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Name: John Toshack  
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Date of Birth: 22nd March 1949
Place of Birth: Cardiff
Profession: Footballer
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John Toshack (born 22 March 1949 in Cardiff) is a Welsh football manager and former player. He is the current manager of the Wales national football team.

Playing career

Toshack started his footballing career with Cardiff City F.C., signing for them as a 16 year old. After four years at Cardiff, he was signed by Liverpool F.C. in November 1970. During his time with the club Toshack scored 96 goals, and was part of the team that won the Football League Championship in 1973, 1976 and 1977, the FA Cup in 1974, and the UEFA Cup in 1973 and 1976. He played for the Welsh national football team at schoolboy, under-23 and full international level. However, his playing career was blighted by injuries and he was transferred to Swansea City A.F.C. as player-manager in 1978, where he succeeded the late Harry Griffiths.

Management career

He was a immediate success at the Vetch Field, taking them from the Fourth Division all the way to the First Division in successive seasons.

In 1984, Toshack was appointed manager of the Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon, but only lasted one season in the post. His most success as a manager has come in Spain, where he managed Real Madrid twice and Real Sociedad three times, and Deportivo La Coruna once. He has also managed the Turkish side Besiktas and French side AS Saint-Étienne. He was appointed manager of the Welsh national football team 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.

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