John Benjamin Toshack MBE (born 22 March 1949) is a Welsh former footballer and football manager who most recently managed Wydad Casablanca. He has also managed several others clubs including Swansea City, who he took from the Fourth Division to the First in four seasons, and two spells with Real Madrid.
Coaching Macedonia in 2011
|Full name||John Benjamin Toshack|
|Date of birth||22 March 1949|
|Place of birth||Cardiff, Wales|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|1978–1983||Swansea City Player/Manager|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Toshack started his footballing career with Cardiff City, signing for them as a 16-year-old. He became the youngest ever player to play in a league match for the club when he came off the bench to make a goalscoring debut during a 3–1 win over Leyton Orient on 13 November 1965 at the age of 16 years and 236 days old, a record which stood for 41 years until it was broken by Aaron Ramsey in 2007. Establishing himself in the side over the next few years, scoring his first hat-trick in January 1968 in an 8–0 win over Ebbw Vale in the Welsh Cup, he went on to form one of the most lethal strike partnerships in the club's history alongside Brian Clark.
After four years at Cardiff City, Toshack was signed by Bill Shankly for Liverpool on 11 November 1970. Already a full international, Shankly paid £110,000 for the striker. Toshack made his debut 3 days later on the 14th in the goalless league draw with Coventry City at Anfield. His first goal came a week later on the 21st in a remarkable Merseyside derby at Anfield. With the game 0–0 at half-time Everton thundered into a 2–0 lead just after the start of the second half. 69 minutes in Steve Heighway scored from an acute angle on the left at the Kop end. Toshack's headed goal from a Heighway cross in the 76th minute completely turned the game around; then Chris Lawler volleyed home, after Toshack had headed on an Alec Lindsay cross, for the 84th-minute winner.
In 1971, Kevin Keegan joined Liverpool from Scunthorpe United. Toshack and Keegan struck up a successful partnership with Toshack winning balls in the air and Keegan finishing the knock downs. By the time Keegan left for German side Hamburg SV he had scored exactly 100 goals with a large percentage of them being set up by Toshack.
In 1973, Toshack won his first major honours. Don Revie's Leeds United visited Anfield on Easter Monday for a showdown involving two of the three 1972-73 Football League challengers. The game turned on a few minutes either side of half time. First Leeds' Peter Lorimer contrived to miss an open goal. Two minutes after the break Peter Cormack took his chance to put Liverpool ahead. Keegan added a late second to seal the win. With Arsenal dropping a point at Southampton, Liverpool duly closed out the title with a final game 0-0 draw against Leicester City. This was their first major trophy since seven years before in 1966.
They also won the 1972-73 UEFA Cup. The 1973 UEFA Cup Final first leg at Anfield was abandoned due to a downpour after 27 minutes and rescheduled to be played again the next day. The 27 minutes that had been played had given Liverpool manager Bill Shankly an insight into Borussia Mönchengladbach defensive vulnerability in the air. To exploit this he brought tall forward Toshack into the starting team demoting the small build of Brian Hall to appearing only as a late substitute. Keegan profited with two goals set up by Toshack headers in a 3-0 win. Liverpool lost 2-0 away to win 3-2 on aggregate.
Toshack played in the 1974 FA Cup Final when Liverpool comprehensively outplayed Newcastle to win 3-0. He won a further league and UEFA Cup double in 1976 and ended his medal haul with a further league title in 1977.
During his time with Liverpool Toshack scored 96 goals. He was voted in at No.34 on the Liverpool FC website poll 100 Players Who Shook The Kop, in which thousands of fans worldwide voted for their top 100 Liverpool players.
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Toshack's playing career was blighted by injuries and he was transferred to Swansea City as player-manager in 1978 (he already passed his coaching badge at the age of 18), where he succeeded Harry Griffiths.
He was an immediate success at the Vetch Field, taking them from the Fourth Division all the way to the First Division in four seasons. Once they reached the top flight, the Swans were predicted by many to go straight back down, but they kicked off with a surprise 5–1 victory over Leeds United and topped the league at several stages of the season before finishing sixth. However, they were relegated the following year and then suffered a second successive relegation.
In 1984, Toshack was appointed manager of the Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon, but he only lasted one season in the post. His greatest success as a manager so far came in Spain, where he managed Real Madrid twice, Real Sociedad three times, as well as Deportivo La Coruna and Real Murcia. He spent 13 years managing in Spain: one of the notable highlights of his time there was his Real Madrid side scoring 107 goals in the 1989-90 league season, setting a new record. In Spain, Toshack became known as "John Benjamin", as there was a common misunderstanding that his middle name was a Spanish-style paternal surname. He was also noted for a habit of literally translating English-language idioms into Spanish during his press conferences, to the confusion of Spanish journalists. He has also managed the Turkish side Beşiktaş J.K., French side AS Saint-Étienne and Italian side Catania.
Following the sudden resignation of Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool manager in February 1991, media reports linked Toshack with a return to Anfield as manager, but he ruled himself out of the running and the job went to Graeme Souness instead.
Welsh national teamEdit
Toshack was appointed manager of Wales for the first time in 1994, but only spent 41 days in the post, resigning after a 3–1 defeat to Norway. Despite this, he was appointed to the post for a second time in November 2004. It was announced on 5 September 2010 that he offered his resignation from the Wales job following a 1–0 away defeat to Montenegro in Euro 2012 qualifying. He left the job by mutual consent on 9 September 2010.
Macedonian national teamEdit
Toshack was appointed manager of the Macedonia national football team on 7 August 2011. His contract with the national side was terminated on 13 August 2012 after he refused to relocate to the country.
On 8 March 2013 it was announced that Toshack would take over as manager of Khazar Lankaran of the Azerbaijan Premier League on 15 March 2013. At the time of his appointment, Khazar Lankaran were eighth in the league and competing in the Relegation group for the final 10 games of the season. Toshack's first game in charge of Khazar Lankaran was a one all home draw against AZAL. Toshack's first win came in his second game in charge, a 1–2 away victory against bottom of the table Kəpəz. Khazar Lankaran ended the season in 8th position, with a league record under Toshack of played 9, won 3, drawn 3, lost 3. Toshack also guided Khazar Lankaran to the final of the 2012–13 Azerbaijan Cup with a 2–1 aggregate victory over FC Baku in the semi-finals, resulting in a game against Premier League champions Neftchi Baku which Khazar lost 5–3 on penalties. As a result of Neftchi Baku winning both the Premier League and Cup, Khazar qualified for the UEFA Europa League. Toshack won his first trophy with Khazar Lankaran on 23 October 2013, defeating Neftchi Baku in the 2013 Azerbaijan Supercup. On 22 November 2013 Toshack resigned as manager of Khazar Lankaran following 14 points in the first 14 games of the season, leaving Khazar in 8th place in the league. In total Toshack won 8 of his 27 games in charge.
On 20 June 2014, Toshack was appointed as manager of Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca. On 16 September 2016, following a heavy defeat to Zamalek in the 1st leg of the 2016 CAF Champions League Semi-Finals, Toshack and Wydad Casablanca parted ways.
- Cardiff City
- Welsh Cup (3) 1966–67, 1967–68, 1968–69
- Liverpool 
- Football League First Division (3): 1972–73, 1975–76, 1976–77
- FA Cup (1): 1973–74
- FA Charity Shield (1): 1976
- UEFA Cup (2): 1972–73, 1975–76
- UEFA Super Cup (1): 1977
- Swansea City
- Welsh Cup (3): 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83
- Real Sociedad
- Real Madrid
- Turkish Cup (1): 1997–98
- Khazar Lankaran
- Wydad Athletic Club
- La Liga Coach of the Year – Don Balón Award (2): 1989, 1990
- As of match played 16 September 2016
|Macedonia||Macedonia||August 2011||August 2012||9||2||4||3||22.22|
|Khazar Lankaran||Azerbaijan||March 2013||November 2013||27||8||8||11||29.63|
|Wydad Casablanca||Morocco||20 June 2014||16 September 2016||85||43||26||16||50.59|
- some statistics currently unavailable.
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