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Dirk Schuster (born 29 December 1967) is a German retired football defender and current manager of Erzgebirge Aue.

Dirk Schuster
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Personal information
Date of birth (1967-12-29) 29 December 1967 (age 51)
Place of birth Karl-Marx-Stadt, East Germany
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Erzgebirge Aue (manager)
Youth career
1985–1986 FC Karl-Marx-Stadt
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1988 Sachsenring Zwickau 12 (1)
1988–1990 1. FC Magdeburg 40 (0)
1990–1991 Eintracht Braunschweig 35 (4)
1991–1997 Karlsruher SC 167 (3)
1997–1999 1. FC Köln 62 (5)
1999–2000 Antalyaspor 29 (0)
2000 VfB Admira Wacker Mödling 10 (0)
2001–2002 LR Ahlen 50 (6)
2002–2004 SV Wilhelmshaven 36 (4)
2004–2006 Waldhof Mannheim 66 (4)
2006 ASV Durlach
2007 Alemannia Wilferdingen
National team
1990 East Germany 4 (0)
1994–1995 Germany 3 (0)
Teams managed
2007 ASV Durlach
2009–2012 Stuttgarter Kickers
2012–2016 Darmstadt 98
2016 FC Augsburg
2017–2019 Darmstadt 98
2019– Erzgebirge Aue
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

CareerEdit

 
Dirk Schuster in 1990

Schuster, who lived his youth in the East Germany, was one of the first East German players to make the move into the West, starting in Eintracht Braunschweig and soon moving on to Karlsruher SC in 1991, where he established himself as a respected center-back.[1]

A move to 1. FC Köln in 1997 proved less successful, and in the following journeyman years he played in Turkey and Austria.[2] He then played for newly promoted Second Bundesliga club LR Ahlen in 2000, where he had a good stint, before he returned to Austria and then played in the Oberliga, the fourth-highest league with Waldhof.[3]

International careerEdit

He was capped three times in the German national team and before that four times in the East German national team.[4][5] He made his debut for East Germany against the United States in East Berlin in March 1990.[6]

Managerial careerEdit

ASV DurlachEdit

Schuster's first coaching job was as interim coach for ASV Durlach between 16 October 2006 and 10 January 2007.[7]

Stuttgarter KickersEdit

On 30 May 2009 he was named as the new head coach of the Stuttgarter Kickers,[8] where he signed a two-year contract until 30 June 2011, which was prematurely extended on 1 April 2010 until 20 June 2012.[9] He guided Kickers to the Regionalliga Süd title in 2011–12, and promotion to the 3. Liga, but was sacked in November 2012 after going five games without scoring a goal. He was appointed manager of 3. liga side SV Darmstadt 98 a month later. He finished with a record of 55 wins, 35 draws, and 26 losses.[10]

Darmstadt 98Edit

Schuster took over as SV Darmstadt 98 head coach on 28 December 2012.[11] Despite Schuster helping Darmstadt 98 off the bottom of the league, they finished among the relegation places in the 2012–13 season, Schuster's Darmstadt avoided dropping into Germany's fourth tier, the Regionalliga Südwest, thanks to the failure of fierce local rival Kickers Offenbach in obtaining the licence for the new season due to going into administration.

In the following season, to the surprise of all experts, Darmstadt managed to get third in the league which meant a relegation-promotion play-off spot for the 2. Bundesliga. Darmstadt faced Arminia Bielefeld in the play-off and won promotion in dramatic fashion after losing 1–3 at home in the first leg but turning the deficit around in the second leg and scoring the winning 4–2 in the 122nd minute which meant promotion on away goals.

In the following season Schuster managed to surprise everyone for a second time by finishing 2nd in the league and achieving back-to-back promotion to the Bundesliga after a 33-year absence.

He finished with a record of 53 wins, 43 draws, and 35 losses.[11]

He was later voted German Coach of the Year for his performance in the 2015–16 Bundesliga season.[12]

FC AugsburgEdit

Schuster took over as head coach on 2 June 2016.[13] He took over for Markus Weinzierl who left for FC Schalke 04.[13] He was sacked on 14 December 2016.[14]

Return to DarmstadtEdit

On 11 December 2017, Schuster was once again appointed manager of Darmstadt 98, replacing Torsten Frings.[15] He was sacked o 18 February 2019.[16]

Erzgebirge AueEdit

He was appointed as the new manager of Erzgebirge Aue on 26 August 2019.[17]

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of 17 February 2019
Team From To Record
G W D L Win % Ref.
Stuttgarter Kickers 30 May 2009[8] 19 November 2011[10] 116 55 35 26 047.41 [10]
Darmstadt 98 28 December 2012[11] 2 June 2016[13] 131 53 43 35 040.46 [11]
FC Augsburg 2 June 2016[13] 14 December 2016 16 4 5 7 025.00 [18]
Darmstadt 98 11 December 2017[15] 18 February 2019 41 13 12 16 031.71 [11]
Erzgebirge Aue 26 August 2019 0 0 0 0 !
Total 304 125 95 84 041.12

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Was macht eigentlich…? Dirk Schuster Archived 19 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (4 June 2015). "Dirk Schuster – Matches and Goals in Oberliga". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  3. ^ Waldhof-Online Infos zu Dirk Schuster[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Players Appearing for Two or More Countries". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 3 August 2008. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  5. ^ FIFA.com – FIFA Spielerstatistik Dirk SCHUSTER
  6. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (4 June 2015). "Dirk Schuster – International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  7. ^ ASV Durlach Archived 18 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ a b "Schuster übernimmt die Kickers" (in German). sport1.de. 30 May 2009. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  9. ^ Auch Dirk Schuster und Alexander Malchow verlängern ihre Verträge vorzeitig Archived 3 April 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ a b c "Stuttgarter Kickers" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  11. ^ a b c d e "SV Darmstadt 98" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  12. ^ "kicker.de" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  13. ^ a b c d "sociated Press Share Tweet 0 7 days ago Markus Weinzierl seals Schalke move; Augsburg hire Dirk Schuster". ESPN FC. ESPN. Associated Press. 2 June 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  14. ^ "Augsburg entlässt Trainer Schuster". dfb.de. 14 December 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  15. ^ a b "Alter Bekannter: Schuster kehrt nach Darmstadt zurück". kicker.de. 11 December 2017. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  16. ^ "SV 98 stellt Dirk Schuster frei". sv98.de (in German). 18 February 2019.
  17. ^ "Dirk Schuster neuer Cheftrainer des FC Erzgebirge Aue". fc-erzgebirge.de (in German). 26 August 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  18. ^ "FC Augsburg" (in German). kicker. Archived from the original on 11 September 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2016.

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