Frank Juric officially joins Reds as Goalkeeper Coach

Adelaide United are delighted to officially announce Frank Juric as the Club’s new Goalkeeper Coach ahead of the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 season.

Juric, a former Socceroo, joins the Reds boasting an impressive pedigree having spent 11 years in the German top-flight and second division.

Since retiring from football in 2009, Juric has been the goalkeeping coach at Perth Glory and then Victorian National Premier League outfit Melbourne Knights between 2012 and 2016. 

During his playing career, the 43-year-old joined 2. Bundesliga side Fortuna Düsseldorf from National Soccer League side Collingwood Warriors in 1997, before transferring to Bundesliga heavyweights Bayer Leverkusen two years later.

At Leverkusen he provided competition for the likes of Polish international Adam Matysek and then German gloveman Hans-Jörg Butt.

Juric still managed to accumulate 16 matches in all competitions during his five years with the Club, and was the reserve goalkeeper in the 2002 UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid. 

In 2004 he signed with fellow Bundesliga team Hannover 96 and served as the second-choice shot-stopper.

Speaking on joining the Reds, Juric said: “I’m happy to be with Adelaide and looking forward to the start of the Hyundai A-League season.

“It’s an exciting challenge for me and I’m thrilled to be working closely with our goalkeepers Paul, Daniel and Isaac, as well as Marco and the rest of the coaching staff.

“The early signs are that this is going to be a successful and exciting season and I can’t wait for it all to begin.” 

Adelaide United General Manager of Football, Ante Kovacevic, said the experience Juric will bring to the role and the Club will be beneficial for a number of reasons. 

“After spending over a decade of his playing career in the Bundesliga, Frank understands what it takes for a player to achieve success in Europe. 

“The addition of Frank to the coaching ranks, gives us a quality group of individuals required for an elite football environment.

“The experience he gained as a footballer has followed through to his coaching abilities and his knowledge of the game will help our goalkeepers and outfield players alike.”