FFA technical director Han Berger will join Sydney FC’s board of directors in August, following the completion of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Berger has spent the past five years in his current role, but has been wooed to the Sky Blues organisation by chairman Scott Barlow, who believes the Dutchman will be a major asset for the club going forward.
"Han and I have developed a very good relationship over the last few years and I am delighted that he will now join our board," Barlow said.
"Han brings decades of global football coaching, technical and management experience that is without parallel in Australia.
"As Sydney FC enters a new phase of strategic growth, we will be harnessing all of that experience to help grow the club and we will welcome his contribution to the board."
Berger stated that he sees “huge potential” in domestic football in this country and wants to focus on improving the pathways for young juniors to the Sky Blues first team.
"From my time here in Australia, I understand the huge potential that club football has in front of it," he said.
"I will be very keen to help grow youth development and technical strategies at Sydney FC, especially given my passion for bringing players from the grassroots into the professional game.”
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