Felix Magath as a cynic when changing coach at Würzburger Kickers

Felix Magath probably no longer upsets trainers’ leave of absence. The former professional coach of Hamburger SV, 1. FC Nürnberg, VfB Stuttgart, FC Bayern Munich, VfL Wolfsburg, FC Schalke 04, FC Fulham as well as Werder Bremen, Eintracht Frankfurt and Shandong Luneng FC in China often enough of their own Experience body. The former national soccer player was able to take exemptions with the serenity of growing older even with humor.

Now that Magath has not been a “fireman” for emergencies for a long time and no longer works on the sidelines himself, he has to answer the questions that his bosses used to ask after a coach knockout. The 67-year-old has been “Head of Flyeralarm Global Soccer” since the beginning of this year, ie the chief soccer strategist of the main sponsor of the Würzburger Kickers.

And in this role Magath, master coach with VfL Wolfsburg and FC Bayern, has already been forced to act twice this season at the bottom of the second Bundesliga. A coach only managed 3.5 games on average in 2020/21 with the promoted team: first two games with Michael Schiele, then five games with Marco Antwerp. Now Bernhard Trares should ensure success. There have never been two coach changes after seven match days in the single-track second division since 1981. “You have to know: Michael Schiele was here three years earlier. That is extraordinarily long, “said Magath of the” image “and admitted:” The second choice of coach – yes, it went wrong. “

Before Magath parted with Antwerp, he said something that as a functionary in this often irrational business is probably said in public. “Of course,” Magath replied to the “Main-Post” on Friday evening after the fourth defeat in a row in Heidenheim when asked whether Antwerp could continue to work in peace. After the separation, Magath said on Monday, according to “Main-Post”: “He can continue to work in peace – stop somewhere else. I don’t see a problem. ”You can find such a statement entertaining, but you don’t have to. She is undoubtedly cynical.

Magath has already learned something from his 41-day coach’s leave of absence. He now wants to be there more often. He always wanted to avoid observers thinking that he was controlling the training. “Bernhard Trares is not afraid, he wants me to come,” said Magath.

Magath is now sometimes referred to as a coach bouncer. It’s pretty old school, but Konstanz looks different. Things are not going smoothly when it comes to coaches at the second club from the small Flyeralarm football empire. Shortly after the start of the season, Zvonimir Soldo at the Austrian FC Admira Wacker Mödling decided to leave for private reasons, assistant Patrick Helmes took over temporarily. Now Damir Buric is trying his luck at the bottom.


Würzburger Kickers: Magath comments on the quick separation from Antwerp

Leave of absence after 5 games

The Würzburger Kickers have had their third coach since September. After the commitment of Bernhard Trares and the separation from Marco Antwerp, Felix Magath took a position on the chaotic-looking conditions at the second division club. The 67-year-old also sent a tip to his ex-coach.

What, according to Magath, you first need to know about the Würzburg coaching history: “Michael Schiele was here three years earlier. That is an extraordinarily long time. The second choice of coach – yes, it went in the pants, “said Magath, football boss of the Würzburg sponsor (Flyeralarm) of the” Bild “newspaper. This second coach was Antwerp, who had previously left Eintracht Braunschweig with a lot of attention. About the trainer on leave, Magath said: “If I had lost four times and drawn once, I would have said to my boss: I’d rather go.”

2. Bundesliga: The coaches according to their current term of office

Bernhard Trares (Würzburger Kickers): Since November 9th, 2020

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Robert Klauß (1. FC Nürnberg): Since July 22nd, 2020

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Marco Grote (VfL Osnabrück): Since July 22nd, 2020

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Timo Schultz (FC St. Pauli): Since July 12th, 2020

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Daniel Meyer (Eintracht Braunschweig): Since July 10th, 2020

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Christian Eichner (KSC): Since July 8th, 2020

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Daniel Thjoner (HSV): Since 06.07.2020

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Markus Anfang (Darmstadt 98): Since July 1st, 2020

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Uwe Rösler (Fortuna Düsseldorf): Since January 29th, 2020

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Kenan Kocak (Hannover 96): Since November 14, 2019

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Ole Werner (Holstein Kiel): Since October 24, 2019

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Thomas Reis (VfL Bochum): Since September 6th, 2019

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Dirk Schuster (Erzgebirge Aue): Since August 26, 2019

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Mersad Selimbegovic (Jahn Regensburg): Since July 1st, 2019

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Stefan Leitl (Greuther Fürth): Since February 5th, 2019

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Uwe Koschinat (SV Sandhausen): Since October 15, 2018

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Steffen Baumgart (SC Paderborn): Since April 16, 2017

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Frank Schmidt (1. FC Heidenheim): Since September 17, 2007

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In Magath’s opinion, small clubs like Würzburg would have had a particularly difficult time, especially since Würzburg had to “manage” “an unexpected rise”. The Kickers parted from Antwerp on Monday after only 41 days, which Schiele had only replaced at the end of September.

Magath jokes about Würzburg’s search for a coach: “Guardiola called”

For Magath, who himself was a long-time coach in the Bundesliga, it was not an option to put himself back on the bench: “That was and is not an issue. We now have the right one. “

When asked by the newspaper whether he, as a former coach, shouldn’t have a “better hand” when it comes to choosing a coach, Magath reacted ironsically. “When I’m looking for a coach for Bayern Munich, I have slightly different requirements than for the Würzburger Kickers,” said Magath and joked: “I also called Pep Guardiola. He told me that he couldn’t get out of his contract in Manchester (laughs).

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HSV meets Würzburg: Kickers boss Magath against old love | NDR.de – Sport

Status: 10/22/2020 10:53 a.m.

Second division Primus HSV receives the Würzburger Kickers on Saturday (1 p.m.) – and meets Felix Magath. As “Head of Global Soccer” with the main sponsor, the former Hamburg resident is the new strong man in Würzburg.

If coach Michael Schiele from the Würzburger Kickers should have had illusions after the long drawn-out contract talks with the club, he quickly landed on the ground again. His three-year tenure, which he crowned with promotion to the second division this summer, ended after just two defeats in the first two league games. In addition, there were the lost state cup final on penalties against 1860 Munich and the end in the DFB Cup against the clear favorite Hannover 96.

Felix Magath had said at the beginning of July after the contract extension, which apparently only made promotion possible, “Michael is the right man to solve this difficult task in the 2nd Bundesliga with and with the Kickers”, that was Forgot everything again at the end of September.

The club had “come to the conviction that the great goal of staying up – to which everything has to be subordinated – can only be successfully pursued with a new impulse”. Magath was not quoted in this communication. However, it can be assumed that Schiele’s successor Marco Antwerpen, whose contract was not extended despite the promotion with Eintracht Braunschweig and whose commitment was announced at the same time as Schiele’s resignation, enjoys more trust in Magath.

Global initially stands for Germany and Austria

And since the beginning of this year, a lot has been dependent on that for the Lower Franconians. Main sponsor “Flyeralarm”, who holds 49 percent of the shares in the professional football club of Kickers, presented Magath in January as the head of a large-scale campaign. The global in its title initially only refers to Germany and Austria. The 67-year-old is also in charge of the Austrian Bundesliga club Admira Wacker Mödling, in which the company is active as an investor. In addition, “a project outside Europe” is to be added.

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The similarity to the football activities of “Red Bull”, which include not only the engagements in Leipzig and Salzburg but also those in New York, Ghana and Brazil, is certainly not unwanted. For a long time, Ralf Rangnick, a German, was also the strong man at the Austrian shower manufacturer.

A lot to say in the club, even without an official position

In his almost 25-year coaching career with a dozen stations, Magath himself often suffered from the decisions of the club officials. It is no coincidence that in the end he was no longer just a trainer at both Wolfsburg and Schalke, at FC Fulham in England and at the Chinese SD Luneng, but also the manager.

After leaving the Middle Kingdom, Magath was without a job for a good two years. Then came the online printing company based in Würzburg, with big plans and extensive competencies for Magath. Company managing director Thorsten Fischer, who is also chairman of the supervisory board of Kickers, said at Magath’s introduction: “It would be fatal to chat in with Felix Magath. That’s not my style. And he knows a lot more about football than me.” The football expert has no official position at the Kickers.

Objective: Promotion to the Bundesliga – and the “Vision European Cup”

Felix Magath, Head of FLYERALARM Global Soccer © imago images/GEPA pictures Foto: Mario Kneisl

Felix Magath has to keep track of things in Würzburg and at Admira Wacker Mödling.

To do this, he has the big picture in mind – especially the big. “I will do everything to ensure that there are greater successes,” said the native of Aschaffenburg in the “Welt am Sonntag”. One can learn from Leipzig and Co. “It’s impressive what they have built up. But they are not only playing in a different league financially, so we cannot and do not want to compare ourselves here. But we will also break new ground.” But the goals are the same: “I can’t live with average and mediocrity. I always wanted to get to the top, always wanted titles.”

Sooner or later, Würzburg should be promoted to the Bundesliga. Magath already spoke of his “vision of the European Cup”.

Ex-trainer Magath: “I also had my time”

But the way to get there should be a long one. Even after coach Schiele’s leave of absence, things did not improve in Würzburg. HSV, where Magath last sat on the coaching bench in 1997, welcomes the last team as leaders. Antwerp has so far recorded one point against Fürth and one defeat against Kiel.

For a long time Magath was toying with a return to the big football stage in Germany. But not only at his ex-clubs Schalke (“Nobody would get the idea to speak to me”) and HSV (“Somebody should clean up this place”) he was no longer in demand. “Everything has its time, I also had my time,” said the 67-year-old when he was presented in Magath. The coaching career is over, there is no end in sight in Würzburg: “I assume this activity will only end when everyone is satisfied.”

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Würzburger Kickers – three at the last minute – sport

Routine for the Kickers offensive: Ridge Munsy from FC Thun.

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You imagine a last day of transfer to be pretty hectic. A telephone rings all the time, e-mails arrive every minute, and somewhere in the office there is probably a fax machine that picks up this or that contract. Things have to get going on the very last day of the transition period, when the football clubs have the very last chance to pimp their squad a bit or get rid of players who are only sitting in the stands anyway.

So if the last day of transfer is hectic, then it has to be at least very hectic in Würzburg. It can even be assumed that he’s so hectic that Felix Magath won’t find time for a tea break. At least that’s what you might think. On Monday, the Kickers not only let Luca Pfeiffer move to FC Midtjylland – they also signed three players in one go: Ridge Munsy, 31, from FC Thun, Lars Dietz, 23, from Union Berlin and Ewerton, 31, from Hamburger SV. So a single haywire. Or is it not?

It wasn’t a bit hectic in the Würzburg office on Monday, says Marco Antwerp. The club has had the now signed players “in focus” for a long time, says the new coach of the Kickers. The contracts had long been prepared, “therefore only minor issues had to be clarified on Monday.”

The second division team didn’t even get into a mess. With such a number of greetings and farewells, it bordered on a medium-sized miracle that the media department kept track and did not inadvertently announce that Nico Purtscher was moving to FC Midtjylland (but that the contract with the substitute goalkeeper was canceled) – but the mailboxes were running not over, not even the fax machine refused to work. Now he is “very satisfied” with his squad, says Antwerp. With Munsy, Dietz and Ewerton the team got such “high quality” that they are now “very well positioned”.

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Considered a defensive all-rounder: The 23-year-old Lars Dietz comes from Union Berlin. With the Würzburger Kickers he received a contract until 2023.

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Before his debut, the 2-2 draw against SpVgg Greuther Fürth, Antwerp had emphasized that the squad was not enough – even if the kickers showed during the game that they could keep up before they got an unjustified in stoppage time Corner had to accept the equalizer. Despite this setback, the performance, like the last one under Michael Schiele, was an advance compared to the 0: 3 at the start against Aue, in which nothing was unjustified (except maybe that it did not end 0: 4).

On the day after the Fürth game, the Kickers took their very last chance and, on the one hand, got a routine replacement for Pfeiffer in Munsy and, on the other hand, added experience and youthful vigor to the defensive in equal measure: Ewerton is intended for the big picture to support, and Dietz should show that he is not only a loan player in the third division, but also does not shrink back when Simon Terodde extends his elbow in a header duel or asks Robin Hack to dance while dribbling.

The fact that Munsy, Dietz and Ewerton only came to Würzburg on the last transfer day fits into a pattern. Last winter, the Kickers Saliou Sané and Jonas David took when the window was just tilted; A year ago it was Simon Rhein who came to Dallenberg at the last minute, and in 2018 Peter Kurzweg returned on loan from Union Berlin so that he was no longer one of those players who were just sitting in the stands anyway. In Würzburg, it is definitely a method that those responsible take a ballpoint pen out of the pockets of their jackets shortly before the goal closes so that players can sign.

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Should support the big picture: The Brazilian Ewerton played for 1. FC Nürnberg from 2017 to 2019, he is moving to the Kickers from Hamburger SV.

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Is that calculation? Or is the hustle and bustle shortly before the end rather an expression of bad planning?

Of course, the transfers are to be assessed differently. While the Kurzweg case, for example, fell into the category of favorable opportunity, there was a certain calculation behind this year’s summer sale by the Würzburg company. Those in charge made a conscious decision to leave one or the other position open because they hoped until the last day that they would still be able to get hold of one or the other bargain in the final spurt.

By winter we will see whether this strategy has worked. Then the transfer window opens for the second time and asks the Antwerp coach the question: is he still “very satisfied” with his squad?


Würzburger Kickers – A touch of Hollerbach – sport

It really couldn’t be. Anyone who sat in the stands of the Würzburg stadium on Sunday afternoon had the best view and was therefore able to see without any problems: that there was a man standing at the edge of the field who had been seen there before, it was a man who had not been in a while had been there – but with the worst of will, the man couldn’t be the one you would expect at this point when you watch his team play. The man waved his arms every now and then and yelled around, and when he talked about his team’s performance after the game, he praised them for their dedication, their passion and their work against the ball “at different heights”. It goes without saying that his team was inferior in terms of football.

Moment. Do you not know such sounds in Würzburg?

No, the Kickers didn’t bring Bernd Hollerbach back. When they revealed to their coach Michael Schiele at the beginning of the week that he is now the former coach, the Kickers also announced the name of the new man: Marco Antwerpen, 48, last in office at Eintracht Braunschweig and now in Würzburg entrusted with the task of saving the Kickers from the fate that Hollerbach did not save them from three years ago: relegation from the second division.

In the 2-2 draw against Greuther Fürth, this Antwerp was on the sidelines and was able to enjoy the advantages that Würzburg already had in Hollerbach’s time: tough duels and good organization. So that no wrong impression arises: It was not the case that the kickers barricaded themselves in their penalty area, but the Würzburg game was first and foremost – designed to collect one less goal than the opponent if possible.

And in front? Only a Sunday shot from Robert Herrmann helped after just 90 seconds, then a penalty from Dominic Baumann. Who could help up there in the future would be Mitja Lotric, 26, who comes to Würzburg from the top division of Slovenia. Who shouldn’t help the kickers up front is Luca Pfeiffer, who is about to move to FC Midtjylland. Should the transfer to the Danish champions actually take place, Pfeiffer will soon play in the Champions League – against Liverpool FC, Ajax Amsterdam and Atalanta Bergamo. A stage on which the Kickers, if Felix Magath has their way, should also stand at some point.

A few weeks ago, investor advisor Magath declared the European Cup as a very distant long-term goal, but the current reality is: relegation battle in league two. At least that was what the Kickers accepted on Sunday. They played passionately and briskly, but at half time it was 1: 1 after Branimir Hrgota’s goal.

The fact that the game evoked memories of Hollerbach was not least due to the final point: Maximilian Bauer scored in stoppage time after a corner to make it 2-2. And goals conceded late – people know that too from the 2016/17 season, when the Kickers remained without a win throughout the second half of the season.

The day after the descent, Hollerbach resigned, and after the misunderstanding with Stephan Schmidt, Schiele finally came and had to leave. His retirement caused a lot of displeasure in the surrounding area, and that’s why that was a question against Fürth that had been asked before the game: How would the fans react? Would you whistle? Would they sing about Schiele, although the man who later mainly talked about working against the ball was standing down there on the edge of the field?

Only 1,877 spectators came, although the authorities had allowed 2,600. The fans who appeared did not whistle. They also did not sang about Schiele, but first they accused those responsible with a banner of putting their sensitivities above the club’s welfare – then they took refuge in malice and chanted: “European Cup, European Cup”.


Würzburger Kickers – restlessness in the environment – sport

At the beginning of this week it was not easy for the Würzburger Kickers. As they put it in their press release, they had just carried out “an intensive and detailed analysis” and then made “a professional decision” – and what did they encounter in the media and networks? Not only did they not make a professional decision, but also that the analysis was limited to a call to Felix Magath. And that this Magath, who on paper is nothing more than an advisor to the Kickers, then decreed: Now the time has come!

That was of course not okay, because the analysis was of course not limited to a phone call to Magath. In the final stages of the analysis, when the exemption of Michael Schiele, 42, was a done deal and the question of how things are going now, the Kickers made a second phone call. You called Marco Antwerp and asked him if he could imagine doing it again: working as a trainer again, coming to Würzburg and succeeding Schiele there.

In the middle of the week Antwerp sat in the Dallenberg Stadium and said: “It is quite normal for criticism to arise when such a move is carried out.”

One could only congratulate Antwerp on this formulation, because it got to the heart of the matter: The Kickers hadn’t made the change of coach – they had pulled it off. Pulled through without recognizing the thin squad in the analysis of the second division false start (0: 3 against Aue, 0: 1 in Düsseldorf) as a mitigating circumstance, without respecting Schiele’s merits and without giving him enough time to play in the second division to prove.

Even days after Schiele’s departure, all of this caused a lot of displeasure among the supporters. And not only that: On Wednesday, Sebastian Herkert resigned, Vice President, member of the Supervisory Board and a supporter of Schiele.

When Antwerp, 48, was asked about the unrest during his introductory round, he appealed to the community spirit and shouted to the people out there: “We need solidarity in the whole city.” This is the only way, said Antwerp, that its team can survive. When he was asked after the 90 minutes against SpVgg Greuther Fürth that Sunday, about his work with the players and what point he would start in his first days in Würzburg, Antwerp said: “We have to set emotions free.”

It was an answer that tempted you to counter it: Emotions have long been released – at least in the environment.


DFB Cup: Bielefeld fails at the fourth division Essen – Sport

Newcomer Arminia Bielefeld embarrassed herself shortly before his first Bundesliga season in eleven years. The East Westphalia flew through a 0: 1 (0: 1) at regional division Rot-Weiss Essen as the second first division after Hertha BSC from the DFB Cup. Third division Dynamo Dresden also managed a surprise in the clear 4: 1 (2: 0) against Hamburger SV. Hannover 96 won the second division duel at the Würzburger Kickers 3-2 (1-0).

In front of 300 spectators on Essen’s Hafenstrasse, Simon Engelmann (33rd) shot the Lower Rhine Cup winner into the second round for the first time in nine years. For a long time Bielefeld acted harmlessly and defensively vulnerable. Only after the break did the team around captain Fabian Klos wake up – too late. Bielefeld coach Uwe Neuhaus was completely served. “The first half cannot be explained, at the moment I have no reason for that. I have to ask the team,” said the 60-year-old coach.

Hamburger SV was also defeated under the new coach Daniel Thioune. Yannick Stark (3rd), Robin Becker (16th), Christoph Daferner (53rd) and Sebastian Mai (90th + 2nd / hand penalty) scored the goals in front of 10,053 spectators for Dresden. The Hamburgers, who had carelessly gambled away their promotion to the Bundesliga in the second half of last season, gave away good opportunities and were uncertain on the defensive. Amadou Onana (89.) only managed the interim 1: 3.

Leistner loses his nerve after the game

Toni Leistner from Hamburger SV got into a tussle with a Dresden fan in the stands. A private video shows how Leistner attacked a man in the stands and pushed him to the ground before fans and stewards around him defused the situation and pushed Leistner back. He then jumped from the stands back into the stadium.

According to his statements, the reason for Leistner’s freak was provocations by a Dynamo supporter at the beginning of an interview with Sky. “I will not let my family be insulted,” said the 30-year-old after coming down from the stands. After further insults, the defender broke off the second interview attempt.

In the evening, Leistner responded to the incident via Instagram and apologized for the action. He was massively insulted from the stands in his hometown after the game, he wrote. He can usually handle that: “But then it went extremely and massively below the belt against my family, my wife and my daughter. At that moment, the fuses burned me, especially since this was an extremely emotional game for me anyway.”

Something like that should “never happen to him”. He is a family man who wants to serve as a role model. “I apologize in all form for my behavior and can only promise that – no matter what insults are thrown at me – something like this will never happen again,” wrote Leistner. HSV coach Thioune said: “I didn’t notice anything and only saw that Toni Leistner had started the way back from the stands. Something must have happened in advance, but I can’t rate it because I haven’t seen any pictures of what that went out. ” Leistner was born in Dresden and trained at Dynamo. Before joining HSV, Leistner was on loan from Queens Park Rangers to 1. FC Köln.

Hannover 96 is shaking late

Thanks to the goals of Hendrik Weydandt (23rd), Dominik Kaiser (59th) and Timo Hübers (78th), Hanover prevented an early end like last season. At that time, Hanover lost in the first round of the cup at Karlsruher SC (0-2), which coach Kenan Kocak’s team welcomed at the start of the league on Saturday. Würzburg’s chase through Arne Feick (89th) and Robert Herrmann (90th + 5 / penalty kick) came too late.


KFC Uerdingen: Gnaase comes “despite the great interest in him”

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The KFC Uerdingen is gearing up once more for the coming season. The third division team is strengthened with Dave Gnaase. The 23-year-old midfielder will come to Würzburger Kickers for free after his contract ends and will sign for two years.

“With Dave we get a high-quality player who also knows how to fight,” said KFC Managing Director Nikolas Weinhart. “We are glad that he decided for us despite the great interest in him and we are sure that he can give our team another boost.”

“I had good discussions with those responsible at KFC and I believe that our goals coincide. I already have a very good impression of the guys – and hope that I can bring my positive experiences from Würzburg to bear, said Uerdingens 13th external newcomer Gnaase.

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Würzburg’s rise – “very big cinema” – sport

Würzburg is returning to the second Bundesliga in a very dramatic way. The ascent documents how valuable a trainer is who understands how to strike a middle course.

Sebastian Schuppan stank. That was smell, he confessed himself when he ran to his daughter’s arm to hug her. A few minutes earlier, he had kicked the Würzburg Kickers into the second Bundesliga with a penalty in the third minute of injury time, now he turned to his daughter, his shirt soaked in champagne and beer. “Papa smells a bit!” Said Schuppan – it was the hour of his fifth climb.

When Schuppan, 33, stood at the fence, he had tears in his eyes. It was a particularly emotional success, he said, “because it is so late in his career”. The defender experienced a lot, he played for Energie Cottbus, for SC Paderborn, Dynamo Dresden and Arminia Bielefeld. Now he is on the last few meters of his long career – and he rose again to the protagonist of this drama that took place on Saturday afternoon at the Würzburg Dallenberg.

The Kickers only needed a single point to move up to the second division on matchday one, but after weeks of furious football, the team was barely recognizable. After just ten seconds, Hallesche FC had the lead goal on their feet, and when Julian Guttau scored 2-1 for the HFC in the second half, the situation had deteriorated dramatically. The Kickers were suddenly in fourth place because FC Ingolstadt had taken the lead at TSV 1860 Munich.

When the injury time finally came, there was hardly anyone in the seat shell. Then Robert Herrmann kicked a free kick, the ball jumped to Guttau’s upper arm, referee Martin Petersen pointed to the penalty spot, and Schuppan set the final punch line.

The story of the rise in Würzburg is not only worth telling because it crowns Schuppan’s career, but also because it illustrates how valuable a coach who understands how to strike a middle course is worth it. Under Michael Schiele, the kickers play an on-them-with-roar soccer, on the one hand. Schiele knows, on the other hand, but also when he has to urge his team to take his foot off the accelerator. He demands a lot in training, and then hugs his players on the sidelines after replacing them.

Schiele has long made a name for itself

At Schiele’s debut, in autumn 2017, Würzburg flew from the regional cup with the regional league team TSV 1860 Rosenheim, followed by a 0: 2 at Karlsruher SC and a 0: 5 against SV Wehen Wiesbaden. Then Schiele was promoted and you had to first explain to the people who this Swabian is, who always says “then au” at press conferences.

These days, it helped to point out that Schiele had a past working as an assistant coach at SpVgg Greuther Fürth and at VfR Aalen alongside Ralph Hasenhüttl, the coach who has now made it in the Premier League with opponents like Liverpool and Manchester City records.

Schiele has long made a name for itself. As a coach who develops young players and forms teams, as a football teacher in the literal sense, as a rubble man who has to master a new structure every year with an almost completely renewed squad.

The fact that Schiele led the Kickers from fifth to fifth in his first season was just as remarkable as the result of the second year after the departure of some top performers: fifth again – and now the rise, Schiele’s greatest success and “really big cinema” “as he said towards his players. His t-shirt was also soaked in alcohol, and the climb was particularly emotional for him too. After all, for Schiele, 42, it’s still quite early in his coaching career.