Winfried "Winnie" Schäfer (born 10 January 1950) is a German football manager and former player who last managed Esteghlal.
Schäfer before Esteghlal match in 2019
|Full name||Winfried Anton Schäfer|
|Date of birth||10 January 1950|
|Place of birth||Mayen, Rhineland-Palatinate, West Germany|
|1982–1985||Borussia Mönchengladbach II|
|1985–1986||Borussia Mönchengladbach (scout)|
|1999–2001||Tennis Borussia Berlin|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He won the 1970 Bundesliga title and 1970 DFB-Pokal with two different clubs – because the West German Cup final was played after the 1970 FIFA World Cup and his move from Mönchengladbach to Offenbach.
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On 17 July 2013, it was announced that Schäfer will become the new coach of Jamaica, replacing previous manager Theodore Whitmore who resigned from his position following a 2–0 loss to Honduras. Jamaica's first match with Schäfer as manager was a World Cup qualification match against Panama on 7 September 2013 which ended with a 0–0 draw.
In the 2014 Caribbean Cup, Jamaica's first match ended with a 1–1 draw over Martinique. However, the team recorded two-straight wins against Antigua and Barbuda and Haiti to make it to the final. Schäfer led Jamaica to their sixth Caribbean Cup title after beating Trinidad and Tobago 4–3 on penalties in the final.
In June 2015 at the Copa América, Jamaica put in an incredible performance, being drawn in the same group as regional powers Argentina and Uruguay, who both defeated Jamaica by a single goal. Shortly after, on 22 July 2015 Schäfer's team reached the Final of the Gold Cup after beating tournament favourites the United States.
On 2 October 2017, Schäfer was chosen to become the new manager of Iranian club Esteghlal, following Alireza Mansourian's resignation as team's head coach. The next day, he signed his official contract with Esteghlal until the end of the season.
Upon being appointed, Schäfer re-called Esteghlal's captain Mehdi Rahmati who was banned from joining the team by the previous coach, Alireza Mansourian, as well as asking the management to re-sign Behnam Barzay whose contract wasn't renewed and became a free agent in summer. Schäfer also chose to continue working with Mick McDermott (whom he worked with as fitness coach in Al Ain) as Esteghlal's assistant manager, however they had a conflict later on and McDermott left the club on 30 October. Jiri Sanak and Miguel Coley were announced to replace him as Schäfer's assistant coach.
His first official match as Esteghlal's coach was the 0–0 against Foolad in Azadi Stadium on 13 October. His first victory came against Nassaji Mazandaran in Hazfi Cup, which Esteghlal won the match 2–1. He won his first league match on 31 October beating Naft Talaieh 2–0.
During the winter transfer window, he offloaded players which were not part of his plans for the rest of the season. Hassan Beyt Saeed joined Foolad while Yaghoub Karimi went to Esteghlal Khuzestan. Sajjad Shahbazzadeh joined Qatar SC on a free transfer. In association with Esteghlal vice president Seyed Pendar Toufighi, two new signings were made by Schäfer; free agent's Bojan Najdenov and Mame Baba Thiam arrived at the club.
On 28 December Schäfer's Esteghlal beat Esteghlal Khuzestan 3–0 and became the first team to reach a total of 900 points in all-time Persian Gulf Pro League table. In the 2018 AFC Champions League, Schäfer's team were drawn against Al-Rayyan, Al Ain and Al-Hilal in the competition's group of death. However, they did not lose a game, topping the group with some impressive performances. On 1 March 2018, Schäfer won his first Tehran derby as a manager in a 1–0 victory; this was also his third win against Branko Ivanković, having previously beaten him twice in 2. Bundesliga with Tennis Borussia Berlin when Branko was the manager of Hannover 96 during the 1999–2000 season. On 3 May 2018, Schäfer extended his contract until June 2020. On the same day, Schäfer won his first trophy with Esteghlal, the Hazfi Cup, when his side defeated Khooneh be Khooneh 1–0, with Mame Baba Thiam scoring the only goal. Esteghlal extended their record of 7 Hazfi Cups.
During Schäfer's second season as manager, he saw some of his top players leaving the club, Majid Hosseini moved to Trabzonspor, while Omid Ebrahimi joined Al Ahli, Server Djeparov signed for Zhetysu and Omid Noorafkan moved to Charleroi. Esteghlal signed players such as Morteza Aghakhan, Rouhollah Bagheri, Farshad Mohammadi Mehr, Meysam Teymouri, Ali Karimi and Morteza Tabrizi to replace the departed players and improve the squad depth. He also asked to sign nigerian striker Alhaji Gero, his compatriot Markus Neumayr as well as Iraq international Humam Tariq.
Schäfer's Esteghlal were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the AFC Champions League after a 5–3 aggregate loss to Al Sadd on 17 September 2018. They were also eliminated from the Hazfi Cup on 1 November, reaching the Round of 16 stage, after a penalty shootout defeat to Saipa after a 2–2 draw. On 29 April 2019, Schäfer was suspended until the end of the season two days after Esteghlal's loss to Padideh in the league and replaced by his assistant Farhad Majidi.
- As of 29 April 2019.
|Karlsruher SC||1 July 1986||25 March 1998||489||195||140||154||39.88|
|Stuttgart||1 July 1998||4 December 1998||26||10||6||10||38.46|
|TB Berlin||24 March 1999||30 June 2000||47||14||14||19||29.79|
|Cameroon||1 March 2002||2 November 2004||29||13||9||7||44.83|
|Al-Ahli||6 March 2005||17 February 2007||42||23||6||13||54.76|
|Al-Ain||27 December 2007||2 December 2009||65||39||16||10||60.00|
|FC Baku||1 July 2010||10 January 2011||23||10||6||7||43.48|
|Thailand||2 July 2011||4 June 2013||27||13||6||8||48.15|
|Jamaica||17 July 2013||6 September 2016||42||13||8||21||30.95|
|Esteghlal||2 October 2017||29 April 2019||69||37||21||11||53.62|
- Borussia Mönchengladbach
- Kickers Offenbach
- Karlsruher SC
Schäfer is married, has two children, and has lived with his family for more than 25 years in Ettlingen near Karlsruhe. In 2004 Schäfer was elected with the most votes to the municipal council of Ettlingen. He ran for the newly founded association "For Ettlingen". Because of his frequent work-related stays abroad, he held the mandate but barely. In the municipal election held on 7 June 2009, he did not run.
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- "Cameroon are hot from the spot". Gaurdian. 11 February 2002. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
- fifa.com; Schäfer nicht mehr Trainer in Baku
- „Schäfer wird Nationaltrainer in Thailand“, fifa.com.
- Winfried Schäfer kehrt Thailand den Rücken. kicker.de.
- "Schafer unveiled as new Jamaica head coach". 17 July 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
- "Whitmore fired... Reggae Boyz coach asked to resign". jamaica-gleaner.com. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
- "Panama - Jamaica Match Report". Fifa.com. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
- "Jamaica, Martinique draw in Caribbean Cup". concacaf.com. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
- "Caribbean Cup: Jamaica 2 – 0 Haiti". Retrieved 23 May 2019.
- "Caribbean Cup victory vindication for slipping Reggae Boyz". Retrieved 23 May 2019.
- وینفرد شفر به عنوان سرمربی استقلال انتخاب شد [Winfried Schäfer was chosen as Esteghlal's manager] (in Persian). Tarafdari. 2 October 2017. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
- قرارداد وینفرد شفر با باشگاه استقلال امضا شد [Winfried Schäfer's contract with Esteghlal was signed] (in Persian). Tarafdari. 3 October 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
- حضور مهدی رحمتی در تمرین استقلال؛ وینفرد شفر دروازه بان مغضوب منصوریان را می پذیرد؟ [Mehdi Rahmati's presence in Esteghlal's training; will Winfried Schäfer accept Mansourian's disfavoured goalkeeper?] (in Persian). Tarafdari. 3 October 2017. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
- بهنام برزای در آستانه بازگشت به استقلال؛ وینفرد شفر بازیکن مازاد منصوریان را می خواهد [Behnam Barzay on the verge of returning to Esteghlal, Schäfer wants Mansourian's unwanted player.] (in Persian). Tarafdari. 3 October 2017. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
- میک مک درموت، دستیار اول وینفرد شفر در تیم استقلال شد [Mick McDermott, Schäfer assistant in Esteghlal] (in Persian). Tarafdari. 3 October 2017. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
- قرارداد میک مک درموت با استقلال فسخ شد [Mick McDermott's contract was terminated] (in Persian). Tarafdari. 30 October 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
- دستیاران شفر مشخص شدند؛ مربیان اهل جمهوری چک و جامائیکا در کادر فنی آبی ها [Schäfer's assistants were revealed; Coaches from Jamaica and the Czech Republic] (in Persian). Tarafdari. 12 November 2017. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
- استقلال 0_0 فولاد خوزستان؛ بازی سرد و پر اشتباه در روز رونمایی از شفر (in Persian). 13 October 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
- جام حذفی؛ استقلال 2-1 نساجی مازندران؛ اولین برد شفر، آبی ها را به یک چهارم نهایی رساند (in Persian). 21 October 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
- استقلال 2-0 نفت طلاییه؛ امیدی که هنوز زنده است [Esteghlal 2–0 Naft Talaieh; Hope is still alive] (in Persian). 31 October 2017. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
- حسن بیت سعید به فولاد خوزستان پیوست [Hassan Beyt Saeed joined Foolad] (in Persian). 18 December 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
- یعقوب کریمی به استقلال خوزستان پیوست [Yaghoub Karimi joined Esteghlal Khuzestan] (in Persian). 10 January 2018. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
- رسمی: شهباززاده بازیکن القطر شد (in Persian). 17 January 2018. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
- "Najdenov nie zostanie piłkarzem Korony Kielce. Zagra w Iranie".
- "Bojan Najdenov on the verge of joining Esteghlal Tehran".
- "Former Juventus Striker Baba Thiam to Join Iran's Esteghlal". Tasnim News Agency. 6 February 2018. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
- استقلال خوزستان 0 - استقلال 3؛ استقلال زلزله (in Persian). 28 December 2017. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
- استقلال اولین تیم 900 امتیازی لیگ برتر [Esteghlal the first league with 900 points in premier league] (in Persian). 28 December 2017. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
- Fayad, Mohammed (6 December 2017). "Asian CL 2017 Finalists Al Hilal were drawn in the group of death for the 2018 edition as the groups were drawn today morning by the AFC". Goal.com. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
- "Champions League - Group D: Al Hilal SFC 0-1 Esteghlal FC". Al Bawaba. 16 April 2018. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
- "استقلال ۱ - پرسپولیس ۰/ استقلال انتقام دربی رفت را گرفت" [Esteghlal 1 - Persepolis 0]. Navad. 1 March 2018. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
- "باخت برانکو به شفر؛ 17 سال قبل (ویدیو)" [Branko's defeat to Schäfer; 17 years ago]. ILNA. 24 October 2017. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
- رسمی؛ قرارداد وینفرد شفر با باشگاه استقلال به مدت 2 سال دیگر تمدید شد [Schäfer extended his contract for two more years] (in Persian). Tarafdari. 3 May 2018. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
- "استقلال 1- خونه به خونه 0؛ هفتمین تاجگذاری". Varzesh3. 3 May 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
- "Majid Hosseini'yle sözleşme imzaladık" [Majid Hosseini signed a contract.] (in Turkish). Trabzonspor. 30 July 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
- "Сервер Жепаров фаолиятини Қозоғистон чемпионатида давом эттиради" (in Uzbek). 26 July 2018.
- رسمی؛ امید نورافکن به شارلوا بلژیک پیوست (عکس) [Official; Omid Noorafkan joined Charleroi] (in Persian). Tarafdari. 6 June 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
- رسمی؛ مرتضی آقاخان استقلالی شد [Aghakhan officially became an Esteghlal player] (in Persian). Varzesh3.com. 31 May 2018. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
- علی کریمی به استقلال پیوست [Ali Karimi joined Esteghlal] (in Persian). Varzesh3.com. 15 July 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
- رسمی؛ مرتضی تبریزی به استقلال پیوست [official; Tabrizi joined Esteghlal] (in Persian). Tarafdari. 31 July 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
- "گرو هم استقلالی شد" [Gero is also and Esteghlal player]. Esteghlal. 8 August 2018. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
- رسمی؛ مارکوس نویمایر به استقلال پیوست [official; Markus Neumayr joined Esteghlal] (in Persian). Tarafdari. 31 July 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
- بازیکن تیم ملی عراق با امضای قراردادی 3 ساله به استقلال پیوست. [Iraq international joined Esteghlal on a three-year contract] (in Persian). Esteghlal. 1 August 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
- السد قطر ۲ - استقلال ۲ / شاگردان شفر با لیگ قهرمانان خداحافظی کردند + فیلم [Al Sadd 2–2 Esteghlal] (in Persian). YJC. 17 September 2018. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
- "استقلال 2(3)- سایپا2(5)؛ معجزه دایی با تیم ده نفره". Varzesh 3. 1 November 2018. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
- رسمی؛ مجیدی سرمربی موقت استقلال شد [Official; Majidi became the caretaker of Esteghlal] (in Persian). Esteghlal. 29 April 2019. Retrieved 29 April 2019.