Where were they then? | Where are the current Bundesliga Managers in CM9798?

Here’s Andrew to brighten up your Monday with a look at where the current Bundesliga Managers can be found in CM9798

Dave’s annual review of the current Premier League Managers in CM9798 has proved to be so interesting over the years I’ve decided to see if the same can be said for the current stock of Bundesliga Managers. There are currently a few caretaker situations so this may well move, but let’s take a look!

Borussia Monchengladbach – Marco Rose

Current ‘Gladbach manager Marco Rose is actually in the game plying his trade at VfB Leipzig and impressively has not been ‘scouted’ with a batch of 9’s and 10’s throughout. A distinctly average left sided player.

RB Leipzig – Julian Nagelsmann

As you can imagine, at 10yrs old in 1997, Julian Nagelsmann is nowhere near old enough to have been in the database, but more likely to have been sat back like us all wondering why all the German players were rated so shite. So here instead is RB Leipzig’s goalkeeping coach Frederik Gößling just a youngster starting out at Armenia Bielefeld.

Borussia Dortmund – Lucien Favre

Sadly, Swiss Lucien is not in the CM9798 database. He was at the time managing a small Swiss side Yverdon-Sport FC. His assistant Otto Addo should have been in the database plying his trade for Hannover; however, he has been missed by CM9798’s scouts. So we have Director of Football, Michael Zorc.

Schalke 04 – David Wagner

And here he is, the glue tying this to the Premier League Managers review of previous years, David Wagner. A bang below-average forward at Gutersloh that never amounts to much in any save I’ve ever seen. Looking at the stats, I’m worried Schalke will go the same way as Huddersfield…

SC Freiberg – Christian Streich

Christian Streich was in-between dreams in 1997. He was on his way to gaining some coaching experience as the U19’s coach and now finds himself in his 8th season in charge. None of his coaching staff, scouts or the directors are in the database either. It’s a wonder they are doing so well.

Bayer Leverkusen – Peter Bosz

In 1997 Japan was an attractive proposition for faded and jaded European has-beens. Step up Peter Bosz. Bosz has found his way to Leverkusen following poor spells at Ajax and Borussia Dortmund via Maccabi Tel Aviv. That 19 for positioning has probably helped explain his somewhat nomadic managerial career in interviews since 2016.

Bayern Munich – Hans-Dieter Flick (Caretaker)

As I write, Hans-Dieter Flick is not in either the player or manager databases. In 1997 he was player-manager in non-league at Victoria Bammental. With the poor scouting of the German league it is no surprise to find him excluded. So please instead enjoy Sporting Director Hasan Salihamidzic a youthful Bosnian forward (who was actually a full-back a lot of his career) starting out at Hamburg who went on to play for Bayern, Juventus and VfL Wolfsburg.

Hoffenheim – Alfred Schreuder

Alfred Schreuder was plying his trade in his native Holland back in 1997 for NAC. He couldn’t tackle, he couldn’t head the ball, but in true Dutch fashion that didn’t matter as he was technically gifted, could pass the ball and was fairly creative. Hoffenheim will be hoping this shines through eventually as he looks to live up to what his predecessor Julian Nagelsmann brought to the table so recently.

VfL Wolfsburg – Oliver Glasner

In 1997 Oliver Glasner was playing for SV Ried in Austria and was not in the DB. Same goes for his assistants. Many of the Austrian players don’t load anyway unless you link the nation to a playable league. As ever, here is Sporting Director Jorg Schmadtke who was an ageing ‘keeper at Bayer Leverkusen at the time as a third-choice backup. Jorg’s son Nils is a scout for 1. FC Koln.

Union Berlin – Urs Fischer

Urs was plying his trade in Switzerland at FC Zurich and as a non-playable league was most likely excluded due to lack of profile and a miserly 4 caps. His coaching team are also lacking from the databse so here instead is one of his scouts, Stefan Studer of Hansa Rostock. I’m not sure his employers would be happy to see these stats and whether they are translatable to future success. They do say however, “those that can’t, scout”.

Eintracht Frankfurt – Adolf ‘Adi’ Hutter

An unfortunately named Austrian, Adolf Hutter was scurrying away as a mediocre left midfielder in 1997 for SV Salzburg. He actually never loads in the game unless you attach Austria to one of the playable leagues. I’ve always found the scouting of players that will never load quizzical. He did play in the UEFA Cup Final with Salzburg prior to this game, but he musn’t have made an impression as a 22 year old.

FC Augsburg – Martin Schmidt

Another below the radar Swiss player back in 1997. A career that didn’t amount to much is why he’s missing here (and probably his backroom team too). So here is his goalkeeping coach Zdenko Miletic of Armenia Bielefeld. Croat Zdenko went on to play over 100 games for Augsburg which probably explains his untouchable position on the coaching staff.

SV Mainz 05 – Achim Beierlorzer

Achim Beierlorzer was at non-league SC Schwaback in 1997 and is likely the reason for his omission. We can present his goalkeeping coach Stephan Kuhnert who in 1997 was at Mainz with a 30 year old Jurgen Klopp. Although not in here, Torsten Lieberknecht from the same Mainz side also went into management and is currently at Liga side MSV Duisburg.

Werder Bremen – Florian Kohfeldt

Florian Kohfeldt was never a professional football player. But here is his Youth Team Manager, Thomas Wolter playing for the very same team Werder Bremen. Thomas spent his entire career at Bremen playing 312 games. That one cap would be his only cap. He just didn’t have enough 10’s.

Hertha Berlin – Jurgen Klinsmann

No introductions required. A man who had just helped to break English hearts the 12 months prior to 1997. Here he is playing for Tottenham in what would be an extremely successful spell from a goals perspective and saving Tottenham from relegation after which he would retire and the rest is history. The Premier League is calling Jurgen.

Fortuna Dusseldorf – Friedhelm Funkel

SLAM DUNK THE FUNKEL! Friedhelm Funkel was the manager at MSV Duisburg in 1997 and it was his third management job having started at VfR Neuss in 1989. 30 years later and still going strong.

Paderborn – Steffan Baumgart

Back in 1997 Steffen Baumgart was striking away at Hansa Rostock in one of the better spells of his career. He would go on to deliver poor results at club after club. I’ve never took a chance on him in a save before but the time may come.

FC Koln (Cologne) – Markus Gisdol

Markus Gisdol was starting out, managing TSG Salach in 1997 and spent many seasons managing in lower league Germany which explains the exclusion from the database. He would get a break with Hoffenheim in 2013. Another manager still going strong. But with nothing to show, here is his goalkeeping coach Andreas Menger, described on Wikipedia as a ‘netminder’…a lot of average goalkeepers seem to be able to find work in Germany as coaches.

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