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Bundesliga coach: The league of beginners


Almost half of the 18 coaches are new to the Bundesliga. They have not won much yet. There is even a horror statistic.

One could come up with the idea that German coaches are in fashion. Thomas Tuchel works for Paris St.-Germain and Jürgen Klopp recently won the Champions League with Liverpool. It was his fourth European Cup final, and he was the only one who had grown in the previous Premier League season Pep Guardiola.

Klopp was big in the Bundesliga, he is now too big for the Bundesliga, whose season begins with the game Bayern against Hertha. Men of the genus Klopp or Pep, who recently played against each other in Germany, are looked for in vain. Coaches are the most important leaders in football, but even some well-fancied fan does not know some who are starting this Friday in the Bundesliga on the line. About half of all 18 coaches are new to Germany's best football class. And they have a different profile than before: international, but inexperienced, and, unfortunately, unsuccessful.

Ten years ago in German football you bet on the experienced German ex-pro. At that time, 14 out of 18 Bundesliga clubs went into the season with German coaches, most of them former Bundesliga players. But the model Felix Magath, Armin Veh, Thomas Schaaf or Bruno Labbadia is not as popular as it used to be, also because it was not successful in the long run. The Bundesliga even experienced the first Dieter-Hecking-free season since 2005, which takes after its bitter end in Mönchengladbach in Hamburg a run-in in the second division.

Today, you do not have to step on the Betzenberg to become a coach in the Bundesliga. The exceptions are Niko Kovač, Steffen Baumgart (Paderborn), Ante Covic (Hertha) and the eternal Friedhelm Funkel (Dusseldorf). Also David Wagner (Schalke) and Marco Rose (Gladbach) have kicked in the Bundesliga, if not for long.

The most striking thing is that eight coaches have not yet led a single game in the Bundesliga. Next to Baumgart, Wagner and Rose are the debutants Thomas Glasner (Wolfsburg), Urs Fischer (Union Berlin) and Achim Beierlorzer (Cologne). Čović has worked exclusively as a youth coach, Alfred Schreuder (Hoffenheim) especially as an assistant. Also, a Bundesliga coach no longer have a German passport. Exactly half, including the two West Berlin Croats Kovač and Čović, comes from abroad. That coaches are mostly German, is only valid in the second division and lower.

Trainer is now a profession

The formative German types of the present are the New Leipzig Julian Nagelsmann and Florian Kohfeldt from Bremen, once goalie at the TV Jahn Delmenhorst, or Domenico Tedesco, who is currently in the waiting, but may appear again this season in the Bundesliga. They are young smart in polo shirts and sneakers. You can talk well about vertical staggering, Umschaltmomente and other things that the Otto Normal fan on the square does not see. The DFB coaching course they finished best. Mehmet Scholl pointed out a lot, "the students" have not won much yet. However, they are still in their thirties at the beginning of their work.

The pioneer of this academization was Ralf Rangnick. His credo was: coach is something completely different than footballer. A thesis as radical as his game idea, according to which ball possession is worthless and it depends in football on how a team behaves "against the ball". Some of the Bundesliga coaches crossed Rangnicks way sometime during their career in Hoffenheim or in the Red Bull empire at the locations Leipzig and Salzburg. For example, Kovač, Rose, Schreuder, Beierlorzer, Wagner or Adi Hütter (Frankfurt).

Some follow Rangnick, others call themselves Klopp students whose full-steam football resembles Rangnick. All one of a few essentials that go back to Rangnick: diligence, order, discipline. The sports teacher Rangnick prepared each training before and after, brooded over exercises, led book on training achievements, and also hired a lot of staff, which he led. The Babbels, Finks, and Dolls often did the day-to-day stuff as co-instructors alone, while others from the ex-professional school worked according to the door sill pedagogy: they did not worry until they crossed the threshold, some not even then. Rangnick, however, understands - and this is still not internalized in Germany everywhere - being a trainer as a profession.

Source: zeit

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