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|Full name||Ernst Johannes Middendorp|
|Date of birth||October 28, 1958|
|Place of birth||Freren, Germany|
|1999||KFC Uerdingen 05|
|2004||Hearts of Oak SC|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Ernst Middendorp (born October 28, 1958 in Freren) is a German football (soccer) manager who is currently the head coach of the South African Premier Soccer League club, Bloemfontein Celtic. Middendorp is also the owner of a football consultancy, Albena GmbH.
In 1984, Middendorp enrolled in the University of Bielefeld, Germany, where he graduated in 1986 with a degree in economics, politics, and history. After graduating, in 1987, he took computer courses at two institutions: the Gesamthochschule Paderborn Institute in Germany, where he earned a degree in special economics, computer studies; and at the Computer College Rheine, Germany, where he studied becoming a system analyst. In 1996, he attained his UEFA Pro License (Fussball-Lehrer) from the Deutsche Sporthochschule in Köln, Germany. In 2000 he began studying communication and management at PR Kolleg Berlin, Germany, where he studied through 2002.
Middendorp has coached professional football on the highest level for nearly 20 years in Europe, Asia and Africa, having a UEFA Pro License (Fussball-Lehrer) from the German Football Association. In addition, Middendorp has experience analyzing FIFA world cup tournaments (2006 and 2010), as well as the EURO tournament in 2012.
Middendorp started his professional coaching career in August 1994 taking over as the Head Coach of DSC Arminia Bielefeld in the 3rd Bundesliga. During his tenure, the Club was promoted to the Bundesliga in 1996. In 2005, when Arminia Bielefeld was celebrating its 100th anniversary, Middendorp was elected their "Coach of the Century".
Middendorp coached the South African Castle Premiership team Kaizer Chiefs from the beginning of the 2005-06 season up to March 5, 2007. At the start of the 2006-07 season, Middendorp guided his team to the SAA Supa 8 trophy. The Kaizer Chiefs defeated Supersport United in the final.
On March 14, 2007, he started his third stint as a coach at Arminia Bielefeld, but was fired by club management on December 10, 2007. From there he went to coach the Chinese club, Changchun Yatai, but left the club in December 2008 and returned to Germany, where he signed a contract with Rot Weiss Essen On 6 April 2009. He left the team after just 29 days. Later that year, he joined the Cypriot Club, Anorthosis Famagusta, but was fired on the 25 of July following their elimination in the second round of the UEFA Europa League. On 16 November 2009 he replaced Gordon Igesund as head coach of Maritzburg United, his second coaching job in South Africa.
On 18 January 2012 Middendorp returned to Maritzburg United after a brief stint with South African club, the Golden Arrows. He resigned as head coach of Maritzburg United on 10 October 2013, before joining Bloemfontein Celtic as head coach on 11 October 2013.
- Team of Choice unveil Middendorp as New Head Coach
- "Middendorp dumps Maritzburg". SuperSport. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
- "Middendorp joins Celtic". KickOff. Retrieved 11 October 2013.