Holger Osieck began his footballing career as a ten year old at FC Schalke 04 He remained there eight years, then played for Eintracht Gelsenkirchen, SSV Hagen, 1 FC Mülheim, 1 FC Bocholt, the Vancouver Whitecaps and for red and white Oberhausen.
After studying history at the Ruhr- University Bochum, he decided at age 22 for a coaching career, obtained licenses and laid in 1976 at the Sports University in Cologne the exam for football coaches from. His local license work he wrote about the history of FC Schalke 04 A year later he began in Canada, where he had played as assistant coach of the national federation.
In 1979 he was DFB youth coach. Since 1987 up to the Football World Cup 1990, he was the coach of the German team - as an assistant to Franz Beckenbauer, who had no coaching license. After the World Cup victory, he was initially a youth coach at FC Schalke 04 and then followed Beckenbauer as the second man to the French first division club Olympique Marseille.
At the beginning of the 1991/92 season he became head coach at the Bundesliga VfL Bochum. The first season he finished with the team to the national player Dariusz Wosz with the second-worst goal difference of the then 20 league participants as 15. Subsequently season Bochum was after the 12th Round after five defeats in a series Table and Osieck was replaced by Jürgen Gelsdorf. Could the then " Unabsteigbar " applicable as though Bochum improve on the 16th place, but their first Bundesliga relegation not prevent it.
As a result, Osieck Fenerbahce coached and won with the club the Cup of Turkish Sports Journalists' Association. From 1995 to 1996, he makes the first time the Japanese first division club Urawa Red Diamonds station. With the club, he finished fifth and sixth in the two seasons.
From 29 September 1998 to 2 September 2003, Osieck was responsible for the Canadian national team and won with her in February 2000, surprisingly, the North and Central American Championship, the Gold Cup with a 2-0 victory over Colombia.
From 1 May 2004, he worked at the World governing body FIFA in Zurich as Chief of Staff for technical development. In July 2004, he was for a short time as an assistant coach Jürgen Klinsmann in conversation, but he said short notice from. The post eventually went to Joachim Löw.
In 2007, he took over for the second time as coach at the Urawa Red Diamonds from Japan, which were previously trained by Guido Buchwald. Here celebrated on 14 November 2007 his greatest success as a club coach. After a 1-1 draw in the first leg, the Diamonds defeated the Iranian team Sepahan 2-0 and thus won the Asian Champions League. After two losses early in the season he was released the Vice champion of 2007 on March 16, 2008.
On 11 August 2010 he was unveiled as coach of Australia. In 2011 he reached the final of the Asia Cup Australia, where he against Japan with 0:1 nV lost. On 30 March, the National australiasche defeated under his leadership Germany in Monchengladbach 2-1.
In June 2013, the Australian team qualified as second in the group behind Japan before Jordan, Oman and Iraq for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. After two 0-6 defeats in friendlies against Brazil and France, he was released on 12 October 2013.
The gym teacher is remarried and has a son and a daughter. His son is president of the Football Association of the Canadian province of British Columbia.