Uli Stielike in a press conference before friendly with Iran in 2014
|Full name||Ulrich Stielike|
|Date of birth||15 November 1954|
|Place of birth||Ketsch, West Germany|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Midfielder, Sweeper|
|1972–1973||West Germany Youth||16||(0)|
|1973–1975||West Germany Amateur||10||(3)|
|1994–1995||SV Waldhof Mannheim|
|2000–2006||Germany (U19 / U20 / U21)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Ulrich "Uli" Stielike (born 15 November 1954) is a German former footballer. Usually a central midfielder or sweeper, Stielike was well known for his stamina and footballing intelligence. Stielike is one of a small handful of players (Rainer Bonhof and Manfred Kaltz are others) to have played in all 3 European club finals (the European Cup/Champions League, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and UEFA Cup), the World Cup Final and the European Championship Final.
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Stielike was a West Germany youth international for hometown club SpVgg Ketsch when he got signed by UEFA Cup runner-up Borussia Mönchengladbach in 1973, first coming to action as a full back for the then two times German Bundesliga champion. Playing in defending midfield for his club, afterwards, he was part of the Mönchengladbach team that won the Bundesliga titles in 1975, 1976 and 1977, the UEFA Cup in 1975 and gained a runner-up medal in the European Cup in 1977 following a 1–3 against Liverpool F.C. in Rome. In five seasons he amassed 109 Bundesliga matches.
Ahead of the 1977–78 season, Stielike moved on to join Real Madrid to become a reliable fan-favourite in his eight years with Los merengues. His first three seasons at Santiago Bernabéu all ended in Real winning La Liga. In 1980 and 1982, he was part of the side winning Copa del Rey, in 1985 he added the Copa de la Liga, and finished off his Madrid years with the UEFA Cup triumph of the same summer.
Stielike retired from his playing career in 1988. He appeared for Mönchengladbach, Real and Xamax in 83 matches in the European cup competitions.
Stielike was capped in 42 internationals with West Germany from 1975 to 1984 with whom he won 1980 UEFA European Football Championship and the runner-up medal at the 1982 FIFA World Cup. Stielike did not feature for his country in the 1978 FIFA World Cup after the German Football Association under Hermann Neuberger had temporarily decided to force their coaches not to select players playing their club football outside the Bundesliga. A central figure for the defence of Real Madrid in the late 1970s and the early 1980s, Stielike could just partially live up to those expectations in his duties for West Germany. Early hopes had been that he could be the ideal successor of legendary sweeper Franz Beckenbauer, with whom he played in a few internationals in the 1970s. Stielike played in the now legendary semi-final match of the 1982 world cup versus France, which ended in a 3–3 draw, resulting in penalties. A poignant scene in the penalty shooutout showed the young Pierre Littbarski consoling a tearful Stielike, who missed a penalty, burying his head in Littbarski's shirt, as West Germany's goalkeeper, Harald Schumacher saved Didier Six's penalty to even the score, with the Germans eventually winning 5–4 on penalties. West Germany lost 3–1 to Italy in the 1982 World Cup final.
Stielike's final appearance for his country took place against Argentina (1–3) in September 1984 in Beckenbauer's first match in charge of West Germany. Over those years Stielike scored three, the latest in a 3–2 win over Bulgaria in Varna in February 1984. Shortly after that, he was part of Jupp Derwall's squad for the 1984 UEFA European Football Championship.
In 1998, Stielike had been interviewed by Egidius Braun, the then chairman of the German Football Association, following a vacancy occurred through the resignation of Berti Vogts from the head coaching job of Germany in 1998. He believed Braun would offer him the succession of Vogts, consequently heading into an interview with kicker (Sports magazine) in this (mistaken) belief. After further talks with Braun had disclosed that Stielke would only be appointed assistant coach rather than head coach, Stielike had to retract some remarks (e.g. concerning Andreas Möller).[specify]
From 9 September 1998 to 7 May 2000, Stielike had been the assistant to then Germany coach Erich Ribbeck. Shortly before 2000 UEFA European Championship, which ended in a disaster for the Germans, Stielike stepped down from his role as assistant due to differences in some respects with Ribbeck. He was replaced by Horst Hrubesch for the tournament.
Stielike spent six years working with different youth teams (i.e. the U21 side until 2004) of Germany and manager of Germany national under-20 football team of 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship and 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship.
On 14 September 2006, Stielike penned a contract with to take over the Ivory Coast national football team in succession of Frenchman Henri Michel, subsequent to the elimination of the team at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Stielike stepped down as Les Éléphants coach on 7 January 2008 due to his son's alarming ill health. On 1 February, Michael Stielike, 23, died after failing to receive a lung transplant, with his health gradually deteriorating until he was eventually put on life support.
On 5 September 2014, Stielike was named as the manager of the South Korea national football team, signing a four-year contract that would run until the 2018 World Cup. In his first game in charge, South Korea defeated Paraguay 2–0 in a friendly match. His side began its 2015 AFC Asian Cup campaign with a 1–0 win over Oman. This was continued with two wins with the same scoreline over Kuwait and hosts Australia. South Korea qualified to the knockout stage as group winners with nine points and faced Uzbekistan in the quarter-finals. Though the game remained 0–0 for the first 90 minutes, two goals from Son Heung Min in extra time helped South Korea reach the semi-finals. South Korea played in the semi-finals against Iraq and won the match 2–0. South Korea finished the tournament as runners-up after losing to Australia 2–1 in the final. Despite the loss the team's public image, which was damaged after 2014 World Cup, was restored. The team received praise for having one of the strongest defensive lines in the tournament, conceding no goals until the final.
Stielike's team got off to a good start in the second round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, not conceding a single goal and winning all their eight matches in Group G. However South Korea's third round Group A matches did not go as well and Stielike became the subject of criticism over team selection and tactics after a 1–0 loss to Iran on 11 October 2016 and another 1–0 loss on 23 March 2017 to China (only their second loss to China in 32 matches). A 3–2 loss to Qatar on 13 June 2017 was South Korea's third defeat in its first eight matches in Group A. It was the first time that South Korea had lost to Qatar in 32 years. Such run of results led to Stielike's sacking by the Korea Football Association (KFA) on 15 June 2017. After their 3–2 loss to Qatar on 13 June 2017, South Korea remained second in Group A, seven points behind already-qualified Iran but just one point ahead of third-placed Uzbekistan, with all the teams having played eight matches each in Group A. South Korea were to play Iran and then Uzbekistan in their final two Group A matches. Finally, Koreans keep the Second place and clinch the qualification despite two goalless draws under the coaching of Shin Tae-yong the follower of Stielike.
- As of 4 November 2017
|Switzerland||5 April 1989||31 December 1991||28||13||5||10||49||30||+19||46.43|
|Neuchâtel Xamax||January 1992||July 1994||86||30||31||25||118||91||+27||34.88|
|Waldhof Mannheim||July 1994||July 1995||36||14||17||5||51||37||+14||38.89|
|Almería||February 1996||July 1996||16||5||6||5||26||22||+4||31.25|
|Germany U-21||8 May 2000||1 January 2004||30||21||1||8||42||18||+24||70.00|
|Germany U-20||17 June 2001||5 December 2003||7||3||0||4||12||11||+1||42.86|
|Germany U-19||1 January 2004||1 January 2006||19||10||9||0||29||5||+24||52.63|
|Ivory Coast||14 September 2006||7 January 2008||15||11||2||2||37||7||+30||73.33|
|FC Sion||31 May 2008||3 November 2008||15||5||4||6||24||28||−4||33.33|
|Al-Arabi||31 December 2008||30 June 2010||46||21||8||17||93||76||+17||45.65|
|Al-Sailiya||1 July 2010||8 October 2012||56||22||12||22||82||93||−11||39.29|
|Al-Arabi||5 June 2013||28 January 2014||28||14||5||9||51||42||+9||50.00|
|South Korea||9 September 2014||15 June 2017||37||25||5||7||64||25||+39||67.57|
|Tianjin Teda||9 September 2017||Present||7||5||0||2||15||11||+4||71.43|
South Korea results
As a player
- Bundesliga: 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77
- DFB-Pokal: 1972–73
- UEFA Cup: 1974–75
- European Cup: Runner-up 1976–77
- La Liga: 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80
- Copa del Rey: 1979–80, 1981–82
- Copa de la Liga: 1985
- UEFA Cup: 1984–85
- European Cup: Runner-up 1980–81
- European Cup Winners' Cup: Runner-up 1982–83
- La Liga Foreign Player of the Year: 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982
As a manager
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- Haisma, Marcel (14 January 2016). "Ulrich Stielike – Matches in European Cups". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
- Arnhold, Matthias (14 January 2016). "Ulrich 'Uli' Stielike – International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
- FIFA Player Statistics: Uli STIELIKE. FIFA.com (12 August 2014). Retrieved on 18 August 2014.
- Ivory Coast have temporarily replaced coach Uli Stielike. New York Times. 8 January 2008.
- Latest News. Fifa.com.
- L'invité: Uli Stielike. rts.ch. 14 November 2009
- 20 minutes – Ulrich Stielike reprend Sion – Football. 20min.ch. Retrieved on 18 August 2014.
- Happy Birthday to you!. FIFA.com. 15 November 2009
- Korea Republic sack Uli Stielike. FIFA official website. 15 June 2017
- Football: Stielike sacked after shock loss.The Straits Times. 16 June 2017