Ralf Rangnick: Teams coached, trophies won & philosophy explained-ZellaNews


Elite European teaching luminaries like Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel owe a lot of their outlook on the sport to Ralf Rangnick, a person identified by many as “The Professor” in Germany.

While he didn’t scale the heights of the sport as a participant, Rangnick’s expertise for teaching was evident from a younger age and he quickly cast a decent popularity for himself in Germany.

GOAL takes a take a look at which groups he has managed, the trophies he has won and his tactical philosophy.

Which groups has Ralf Rangnick coached?

Rangnick has coached a lot of groups throughout his lengthy profession in soccer, working primarily in his native Germany.

He has been head coach at golf equipment reminiscent of Stuttgart, Schalke, Hanover 96, Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig.


Years managed

Viktoria Backnang


Stuttgart II




SC Korb


Stuttgart U19








Hannover 96








RB Leipzig


RB Leipzig


As effectively as hands-on teaching, Rangnick has additionally served as a director of soccer for groups underneath the Red Bull enterprise, together with Red Bull Salzburg, RB Leipzig and New York Red Bulls.

He has additionally labored with Russian Premier League staff Lokomotiv Moscow in a managerial place.

Rangnick’s popularity within the sport has seen him linked with main European golf equipment reminiscent of AC Milan, Chelsea and Manchester United, in addition to the Germany nationwide staff.

How many trophies has Ralf Rangnick won?

Rangnick has won seven trophies at numerous ranges throughout the course of his teaching profession.

His most profitable interval by way of silverware got here throughout his time at Schalke, the place he steered the membership to a DFL Ligapokal in 2005, a DFB Pokal in 2010-11 and DFL Supercup in 2011. His tenure in Gelsenkirchen additionally yielded Bundesliga and DFB Pokal runners-up finishes in 2004-05.

Rangnick additionally won silverware at Stuttgart, the place he earned his stripes, main them to Intertoto Cup glory in 2000, having beforehand steered the youth staff to the youth Bundesliga title in 1991.

He won the Regionalliga Sud with Ulm in 1997-98 and helped Hannover 96 to promotion by successful the two. Bundesliga in 2001-02.

You can see the trophies won by Rangnick under.


Year(s) won

DFB Pokal


DFL Supercup


DFL Ligapokal


Intertoto Cup


2. Bundesliga


Regionalliga Sud


Bundesliga U19


What is Ralf Rangnick’s teaching philosophy?

Rangnick is a proponent of the ‘Gegenpressing’ model of soccer that was popularised by the likes of Jurgen Klopp throughout his time as Borussia Dortmund head coach.

It is an method which requires excessive depth urgent to be able to hold strain on the opposite staff and win the ball again rapidly, coupled with tight marking in defence to be able to neutralise a counter-attacking menace early.

Rangnick has revealed that his “soccer epiphany” got here throughout a 1983 pleasant match in opposition to Dynamo Kyiv, then coached by Valeriy Lobanovskyi. “Kyiv had been the primary staff I had ever come up in opposition to who systematically pressed the ball,” he defined. “That was my soccer epiphany. I understood that there was a distinct approach of taking part in.”

He described his philosophy in a dialogue with The Coaches’ Voice thus: “It’s about controlling the sport. We have, in actual fact, 5 conditions within the meantime that determine soccer video games.

“You must have, as a coach, a really clear thought of how we need to play when now we have the ball ourselves.

“Number two is: what can we need to do if the opposite staff has bought the ball? What form of gameplan to I give my gamers when the opposite staff has bought the ball? Our thought is obvious. It’s very, similar to my teaching pal Jurgen Klopp. Our Red Bull soccer is heavy metallic, rock and roll. It’s not sluggish waltz. We hate sq. passes and again passes. Just having the ball ourselves does not make sense.

“Then now we have the second of transition: what occurs once we lose the ball and what occurs once we win the ball? This is quantity three and quantity 4.

“Then, in fact, now we have the set-pieces. This is very essential. If 30 per cent of the targets are being scored after set-pieces, how a lot share of our coaching time ought to we put money into set-pieces? Thirty per cent.”

Rangnick added: “It’s about placing the opposite staff underneath strain, regardless of how excessive up [the pitch]. The increased up the higher, however wherever the ball is, we attempt to win the ball again.

“It’s not solely concerning the location the place we win the ball, it is also concerning the depth. The extra aggressively we win the ball in that second, the extra we take this depth and tempo into the counter-attack. That means, the extra intensely we win the ball, the larger the possibility we create.

“Also extremely essential is ‘relaxation defence’. No matter if you’re taking part in two or three central defenders, they must be sure that the one or two gamers the opposite staff has up entrance are being marked. They must be intently marked, as a result of if we enable them to manage the ball, then we get the counter-attack ourselves.

“This is nothing lower than a prepare the mind challenge. This is what we name ‘relaxation defence’ and it is an important factor that you simply prepare this. Not solely inform the participant, however prepare it within the coaching periods.”

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