Elite European coaches such as Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel owe much of their vision of the game to Ralf Rangnick, a man known to many as “The Professor” in Germany.
While he did not scale the heights of the game as a player, Rangnick’s talent for coaching was evident from a young age and he soon built a respectable reputation in Germany.
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GOAL takes a look at the teams it has coached, the trophies it has won and its tactical philosophy.
What teams has Ralf Rangnick coached?
Rangnick has coached various teams during his long soccer career, working primarily in his native Germany.
He has been a head coach at clubs such as Stuttgart, Schalke, Hannover 96, Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig.
In addition to hands-on training, Rangnick has also served as director of soccer for Red Bull company teams, including Red Bull Salzburg, RB Leipzig and New York Red Bulls.
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He has also worked with the Russian Premier League team Lokomotiv Moscow in a managerial position.
Rangnick’s reputation in the game has linked him with major European clubs such as AC Milan, Chelsea and Manchester United, as well as the German national team.
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How many trophies has Ralf Rangnick won?
Rangnick has won seven trophies at various levels throughout his coaching career.
His most successful stint in terms of trophies came during his time at Schalke, where he led the club to a DFL Ligapokal in 2005, a DFB Pokal in 2010-11 and a DFL Supercup in 2011. His tenure at Gelsenkirchen also yielded the Bundesliga and DFB Pokal. . runners-up in 2004-05.
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Rangnick also won the silver medal in Stuttgart, where he earned his stripes, leading them to Intertoto Cup glory in 2000, having previously led the youth team to the youth Bundesliga title in 1991.
They won the Regionalliga Sud with Ulm in 1997-98 and helped Hannover 96 rise by winning the 2. Bundesliga in 2001-02.
You can see the trophies earned by Rangnick below:
|Trophy||Year (s) won|
|DFL Super Cup||2011|
|DFL League Cup||2004-05|
What is Ralf Rangnick’s training philosophy?
Rangnick is an advocate of the ‘Counter pressing‘style of football that was popularized by players like Jurgen Klopp during his time as head coach of Borussia Dortmund.
It’s an approach that requires high intensity pressure to keep the pressure on the other team and quickly get the ball back, along with tight marking on defense to neutralize an early counterattack threat.
Rangnick has revealed that his “football epiphany” came during a 1983 friendly match against Dynamo Kyiv, then coached by Valeriy Lobanovskyi. “Kiev was the first team I had faced that systematically pressed the ball,” he explained. “That was my football epiphany. I understood that there was a different way to play.”
He described his philosophy in a discussion with The Coaches’ Voice thus: “It’s about controlling the game. We actually have five situations in the meantime that decide football games.
“You need to have, as a coach, a very clear idea of how we want to play when we have the ball ourselves.
“Number two is: what do we want to do if the other team has the ball? What kind of game plan do I give my players when the other team has the ball? Our idea is clear. It is very, very similar to me. Coach friend Jurgen Klopp. Our Red Bull football is heavy metal, rock and roll. It’s not a slow waltz. We hate square passes and back passes. Just having the ball ourselves is pointless.
“Then we have the moment of transition: what happens when we lose the ball and what happens when we win the ball? This is number three and number four.
“So of course we have set pieces. This is very important. If 30 percent of goals are scored after set pieces, how much of our training time should we spend on set pieces? stopped? Thirty percent. ” penny.”
Rangnick added: “It’s about putting pressure on the other team, no matter how high [the pitch]. The higher the better, but wherever the ball is, we try to get it back.
“It’s not just about where we win the ball, it’s also about intensity. The more aggressively we win the ball in that moment, the more we take this intensity and rhythm on the fast break. That means, the more intensely if we win the ball, the greater the opportunity we create.
“The ‘defense at rest’ is also very important. It doesn’t matter if you are playing with two or three central defenders, they must make sure that one or two players that the other team has in front are marked. They have to be well marked, because if we let them control the ball, we get the counterattack ourselves.
“This is nothing less than a problem of training the brain. This is what we call ‘resting defense’ and it is very important that you train this. You don’t just tell the player, but train him in training sessions.” .
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.