Richard Kitzbichler

Richard Kitzbichler (born 12 January 1974 in Wörgl, Tyrol) is an Austrian former football player.[1] He is currently the assistant manager of Southampton.

Richard Kitzbichler
FC Admira Wacker Mödling vs. FC Red Bull Salzburg (Cup) 2017-04-26 (046).jpg
Personal information
Full name Richard Kitzbichler
Date of birth (1974-01-12) 12 January 1974 (age 46)
Place of birth Wörgl, Austria
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Southampton (assistant)
Youth career
SV Niederndorf
BNZ Tirol
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1993 Wacker Innsbruck 4 (0)
1993–1997 Tirol Innsbruck 71 (14)
1994–1995SC Holz Pfeifer Kundl (loan) 32 (15)
1997–2002 Austria Salzburg 162 (27)
2002–2003 Hamburger SV 7 (0)
2003–2005 Austria Wien 45 (3)
2005–2006 Melbourne Victory 18 (5)
2006–2009 Red Bull Salzburg II 59 (15)
Total 398 (79)
National team
1996–2002 Austria 17 (0)
Teams managed
2009–2015 Red Bull Salzburg (video analyst)
2015–2017 Red Bull Salzburg (assistant)
2017–2019 Beijing Sinobo Guoan (assistant)
2019– Southampton (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Kitzbichler started his career in 1992 with FC Wacker Innsbruck in the Austrian Bundesliga. In 1997, Kitzbichler signed a contract with SV Austria Salzburg and stayed there until 2002. He spent one season with Hamburger SV in the German Bundesliga, and then returned to Austria. From 2003 he played for FK Austria Wien, until 2005 when he joined Australian A-League club Melbourne Victory. After a highly successful 2005, the popular Kitzbichler agreed to return to the club he left in 2002 to take up a playing and coaching role. In January 2006, Kitzbichler accepted a transfer back to his former club of Salzburg (now known as Red Bull Salzburg due to a corporate takeover), thus ending his time as one of the pioneering members of the new Melbourne football club. He helped Red Bull Salzburg's amateur side, Red Bull Salzburg II, achieve promotion from the Austrian Regionalliga West to the Second Division of the Bundesliga. He retired from active football in May 2009.

He was member of the coaching staff of FC Red Bull Salzburg where he worked as video analyst.[2]

In August 2019, he was announced as first team assistant coach of Premier League club Southampton, working alongside Ralph Hasenhüttl.

International careerEdit

He made his debut for Austria in April 1996 against Hungary but was ignored for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. He earned 17 caps, no goals scored. His last international was a May 2002 friendly match against Germany.

National team statisticsEdit

Austria national team
Year Apps Goals
1996 1 0
1997 0 0
1998 0 0
1999 1 0
2000 3 0
2001 8 0
2002 4 0
Total 17 0


Austria Wien

Austria Salzburg


  1. ^ "Richard Kitzbichler". Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  2. ^ "RBSB Team". Red Bull Salzburg. Retrieved 4 March 2012.

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