Thorsten Fink

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Thorsten Fink
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Fink with Bayern II in 2006.
Personal information
Full name Thorsten Fink
Date of birth (1967-10-29) 29 October 1967 (age 46)
Place of birth Dortmund, West Germany
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1976–1983 SV Roland Marten
1983–1986 Borussia Dortmund
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1994 Wattenscheid 09 162 (26)
1994–1997 Karlsruher SC 92 (11)
1997–2003 Bayern Munich 150 (4)
2003–2006 Bayern Munich II 86 (6)
Total 490 (47)
National team
1989 West Germany U21 1 (0)
Teams managed
2006–2007 Red Bull Salzburg (Junior)
2008–2009 Ingolstadt 04
2009–2011 Basel
2011–2013 Hamburger SV
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Thorsten Fink (born 29 October 1967) is a former German footballer, now coach and is currently unemployed[1] following a two-year stint with German Bundesliga club Hamburger SV.

Career[edit]

Fink began his career with Borussia Dortmund's reserve squad before moving to SG Wattenscheid 09, where he helped them gain promotion to the German premier league, the Bundesliga, in 1990. After the club's relegation in 1994, he moved to Karlsruher SC, where he spent three seasons as a regular and impressed so much that he earned himself a move to the most successful club in Germany, Bayern Munich, in 1997. He subsequently spent seven seasons at Bayern, five of which as a regular, but lost his place in the starting lineup in 2002 and was transferred to the club's reserve squad in the German third division, the Regionalliga, in February 2003, although he managed a return to the Bundesliga squad in late April 2003. In the 2003–04 season, he became a regular in Bayern's reserve squad and only made one, his last, Bundesliga appearance that season, coming on as a substitute against VfL Wolfsburg in September 2003. His contract with Bayern's Bundesliga squad expired in June 2004 and he subsequently only continued to play another two seasons for the club's reserve squad before definitely ending his playing career upon the end of the 2005–06 season.

While playing for Bayern's first team, he helped the team reach the 1999 Champions League final against Manchester United, where Bayern dramatically lost 2–1, conceding two goals in injury time. Fink came on as a substitute late in the game, but his sliced clearance in the 91st minute led to United's equaliser, with the ball breaking to Ryan Giggs whose shot was turned into the net by Teddy Sheringham.

However, Fink still managed to pick up a Champions League winner's medal two years later, as Bayern beat Valencia in the 2001 Champions League final on penalties, although he did not play in the match. He also won four Bundesliga champions titles and three German Cups with the club.

He was forced to end his playing career in 2006 after sustaining cartilage damage in his knee.

Coaching career[edit]

Red Bull Salzburg reserves[edit]

While still playing for Bayern, he had already graduated from Cologne Sport University, in December 2005, after taking a course on coaching. From 5 September 2006, he began coaching Red Bull Salzburg's reserve side. After the departure of Lothar Matthäus as the assistant of head coach Giovanni Trapattoni, Fink stepped up and became the new assistant.

Ingolstadt 04[edit]

Fink took over as head coach of FC Ingolstadt 04 on 4 January 2008, replacing Jürgen Press, who was sacked on New Year's Day.[2] He appointed Heiko Vogel as his assistant. Fink was fired on 22 April 2009.[3]

FC Basel[edit]

On 9 June 2009, Fink was appointed manager of FC Basel as replacement for Christian Gross.[4] Fink took his assistant Vogel with him.[5] In domestic affairs Basel swept the board in 2009/10. Despite a poor start to the season, Finks' side came back to win the 2010 Super League title on the last day of the season with an away win against favourites BSC Young Boys in the Stade de Suisse. Young prospect Valentin Stocker and club legend Scott Chipperfield gave Basel the goals in the 2–0 victory on 16 May. FC Basel won the Swiss Cup Final 2010 with a 6–0 victory over FC Lausanne-Sport on 9 May. With Fink Basel also won the 2011 Super League title and the 2011 Uhrencup. Fink left the club in October 2011.[6]

Racist incident[edit]

Fwayo Tembo left FC Basel after he accused club coach Thorsten Fink of making racist remarks towards him during a training session. Fink is reported to have told a collaborator to "get the monkey down from the tree."[7]

Hamburger SV[edit]

On 13 October 2011, Fink signed a contract with Hamburger SV to manage the German Bundesliga club through to 2014.[6] Following a run of disastrous results during which Hamburger SV picked up only four points from their first five league games of the 2013–14 Bundesliga season and with the club in 15th place in the league table, Fink was sacked with immediate effect on 16 September 2013. "We were no longer confident that Thorsten Fink was capable of turning the team around and that was why we took this decision (to sack Fink)," explained the club's sporting director, Oliver Kreuzer.[8][9][10]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 17 September 2013.
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Ingolstadt 04 4 January 2008[2] 22 April 2009[3] 43 16 10 17 55 61 -6 37.21
FC Basel 9 June 2009[4] 17 October 2011[6] 119 76 22 21 282 138 +144 63.87
Hamburger SV 17 October 2011[6] 16 September 2013[8] 67 23 18 26 85 111 -26 34.33
Total 229 115 50 64 422 310 +112 50.22

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reports: Hamburg fire Thorsten Fink". msn.foxsports.com. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Alles klar mit Fink". kicker (in German). 4 January 2008. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "FCI trennt sich von Fink". kicker (in German). 22 April 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Thorsten Fink ist der neue Cheftrainer des FCB" [Thorsten Fink appointed new head coach of FC Basel] (in German). FC Basel. 9 June 2009. Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "FCB ergänzt Trainer Team" (in German). FC Basel 1893. 16 June 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Bestätigt: Fink übernimmt HSV". kicker (in German). 13 October 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Fotbalistul dorit de Becali a regresat în carieră după ce a fost victima rasismului: ”Jos cu maimuţa din copac!”". gsp.ro (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "HSV trennt sich sofort von Fink". kicker (in German). 16 September 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Hamburg fires coach Thorsten Fink after bad start". San Francisco Chronicle and Associated Press. 17 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Fink cast adrift at Hamburg". UEFA. 17 September 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2013.