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The Chinese Wanderer, appearing for Norway, England and Leicester City !

DATE: 02.09.2017 - THE CUNNING FOX - NEWSDESK

 

Frank Soo was a footballer and manager in the game several years ago. He was seen as a wanderer in football. He is also known as the first "asian" to play for England.

To look in the books of history you will always find some strange happenings and footballers life can many times be of great interest. Frank Soo is one that had a remarkable career and his travels abroad started after his playing days.

Soo coached football in Scandinavia for almost twenty years, mostly in Sweden, but also in Norway and Denmark. In front of the 1952 Olympics in Finland, Norway had qualified and looked for a man to take charge of the team, Soo was the one getting the job.

He had the season before been in charge of Italian club Padova, and during his days in Serie A, Soo signed Norwegian international Knut Andersen from Skeid Oslo. Soo had earlier trained teams in Sweden and was free to take the job.
 

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The job as Norwegian national coach was short lived and lasted only one game, the one against Sweden in the 1952 Olympics, taking place in Tampere on the 21st of July. Sweden won the game 4-1 with another English / Swedish legend George Raynor on the bench.

Soo and Raynor were both "big names" in Swedish football. Raynor brought great success to the Swedish national team. Winning the 1948 London Olympics was one heroic achievement, and 10 years later Raynor was the one managing Sweden in the World Cup final v. Brazil.

Raynor won the Olympics in 1948, in 1952 Sweden picked up a bronze medal, as they did in the 1950 World Cups, and later in 1958 winning the silver medal in the World Cup, all with Raynor in charge.

Soo never experienced the same level of success coaching in international football, with that one game in charge of Norway, as his only adventure. But as a club manager it was different, winning the Swedish league with Djurgaarden and ending runners-up in Norway with Fredrikstad FK.

Soo was known for his strict style and hard traning methods. He was also known for being a bit too much "straight forward" and often challenged the Scandinavian way of life, known to be more lade back and none professional.
 

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Frank Soo is known in the history books of Leicester City as the player that really never got any games of importance, staying for just a few months after being signed from Stoke City, and sold on to Luton Town.

Soo appeared in two FA Cup games, both against Chelsea, in a two legged 3rd round affair. City lost, and Soo moved on. The years at Stoke City, playing alongside Stanley Matthews in the mid 30's, was the best years of his playing career. Soo also appeared for "England War Team" 9 times, but the games were not seen as official England games, so he has in the record books, no real "caps".

It is a fact that he was in charge of the Norwegian national team during the 1952 Olympics. But his days as player at Leicester City and coaching Norway was two short lived affairs. His England games never counted, so this was probably not Soo's best memories in football.

After his life of coaching he returned to England, and lived a silent life. He died at the age of 76 in the year 1991.

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