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.
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.
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
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
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
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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