Torsten Frings

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Torsten Frings
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Frings playing for Toronto at Rogers Centre on 7 March 2012
Personal information
Full name Torsten Klaus Frings[1]
Date of birth (1976-11-22) 22 November 1976 (age 40)
Place of birth Würselen, West Germany
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Darmstadt 98 (manager)
Youth career
1982–1988 Rot-Weiß Alsdorf
1988–1990 Rhenania Alsdorf
1990–1994 Alemannia Aachen II
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1997 Alemannia Aachen 57 (13)
1997 Werder Bremen (A) 1 (1)
1997–2002 Werder Bremen 162 (15)
2002–2004 Borussia Dortmund 47 (10)
2004–2005 Bayern Munich 29 (3)
2005–2011 Werder Bremen 164 (21)
2011–2012 Toronto FC 33 (2)
Total 493 (65)
National team
1997–1998 Germany U21 6 (1)
1999–2000 Germany B 5 (0)
2001–2009 Germany 79 (10)
Teams managed
2013–2014 Werder Bremen II (assistant)
2014–2016 Werder Bremen (assistant)
2016– Darmstadt 98
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Torsten Klaus Frings (born 22 November 1976) is a German former footballer, and current manager of Darmstadt 98.

A former midfielder, throughout his career he played for several German clubs, namely Alemannia Aachen, Werder Bremen, Borussia Dortmund, and Bayern Munich, before ending his career with Canadian MLS side Toronto FC. At international level, he played 79 matches for the Germany national team since his debut in 2001, and represented his nation at two European Championships and two FIFA World Cups.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

His professional career began at third division Alemannia Aachen before a move to Werder Bremen in 1996–97, helping the Weserstadion outfit to a German Cup final defeat of Bayern Munich in 1999 and tallying more than 160 Bundesliga appearances and 15 goals over five and a half seasons.[2]

Borussia Dortmund[edit]

In 2002, a number of Europe's leading clubs were on Frings's trail prior to the World Cup but he opted for a four-year deal with Borussia Dortmund for a reported fee of €10 million, penning the contract two games into the competition. A regular in his first term at the Westfalenstadion, Frings also played 12 times in the UEFA Champions League, scoring home and away against Lokomotiv Moscow.

Frings's 2003–04 season only began on 30 January when he played against Schalke 04, his first game since damaging his knee against VfL Bochum in July. He took over from Tomáš Rosický in the playmaking role and scored four times in 16 games before signing a three-year contract with Dortmund's rivals, Bayern Munich.

Bayern Munich[edit]

Despite winning the domestic double with Bayern and making 29 Bundesliga and ten Champions League appearances, Frings never really enjoyed his football in Munich, and was played out of position by coach Felix Magath.

Werder Bremen[edit]

In June 2005, he rejoined Bremen for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal, helping them past FC Basel into the Champions League group stage.

Toronto FC and retirement[edit]

On 29 June 2011, it was announced that Frings had reached an agreement to join Major League Soccer team Toronto FC as a designated player.[3] During the press conference in which Frings was presented to the Toronto media, the club also announced the signing of Danny Koevermans.[4] Frings made his debut for Toronto on 20 July 2011 in a 1–0 home defeat to FC Dallas.[5] On 29 July 2011, Frings made his CONCACAF Champions League debut against Real Esteli in which he was given the honour of wearing the captain's armband for Toronto.[6] Frings became the permanent captain of the club following Maicon Santos's transfer to Dallas.

On 27 June 2012, Frings scored his first MLS goal in a 3–0 away victory over Montreal Impact, blasting a free kick in the 52nd minute from 22 yards out.[7]

Frings missed the latter portion of the 2012 season after sustaining a hip injury which required arthoscopic surgery.[8][9] Frings’ subsequent recovery progressed slower than expected, ultimately leading to his decision to retire from football in February 2013.[10][11][12]

Club president, Kevin Payne indicated that the team wanted to maintain a relationship with Frings "not just for next season, but for seasons to come." Frings himself said he wants to return to the game as a coach.[13]

International career[edit]

Frings represented Germany at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan and South Korea,[14] where the German team reached the final, only to be defeated 2–0 by Brazil.[15] During the tournament, he was part of a controversial call when he prevented a goal with his hand on the goal line in the quarter-final match against the United States;[16] the referee deemed the handball involuntary, however.[14] Frings also took part at UEFA Euro 2004 and at the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup on home soil, winning a bronze medal in the latter tournament.[15]

Frings was later also called up to Germany's squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup on home soil.[15] On 9 June 2006, Frings scored Germany's fourth goal in a 4–2 win against Costa Rica in the opening match of the World Cup, with a powerful drive from more than 30 yards.[17]

Following Germany's penalty shootout victory over Argentina on 30 June 2006, Frings was fined and suspended by FIFA for two games (one of which is subject to a six-month probationary period) for his role in the brawl that broke out between the Argentine and German teams after the match.[18] After reviewing video footage of the brawl, FIFA's Disciplinary Committee determined that Frings had punched Argentine forward Julio Cruz and levelled punishment accordingly, even though Cruz himself had denied that Frings punched him; the second game of the suspension was made probationary due to the Committee's determination that Frings had been provoked into fighting. This suspension decision, announced by FIFA only the day before Germany's semi-final versus Italy on 4 July 2006, rendered Frings unavailable for the important match – which Germany subsequently lost; Germany finished the tournament in third place after defeating Portugal in the bronze medal match.[15]

The controversy of the decision was also sparked by the fact that Frings' role in the brawl had been widely accentuated in the Italian media after FIFA had already announced it closed its investigations against German players. Frings answered to the accusations in an interview: "This is all politics. The Argentinians attack us, I defend myself and the Italians get worked up. With this suspension, FIFA just wanted to show that Germany doesn't get special treatment as the World Cup hosts."

Frings was also called up to Germany's Euro 2008 squad, which reached the final of the tournament only to be defeated by Spain,[15] but was later not included in the team for the 2010 World Cup by German coach Joachim Löw.[19] He played his last international match on 11 February 2009 in a 0–1 home defeat against Norway.[20][21] In total, he earned 79 caps for Germany.[22]

Style of play[edit]

Frings was an all-action, well-rounded and versatile midfielder. He was capable of playing anywhere across the midfield, although he was most comfortable in the centre, running deep from his own team's box to the opposition's box, due to his work-rate, vision, solid first touch and passing with either foot, despite his lack of notable pace.[23][24][25] He was usually deployed as defensive midfielder, however, where he excelled due to his tough tackling playing style.[15][23] A large, tenacious and physically strong player, and a vocal presence on the pitch, he also excelled in the air and was capable of playing as a defender, as a centre-back or sweeper, due to his organisational abilities, knowledge of the game, and fighting spirit on the pitch.[14][23][26][27] In addition to his defensive attributes, Frings was also known for his leadership on the pitch, as well as his explosive, powerful shot from distance.[23][24][26][27]

Coaching career[edit]

After his playing career Frings became a youth coach at Werder Bremen.[28] Werder Bremen Ex-CEO Klaus Allofs stated that "he can learn the coaching profession for us from the bottom up."[28] On 25 October 2014, after Werder Bremen fired head coach Robin Dutt, Bremen youth coach Viktor Skripnik was appointed as the head coach with Florian Kohfeldt, Christian Vander, and Frings all amongst Skripnik's coaching staff. He received a coaching license from the German FA after a 10–month coaching course[29] in March 2015.[30]

On 27 December 2016, he was appointed as the head coach of Darmstadt 98.[30][31][32] Frings took over a team in last place and five points below the relegation playoff spot.[12] His first match was a 0–0 draw against Borussia Mönchengladbach.[33] Darmstadt 98 finished the 2016–17 season on the last place and was relegated to the 2. Bundesliga.

Personal life[edit]

Frings is married to Petra and they have two children, Lisa-Katharina and Lena Alina.[34] His hobbies include spending time with his family and riding his motorcycle.[34]

Career statistics[edit]

Playing career[edit]

Club Season League Cup Continental Other Totals Ref.
League App Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Alemannia Aachen 1994–95 Regionalliga West 6 0 0 0 6 0 [2]
1994–95 32 12 32 12 [2]
1996–97 19 1 19 1 [2]
Totals 57 13 0 0 57 13
Werder Bremen II 1996–97 Regionalliga Nord 1 1 1 1 [2]
Werder Bremen 1996–97 Bundesliga 15 0 0 0 15 0 [35]
1997–98 28 2 2 0 3 0 33 2 [36][37]
1998–98 23 3 4 3 12 3 39 9 [38][39]
1999–2000 33 3 4 0 9 0 2 0 48 3 [40]
2000–01 30 1 2 0 5 0 37 1 [41]
2001–02 33 6 1 0 2 0 36 6 [42][43]
Totals 162 15 13 3 31 3 2 0 208 21
Borussia Dortmund 2002–03 Bundesliga 31 6 2 0 12 2 1 0 46 8 [44]
2003–04 16 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 17 4 [44]
Totals 47 10 2 0 12 2 2 0 63 12
Bayern Munich 2004–05 Bundesliga 29 3 6 0 8 1 2 1 45 5 [45]
Werder Bremen 2005–06 28 3 4 1 10 1 2 0 44 5 [46]
2006–07 33 1 0 0 6 1 2 1 41 3 [47]
2007–08 11 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 14 1 [48]
2008–09 30 4 5 0 13 0 48 4 [49]
2009–10 30 6 6 0 9 4 45 10 [50]
2010–11 32 6 1 0 6 1 39 7 [51]
Totals 164 21 16 1 47 6 5 1 231 30
Toronto FC 2011 MLS 13 0 0 0 6 0 19 0 [52]
2012 20 2 3 0 2 0 25 2 [53][54][55][56]
Totals 33 2 3 0 8 0 44 2
Career totals 493 65 40 4 105 13 11 5 649 84

Coaching record[edit]

As of matches played on 20 May 2017.
Team From To Record
M W D L GF GA GD Win % Ref.
Darmstadt 98 27 December 2016[30][31][32] present 18 5 2 11 17 33 −16 027.78 [32][33]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Werder Bremen
Bayern Munich
Toronto FC

International[edit]

Germany

References[edit]

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