Christian Ziege

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Christian Ziege
Christian Ziege.jpg
Ziege with Mönchengladbach in 2008
Personal information
Date of birth (1972-02-01) 1 February 1972 (age 42)
Place of birth West Berlin, West Germany
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Left wing-back
Club information
Current team
SpVgg Unterhaching (Manager)
Youth career
1978–1981 FC Südstern 08 Berlin
1981–1985 TSV Rudow Berlin
1985–1990 FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1997 Bayern Munich 185 (38)
1997–1999 Milan 39 (4)
1999–2000 Middlesbrough 29 (6)
2000–2001 Liverpool 16 (1)
2001–2004 Tottenham Hotspur 47 (7)
2004–2005 Borussia Mönchengladbach 13 (0)
Total 329 (56)
National team
1991–1993 Germany U21 12 (3)
1992 Germany Olympic 1 (0)
1993–2004 Germany 72 (9)
Teams managed
2006–2007 Borussia Mönchengladbach U17 (Head Coach)
2007–2008 Borussia Mönchengladbach (Director of Football)
2008 Borussia Mönchengladbach (Interim Coach)
2008 Borussia Mönchengladbach (Assistant Coach)
2010 Arminia Bielefeld
2011 Germany U19
2011–2012 Germany U18
2012–2013 Germany U19
2013–2014 Germany U18
2014– SpVgg Unterhaching
* 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 retired German footballer and current coach.

He started his playing career at FC Bayern Munich, where he won two Bundesliga titles and a UEFA Cup before moving to A.C. Milan, winning an Italian Scudetto. In 1999, he joined Middlesbrough of the English Premier League, where he was voted the club's Player of the Year in his only season.[1] A year later, he joined Liverpool and was part of the squad which won a treble of the Football League Cup, the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup in 2000–01. In 2001, he moved to Tottenham Hotspur, before ending his career back in Germany with Borussia Mönchengladbach.

With the German national team, Ziege won UEFA Euro 1996 and finished runner-up at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He also represented the country at UEFA Euro 2000, UEFA Euro 2004 and the 1998 FIFA World Cup. An attacking left wing-back, Ziege was considered a dead-ball specialist.[2]

He currently coaches SpVgg Unterhaching in the German third division.

Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

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.[3] 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,[4] meant he was transferred to Tottenham hotspur that season. He scored two goals during his spell at Liverpool: against Leeds in the league[5] and Stoke in the League Cup.[6]

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.[7] 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,[8] but announced his retirement in October 2005, having not played since the previous December due to a persistent ankle injury.[9]

International career[edit]

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).

Managerial career[edit]

Borussia Mönchengladbach[edit]

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.[10] 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.[11] The interim job lasted until 18 October 2008 when Hans Meyer became the new permanent manager.[12] On 15 December 2008 Ziege left Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Arminia Bielefeld and German junior national teams[edit]

On 26 May 2010 Ziege signed a contract as manager of Arminia Bielefeld.[13] 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.[14]

From April 2011, Ziege worked for the DFB.[15] He first coached the German U-19, before taking over the U-18 side in August of the same year.[15][16] Ziege's contract wasn't renewed.[17] His contract expires in the summer of 2014.[17]

SpVgg Unterhaching[edit]

Ziege became the head coach of SpVgg Unterhaching on 20 March 2014.[18] Ziege's debut was a 1–1 draw against RB Leipzig.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

Playing career statistics[edit]

[20]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFB Ligapokal Europe Total
1990/91 Bayern Munich Bundesliga 13 1 0 0 0 0 3 1 16 2
1991/92 26 2 0 0 3 1 29 3
1992/93 28 10 2 2 30 12
1993/94 29 3 4 1 4 3 37 8
1994/95 29 12 0 0 0 0 9 0 38 12
1995/96 33 3 1 0 10 1 44 4
1996/97 27 7 4 1 2 0 35 8
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1997/98 Milan Serie A 22 2 5 0 27 2
1998/99 17 2 3 0 20 2
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1999/00 Middlesbrough Premier League 29 6 1 0 3 1 33 7
2000/01 Liverpool Premier League 16 1 3 0 4 1 9 0 32 2
2001/02 Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 27 5 2 2 4 0 33 7
2002/03 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 2
2003/04 8 0 1 0 1 1 10 1
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFB Ligapokal Europe Total
2004/05 Borussia Mönchengladbach Bundesliga 13 0 1 0 14 0
Country Germany 198 38 12 4 0 0 31 6 241 48
Italy 39 4 8 0 0 0 47 4
England 92 14 7 2 12 3 9 0 120 19
Total 329 56 27 6 12 3 40 6 396 68

International career statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

[21]

Germany national team
Year Apps Goals
1993 7 0
1994 0 0
1995 6 1
1996 14 2
1997 7 0
1998 7 1
1999 4 3
2000 9 1
2001 9 0
2002 8 1
2003 0 0
2004 1 0
Total 72 9

International goals[edit]

Managerial record[edit]

As of 4 May 2013
Team From To Record
G W D L Win % Source
Borussia Mönchengladbach 5 October 2008[11] 19 October 2008[12] 1 0 1 0 00.00 [22]
Arminia Bielefeld 26 May 2010[13] 6 November 2010[14] 13 1 2 10 07.69 [23]
SpVgg Unterhaching 20 March 2014[18] Present 8 3 2 3 37.50
Total 22 4 5 13 18.18

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Bayern Munich
AC Milan

Liverpool

International[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League to solve Ziege row". BBC. 28 February 2001. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Football: England must be Gladiators and put them to the sword HOW THEY LINE UP; ENGLAND v GERMANY AT WEMBLEY, TODAY, 3P SAYS TONY ADAMS. – Free Online Library". Thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Ziege cleared for Reds". BBC Sport. 29 August 2000. Retrieved 30 June 2007. 
  4. ^ Whatever Happened to: Christian Ziege
  5. ^ bhg "Four-midable Viduka stuns Liverpool". BBC. 4 November 2000. Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "Liverpool blast eight at Stoke". BBC. 29 November 2000. Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  7. ^ "Liverpool handed Ziege fine". BBC Sport. 14 March 2002. Retrieved 30 June 2007. 
  8. ^ "Ziege returns to Bundesliga". BBC Sport. 9 June 2004. Retrieved 30 June 2007. 
  9. ^ "Injury forces Ziege to end career". BBC Sport. 20 October 2005. Retrieved 30 June 2007. 
  10. ^ "Ziege clinches new Borussia role". BBC Sport. 8 March 2007. Retrieved 30 June 2007. 
  11. ^ a b "Luhukay entlassen – Ziege übernimmt vorerst". kicker (in German). 5 October 2008. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Meyer wieder in Gladbach". kicker (in German). 19 October 2008. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "Ziege auf der Alm". kicker (in German). 26 May 2010. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "Arminia besiegelt Ziege-Schicksal". kicker (in German). 6 November 2010. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  15. ^ a b "Ziege löst Minge ab". kicker (in German). 27 April 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  16. ^ "Ziege neuer U-18-Trainer". kicker (in German). 19 August 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  17. ^ a b "DFB trennt sich von Ziege und Böger". kicker (in German). 4 March 2014. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  18. ^ a b "Christian Ziege wird Trainer bei Unterhaching". Hamburger Morgenpost (in German). 20 March 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  19. ^ "Giftige Hachinger ärgern die Bullen". kicker (in German). 22 March 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  20. ^ "Christian Ziege". National Football Teams. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  21. ^ "Christian Ziege – International Appearances". Rsssf.com. 9 June 2004. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  22. ^ "Borussia Mönchengladbach" (in German). Fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  23. ^ Schoenmakers, Jan. "Germany 2010/11". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  24. ^ a b c d e f "Player profile: Christian Ziege". LFC History. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 

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