Ulrich "Uli" Stielike (born 15 November 1954) is a German former footballer who was last head coach of Tianjin Teda of China's Super League. Usually a central midfielder or sweeper, Stielike was well known for his stamina and footballing intelligence. Stielike is one of a small handful of players (Rainer Bonhof and Manfred Kaltz are others) to have played in all 3 European club finals (the European Cup, European Cup Winners' Cup and UEFA Cup), the FIFA World Cup Final and the UEFA European Championship Final.
Uli Stielike in a press conference before friendly with Iran in 2014
|Full name||Ulrich Stielike|
|Date of birth||15 November 1954|
|Place of birth||Ketsch, West Germany|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|1972–1973||West Germany Youth||16||(0)|
|1973–1975||West Germany Amateur||10||(3)|
|1994–1995||SV Waldhof Mannheim|
|2000–2006||Germany (U19 / U20 / U21)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
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Stielike was a West Germany youth international for hometown club SpVgg Ketsch when he got signed by UEFA Cup runner-up Borussia Mönchengladbach in 1973, first coming to action as a full back for the then two-times German Bundesliga champion. Playing in defensive midfield for his club, he was part of the Mönchengladbach team that won the Bundesliga titles in 1975, 1976 and 1977 and the UEFA Cup in 1975, and he gained a runner-up medal in the European Cup in 1977 following a 3-1 loss to Liverpool in the final. In five seasons he amassed 109 Bundesliga matches.
Ahead of the 1977–78 season, Stielike moved on to join Real Madrid to become a reliable fan-favourite in his eight years with Los merengues. His first three seasons at Santiago Bernabéu all ended in Real winning La Liga. In 1980 and 1982, he was part of the side winning Copa del Rey, in 1985 he added the Copa de la Liga, and finished off his Madrid years with the UEFA Cup triumph of the same summer.
Stielike retired from his playing career in 1988. He appeared for Mönchengladbach, Real Madrid and Xamax in 83 matches in the European cup competitions.
Stielike was capped in 42 internationals with West Germany from 1975 to 1984 with whom he won 1980 UEFA European Football Championship and the runner-up medal at the 1982 FIFA World Cup. Stielike did not feature for his country in the 1978 FIFA World Cup after the German Football Association under Hermann Neuberger had decided to force their national coaches to not select players playing their club football outside the Bundesliga. A central figure for the defence of Real Madrid in the late 1970s and the early 1980s, Stielike could only partially live up to those expectations in his duties for West Germany. Early hopes had been that he could be the ideal successor of legendary sweeper Franz Beckenbauer, with whom he played in a few internationals in the 1970s, but Stielike's playing strengths did not lend itself to that role. Stielike played in the now legendary semi-final match of the 1982 World Cup against France, which ended in a 3–3 draw after extra time. A famous photograph from the resulting shootout showed Stielike being consoled by a young Pierre Littbarski after having just missed a penalty, his head buried in Littbarski's shirt. West Germany eventually won 5–4 on penalties, and then went on to lose 3–1 to Italy in the final.
Stielike's final appearance for his country took place against Argentina (1–3) in September 1984 in Beckenbauer's first match in charge of West Germany. Over those years Stielike scored three goals, the last in a 3–2 win over Bulgaria in Varna in February 1984. Shortly afterwards he was named in Jupp Derwall's squad for the 1984 UEFA European Football Championship.
In 1998, Stielike had been interviewed by Egidius Braun, the then chairman of the German Football Association, following a vacancy occurred through the resignation of Berti Vogts from the head coaching job of Germany in 1998. He believed Braun would offer him the succession of Vogts, consequently heading into an interview with kicker (Sports magazine) in this (mistaken) belief. After further talks with Braun had disclosed that Stielke would only be appointed assistant coach rather than head coach, Stielike had to retract some remarks (e.g. concerning Andreas Möller).[specify]
From 9 September 1998 to 7 May 2000, Stielike had been the assistant to then Germany coach Erich Ribbeck. Shortly before 2000 UEFA European Championship, which ended in a disaster for the Germans, Stielike stepped down from his role as assistant due to differences in some respects with Ribbeck. He was replaced by Horst Hrubesch for the tournament.
Stielike spent six years working with different youth teams (i.e. the U21 side until 2004) of Germany and manager of Germany national under-20 football team of 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship and 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship.
On 14 September 2006, Stielike penned a contract with to take over the Ivory Coast national football team in succession of Frenchman Henri Michel, subsequent to the elimination of the team at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Stielike stepped down as Les Éléphants coach on 7 January 2008 due to his son's alarming ill health. On 1 February, Michael Stielike, 23, died after failing to receive a lung transplant, with his health gradually deteriorating until he was eventually put on life support.
On 5 September 2014, Stielike was named manager of the South Korea national football team, signing a four-year contract running through the 2018 World Cup. In his first game in charge, South Korea defeated Paraguay 2–0 in a friendly match. His side began its 2015 AFC Asian Cup campaign with a 1–0 win over Oman, followed by victories with the same scoreline over Kuwait and hosts Australia. South Korea qualified to the knockout stage as group winners with nine points and faced Uzbekistan in the quarter-finals. Though the game remained scoreless for the first 90 minutes, two goals from Son Heung Min in extra time helped South Korea reach the semi-finals against Iraq. Beating Iran, 2–0, in the semifinal, South Korea ultimately finished as runner-up after losing to Australia 2–1 in the final. Despite the loss, the team restored its public image that had been damaged after the 2014 World Cup. The team received praise for having one of the strongest defenses in the tournament, conceding no goals until the final.
Stielike's team got off to a good start in the second round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, not conceding a single goal and winning all eight matches in Group G. The third round of Group A matches did not go as well, however, and Stielike face heavy criticism over team selection and tactics after a 1–0 loss to Iran on 11 October 2016 and another 1–0 loss on 23 March 2017 to China (only Korea's second loss to China in 32 matches). A 3–2 loss to Qatar on 13 June 2017 was South Korea's third defeat in its first eight matches in Group A; the setback was South Korea's first to Qatar in 32 years. This horrible run of results led to Stielike's dismissal by the Korea Football Association (KFA) on 15 June 2017. After the loss to Qatar, South Korea remained second in Group A, seven points behind the already qualified Iran but just one point ahead of third-place Uzbekistan, with each team having played eight matches in Group A. South Korea faced Iran and then Uzbekistan in their final two Group A matches. In the end, the Taegeuk Warriors finished second in the group to qualify despite two goalless draws under Shin Tae-yong, Stielike's successor.
On 11 September 2017, Stielike took over Tianjin TEDA FC of the Chinese Super League. He left on 19 August 2020. 
- As of 17 August 2020
|Switzerland||5 April 1989||31 December 1991||28||13||5||10||49||30||+19||46.43|
|Neuchâtel Xamax||January 1992||July 1994||86||30||31||25||118||91||+27||34.88|
|Waldhof Mannheim||July 1994||July 1995||36||14||17||5||51||37||+14||38.89|
|Almería||February 1996||July 1996||16||5||6||5||26||22||+4||31.25|
|Germany U-21||8 May 2000||1 January 2004||30||21||1||8||42||18||+24||70.00|
|Germany U-20||17 June 2001||5 December 2003||7||3||0||4||12||11||+1||42.86|
|Germany U-19||1 January 2004||1 January 2006||19||10||9||0||29||5||+24||52.63|
|Ivory Coast||14 September 2006||7 January 2008||15||11||2||2||37||7||+30||73.33|
|FC Sion||31 May 2008||3 November 2008||15||5||4||6||24||28||−4||33.33|
|Al-Arabi||31 December 2008||30 June 2010||46||21||8||17||93||76||+17||45.65|
|Al-Sailiya||1 July 2010||8 October 2012||56||22||12||22||82||93||−11||39.29|
|Al-Arabi||5 June 2013||28 January 2014||28||14||5||9||51||42||+9||50.00|
|South Korea||9 September 2014||15 June 2017||37||25||5||7||64||25||+39||67.57|
|Tianjin Teda||9 September 2017||19 August 2020||75||27||15||33||112||128||−16||36.00|
South Korea resultsEdit
As a playerEdit
- Bundesliga: 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77
- DFB-Pokal: 1972–73
- UEFA Cup: 1974–75
- European Cup runner-up: 1976–77
- La Liga: 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80
- Copa del Rey: 1979–80, 1981–82
- Copa de la Liga: 1985
- UEFA Cup: 1984–85
- European Cup runner-up: 1980–81
- European Cup Winners' Cup runner-up: 1982–83
As a managerEdit
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- Haisma, Marcel (14 January 2016). "Ulrich Stielike – Matches in European Cups". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 21 January 2016. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
- Arnhold, Matthias (14 January 2016). "Ulrich 'Uli' Stielike – International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 15 April 2016. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
- FIFA Player Statistics: Uli STIELIKE Archived 6 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine. FIFA.com (12 August 2014). Retrieved on 18 August 2014.
- Ivory Coast have temporarily replaced coach Uli Stielike. New York Times. 8 January 2008.
- Latest News Archived 19 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Fifa.com.
- L'invité: Uli Stielike Archived 10 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine. rts.ch. 14 November 2009
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- Korea Republic sack Uli Stielike Archived 27 September 2017 at the Wayback Machine. FIFA official website. 15 June 2017
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