Torsten Lieberknecht

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Torsten Lieberknecht
Personal information
Date of birth (1973-08-01) 1 August 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Bad Dürkheim, West Germany
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Eintracht Braunschweig (Manager)
Youth career
FV Haßloch
1. FC 08 Haßloch
0000–1990 VfL Neustadt/Weinstraße
1990–1992 1. FC Kaiserslautern
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1994 1. FC Kaiserslautern 13 (1)
1994–1995 SV Waldhof Mannheim 22 (0)
1995–2002 1. FSV Mainz 05 89 (3)
2002–2003 1. FC Saarbrücken 7 (0)
2003–2007 Eintracht Braunschweig 82 (2)
Total 213 (6)
National team
Germany U-19 3 (0)
1994–1995 Germany U-21 9 (0)
Teams managed
2007–2008 Eintracht Braunschweig (youth team)
2008– Eintracht Braunschweig
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Torsten Lieberknecht (born 1 August 1973) is a retired German football player[1] and manager currently in charge of Eintracht Braunschweig.

Career[edit]

Lieberknecht began his senior career at 1. FC Kaiserslautern, where he made his Bundesliga debut on 26 August 1992 in a game against SG Wattenscheid 09.[2] He left Kaiserslautern after the 1993–1994 season to join SV Waldhof Mannheim and went on to play a total of ten seasons in the 2. Bundesliga for Mannheim, 1. FSV Mainz 05 and Eintracht Braunschweig before retiring as a player in 2007.

Lieberknecht also represented Germany nine times at the U-21 level and was part of the German squad for the 1993 FIFA World Youth Championship in Australia.[3]

Managing career[edit]

After retiring as a player, Lieberknecht became a youth coach at his last club, Eintracht Braunschweig. At the end of the 2007–08 Regionalliga season the club was in serious danger of missing out on qualification for Germany's new nationwide third-tier league 3. Liga, which would have meant Braunschweig's first ever relegation to the fourth level of Germany's football league system. When Benno Möhlmann, at the time the manager of Eintracht Braunschweig's first team, stepped down in May 2008, Lieberknecht was named his successor.[4] Under him the club not only secured 3. Liga qualification on the last match day of the season, but since then has started a steady climb back up the ladder of German football. In 2010–11 Lieberknecht and his team were promoted back into the 2. Bundesliga, and quickly established themselves at this level. After having finished the previous season comfortably midtable, the club was even more successful during the 2012–13 season and in the end won promotion to the Bundesliga. This marked Eintracht Braunschweig's return into Germany's top-flight after a 28 year absence.[5] Lieberknecht was widely recognized in the German media as one of the key figures in the club's resurgence after years in the second and third tier.[6][7][8][9][10]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 19 December 2014
Team From To Record
G W D L Win % Ref.
Eintracht Braunschweig 12 May 2008[4] Present 246 105 63 78 42.68 [11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lieberknecht, Torsten" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "1. FC Kaiserslautern - SG Wattenscheid 09 4:1" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Germany". fifa.com. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Albring, Reiner (12 May 2008). "Eintracht-Trainer Möhlmann gibt auf" (in German). braunschweiger-zeitung.de. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Braunschweig nach 28 Jahren zurück in Liga eins". Die Welt (in German). 26 April 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Hacke, Detlef (1 April 2011). "Die ewige Tochter blüht wieder auf" (in German). spiegel.de. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  7. ^ Otto, Christian (20 October 2012). "Im Zweifel gegen den Trend" (in German). faz.net. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  8. ^ Herrmann, Boris (23 September 2012). "Auferstanden vom Rande des Untergangs" (in German). sueddeutsche.de. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  9. ^ Jahn, Michael (25 October 2012). "Spagat auf der Baustelle" (in German). fr-online.de. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  10. ^ Schramm, Anja (7 April 2013). "Braunschweigs großer Klimmzug" (in German). welt.de. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Eintracht Braunschweig" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 

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