Ralf Rangnick: Teams coached, trophies won & philosophy explained – Archyde

Elite coaching luminaries from Europe like Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel owe much of their take on the game Ralph Rangnick, a man known to many in Germany as “The Professor”.

Although he did not rise to the heights of football as a player, Rangnick’s talent as a coach was evident from an early age and he soon established a respectable reputation in Germany.

AIM takes a look at the teams he’s managed, the trophies he’s won and his tactical philosophy.

Which teams has Ralf Rangnick coached?

Rangnick has coached a number of teams during his long footballing career, mostly working in his native Germany.

He was head coach at clubs like Stuttgart, Schalke, Hannover 96, Hoffenheim, RB Leipzig and became interim manager of Manchester United in 2021.

In addition to practical coaching, Rangnick has also worked as football director for Red Bull company teams, including Red Bull Salzburg, RB Leipzig and New York Red Bulls.

He has also worked at Russian Premier League team Lokomotiv Moscow in a managerial position.

Rangnick’s reputation in football has linked him to big European clubs such as AC Milan, Chelsea and the German national team.

How many trophies has Ralf Rangnick won?

Rangnick has won seven trophies at different levels over the course of his coaching career.

His most successful time in terms of silver was during his time at Schalke, where he led the club to the 2005 DFL Ligapokal, 2010/11 to the DFB Pokal and 2011 to the DFL Supercup. His tenure at Gelsenkirchen also produced Bundesliga and DFB Pokal runners-up in 2004-05.

Rangnick also won silver at Stuttgart where he earned his spurs and led them to Intertoto Cup glory in 2000, having previously led the youth team to the Jugend Bundesliga title in 1991.

He won the Regionalliga Süd with Ulm in 1997/98 and helped Hannover 96 to rise by winning the 2nd Bundesliga in 2001/02.

You can see the trophies won by Rangnick below.

What is Ralf Rangnick’s coaching philosophy?

Rangnick is an advocate of ‘counterpressing’ football, popularized by the likes of Jurgen Klopp during his time as Borussia Dortmund head coach.

It’s an approach that requires high-intensity pressing to keep the pressure on the other team and recovering the ball quickly, coupled with tight coverage on defense to neutralize a counterattack threat early on.

Rangnick has revealed his “football epiphany” came during a 1983 friendly against Dynamo Kyiv, then coached by Valeriy Lobanovskyi. “Kyiv were the first team I’ve ever played against that systematically pressed the ball,” he explained. “That was my football epiphany. I understood that there is another way to play.”

He described his philosophy in a conversation with The voice of the trainers So: “It’s about controlling the game. In fact, we now have five situations that decide football games.

“As a coach, you have to have a very clear idea of ​​how we want to play when we’re on the ball ourselves.

“Number two is: what do we want to do when the other team has the ball? What game plan do I give my players when the other team has the ball? Our idea is clear. She is very, very similar to my coach friend Jürgen Klopp. Our Red Bull football is heavy metal, rock ‘n’ roll. It’s not a slow waltz. We hate cross passes and back passes. Just having the ball yourself makes no sense.

“Then we have the moment of transition: what happens when we lose the ball and what happens when we win the ball? That’s number three and number four.

“Then of course we have standard situations. This is very important. If 30 percent of goals come from set pieces, what percentage of our training time should we invest in set pieces? Thirty a cent.”

Rangnick added: “It’s about putting pressure on the other team, no matter how high up [the pitch]. The higher the better, but wherever the ball is, let’s try to recapture the ball.

“It’s not just about the place where we win the ball, it’s also about the intensity. The more aggressively we win the ball at that moment, the more we take this intensity and this speed into the counterattack. That is, the more intensely we win the ball, the greater the chance we create.

“The ‘residual defence’ is also very important. Whether you’re playing with two central defenders or three, they have to make sure that the one or two players that the other team has up front are covered. They have to be marked closely because if we allow them to control the ball, we’ll get the counterattack ourselves.

“This is nothing short of a brain workout. That’s what we call ‘rest defence’ and it’s very important to practice that. Don’t just tell the player, train it in the training sessions.”

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