Thomas Tuchel

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Thomas Tuchel
Thomas Tuchel.jpg
Tuchel in 2016
Personal information
Date of birth (1973-08-29) 29 August 1973 (age 43)
Place of birth Krumbach, West Germany
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
TSV Krumbach
1988–1992 FC Augsburg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1994 Stuttgarter Kickers 8 (1)
1994–1998 SSV Ulm 69 (2)
Total 77 (3)
Teams managed
2007–2008 FC Augsburg II
2009–2014 Mainz 05
2015–2017 Borussia Dortmund
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Thomas Tuchel (German pronunciation: [ˈtʰoːmas ˈtʊxəl]; born 29 August 1973) is a German football coach and former footballer. From 2015 to 2017, he was the head coach of Borussia Dortmund.

Playing career[edit]

Tuchel's youth club was TSV Krumbach. In 1988, he moved to nearby FC Augsburg. He then got the opportunity to play in the 2. Bundesliga for Württemberg side Stuttgarter Kickers from 1992. He played in only eight matches in 1992–93, and, after an even more disappointing 1993–94 season, when he was dropped from Kickers first team, he joined Regionalliga Süd, a third-tier side SSV Ulm, where he played in 69 matches for the Swabian side in four years before ending his active career due to a chronic knee cartilage injury in 1998.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Tuchel began his coaching career in 2000 as head coach of the Under 19 of VfB Stuttgart. After five years he returned to his former club FC Augsburg, where he worked as youth team co-ordinator for three years.[2] He was the manager of FC Augsburg II during the 2007–08 season.[3]

Mainz 05[edit]

Tuchel with Mainz 05 in 2014

He was named as the new head coach of 1. FSV Mainz 05 on 3 August 2009, after the club was promoted to the Bundesliga.[4] He had been a youth team coach for Mainz for the previous 12 months.[5] He signed a two-year contract after being promoted to that position from the 1. FSV Mainz 05 Under 19 side.[4]

In the 2010–11 season, Tuchel coached Mainz to seven wins in their first seven games, including an away victory over Bayern Munich. The team finished fifth in the rankings.[6] Schalke 04 and Bayer Leverkusen both made approaches for Tuchel in the latter–half of the 2013–14 season.[7] Tuchel led Mainz to a 2014–15 UEFA Europa League spot during the 2013–14 season[8] after finishing the season in seventh place.[9] Tuchel asked to be released from his contract prematurely.[10] Tuchel left the position of head coach on 11 May 2014.[7] However, Mainz refused to release him from his contract. He finished his Mainz career with a record of 72 wins, 46 draws, and 64 losses.[11] Tuchel later said of his decision to leave the club: "I couldn’t see how we could reinvent ourselves once more the coming summer."[12]

Borussia Dortmund[edit]

2015–16 season[edit]

On 19 April 2015, it was announced that Tuchel would replace Jürgen Klopp as manager of Borussia Dortmund from the 2015–16 season.[5][13] He had his first training session on 29 June 2015.[14] His first pre–season match finished in a 17–0 win against a team of German Olympians on 4 July 2015.[15] He won his first competitive match: a 1–0 UEFA Europa League win against Austrian club Wolfsberg.[16] Tuchel's Dortmund had a run of 11 consecutive wins, a run that ended on 23 September 2015 in an away match at Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga, a game that finished 1-1.

In his first season at Dortmund, Tuchel led the club to the quarter-final stage of the Europa League, where they were knocked out by his predecessor Klopp's Liverpool.[17] On 20 April 2016, Dortmund qualified for the 2016 DFB-Pokal Final by winning 3–0 away at Hertha BSC,[18] however, they lost in the final to Bayern Munich on penalties.

2016–17 season[edit]

During their first pre-season friendly in China for the 2016 International Champions Cup, Tuchel led Dortmund to a 4–1 defeat of Manchester United.[19] Despite losing on penalties to Manchester City in their next match, they finished top of the China table with 4 points.[20] However, they did not receive the trophy due to one of the other matches being cancelled.[21]

On 27 May 2017, Tuchel won his first trophy with Dortmund, as they beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2–1 in the 2017 DFB-Pokal Final.[22] However, it was to be his only honour with the club, as he left three days later.[23][24][25]


Managerial record[edit]

Managerial record[edit]

As of matches played on 27 May 2017
Team From To Record
M W D L GF GA GD Win % Ref.
Augsburg II 1 July 2007[3] 30 June 2008[3] 34 20 8 6 80 45 +35 58.82 [26]
Mainz 3 August 2009[4] 11 May 2014[7] 182 72 46 64 248 288 −40 39.56 [11][27][28][29][30][31]
Borussia Dortmund 29 June 2015[13][14] 30 May 2017[23] 108 68 23 17 245 113 +132 62.96 [32][33][34]
Total 324 160 77 87 573 446 +127 49.38

Season-by-season results[edit]

Club Season League Cup Europe Other Ref.
M W D L GF GA Win % Pos. Pos. Pos. Pos.
Augsburg II 2007–08 34 17 8 9 80 45 50.00 4th [26]
Mainz 2009–10 34 12 11 11 36 42 35.29 7th [27]
2010–11 34 18 4 12 52 39 52.94 5th 2nd round [28][35]
2011–12 34 9 12 13 47 51 26.47 13th Round of 16 Qualifying in Europa League. [29][36]
2012–13 34 10 12 12 42 44 29.41 13th Quarter–finalist [30][37]
2013–14 34 16 5 13 52 54 47.06 7th 2nd round [31][38]
Totals 170 65 44 61 229 230 38.24
Borussia Dortmund 2015–16 34 24 6 4 82 34 70.59 2nd Finalist Quarter–finalist in Europa League [33][39]
2016–17 34 18 10 6 72 40 52.94 3rd Winners Quarter-finalist in Champions League [34]
Totals 68 42 16 10 154 74 61.76
Total 272 124 68 80 453 349 45.59

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Borussia Dortmund

References[edit]

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