UEFA Pro Licence coach Fritz Schmid is the new Technical Director at Football Association of Malaysia (FAM). The 54-year-old Swiss is on a three-year contract to assist in the development of football and oversee the progress of the national and project teams.
Schmid, who also holds the highest coaching license of the Italian Football Federation, graduated from ETH Zurich in Sports Sciences and studied English, German and Journalism at the University of Zurich. His professional experience extends from teaching to Public Relations. He also spent 5 years of his life as a sports journalist.
As a coach he has more than 30 years of expertise in amateur, elite youth and professional football. In his career, he has worked for Tottenham Hotspur as well as Grasshopper Club Zurich, FC Aarau, SC Kriens, FC Zurich. In 2001 Schmid joined FC Basel as assistant coach, where he made a major contribution to the clubs biggest success in their history.
In the last four years he held mandates as a self-employed consultant in manifold areas related to management, coaching and training – among which the position of assistant coach to the National Team of the Austria. In the area of coaching education he has worked as a coaching instructor for Swiss Football Association, UEFA and FIFA for 28 years.