Open main menu

Alexander Zorniger (born 8 October 1967) is a German football coach and retired player who played as a midfielder.

Alexander Zorniger
Alex zorniger.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1967-10-08) 8 October 1967 (age 51)
Place of birth Mutlangen, West Germany
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2000 SV Bonlanden 0 (0)
Teams managed
2004–2009 1. FC Normannia Gmünd
2009 VfB Stuttgart (assistant)
2010–2012 SG Sonnenhof Großaspach
2012–2015 RB Leipzig
2015 VfB Stuttgart
2016–2019 Brøndby IF
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Coaching careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Zorniger started his coaching career with stints as head coach of Normannia Gmünd, assistant coach at VfB Stuttgart, and as head coach at Sonnenhof Großaspach.[1]

RB LeipzigEdit

Zorniger became head coach of RB Leipzig on 3 July 2012.[2] He managed the club to an undefeated season in all competitions.[3] They finished the league season with 21 wins and 9 draws[4] and went on to the promotion play–off; winning the first leg 2–0 and drawing the second leg 2–2.[3] They also defeated Chemnitzer FC in the Saxony Cup final.[3] He was sacked on 11 February 2015.[5]

Back to VfB StuttgartEdit

On 25 May 2015, VfB Stuttgart announced in a press conference that Zorniger will be their new head coach and signed a deal with the Swabians until Summer 2018.[6] He was sacked on 24 November 2015 after Stuttgart lost to FC Augsburg 4–0.[7] He finished with a record of five wins, one draw, and nine losses.[8]

Brøndby IFEdit

On 17 May 2016, Danish Superliga club Brøndby IF announced the hiring of Alexander Zorniger as their new head coach. He signed a two-year deal.[9] On 30 June, Zorniger made his official debut, beating Icelandic side Valur 4–1 away in the first round of the Europa League qualification. One week later, Brøndby won the return leg 6–0 at home.[10] On 17 July, Zorniger made his Superliga debut with a secure 4–0 win at home against Esbjerg fB. On 4 August, Zorniger surprisingly managed to guide Brøndby past his fellow countrymen Hertha BSC in the third round of the Europa League qualification, going through 3–2 on aggregate after a 0–1 loss in Berlin one week earlier.[11] Hertha were one of the sides that beat Zorniger's Stuttgart during his stint at the club in 2015.[12] On 21 August, Brøndby beat AGF 7–0 at Ceres Park,[13] thereby handing the opponents their biggest defeat in the club's Superliga history.[14] Late in the same month, following a 1–1 draw at home against arch-rivals FC Copenhagen,[15] Brøndby went into the national team break leading the Superliga by goal difference, tying FC Copenhagen and AaB on points.[16] On 18 September, Zorniger lost his first Superliga game in charge of Brøndby, surprisingly being beat 2–1 at home against Viborg FF.[17]

Zorniger finished his first season in charge of Brøndby as runner-up, a feat not achieved by the club since 2006.[18]

On 10 May 2018, Brøndby IF won the Danish Cup Final 3-1 against Silkeborg IF.

On 18 February 2019, he was sacked from Brøndby IF following their loss to Esbjerg the previous day.

It was reportedly a decision made by the board, as they no longer felt Alexander Zorninger was able to lead the team forwards in the strategy called 6.4, the "Brøndby DNA" was missing from Alexanders Zorninger's coaching and playing style. [19]

Coaching recordEdit

As of 13 April 2018
Team From To Record
G W D L Win % Ref.
Sonnenhof Großaspach 1 July 2010[20] 30 June 2012[20] 64 29 15 20 045.31 [21]
[22]
RB Leipzig 3 July 2012[2] 11 February 2015[5] 96 58 25 13 060.42 [3]
VfB Stuttgart 29 June 2015[6] 24 November 2015[7] 15 5 1 9 033.33 [8]
Brøndby IF 1 June 2016[9] 18 February 2019[23] 84 51 16 17 060.71 [24]
[25]
Total 205 110 48 47 053.66

HonoursEdit

As managerEdit

RB Leipzig
Brøndby IF

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Alexander Zorniger". World Football. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Rangnick entlässt Pacult, Zorniger schon da". kicker (in German). 3 July 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d "RasenBallsport Leipzig" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Regionalliga Nordost - Spieltag / Tabelle" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Trainer Zorniger schmeißt bei RB Leipzig hin" (in German). Die Welt. 11 February 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Alexander Zorniger neuer Trainer des VfB Stuttgart" (in German). T-Online. 25 May 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-05-25. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  7. ^ a b "VfB Stuttgart entlässt Trainer Zorniger" (in German). Süddeutsche Zeitung. 24 November 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  8. ^ a b "VfB Stuttgart". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Selskabsmeddelelse 14/2016: Ny cheftræner". Brøndby IF official website (in Danish). 17 May 2016. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  10. ^ http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/season=2017/matches/round=2000788/match=2020029/index.html
  11. ^ http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/season=2017/matches/round=2000790/match=2020413/index.html
  12. ^ https://int.soccerway.com/matches/2015/09/12/germany/bundesliga/hertha-bsc-berlin/vfb-stuttgart-1893-ev/2054224/
  13. ^ http://danskfodbold.com/kamp.php?ID=59156
  14. ^ http://danskfodbold.com/klub.php?klubid=1012
  15. ^ http://danskfodbold.com/kamp.php?ID=59164
  16. ^ http://www.weltfussball.de/spielplan/den-superliga-2016-2017-spieltag/7/
  17. ^ http://danskfodbold.com/kamp.php?ID=59177
  18. ^ https://nr.soccerway.com/teams/denmark/brondby-if/601/trophies/
  19. ^ https://www.bt.dk/superligaen/ebbe-sand-saetter-ord-paa-fyringen
  20. ^ a b "SG Sonnenhof Großaspach » Trainerhistorie". World Football. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  21. ^ "SG Sonnenhof Großaspach" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  22. ^ "SG Sonnenhof Großaspach" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  23. ^ https://brondby.com/nyhed/2019/02/18/selskabsmeddelelse-nr-02_2019-alexander-zorniger-stopper
  24. ^ "2015–16 Brøndby IF season". Brøndby IF official website (in Danish). Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  25. ^ "2016–17 Brøndby IF season". Brøndby IF official website (in Danish). Retrieved 14 October 2016.

External linksEdit