Ziege with Mönchengladbach
|Date of birth||1 February 1972|
|Place of birth||West Berlin, West Germany|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Left Midfielder / Defender|
|1978–1981||FC Südstern 08 Berlin|
|1981–1985||TSV Rudow Berlin|
|1985–1990||FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf|
|2006–2007||Borussia Mönchengladbach U17 (Head Coach)|
|2007–2008||Borussia Mönchengladbach (Director of Football)|
|2008||Borussia Mönchengladbach (Interim Coach)|
|2008||Borussia Mönchengladbach (Assistant Coach)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Christian Ziege (German pronunciation: [ˈkʁɪsti̯an ˈt͡siːɡə]; born 1 February 1972) is a former German football defender and midfielder. With the German national team, Ziege won Euro 96. An attacking left wingback, Ziege was considered a dead-ball specialist. He currently coaches Germany's U-18 national side.
- 1 Playing career
- 2 Managerial career
- 3 Career statistics
- 4 Career honours
- 5 References
- 6 External links
At club level, Ziege played for Bayern Munich (1990–97), Milan (1997–99) and Middlesbrough (1999–2000). In summer 2000 Liverpool F.C. made a £5.5m bid which exactly matched a get-out clause in Ziege's contract. Middlesbrough insisted they had received offers in excess of £8m for Ziege, but were forced contractually to allow Ziege to talk to Liverpool, who then signed him. He made his debut for Liverpool in a 3–2 home win over Manchester City on 9 September 2000, replacing Steven Gerrard in the second half. A combination of knee injuries and the improving form of Jamie Carragher, meant he was transferred to Tottenham Hotspur after one year and 32 appearances in all competitions. He came on as a substitute and subsequently scored in the shootout as Liverpool won the 2001 Football League Cup Final, but he was injured for Liverpool's victorious FA Cup and UEFA Cup Finals of that season. He scored two goals during his spell at Liverpool: against Leeds in the league and Stoke in the League Cup.
On 14 March 2002, Liverpool were fined £20,000 by The Football Association for making an illegal approach for Ziege, while the player himself was fined £10,000. Whilst at Spurs he scored in the 2002 Football League Cup Final but he ended up on the losing side. However, by this time Ziege's injury problems were escalating, and by 2004 his contract was terminated by mutual consent so he could return to Germany.
Ziege returned to Germany with Borussia Mönchengladbach in June 2004, but announced his retirement in October 2005, having not played since the previous December due to a persistent ankle injury.
Ziege was capped 72 times for Germany, scoring nine goals. Other than the Euro 96 win, he also played for his country at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups (during which he played the final game and sported a rather amusing mohawk), as well as Euro 2000 (he was a member of the Euro 2004 squad, but didn't play).
Following retirement asa player, Ziege picked up his UEFA diploma for coaching. In 2006 he moved into coaching with his last professional club, Borussia Mönchengladbach, where he was named manager of the club's Under-17 team, succeeding Thomas Schumacher. In 2006–07 the club's U17 team had won ten out of seventeen matches with Ziege in charge when, in March 2007, he was handed the role of Director of Football at the club, as the replacement for the outgoing Peter Pander. At the time of his appointment, with ten matches to go until the end of the season, Borussia Mönchengladbach were at the bottom of the Bundesliga, with five points between them and safety. On 5 October 2008, Ziege dismissed Jos Luhukay and became interim manager. The interim job lasted until 19 October 2010 when Hans Meyer became the new permanent manager. On 15 December 2008 Ziege left Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Arminia Bielefeld and German junior national teams
On 26 May 2010 Ziege signed a contract as manager of Arminia Bielefeld. However, his managerial career got off to a poor start with Arminia Bielefeld only picking up three points from a single win from eight games. This being the worst start to an Arminia Bielefeld season in twenty-three years. Ziege was released from his post as manager of Arminia Bielefeld on 6 November 2010 after a 2–0 defeat against FC Augsburg.
Playing career statistics
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Italy||League||Coppa Italia||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2001/02||Tottenham Hotspur||Premier League||27||5||2||2||4||0||33||7|
International career statistics
Appearances and goals
|Germany national team|
|1.||6 September 1995||Frankenstadion, Nuremberg, Germany||Georgia||
||UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying|
|2.||4 June 1996||Carl-Benz-Stadion, Mannheim, Germany||Liechtenstein||
|3.||9 June 1996||Old Trafford, Manchester, England||Czech Republic||
||UEFA Euro 1996|
|4.||25 March 1998||Carl-Benz-Stadion, Mannheim, Germany||Luxembourg||
|5.||8 September 1999||Westfalenstadion, Dortmund, Germany||Northern Ireland||
||UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying|
|6.||8 September 1999||Westfalenstadion, Dortmund, Germany||Northern Ireland||
||UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying|
|7.||8 September 1999||Westfalenstadion, Dortmund, Germany||Northern Ireland||
||UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying|
|8.||23 February 2000||Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands||Netherlands||
|9.||27 March 2002||Ostseestadion, Rostock, Germany||United States||
- As of 11 March 2013
|Borussia Mönchengladbach||5 October 2008||19 October 2008||1||0||1||0||2||2||+0||0.00|||
|Arminia Bielefeld||26 May 2010||6 November 2010||13||1||2||10||9||26||−17||7.69|||
Honours as player
with Bayern Munich
- Winner – 1993–94, 1996–97
- Runner-up – 1990–91, 1992–93, 1995–96
- UEFA Cup
- Winner – 1995–96
with AC Milan
- Serie A
- Winner – 1998–99
- Football League Cup
- Winner – 2000–01
with Tottenham Hotspur
- Football League Cup
- Runner-up – 2001–02
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- "Ziege cleared for Reds". BBC Sport. 29 August 2000. Retrieved 2007-06-30.
- Whatever Happened to: Christian Ziege
- "Four-midable Viduka stuns Liverpool". BBC. 4 November 2000. Retrieved 2 November 2009.
- "Liverpool blast eight at Stoke". BBC. 29 November 2000. Retrieved 2 November 2009.
- "Liverpool handed Ziege fine". BBC Sport. 14 March 2002. Retrieved 2007-06-30.
- "Ziege returns to Bundesliga". BBC Sport. 9 June 2004. Retrieved 2007-06-30.
- "Injury forces Ziege to end career". BBC Sport. 20 October 2005. Retrieved 2007-06-30.
- "Ziege clinches new Borussia role". BBC Sport. 8 March 2007. Retrieved 30 June 2007.
- "Luhukay entlassen – Ziege übernimmt vorerst". kicker (in German). 5 October 2008. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
- "Meyer wieder in Gladbach". kicker (in German). 19 October 2008. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
- "Ziege auf der Alm". kicker (in German). 26 May 2010. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
- "Arminia besiegelt Ziege-Schicksal". kicker (in German). 6 November 2010. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
- "Ziege löst Minge ab". kicker (in German). 27 April 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
- "Ziege neuer U-18-Trainer". kicker (in German). 19 August 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
- "Christian Ziege". National Football Teams. Retrieved 2011-09-03.
- "Christian Ziege – International Appearances". Rsssf.com. 9 June 2004. Retrieved 2011-09-03.
- "Borussia Mönchengladbach" (in German). Fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 11 March 2013.
- Schoenmakers, Jan. "Germany 2010/11". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 11 March 2013.
- LFChistory.net player profile
- Christian Ziege career stats at Soccerbase
- Christian Ziege at fussballdaten.de (German)