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Chris Coleman - the Most Successful Wales Manager

About Chris Coleman
Christopher Patrick Coleman OBE was born on the 10th of June 1970, and is a Welsh professional football team manager as well as former player. He currently manages the national team for his country of birth, having taken over as Welsh national manager after the death of Gary Speed, and led Wales to UEFA Euro 2016, their first major tournament since the 1958 FIFA World Cup, where they made the semi-finals and online betting sites at last offered Welsh punters the chance to support the national team at a major tournament.

Coleman's International Career as a Player
Coleman was not only eligible to play for Wales, but also for the Republic of Ireland, since his father had been born in Dublin, and even for the United States of America, thanks to his grandfather on his mother's side. He chose to back his home team however, and Wales has a special place in his heart.

Coleman usually played defence positions; although he also sometimes appeared as a forward, and he went on to win 32 caps while he was part of the Welsh team. He ended his playing career at 32-years of age after breaking his leg in a car crash, and started coaching at this time. He appeared only once more, for Wales on the 14th of May 2002, after being called up to replace Danny Gabbidon, and then coming on to the field as a late sub for Robert Earnshaw.

Coleman as a Manager - the Early Years
Coleman let Osian Roberts, his assistant, take the lead in a memorial match for Speed against the Costa Ricans in February of 2012, and his first game ended in a defeat for the Welsh against the Mexicans with a final score of 2 – 0. Both Joe Ledley and Gareth Bale were not able to play because of injuries, but Craig Bellamy made an appearance, even though he had previously decided to retire from the world of international football.

The first 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match for Wales took place against the Belgians, and James Collins, centre back, got sent off for a late lunge at Guillaume Gillet in the 25th minute of the game. The Welsh were once again defeated, once again with a final score of 2 – 0. After losing 6 – 1 to Serbia as well, Coleman stated in October 2016 that he was considering leaving his post at that point.

Coleman's Recent Record as Welsh Manger
After he became the first-ever Welsh manager to lose every one of his first five games, the tables turned, and Coleman saw his first win on the 12th of October 2012: a victory of 2 – 1 against Scotland. One year later, on the 26th of March, Wales got its hopes up with a lead of 1 – 0 against Croatia in a qualifier match, but two late goals from that team dashed these. On the 10th of October 2015, however, Wales managed to make it through to the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament, which meant that Coleman had managed to lead his team to their first tournament qualification since 1958!

On the 23rd of May 2016, a press conference for the Football Association of Wales announced that Coleman has signed a two-year extension on his contract, and he remains in charge of taking his team through the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

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