Dieter Hecking

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Dieter Hecking
Dieter Hecking - Pressekonferenz zur Vorstellung von Luiz Gustavo 2013.jpg
Hecking at a press conference with Wolfsburg in 2013.
Personal information
Date of birth (1964-09-12) 12 September 1964 (age 50)
Place of birth Castrop-Rauxel, West Germany
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
VfL Wolfsburg (Manager)
Youth career
Westfalia Soest
Soester SV
Borussia Lippstadt
1. FC Paderborn
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1985 Borussia Mönchengladbach 6 (0)
1985–1990 Hessen Kassel 168 (63)
1990–1992 Waldhof Mannheim 54 (14)
1992–1994 VfB Leipzig 61 (1)
1994–1996 TuS Paderborn-Neuhaus 71 (24)
1996–1999 Hannover 96 74 (22)
1999–2000 Eintracht Braunschweig 18 (5)
Total 452 (129)
National team
1985–1986 West Germany U21 12 (8)
Teams managed
2002–2004 VfB Lübeck
2004–2006 Alemannia Aachen
2006–2009 Hannover 96
2009–2012 1. FC Nürnberg
2012– VfL Wolfsburg
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Dieter Hecking (pronounced [ˈdiːtɐ ˈhɛkɪŋ]; born 12 September 1964) is a German football manager and former professional player who works as manager of VfL Wolfsburg. He played for both Hannover 96 and Eintracht Braunschweig. He returned to manage Hannover despite the long-standing and bitter rivalry between the two clubs.

Managerial career[edit]

SC Verl[edit]

On 1 July 2000, Hecking moved into management as he took over as manager at Regionalliga Nord outfit SC Verl.[1] His debut season started competently enough, with SC Verl sat seventh at the time of the winter break. However, Hecking's proclamations that he was seeking a new position irked the club to such an extent they fired him on 31 January 2001, after just 20 games in charge.[1]

VfB Lübeck[edit]

Hecking wasn't free for long as another Regionalliga Nord side, VfB Lübeck, came calling on 27 March 2001.[2] Again, Hecking achieved a solid job in the remaining games, leaving the club in third place, just one short of promotion. This set the basis for the following season as the team claimed the title and moved up into the 2. Bundesliga. Hecking then managed to secure VfB Lübeck a mid-table position in the 2002–03 season. The following season was not to prove so successful though, as the team slipped back down to the Regionalliga Nord, occupying the final relegation position. This proved the catalyst for VfB Lübeck to announce that they would not be extending his contract further and he left the club on 25 May 2004.[3]

Alemannia Aachen[edit]

Once again, Hecking was not short of work as just a week later 2. Bundesliga side Alemannia Aachen announced that he would be taking the managerial reins at their club from July 2004, after the departure of Jörg Berger.[3][4]

Hecking's time guiding Alemannia Aachen in the top flight was to be short, though. Just three games in, he requested to be able to leave the club for his former club and fellow Bundesliga side Hannover 96 on 7 September 2006, to fill the vacancy left by their sacking of Peter Neururer.[5] Ironically, the final straw for Neururer was a 0–3 home defeat to Hecking's Alemannia Aachen.[5]

Hannover 96[edit]

Hecking became manager on 7 September 2006.[5] Hecking recovered Hannover 96 from a dismal start that left them bottom at the time of his arrival. The team also achieved a good run through to the quarter finals of the German Cup, and finished comfortably in eleventh place in the Bundesliga. On 19 August 2009 Hecking resigned voluntarily from his post after a disastrous start to the 2009–10 season.[6]

1. FC Nürnberg[edit]

On 22 December 2009, he was named as the new manager of 1. FC Nürnberg, replacing Michael Oenning.[7] Hecking used a clause in his contract[8] to leave the club.[9]

VfL Wolfsburg[edit]

Hecking became manager of VfL Wolfsburg on 22 December 2012.[9]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 17 December 2014
Team From To Record
G W D L Win % Ref.
SC Verl 1 July 2000[1] 31 January 2001[1] 20 8 7 5 40.00
VfB Lübeck 27 March 2001[2] 30 June 2004[3] 181 82 38 61 45.30
Alemannia Aachen 1 July 2004[3][4] 7 September 2006[5] 83 42 14 27 50.60
Hannover 961 7 September 2006[5] 19 August 2009[6] 109 39 30 40 35.78 [10]
1. FC Nürnberg 22 December 2009[7] 22 December 2012[9] 112 42 23 47 37.50 [11]
VfL Wolfsburg 22 December 2012[9] Present 82 41 21 20 50.00 [12]
Total 587 254 133 200 43.27

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "SC Verl .:. Coaches from A-Z" (in German). Worldfootball. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "VfB Lübeck .:. Coaches from A-Z". Worldfootball. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Hecking verlässt den VfB". kicker (in German). 25 May 2004. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Hecking wird Berger-Nachfolger". kicker (in German). 1 June 2004. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Hecking wechselt zu 96". kicker (in German). 7 September 2006. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Hecking: "Es war spontan"". kicker (in German). 20 August 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Hecking: Mission Klassenerhalt" (in German). kicker.de. 22 December 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "Nürnberg stellt Ismael frei" (in German). kicker. 10 November 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Bescherung! Hecking übernimmt VfL". kicker (in German). 22 December 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Hannover 96" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "1. FC Nürnberg" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "VfL Wolfsburg" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Die Spielstatistik Dynamo Dresden – Hannover 96" (in German). Fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  14. ^ "Schjönberg siegt, Stohn nicht". kicker (in German). 9 September 2006. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 

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