German Coaches Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'Germany: National Teams' started by Epitome990, Nov 5, 2016.

  1. Epitome990

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    Jun 27, 2013
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    To distinguish from the occasional discussion of coaching and tactics in the youth thread, we can start this one to track the development of coaches in Germany, abroad, and for the NT tiers.
     
  2. Epitome990

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  3. MatthausSammer

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    Dec 9, 2012
    Canada
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    Borussia Dortmund
    Nat'l Team:
    Germany
  4. Epitome990

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    https://www.onefootball.com/magazine/saturday-read-baby-faced-genius-re-invented-hoffenheim/

    The Saturday Read: How a baby-faced genius re-invented Hoffenheim

    November 5, 2016 7:29 am Lewis Ambrose

    Key excerpts from that article:

    More than just fast-tracked, he became the youngest full-time head coach in Bundesliga history at just 28.

    With their 3-0 win in Leverkusen a fortnight ago, Hoffenheim maintained their unbeaten start to the new season but it had even greater significance: in the 23 Bundesliga matches since Nagelsmann took the job, Hoffenheim now have more points than Schmidt’s Leverkusen side. In fact, they have won more points than every Bundesliga side with the exception of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

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    “I would pick out how actually him being a younger coach has been a real advantage to him with this squad,” says Archie Rhind-Tutt, Bundesliga correspondent for BT Sport. “There’s quite a few players who are under the age of 25 and he knows how they tick. Some coaches don’t have the ‘social competence’ which Nagelsmann himself talked about.”

    That social competence was integral for a quick turnaround as Nagelsmann replaced Stevens.

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    It was the tactical flexibility and understanding of the side which impressed so much just weeks into his reign. Hoffenheim suddenly switched between systems without a single kink, playing three at the back, five at the back, 4-3-3 and a diamond in different phases of matches in his first month in the job. Within two months, Hoffenheim had used ever more formations and won six of nine games after winning just two of twenty before he took over.

    Though, by now, Hoffenheim are comfortable with the ball, the initial focus under Nagelsmann was on stopping the opposition from playing to their strengths and never letting an opponent having an easy time on the ball. Closing enemy players down is one thing but, at this level, pressing requires much more to work well: passing options have to be cut off, players have to be isolated, spaces can not be left to exploit.

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    So far this season the pressing has continued and an even more expansive game has been encouraged, with their play in possession of the ball improving each week. “That’s an overlooked factor but one that he can definitely be held responsible for, given how they were playing before he made the step up in February,” Rhind-Tutt says.

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    Soon, the rest of Europe will have to take notice. Whether or not it is with Hoffenheim, in the next few years, Nagelsmann will be competing on a bigger stage sooner rather than later.

    Rhind Tutt agreed. “I think he could achieve something special with TSG – taking them into Europe for example, At this rate, it’s going to be difficult for the club to hold onto him.”
     
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  5. Ger90

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    May 13, 2016
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    FC Bayern München
    Nat'l Team:
    Germany
  6. Epitome990

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  7. Epitome990

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    Hannes Wolf's progress report since taking over the Stuttgart's coaching job back in late September:

    2.BL record: 4W- 1D - 1L / 13 points in 6 matches / 13:11 in goal difference
    Pokal: lost 0-2 to Gladbach

    Apart from the loss to Dynamo Dresden in his third match in charge, they've been one of the top teams in division. And continue to be on an upward trend. Originally being in 5th place when he was first hired, they are now second place just after Braunschweig. Won some key games too, including 3-1 on the road in the Derby against Karlsruher. Wolf has made good use of the players they have on roster. Definitely more effective than Luhukay when the season began.
     
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  8. Epitome990

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    Schmidt, Nagelsmann, and Tuchel on this list.

     
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  9. Dage

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    Berlin
    Club:
    Borussia Mönchengladbach
    Nat'l Team:
    Germany
    Nice to get some attention but I disagree, Schmidt has nothing to do on this list. Managers like Dirk Schuster, Pal Dardai, Nico Kovac or Ralph Hasenhüttl derserve this way more.

    EDIT: Ralph Hasenhüttl is first! You didn't noticed him ;) point still stands. :D
     
  10. Epitome990

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    Schmidt is helping to form the careers of several youngsters such as Tah, Brandt, Henrichs, Havertz, etc which deserves credit. But I do agree, that tactically he's now been figured out after his sudden rise from bringing up the successful (although big fish in small pond) RB Salzburg days. His hot-headedness and knack for getting himself ejected during a match has also put his team in jeopardy at times.

    I'm still reserving my opinion on Dirk Schuster though. Yes, he may have turned Sandro Wagner into a goal scoring machine last season, but I think he may be more of the motivator coach type than thorough strategist. Need to see how he guides this Augsburg squad. Back when Weinzierl had them, he was able to bring them past the group stages in Europa League and came within a one-goal difference in aggregate versus Klopp's Liverpool in the knockouts.
     
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  11. Epitome990

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    Bild's interview with Roger Schmidt:

    http://www.bild.de/sport/fussball/bayer-leverkusen/trainer-schmidt-im-interview-48758156.bild.html

    Let's talk about your situation. Do you have the feeling that you have freed yourself from a dangerous situation...

    Schmidt: "I have not felt that way. I deal with the things I can influence. This is always the work with my team. The fact that we have qualified for the Champions League for three consecutive years is confirmation of this."

    How do you feel personally about special attention?

    Schmidt: "The way how football is transported, has changed enormously. This has great advantages, primarily for the viewer. I myself can be synonymous at times to trouble. As a coach you have to know and behave accordingly. I obviously still have improvement potential... "

    Do you have to change as a coach on the line now - also to protect yourself from a new suspension?

    Schmidt: "Bayer 04 wanted me the way I am. Okay, we did not talk about the references of being sent to the tribune ...But honestly, I do not want to change too much. I was already as a player and also as a coach in the federation. During the game, I'm in combat mode and I want to help and make sure we are successful. But I know I need to get my emotions under control."

    Benny Henrichs is the fifth Bayer player to become a national player at the DFB. What triggers you?

    Schmidt: "Joy. I'm looking forward to each of our guys who make it to the national teams. And it is a special award for the club when a youth player like Benny manages to get in, play in the Champions League and then be called into the A-national team. "
     
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  12. Epitome990

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    http://www.bundesliga.com/en/news/B...re-we-want-to-be-in-the-bundesliga-423543.jsp

    Schalke coach Weinzierl: 'We're not yet where we want to be'

    Markus Weinzierl on…
    …Schalke’s slow start to the season:

    "Of course it wasn’t pleasant, but in hindsight it might even have helped a little bit. We learned a lot from the tough defeats and are already doing a lot of things far better than we were. The team has come on leaps and bounds, although needs to keep developing so that we can reach our targets."

    …the development of the team:
    "The group is beginning to understand more and more where our strengths lie, how we want to play and the need to bring 100 per cent onto the field every single time we play. We’re seeing a team that battles, that runs, that works and that’s always the cornerstone of success. More than just the battle, though, the team understands the need to impose its quality and convert that into goals. Of course, there’s always room for improvement, but - given that we’re at the start of our development - I’m happy."

    …the intense past few weeks:
    "It has been an intense period, but we managed to achieve what we needed to. We’ve reached our targets continentally and in the DFB Cup, and we made up some ground in the Bundesliga. We’re not yet where we want to be in the Bundesliga, though, and so there’s still plenty of work to do. By the winter break, we want to be in touch with the European spots."

    …the tactical shift from 4-2-3-1 to 3-5-2:
    "The task of the coaching staff is to find a system in which the team can work best. In the current system our players have the best chance to do well, whether that’s at the back or going forward. So to that end, the tactical shift was an important step."
     
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  13. Epitome990

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  14. Epitome990

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    Weinzierl's Schalke side are picking up momentum now. After the 1-0 win vs Wolfsburg, they're now 10 matches unbeaten. Going 8 wins and 2 draws in all competitons during this stretch.
     
  15. Epitome990

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    http://thesefootballtimes.co/2016/1...tionalist-thinker-approaching-a-key-juncture/

    Thomas Tuchel: the rationalist thinker approaching a key juncture

    Notable excerps:

    “To me, Tuchel seems to be heavily influenced by Guardiola, his ideas of football and also his interaction with the sport and the team in general. It’s not sensible in every aspect, however it would also be a bad idea to play-act to resonate better with the fans,” says Dersch.

    Both Guardiola and Tuchel like to lay out detailed plans for every training session and every match. “Tuchel is meticulous almost to a fault and, especially when things are not going his team’s way, will always be criticised as a pedant,” Pollmann thinks. In his eyes, the 43-year-old “is one of the new guard of coaches who, instead of relying on instinct and experiences from their own playing days, take an almost scientific approach to football.” Certainly, Guardiola is somewhere close to this new generation, despite his great success as a player.

    And apart from similarities in regards to their coaching in general, both Tuchel and Guardiola prefer dominant, possession-orientated football. When he signed at the Westfalenstadion, Tuchel saw his chance to utilise highly skilled players in order to form a basis for a Guardiola-like style of football he could not implement during his five years at FSV Mainz 05.

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    Despite his admiration for Guardiola, Tuchel had developed his own coaching philosophy years before the Catalan arrived in Germany. Since his days as a successful youth coach, he has made a name for himself as an innovative pioneer. He always anticipates the latest tactical trends and continues to re-equip his toolbox. Away from chalk and drawing board, Tuchel keeps an eye on various areas of studies.

    During his sabbatical in 2014-15, he met Brentford owner Matthew Benham to talk about statistical evaluation of player and team performances. To enhance training methods he draws on studies by sports scientist Wolfgang Schöllhorn, as he intends to introduce playful exercises to replace dull fitness training. Complex practice is supposed to exercise the minds without tiring out the bodies of his players. Less wear and tear should prevent injuries and allow more effective regeneration between matchdays.

    Tuchel’s ultimate goal is to create an environment in which his players can thrive. He does not believe in the concept of football being a coach’s game. He has repeatedly admitted that the influence of a coach – in particular throughout the 90 minutes – is very small and that he himself can only try to prepare his players for stressful in-game tasks. This part of his mindset completes the picture of a coach who fully understands his role when interacting with the team and has figured out the pillars of his own philosophy.

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    “There are a few issues, namely his in-game coaching and his big-game coaching, but one shouldn’t forget he’s still a fairly young manager who has to adapt to this level,” Pollmann says. “Tuchel deserves more credit than he currently gets by the public for doing what Klopp couldn’t: turning a team that was used to being the underdog into a dominant side that can beat just about anyone.”

    Tuchel made a great impression during his first season and his impact was not confined to what happened on the pitch. He left no stone unturned. Living up to his reputation, he changed diet plans, pre-season conditioning and much more. German media covered the fact that players like Marcel Schmelzer looked much leaner and obviously benefited from a more balanced nutrition in particular. Tuchel, who himself lost several pounds during his sabbatical, was praised as a coach who would pay attention to every detail that can improve the performances of his team, even if they just gain the tenths of a percent.
     
  16. Epitome990

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  17. Epitome990

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    Gotta give kudos to Weinzierl. Achieving a perfect 15 points through 5 games in Europa. Along with a +8 in goal differential. He also won the tactical match up against Lucien Favre's Nice side who are currently top of the table in Ligue 1.
     
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  18. Epitome990

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    http://www.empireofthekop.com/2016/...erpools-top-5-tacklers-in-the-opponents-half/

    Jurgen Klopp’s much-vaunted tactical philosophy has now very much come to the fore, with Liverpool in the groove, in-form and in with a shout of winning the Premier League.

    Although other factors are in play – good work in the transfer window and the lack of European football shouldn’t go unnoticed – Klopp’s playing style has been key to the Reds’ gradual improvement over the last year.

    Liverpool’s interchanging front four of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana have undoubtedly led the charge for the league’s top scorers, with the quartet responsible for triggering the closing down and hunting in packs.

    When executed properly the opposition is suffocated of possession and Liverpool win the ball back in dangerous areas, enabling them to get in on goal easier.This is the main objective of Klopp’s thinking and has underpinned a great deal of the success so far this season. The fitness conditioning the German demands of his players is reaping rewards, with players able to continue harrying defenders right to the final whistle.

    Among the best ways to measure this key tenet is through tackles in the opponent’s half; both those which see Liverpool cleanly win possession as well those attempted disrupt the opponents’ attempts to build their own attacks.
     
  19. Epitome990

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    http://outsideoftheboot.com/2016/11/26/tactical-philosophy-julian-nagelsmann/

    Tactical Philosophy: Julian Nagelsmann

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    Tactical Philosophy

    “Thirty per cent of coaching is tactics, 70% social competence,”
    he told Süddeutsche Zeitung in August.

    Nagelsmann is not a big fan of tactics, rather he gives more importance to man-management, psychological attributes and togetherness amongst the teammates.

    “Every player is motivated by different things and needs to be addressed accordingly. At this level, the quality of the players at your disposal will ensure that you play well within a good tactical set-up – if the psychological condition is right.”

    For him, the formations matter only to a certain extent unlike most of the other managers. He says, “it’s just a question of five or ten meters whether it’s a 4-4-2 or a 4-3-2-1; you only see teams adhering to that at kick-off and perhaps eight times during the game”.

    Being a disciple of Thomas Tuchel, there are shades of his philosophy in the way Hoffenheim play. “I like to attack the opponents near their own goal because your own way to the goal is not as long if you get the ball higher up,” he said. “I like the way Villarreal play and they have a great way of coaching young players. I also like FC Barcelona and Arsenal as well as the work of Arsene Wenger.

    Though he was a defender in his short playing career, spent at 1860 Munich and Augsburg, Nagelsmann is attacking minded and likes to play with pace but he doesn’t focus as much on a possession based game in comparison to some of the managers who have inspired him. This may give you an idea of the attacking style of play he aims for.

    Nagelsmann focuses on adaptability and from his first full season in the Bundesliga it is evident that his consistent change in formation proves that fact. In the opening 11 games of the season, 1899 Hoffenheim were deployed in a variety of different systems including: 4-3-3; 4-4-2 and 3-5-2, with the latter achieving the best results possible on the list.
     
  20. Epitome990

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  22. Epitome990

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    Alex Zorniger doesn't exactly belong in the same mention as the other coaches on this page. But here's an interesting video with (partial English) commentary from Brondby's physical trainer and a couple players on their high energy attacking game.

     
  23. Epitome990

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    Schalke continue to rise up the standings. Third consecutive Bundesliga win for Weinzierl. It's his 5th win in the last 7 matches, in which they've also been unbeaten during this stretch.
     
  24. Epitome990

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