Former Auckland City coach Ramon Tribulietx lands role in Philippines

Former Auckland City head coach Ramon Tribulietx has been recruited by four-times Philippines national champions United City.

Tribulietx (51) has taken over as head coach after the departure of Romanian coach Marian Mihail with the club sitting seventh on the Philippines Football League table after four rounds.

The Spaniard, who led Auckland City to a bronze medal at the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco, said: “The main aim is to make sure that United City FC becomes a competitive football team and to make sure that the team becomes good on the ball and controls the games with the ball.

“This is, at the end of the day, about winning. So that will be my task for the next few weeks.”

Main photo: Ramon Tribulietx … new role in the Philippines.

Eric M. Gottschalk, President of United City FC, said: “His track record of winning trophies, his deep understanding of the game, and his cultural awareness of building a team with different players from different cultures make him the perfect fit to get our title-ambitious 2024 PFL season back on track.

“We are confident that under his guidance, United City FC will bounce back after its rocky start to continue to compete at the highest level in the country.”

United City won the PFL title in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 and the PFL Cup in 2022.

Tribulietx’s coaching journey began in Spanish football, where he was an assistant coach for various clubs, including UE Sant Andreu, UE Figueres, and UE Castelldefels.

Glory days … Auckland City captain Ivan Vicelich (left) and coach Ramon Tribulietx collect the national Premiership trophy in 2015. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.

At Auckland City, Tribulietx-coached teams won 25 titles, including national league championships, Oceania Champions League titles, and FIFA Club World Cup campaigns.

He left Auckland in 2019 and was hired by Russian second-tier club FC Akron Tolyatti in December 2021 but left after four months due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Since then, he’s been an assistant coach with Hungarian club Budapest Honvêd.

This story was first published on May 4, 2024.

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