Franco Foda

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Franco Foda
Franco Foda 1.jpg
Foda in 2009.
Personal information
Date of birth (1966-04-23) 23 April 1966 (age 48)
Place of birth Mainz, West Germany
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
SK Sturm Graz (manager)
Youth career
1982–1983 1. FSV Mainz 05
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1984 1. FC Kaiserslautern 3 (0)
1984–1985 Arminia Bielefeld 43 (8)
1985–1987 1. FC Saarbrücken 52 (3)
1987–1990 1. FC Kaiserslautern 87 (5)
1990–1994 Bayer Leverkusen 113 (10)
1994–1996 VfB Stuttgart 69 (0)
1997 FC Basel 13 (0)
1997–2001 Sturm Graz 99 (1)
Total 479 (27)
National team
1987 West Germany 2 (0)
Teams managed
2001–2002 Sturm Graz (amateurs)
2002 Sturm Graz (assistant)
2002–2003 Sturm Graz
2003–2006 Sturm Graz (amateurs)
2006–2012 Sturm Graz
2012–2013 1. FC Kaiserslautern
2014– Sturm Graz
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Franco Foda (born 23 April 1966 in Mainz) is a German football manager and former player.

Football career[edit]

Playing career[edit]

Foda played as a defender with his home town club 1. FSV Mainz 05. He turned professional, playing for 1. FC Kaiserslautern for three matches in 1983–84), then moving to Arminia Bielefeld followed by 1. FC Saarbrücken, playing in both the first and second division. He then returned to Kaiserslautern for three further seasons, and played as a substitute in the West German national team in December 1987 against Brazil (1–1) and Argentina (0–1).

Foda joined Bayer 04 Leverkusen in 1990, where he was a key defensive player and scored four league goals in his fourth season, as Leverkusen finished third. He then played with VfB Stuttgart, FC Basel (a short 1997 spell) and SK Sturm Graz, retiring in 2001 at 35, having played 321 German first division matches.

Coaching career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Foda moved into coaching with Sturm Graz as an assistant coach. He had been interim head coach between 20 September 2002[1] until November 2002.[2] At this point, Foda became the permanent head coach until they hired Gilbert Gress to became the head coach on 4 June 2003.[2] He then went on to coach the reserve team immediately after to when he was promoted to head coach of the first team on 1 June 2006.[3] Sturm Graz won the 2010–11 Bundesliga[4] and the 2009–10 Austrian Cup[5] under Foda. He was originally scheduled to leave after the 2011–12 season.[6] However, he ended up being sacked on 12 April 2012 after the club was knocked–out of the Austrian Cup.[7]

1. FC Kaiserslautern[edit]

On 22 May 2012, Foda was announced as new head coach of 1. FC Kaiserslautern, who had just been relegated to the second division after two seasons in the top flight.[8] On 29 August 2013, he was sacked as head coach with immediate effect.[9]

Return to Sturm Graz[edit]

Foda returned to Sturm Graz on 30 September 2014[10] and won his first match in–charge on 4 October 2014 against Grödig.[11]

Coaching record[edit]

As of 23 November 2014
Team From To Record
G W D L Win % Ref.
Sturm Graz 20 September 2002[1] 4 June 2003[2] 33 13 4 16 39.39 [12]
Sturm Graz II 4 June 2003[3] 1 June 2006[3] 93 34 24 35 36.56
Sturm Graz 1 June 2006[3] 12 April 2012[7] 258 117 65 76 45.35 [13][14][15]
[16][17][18]
1. FC Kaiserslautern 22 May 2012[8] 29 August 2013[9] 44 20 13 11 45.45 [19][20]
Sturm Graz 30 September 2014[10] Present 7 3 1 3 42.86
Total 435 187 107 141 42.99

Personal life[edit]

His son Sandro (born 1989) first appeared professionally with Sturm Graz in 2007, when his father was head coach.[21]

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

1. FC Kaiserslautern
Bayer Leverkusen
Sturm Graz

Manager[edit]

Sturm Graz

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Winklbauer, Hubert (22 September 2002). "Franco Foda sammelt fleißig Pluspunkte". kicker (in German). Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Gress trainiert Sturm Graz". kicker (in German). 4 June 2003. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Rückkehr auf die Grazer Trainerbank: Franco Foda neuer Coach des SK Sturm". news.at (in German). 1 June 2006. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "tipp3 - Bundesliga - Spieltag / Tabelle" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Sturm Graz - SC Wiener Neustadt" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Foda muss gehen - Nachfolge offen". kicker (in German). 19 March 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Sturm Graz beurlaubt Foda". kicker (in German). 12 April 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Foda wird neuer Trainer beim 1. FC Kaiserslautern". Die Welt (in German). 22 May 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Paukenschlag beim FCK: Franco Foda sofort weg!". kicker (in German). 29 August 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Franco Foda kehrt zu Sturm Graz zurück" (in German). Österreich. 30 September 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Sturm triumphiert bei Foda-Rückkehr" (in German). Österreich. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "Sturm Graz » Fixtures & Results 2002/2003" (in German). World Football. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "Sturm Graz" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "Sturm Graz" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
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  17. ^ "Sturm Graz" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  18. ^ "Sturm Graz" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "1. FC Kaiserslautern" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  20. ^ "1. FC Kaiserslautern" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  21. ^ "Was macht eigentlich? Franco Foda" (in German). fluesterer.com. [dead link]
  22. ^ a b c d "Franco Foda". Eurosport. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  23. ^ "Austria » ÖFB-Cup 1998/1999 » Final » Sturm Graz - LASK Linz 4:2". World Football. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  24. ^ "Supercup 1999 - Finale". Austria Soccer. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  25. ^ a b "F Froda". Soccerway. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 

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