Christian Jürgen Gross (born 14 August 1954) is a Swiss professional football current manager and former footballer. He was manager of FC Basel from 1 July 1999 to 27 May 2009, winning four Swiss Super Leagues and four Swiss Cups.
|Full name||Christian Jürgen Gross|
|Date of birth||14 August 1954|
|Place of birth||Zürich, Switzerland|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Gross began his playing career at Grasshoppers, which he left in 1975. After three years at Lausanne Sports and two seasons at Neuchâtel Xamax, he moved to Germany in 1980 to play for VfL Bochum of the Bundesliga. In two seasons Gross made 29 appearances in the Bundesliga and scored four goals. He then returned to Switzerland and spent three years at FC St. Gallen and FC Lugano. Gross was capped once for Switzerland.
Gross began his managerial career at Swiss side FC Wil in the 2. Liga (the fourth-highest level), for whom he was active as player-manager. During his reign from 1988 to 1993, Wil climbed into the 1. Liga and then the Nationalliga B (now the Challenge League). While at Wil, Gross developed a reputation for an emphasis on fitness and hard work. He then joined Grasshoppers as head coach in 1993. Under Gross, Grasshopper won two Swiss championships and the Swiss Cup. Gross's success with Grasshopper meant he was a very highly rated coach in his native Switzerland, but he was still little-known outside central Europe and it was a major shock when in November 1997 he was chosen to succeed Gerry Francis as manager of Tottenham Hotspur.
Gross was hired on 20 November 1997, and endured a tough time; lasting nine months with Tottenham starting in the relegation zone. To further his troubles, his most trusted aide, the Swiss fitness coach Fritz Schmid, who had been an integral part of Gross' training plans at Grasshopper, was denied a work permit by the British government and so was unable to take up this role at Tottenham.
Gross' initial fortunes were mixed; his debut was a 1–0 loss to Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane, followed by a 2–0 win over Everton at Goodison Park, with a heavy 6–1 home defeat at the hands of Chelsea. However, despite some signs of improvement, he was relentlessly ridiculed by the British tabloids. The tabloid ridicule of Gross was often linked to his poor grasp of English and first Spurs press conference, where he arrived late from Heathrow airport brandishing a London Underground ticket with the words: "I want this to become my ticket to the dreams".
Gross' position became increasingly untenable as the 1998–99 season approached, and when Spurs lost two of their opening three matches, chairman Alan Sugar ended Gross' contract, blaming the media for destroying his reputation. He had won three of his last 10 matches.
Gross returned to his native Switzerland, finding work as the manager of Basel in July 1999. He worked to rebuild Basel into the premier force in Swiss football and achieved greater success than when manager of Grasshopper.
Under Gross' guidance, Basel won four Swiss championships, four Swiss Cups, and mounted a fairytale run in the UEFA Champions League in 2002, beating eventual finalists Juventus as well as knocking out Celtic and drawing with Liverpool (twice) and Manchester United. Gross' success in these games against British sides went a long way towards restoring his reputation among the British media and fans. He took Basel on another European adventure three seasons later as they reached the quarter finals of the UEFA Cup in 2005–06, before bowing out to English side Middlesbrough 4–3 on aggregate despite leading 2–0 after the first leg at St. Jakob-Park.
On 6 December 2009, Gross became head coach of VfB Stuttgart Sensationally he secured qualification to the Europa league. His dismissal from this job was announced on 13 October 2010 after six defeats in seven matches, when the club found itself at the bottom of the table.
Young Boys sacked the former manager Vladimir Petković on 7 May 2011 and appointed Gross as the new head coach. He is signed a two-year contract with the club but was sacked at the end of April 2012 after a run of poor results.
Al Ahli JeddahEdit
Gross was appointed manager of the Saudi club in 2014 but refused to renew his contract allowing him to leave. In 2016 with the sacking of José Gomes, Gross returned to the club for a second spell.
In April 2018, Gross initially signed a two-year contract with the Egyptian club Zamalek SC, the deal appeared to collapse in May, but it was confirmed to be a one-year deal in July. On 1 June 2019 Egypt Today confirmed that Gross had been fired from his position, President Mortada Mansour of the club told Mehwar TV that "Gross is specialist in failure".
- As of 26 May 2019
|FC Wil||1 July 1988||30 June 1993||—|
|Grasshoppers||1 July 1993||19 November 1997||161||88||41||32||54.66|
|Tottenham Hotspur||20 November 1997||6 September 1998||30||10||8||12||33.33|
|Basel||1 July 1999||27 May 2009||498||289||115||94||58.03|
|VfB Stuttgart||6 December 2009||13 October 2010||36||20||7||9||55.56|||
|Young Boys||8 May 2011||30 April 2012||40||16||15||9||40.00|
|Al-Ahli||1 July 2014||1 July 2016||82||57||19||6||69.51|
|Al-Ahli||2 October 2016||20 June 2017||37||24||6||7||64.86|
|Zamalek SC||13 July 2018||1 June 2019||47||31||11||5||65.96|
Grasshopper Club Zürich
- Swiss Super League: 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2007–08
- Swiss Cup: 2001–02, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08
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