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Stuart Baxter
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Personal information
Full name Stuart William Baxter
Date of birth 16 August 1953 (1953-08-16) (age 56)
Place of birth Wolverhampton, England
Club information
Current club Finland (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1975 Preston North End 41 (1)
1975 Morecambe 1 (0)
1975–1976 Dundee United 0 (0)
1976–1977 Stockport County 4 (0)
1981 Helsingborgs IF ? (?)
1982 South Melbourne FC ? (?)
1983 San Diego Sockers ? (?)
1983–1984 Örebro SK 41 (5)
Teams managed
1985 Örebro SK
1986 IF Skarp
1987 Vitória Setubal
1988–1991 Halmstads BK
1992–1994 Sanfrecce Hiroshima
1995–1997 Vissel Kobe
1998–2000 AIK
2001 F.C. Lyn Oslo
2002–2004 England Under-19
2004–2005 South Africa
2006 Vissel Kobe
2006–2007 Helsingborgs IF
2008– Finland
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Stuart Baxter (born 16 August 1953) is a Scottish football manager and former player. He is currently managing the Finland national football team.

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Career

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Playing career

Baxter, who has a Scottish father and an English mother, was born in Wolverhampton[1] and began his playing career with Preston North End in 1971. He later moved north to Scotland to join Dundee United before returning to England with Stockport County. Baxter then moved to Sweden, Australia and the United States respectively with Helsingborgs IF, South Melbourne FC and San Diego Sockers. His playing career ended in 1983. Although born in England, Baxter was brought up in Scotland and considers himself Scottish.

Coaching

Baxter returned to Scandinavia to begin his coaching career; he worked with Örebro SK's youth team. In 1986, he was appointed manager of minor Norwegian side Idrettsforeningen Skarp. The following year he landed a larger managerial role with Portuguese team Vitória de Setúbal before returning to Sweden for a three stint at Halmstads BK between 1988 and 1991. In his first year with Halmstads he guided them to promotion to the Allsvenskan but the club was relegated at the end of his tenure. Baxter moved to Japan to first coach Sanfrecce Hiroshima, between 1992 and 1994, and then Vissel Kobe, in 1997.

In 1998, Baxter was bought back to Sweden by AIK Solna, where he guided them to the Swedish championship. Having qualified for the UEFA Champions League, Baxter took AIK into the group stages where the Swedish champions played against some of Europe's largest teams, such as FC Barcelona, Arsenal and Fiorentina. Unsurprisingly, AIK finished bottom of the group. After two years, he moved to Norwegian side Lyn Oslo.

Baxter was hired by the Football Association to coach the England Under-19 national team in 2002. After two years, he was hired as South Africa's manager. By autumn 2005, he quit this role having failed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup. He later had another short spell at Vissel Kobe before moving back to Helsingborgs, this time as manager in 2006. He took the Swedish side past the group stages of the UEFA Cup in 2007 but he resigned at the end of the year.

At the beginning of 2008, he was appointed manager of Finland on a two-year contract.[2] In January 2009 it was announced that he has signed an extended contract that will keep him in charge of the Finland team through the 2012 European Championships campaign.[3]

Family

He has a son, Lee, who is also a former professional football player and now a goalkeeping-coach.

References

  1. ^ Bradford looking to Baxter to take the reins The Guardian, 16 November 2000
  2. ^ Stuart Baxter Huuhkajien päävalmentajaksi Suomen Palloliitto - Artikkeliarkisto
  3. ^ Stuart Baxter jatkaa Huuhkajien luotsina Suomen Palloliitto - Artikkeliarkisto

Simple English

Stuart Baxter
File:Stuart
Personal information
Full name Stuart Baxter
Date of birth 16 August 1953 (1953-08-16) (age 57)
Place of birth    Birmingham, England
Playing position (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1971-1975
1975-1976
1976-1977
1981
1982
1983
1983-1984
Preston North End
Dundee United
Stockport County
Helsingborg
South Melbourne
San Diego Sockers
Örebro
Teams managed
1986
1987
1988-1991
1992-1994
1995-1997
1998-2000
2001
2002-2004
2004-2005
2006
2006-2007
2008-
Skarp
Vitória
Halmstad
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Vissel Kobe
AIK Solna
Lyn Oslo
England U-19
South Africa
Vissel Kobe
Helsingborg
Finland

Stuart Baxter (born 16 August 1953) is a former English football player.

References


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