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Frantisek Fadrhonc

Dr. Frantisek Fadrhonc was a Czech-born football coach.

Fadrhonc was born in Nymburk, Czechoslovakia on December 18, 1914. He performed his coaching wonders, however, in the West, initially in The Netherlands. After winning the Dutch championship with Willem II in 1952 and 1955, he coached SC Enschede and Go Ahead Eagles.

In 1970, he took over the National Team of The Netherlands and was their coach as they qualified for the 1974 World Cup, beating, among others, their eternal rivals Belgium. However, it was Rinus Michels who took over in 1974 and who led ”Oranje” in the finals of that tournament.

Fadrhonc started coaching AEK in the 1974. He stayed until October 1977. During that period, he led AEK to the Alpha Ethniki title of (1977) and the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup in the 1976-1977 season. In the latter campaign, he is credited with the substitution of regular goalkeeper Lakis Stergioudas with veteran Nikos Christidis in extra-time of the 2nd leg of the encounter against QPR. His move was justified when Christidis stopped two penalties and AEK went through to the semis.

Fadrhonc also coached Panachaiki Patra in the 1979 season.

He died on October 9, 1981, in Lefkosia, Cyprus.