Group B Goalkeeper Coaches
Spain – Jose Manuel Ochotorena
Ochotorena emerged through Real Madrid’s youth ranks, making his professional debuts late in 1981–82 due to a professional’s strike, as he was still part of the reserve squad setup. He would have to wait until the 1985–86 season to become a starter, helping the capital side to that year’s La Liga and UEFA Cup titles, but lost his spot the following campaign after the signing of Sevilla FC’s Francisco Buyo.
Afterwards Ochotorena moved to Valencia CF, winning the Ricardo Zamora Trophy in his first season, being replaced mere minutes into the last game at Real Madrid, which helped him maintain his average. After three solid seasons at the Mestalla Stadium, he was sent off in a game against Real Madrid, and never appeared officially for the Che again.
Ochotorena retired in 1998 at the age of 37, after unassuming spells with CD Tenerife, CD Logroñés (he played most of the games in 1994–95, but the Riojan were relegated) and Racing de Santander. He earned one cap for Spain on 20 September 1989, taking over for Andoni Zubizarreta for the final ten minutes in a friendly with Poland in A Coruña, and was in the final squad for the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
Ochotorena then assumed goalkeeping coach duties at both Valencia and the national team but, when countryman Rafael Benítez joined Premier League side Liverpool in July 2004, he replaced Joe Corrigan. In July 2007 he returned to Valencia and joined Spain under head coach Vincente del Bosque
Netherlands – Frans Hoek
Frans Hoek is a Dutch former goalkeeper and current chief goalkeeping coach at Manchester United F.C. and the Netherlands national football team, under manager Louis van Gaal. Hoek played for more than a decade at FC Volendam and later went to work as a goalkeeping coach at football clubs including AFC Ajax, FC Barcelona, FC Bayern Munich and Manchester United, and the Dutch and Polish national teams. He has worked with goalkeepers including Edwin van der Sar, Stanley Menzo, Víctor Valdés, Vítor Baía, Pepe Reina, Robert Enke, Łukasz Fabiański, Thomas Kraft, Manuel Neuer, Michel Vorm and David de Gea. Hoek is widely regarded as one of world football’s best goalkeeping mentors.
Starting as an amateur goalkeeper at “SV Always Forward”, Frans Hoek played in goal at FC Volendam from 1973 to 1985, and in 1977 he achieved top flight football for the first time in the club’s history. Two years later, Volendam were relegated. In 1983, Hoek and his teammates were promoted back to the Eredivisie, where they spent another two seasons. Hoek scored against Roda JC Kerkrade in September 1983. In 1985, Hoek ended his playing career as a goalkeeper, moving into coaching.
Hoek joined Ajax in 1986 as a coach, working under manager Johan Cruyff, and in 1991 became the goalkeeping coach of manager Louis van Gaal at the club. A young Edwin van der Sar was under the care of Hoek at Ajax. In between this, he also coached for two years the goalkeepers of his former club Volendam. In 1997, he followed van Gaal to Barcelona, where he oversaw the promotion of Víctor Valdés. He moved with van Gaal to the Netherlands national football team in 2000, and back to Barcelona again in 2002. From 2005 he was for four years the goalkeeping coach of the Poland national football team, under manager Leo Beenhakker, where he went to the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. Beenhakker had been the former head coach at Volendam, where Hoek spent his playing career.
Hoek joined van Gaal again at Bayern Munich in 2010, where he received both the role of goalkeeping coach and an assistant coach. After van Gaal left Germany in 2011, the pair took over the Netherlands national football team (for the second time), going to UEFA Euro 2012 in Poland/Ukraine and the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Hoek will again team up with van Gaal at Manchester United after the World Cup.
Hoek also trains other goalkeeping coaches, and advises and lectures for FIFA, UEFA and the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB), among others, on goalkeeping. He previously advised Manchester United (before becoming chief goalkeeping coach), LA Galaxy and the Danish Football Association (DBU). His coaching style is known within the game as the “Hoek Method”.
Chile – Martin Tocalli
Australia – Tony Franken
Anthony (Tony) Franken is a former Australian goalkeeper. He is widely considered one of Australia’s best ever.
Franken represented Australia on 14 occasions between 1984–1992 and represented his country at Under-20 level at the 1983 World Youth Cup Finals in Mexico and at Under-23 level in 1984.
He started playing junior soccer for East Fremantle Tricolore before playing for many professional clubs in Australia including Sydney Croatia, APIA Leichhardt, Perth Glory, Sydney Olympic, Parramatta Eagles and Canberra City. He was awarded the NSL Under 21 Player of the Year in 1984.