2010, the Institute of Football Coaching Statistics is an independent provider of football coach performance data and statistical analysis.

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