Theo Bücker

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Theo Bücker
Personal information
Full nameJohannes Theodor Bücker
Date of birth (1948-07-10) 10 July 1948 (age 70)
Place of birth Bestwig, Germany
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
1969–1973 Borussia Dortmund 62 (13)
1973–1978 MSV Duisburg 153 (32)
1978–1981 Ittihad
1981–1984 FC Schalke 04 54 (5)
Teams managed
2000–2001 Lebanon
2001–2002 Hekmeh
2003 Ismaily
2005 Zamalek
2006–2007 Al-Wehda
2007–2008 Al-Ahly
2008–2009 Al-Wehda
2010 Al-Masry
2011 Al-Ahed
2011–2013 Lebanon
2013–2015 Nejmeh SC
2015–2016 Dibba Al-Fujairah
2016 Emirates Club
2017–2018 Nejmeh SC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Johannes Theodor "Theo" Bücker [1] (born 10 July 1948) is a German football coach and a former player [2] .

Association football Team field sport

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Coaching career

On 8 August 2011, Bücker was announced as Lebanon's new head coach, with the former national team manager taking over the reins ten years after leaving the position. He is the first ever coach to bring Lebanon to the fourth and final qualifying round of the world cup. During this period, the Lebanese national team made impressive results. They defeated United Arab Emirates 3–1 in Beirut, South Korea 2–1 in Beirut, and Kuwait 1–0 in Kuwait in the third round. For the first time in their history, Lebanon defeated Iran by a single goal on matchday 4 of the final round. Bücker announced his retirement in May 2013, effective from 11 June 2013, after match that saw his side defeated by Iran 4–0.

Personal life

Bücker considers himself as "half-Lebanese" and is married to a Lebanese woman. He has been a resident of Beirut for many years, expressing his love for his adopted nation.

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In 2012, former Lebanon national team member Buddy Farah stated that the credit for Lebanon's success and improvement should go to Bücker and that he was the best thing ever to happen to Lebanese football. [3]

Buddy Farah is an Australian football agent and a former footballer of Lebanese Maronite descent. After beginning his career with Marconi Stallions in the Australian National Soccer League, he went on to play for Nejmeh in the Lebanese Premier League and Keflavík in the Iceland Úrvalsdeild before retiring in 2008. Farah represented the Australia Under-23 team prior to the 2000 Sydney Olympics and Lebanon from 2000 to 2004.

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