Our first in a series of brief profiles of Bundesliga trainers.
Carlo Ancelotti – Bayern München
Born: Reggiolo, Italy on June 10, 1959 (57).
Playing career: 338 club matches, 26 Italian national team matches.
Ancelotti played as a midfielder and began his career with Italian club Parma.
He moved to Roma the following season, where he won a Serie A title and four Coppa Italia titles. He also played for the late 1980’s Milan team that twice won Serie A and two European Cups, among other titles.
At international level, he played for the Italy on 26 occasions, scoring once, and appeared in two FIFA World Cups.
As a trainer, Ancelotti has worked for Reggiana, Parma, Juventus, Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich. He has won domestic titles in Italy, England, France, and Spain.
Ancelotti is the only trainer to have won the UEFA Champions League three times and reached four finals (three finals and two victories with Milan; one victory with Real Madrid).
Ancelotti has two children: a daughter, Katia, and a son, Davide. His son also played in the Milan youth team and later joined Borgomanero.
Ancelloti married Canadian businesswoman Mariann Barrena McClay in Vancouver on July 2014.
Ralph Hasenhüttl – RB Leipzig
Born: Graz, Austria on August 9, 1967 (age 49), .
Playing career: Center-forward. 450 club and eight Austrian national matches.
Beginning his professional playing career in 1988, Hasenhüttl played several successful seasons in Austria before moving to Belgium in 1996 and finally to Germany (1. FC Köln) in 1998. His final playing years from 2002 – 2004 were for FC Bayern Munich II.
Hasenhüttl’s training career began in 2004 as a youth trainer with SpVgg Unterhaching. After the team fired Harry Deutinger in March 2007, he became caretaker trainer until the appointment of Werner Lorant, under whom he worked as assistant trainer. Following the resignation of Lorant in October 2007, Hasenhüttl became the new head trainer and finished sixth that season.
After two seasons with VfR Aalen, Hasenhüttl moved to FC Ingolstadt in 2013. In 2014-15, Hasenhüttl took Ingolstadt to the Bundesliga for the first time, finishing the season as 2. Bundesliga champion. In 2015-16, he was successful in securing Ingolstadt’s Bundesliga survival, finishing eleventh, but chose not to extend his contract.
In May 2016, he was confirmed as the new trainer of newly promoted RB Leipzig.
Hasenhüttl is married (Sandra) and has a son (Patrick) who is a center forward with FC Augsburg II.
Pál Dárdai – Hertha BSC
Born: Pécs, Hungary on March 16, 1976 (40)
Playing career: Midfielder. 387 club and 61 Hungarian national team matches.
Dárdai began his playing career in his hometown of Pécs, playing with Pécsi Mecsek FC from 1991-1995 . After a 22-appearance stint at Budapesti VSC he moved to Hertha BSC, where he played the rest of his career, making 297 appearances rrom 1997–2011.
Dárdai captained the Hungarian national team seven times in 2006.
Dárdai’s entire training career, with the exception of one season training the Hungarian national team in 2014-15, has been with Hertha, beginning with the youth team in 2012. He was named interim trainer of the main team in February 2015. In May 2015, Dárdai signed a permanent contract with Hertha.
Dárdai is married and has three sons: Pál, Márton, and Bence.
On 20 July 2002, Balázs Dárdai, his brother and a midfielder for FC Barcs, died during a tournament after an artery burst when he jumped for a ball. Their father, also named Pál and the club’s trainer, was watching the game when it happened; Balázs was only 23 years old.
Julian Nagelsmann – Hoffenheim
Born: Landsberg am Lech, Germany on July 23, 1987 (29),
Playing career: Nagelsmann played at youth level for 1860 Munich and Augsburg, before persistent knee injuries ended his career at U19 level.
Nagelsmann studied Business Administration for four semesters before switching to Sports Science. Afterwards, he moved into training, returning to former club Augsburg, where he briefly worked under Thomas Tuchel.
He was an assistant trainer during 1899 Hoffenheim’s 2012–13 season. He was training the club’s U19 team up until Frebruary 2016. During his time as assistant trainer, Tim Wiese nicknamed him “Mini-Mourinho.”
Nagelsmann trained Hoffenheim’s “junior team” to the 2014 title.
Nagelsmann was appointed head trainer of 1899 Hoffenheim on 27 October 2015. He was due to begin his tenure at the beginning of the 2016–17 season and was given a three-year contract.
At the time of his appointment, he was the youngest trainer in Bundesliga history. He was to be the successor for Huub Stevens, who had replaced Markus Gisdol the previous day. On February 10, 2016, Stevens resigned as head trainer due to health problems, and Nagelsmann’s tenure as head trainer was confirmed by the Hoffenheim board a day later.
Nagelsman has a partner (Verena) and a toddler son (Maximilian).
Peter Stöger – 1. FC Köln
Born: Vienna, Austria on April 11, 1966 (50)
Playing career: Midfielder with 527 club and 65 Austrian national team matches.
Stöger began his career at Favoritner AC Wien and played six years for FK Austria Wien from 1988 through 1994, winning the league three years in a row. After a year at FC Tirol Innsbruck, he joined SK Rapid Wien in 1995 and won a league title with them. He also played in the 1996 UEFA Cup Winners Cup Final against Paris St Germain in Brussels, which Rapid lost. He then returned to Austria after a year at LASK Linz and finished his career at 38 years of age with SC Untersiebenbrunn.
Stöger, along with Frenkie Schinkels, became trainer of Austria Wien in May 2005 and was scheduled to end his role at the end of the season. However, Stöger continued in the position until December 2005.
Stöger eventually moved to First Vienna FC, Grazer AK, and SC Wiener Neustadt. Eventually, Stöger returned to train Austria Wien in May 2012, stayed for one year and celebrated the Austrian championship with a record number of points despite Red Bull still investing much more money.
Stöger and co-trainer Manfred Schmid were bought out of their contracts by 1. FC Köln for 700,000 Euro plus a friendly match. The pair began training the “Billy Goats” in June 2013.
Köln has continuously improved under Stöger’s tenure. In January 2016, Stöger and Schmid let their contracts be extended to 2020.
Stöger’s girlfriend since 1998 is actress/cabaret artist Ulrike Kriegler.
Thomas Tuchel – BVB Dortmund
Born: Krumbach, Bavaria on August 29, 1973 (age 43),
As a player: Defender with eight second league and 69 third-tier matches.
Tuchel’s youth club was TSV Krumbach. In 1988, he moved to nearby FC Augsburg (then fourth-tier Bundesliga). He got the opportunity to play in the 2. Bundesliga for Württemberg side Stuttgarter Kickers in 1992. He played in only eight matches in 1992–93. After being dropped from Kickers’ first team the following season, he joined third-tier side SSV Ulm, where he played in 69 matches in four years before ending his active career due to a chronic cartilage injury in 1998.
Tuchel began his training career in 2000 as head trainer of the Under-19 of VfB Stuttgart. After five years, he returned to his former club FC Augsburg, where he worked as youth team coordinator for three years.
He was named as the new head trainer of 1. FSV Mainz 05 in August 2009, after the club was promoted to the Bundesliga. He had been a youth team trainer for Mainz for the previous 12 months. He finished his Mainz career with a record of 72 wins, 46 draws, and 64 losses. Tuchel later said of his decision to leave the club: “I couldn’t see how we could reinvent ourselves once more the coming summer.”
2015–Present: Borussia Dortmund
On 19 April 2015, it was announced that Tuchel would replace Jürgen Klopp as trainer of Borussia Dortmund from the 2015–16 season. He won his first competitive match: a 1–0 UEFA Europa League win against Austrian club Wolfsberg. Tuchel’s Dortmund had a run of eleven consecutive wins, ending on 23 September 2015 in an away match at Hoffenheim that finished 1-1.
In his first season at Dortmund, Tuchel led the club to the quarterfinal stage of the Europa League, where they were knocked out by his predecessor Klopp’s Liverpool. On 20 April 2016, Dortmund qualified for the 2016 DFB-Pokal final by winning 3–0 away at Hertha BSC. They lost in the final to Bayern Munich on penalties.
Tuchel is married (Sissi) and has two young daughters (Emma & Kim).