Carsten Jancker (born 28 August 1974) is a German football coach and former professional footballer who played as a striker between 1993 and 2009 for various teams including FC Köln, Rapid Wien, FC Bayern Munich, Udinese Calcio, FC Kaiserslautern, Shanghai Shenhua F.C., and SV Mattersburg, as well as the German national team. He is currently the manager of FC Marchfeld Donauauen.
Jancker at SV Mattersburg
|Full name||Carsten Jancker|
|Date of birth||28 August 1974|
|Place of birth||Grevesmühlen, East Germany|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|–1981||SG Schwarze Pumpe|
|1991–1993||1. FC Köln|
|1993–1996||1. FC Köln||5||(1)|
|1995–1996||→ Rapid Wien (loan)||27||(7)|
|2004–2006||1. FC Kaiserslautern||30||(4)|
|2010||SC Neusiedl 1919 (U14)|
|2010–2013||Rapid Wien (U15)|
|2013–2016||Rapid Wien (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Grevesmühlen, Jancker started his career as a trainee at Hansa Rostock before making his Bundesliga debut in 1993 with 1. FC Köln. At the age of 21, he was transferred to Rapid Vienna, scoring fourteen goals including seven in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup to finish as the tournament's top scorer. Thanks to this impressive performance, Jancker spent only one season with the Austrian club before being brought back to Germany to play for FC Bayern Munich.
Jancker's time at Bayern between 1996 and 2002 was the best period of his career, a spell which included four Bundesliga titles and victory in the 2001 UEFA Champions League. At Bayern, Jancker was partnered with the Brazilian inside-forward Giovane Élber, often rated as one of the Bundesliga's best attacking players.
Jancker left Bayern for Italian side Udinese in 2002, but the move was not a success; over two seasons and 35 games, the forward registered only two goals. Jancker was said to be "too slow and predictable for Serie A" by one football website. In 2004, Jancker returned to Germany with Kaiserslautern and showed a slight improvement in form, netting five times in 25 games. In 2004, he also scored six goals in Kaiserslautern's 15–0 first round DFB-Pokal win against FC Schönberg 95, still a record for any player in the competition. This was an improvement over his own previous joint record of five, which he had scored for Bayern Munich against DJK Waldberg in the latter's 16–1 first round cup defeat in 1997. Following the relegation of Kaiserslautern in May 2006, Jancker signed for Chinese team Shanghai Shenhua.
After poor performances, he was dropped in October, and agreed to join SV Mattersburg in the winter transfer window. In June 2009 it was announced that Mattersburg did not want to work with Jancker any further because of his physical condition. In February 2010, he announced his retirement at the end of the current season.
Instantly recognisable to European football fans, the invariably shaven-headed forward has generally failed to replicate his club form when playing for the national side. A possible explanation for his poorly-regarded international performances might be that the German national team lacked a skilful strike partner in the Élber mould. Whatever the reason, Jancker never impressed for Germany; although he was included in Rudi Völler's squad for the 2002 FIFA World Cup – scoring a goal in the team's opening 8–0 win over Saudi Arabia, he was dropped from the team shortly after the tournament and was never recalled. His German international scoring record stands at roughly a goal every three games. He is known for scoring in Germany's 5–1 defeat to England in 2001.
Style of playEdit
A powerful and tenacious yet slow striker, Jancker was physically very large for a footballer, standing at 1.93 meters (6 ft 4.0 in). His height and strength proved to be an advantage when playing as a target man, as displayed during his most successful days at FC Bayern Munich. Jancker was known for being an unusual center forward, being weak in the air despite his huge frame, but showing a surprising control of the ball, especially featuring a polished back-to-the-goal game, good link-up play, and a touch for scoring with his hard right-footed shot – always doing the most intelligent and simple things on the field, courtesy of his awareness. He also struggled with injuries throughout his career.
On 18 February 2010, the former international striker took over the U14 team of SC Neusiedl, the club from his Austrian home town. Additionally he works for the first team in the Austrian Regional League East as an individual coach. On 27 April 2010, Jancker announced that he will work as the new coach of the Under 15 of his former club SK Rapid Wien, starting 1 July 2010. In April 2013, he became assistant coach of the club's Austrian Bundesliga team.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Austria||League||Austrian Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Italy||League||Coppa Italia||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2004–05||1. FC Kaiserslautern||Bundesliga||25||4||1||6||0||0||–||26||10|
|China PR||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Asia||Total|
|2006||Shanghai Shenhua||Super League||7||0||0||–||7||0|
|Austria||League||Austrian Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Germany national team|
- Score and results list Germany's goal tally first.
|1.||3 June 2000||Easycredit-Stadion, Nuremberg||Czech Republic||Friendly|
|2.||7 June 2000||Dreisamstadion, Freiburg||Liechtenstein|
|4.||2 June 2001||Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki||Finland||2002 World Cup qualification|
|5.||15 August 2001||Ferenc Puskás Stadium, Budapest||Hungary||Friendly|
|6.||1 September 2001||Olympiastadion, Munich||England||2002 World Cup qualification|
|7.||9 May 2002||Dreisamstadion, Freiburg||Kuwait||Friendly|
|8.||1 June 2002||Sapporo Dome, Sapporo||Saudi Arabia||2002 World Cup|
|9.||21 August 2002||Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia||Bulgaria||Friendly|
|10.||11 October 2002||Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadium, Sarajevo||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
- Gaetano Mocciaro (3 February 2013). "Jancker, il gatto di marmo di Udine" (in Italian). www.tuttomercatoweb.com. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
- Tim Collings (18 January 2004). "Tank Jancker eyes England before career goes off track". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
- Arnhold, Matthias (23 September 2015). "Carsten Jancker - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
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- "Jancker agrees Mattersburg deal". UEFA. 15 November 2006. Retrieved 1 May 2008.
- "Fußball: Carsten Jancker beendet Karriere". Die Presse (in German). 15 February 2010. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
- Arnhold, Matthias (23 September 2015). "Carsten Jancker - Goals in International Matches". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
- "Carsten Jancker". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
- Matt Lawton (31 August 2001). "On the Spot: Carsten Jancker". The Telegraph. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
- "Carsten Jancker". BBC Sport. 7 May 2002. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
- "Worst players to win the Champions League". ESPN FC. 24 May 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
- "Jancker engagiert sich beim SC Neusiedl". ORF (in German). 18 February 2010. Retrieved 18 February 2010.
- "Carsten Jancker neuer Trainer bei Erste-Liga-Absteiger Horn". TIroler Tageszeitung (in German). 1 June 2017. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
- SV HORN trennt sich von Trainer Carsten Jancker, svhorn.at, 28 November 2018
- "FC Marchfeld tauscht den Trainer". meinfussball.at (in German). 12 April 2019. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
- "Football PLAYER: Carsten Jancker". eu-football.info. Retrieved 2 August 2017.