There will be seven new faces on the Bundesliga touchline going into the 2022/23 season, with the returning Edin Terzic at Borussia Dortmund set to challenge Julian Nagelsmann and Domenico Tedesco going into their second campaigns at Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig respectively.
bundesliga.com introduces the coaches who will be making the decisions this coming season…
Bayern Munich: Julian Nagelsmann
Nagelsmann may only turn 35 in the weeks ahead of the new campaign, but he’s already the man to beat right now after guiding Bayern to the title – their 10th in a row – in his first season in charge, courtesy of a breath-taking 97 goals and eight point gap to runners-up Dortmund. It was the first major honour of his already decade-long coaching career but he said after winning the title: “Honestly, it wasn’t the easiest year for a first as Bayern coach.” That was also in reference to their second-round DFB Cup elimination (a 5-0 thrashing by Borussia Mönchengladbach) and a UEFA Champions League campaign ended at the quarter-finals by Villarreal. He knows more is needed as he enters the second year of his five-season contract.
Watch: How Nagelsmann’s Bayern compare to Hansi Flick’s team
Borussia Dortmund: Edin Terzic
Terzic is back in the hotseat at the Signal Iduna Park after the club decided to part ways with Marco Rose after just one season. The 39-year-old spent the last campaign as technical director at BVB, having led them to the 2020/21 DFB Cup as interim boss. He had served as assistant to predecessor Lucien Favre, but Rose’s appointment had already been confirmed before winning that trophy. A Dortmund fan who has been in the crowd for their previous triumphs down the years, Terzic worked his way through the coaching ranks at Borussia, either side of spells as assistant to Slaven Bilic at Besiktas and West Ham United.
Bayer Leverkusen: Gerardo Seoane
Seoane has enjoyed a strong start to life at Leverkusen since leaving Young Boys in his native Switzerland on the back of three straight league titles. He guided Die Werkself to their best points total in nine years and first top-three finish since 2015/16. Central to their success was the 43-year-old finally getting Leverkusen to finish well, with only Leipzig having a better league record in 2022. A return to the Champions League was the headline outcome, but he got Patrik Schick firing and Moussa Diaby providing goals and assists. We’ll have to wait and see when he gets Florian Wirtz back from his cruciate ligament injury, but Seoane has all the ingredients for another big campaign at the BayArena.
RB Leipzig: Domenico Tedesco
Tedesco is the third-youngest coach in the division and also a title holder after guiding Leipzig to the first major honour in their 13-year history by lifting last season’s DFB Cup. Only Bayern earned more Bundesliga points than Die Roten Bullen after the 36-year-old replaced Jesse Marsch in December 2021, guiding them from 11th to a fourth-place finish and also the UEFA Europa League semi-finals. As he did when he led Schalke to a runners-up spot in 2017/18, Tedesco built his success on a rock-solid defence. No Bundesliga team has conceded so few goals in the time since he took over at the Red Bull Arena. The question now is: how far can he take the team over a full season?
Union Berlin: Urs Fischer
Fischer remains the only person to lead Union in the Bundesliga, improving each year since guiding them to promotion in 2019. The Swiss tactician has masterminded Die Eisernen’s finishes in 11th, seven and now a historic fifth that takes them into next season’s Europa League group stage. His work at the Stadion an der Alten Försterei has been little short of remarkable for a club that was in the fourth tier a bit over a decade ago and wasn’t even in the top flight of the East German league system at the time of reunification. The 56-year-old is going into the last season of his contract, but has extended before. Can he continue the trend of always finishing higher than the previous season?
Freiburg: Christian Streich
The only person older or at his current club longer than Fischer in the Bundesliga is the Freiburg institution that is Streich. The 56-year-old has been at the helm in the Black Forest for over 10 years and has made history as their coach with the most wins and also the first to guide them to a DFB Cup final, where they came up narrowly short against Leipzig last term. He also took Freiburg to within three points of a historic Champions League qualification. “I can hardly back myself to say it, but I don’t have any worries for next season. A bit, but not a lot,” the enigmatic coach said as he and his team were welcomed back to the city after their shootout defeat in the cup final. With him in charge, nobody in Freiburg will be worried.
Cologne: Steffen Baumgart
Ask anybody in the city of Cologne and they will all tell you that the Coach of the Year should be their now beloved Baumgart. The 50-year-old has brought life back to the Effzeh since joining from Paderborn for the 2021/22 campaign, taking a team that had only survived relegation via the promotion/ relegation play-off to one that finished a comfortable seventh and will compete in Europe once again. Not only that, he has managed to instil a swashbuckling style of play and Baumgart has got the Billy Goats playing in a fearless, exciting manner. His touchline attire has been just as popular with the fans and Baumgart’s flat cap and polo shirt was one of the most popular looks at Karneval the past year. A look he insists he’ll continue to sport in the UEFA Europa Conference League.
Mainz: Bo Svensson
“We can be very pleased in a sporting sense. Very nice that we could go into the final matchdays relaxed,” said Sebastian Schneider, chairman of Supporters Mainz e.V. of the 05ers’ season – the first full one under miracle worker Svensson. The Dane took over midway through 2020/21 with Mainz looking doomed on six points from 14 games, but turned things around in style to save them and finish 12th with 39. He’s now led them to eighth with the club’s fourth-best points haul in their Bundesliga history, built mainly on remarkable home form that saw them concede just 11 times in 17 games at the Mewa Arena – four fewer than any other team on home soil. Svensson has brought the good times back to Mainz.
Hoffenheim: Andre Breitenreiter
Breitenreiter is another familiar face returning to the Bundesliga, having joined Hoffenheim to replace Sebastian Hoeneß on the back of leading Zürich to the title in Switzerland in his first season. “He has brought success to every club so far,” said TSG director of first-team football, Alexander Rosen. Breitenreiter first came to the attention of Bundesliga fans when he guided Paderborn into the top flight for the first time ever in 2014. Although he would go straight back down with them, the former attacker was then hired by Schalke to replace Roberto di Matteo. Despite finishing fifth, he was dismissed before taking up the reins at Hannover in 2017 and also taking them up to the Bundesliga. He made 143 Bundesliga appearances as a player and has overseen 121 as a coach.
Borussia Mönchengladbach: Daniel Farke
Farke once described himself as “the slowest striker in Western Europe”, but he was quick on the uptake when it came to coaching. His first job saw him earn back-to-back promotions that lifted Lippstadt to the fourth tier before taking over Dortmund’s reserves in 2015. After two years there, he was hired to take charge of Norwich City in England, earning promotion to the English Premier League in his second season. Although the Canaries were relegated straight away, he brought them back at the first time of asking – winning the EFL Championship for the second time – before being dismissed in November 2021. The 45-year-old was appointed boss of Krasnodar in January 2022 but never took charge of a game as he left due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Now Farke has his first chance in the Bundesliga as Adi Hütter’s successor at Gladbach.
Eintracht Frankfurt: Oliver Glasner
Glasner’s first season at the Eintracht helm following his summer 2021 switch from Wolfsburg could have gone either way. Sporting director Markus Krösche said they “weren’t pleased” finishing 11th in the Bundesliga, while their exit in the first round of the DFB Cup was certainly underwhelming for the five-time winners. But come 18 May, Glasner was the hero of Frankfurt after guiding them to Europa League victory in an unbeaten European campaign that included scalps over Fenerbahce, Real Betis, Barcelona, West Ham United and, ultimately, Rangers. It means the 47-year-old Austrian will lead Eintracht into the Champions League for the first time in their history and earns him plenty of credit in Germany’s financial capital ahead of a campaign that needs improving domestically.
Wolfsburg: Niko Kovac
Prior to Glasner’s Europa League success, the last coach to win a trophy with Frankfurt was Kovac, who now takes charge at Wolfsburg seven years since the Wolves claimed silverware. The 50-year-old returns to Germany after 18 months in French football with Monaco, where he earned praise for his style and also did the double over Paris Saint-Germain in 2020/21. The Berlin-born ex-Croatia international last took charge of a Bundesliga game in November 2019 as his Bayern were beaten 5-1 in Frankfurt, but only after he’d become the first person to win the Bundesliga and DFB Cup double both as a player and a coach when he guided Bayern to glory in his first season. The former midfielder is also one of only two current coaches across the entire league – alongside Nagelsmann – to have previously guided a team to the Meisterschale.
Bochum: Thomas Reis
Reis is about as Bochum as you can get these days. Although not born in the region, the left-back spent the majority of his playing career at VfL before returning in 2009 – first as a coach for the youth teams. He would go on to be assistant for the reserves and first team, and take charge of the U19s and second team before a few years away in Wolfsburg’s youth setup. But he was brought back in September 2019, this time to given the reins of the senior side after a poor start to the Bundesliga 2 season. In his second campaign, he guided Bochum back to the big time after 11 years away. Perhaps even more remarkably, he then kept them in the Bundesliga with a comfortable 13th-place finish, nine points above the bottom three, and having claimed famous wins over Bayern and Dortmund
Augsburg: Enrico Maaßen
“We’ve followed Enrico Maaßen’s progress in recent years with great interest because he’s a young coach who’s hungry for success and wants to continue developing himself and those around him,” said Augsburg sporting director Stefan Reuter of the man chosen to succeed Markus Weinzierl at the WWK Arena. The 38-year-old joins from the Dortmund reserves – the third current Bundesliga coach to have worked for Die Schwarzgelben’s second string – having impressed in the lower leagues and now earned his chance in the big time. Knee problems forced the amateur midfielder to retire in 2014 at newly promoted fifth-tier side Drochtersen/Assel. He was named the new coach shortly after, creating an attacking team that earned promotion to the fourth level in two years and narrowly lost 1-0 to Gladbach in the 2016/17 DFB Cup. He had to change his style at Rödinghausen, who he joined in 2018, stabilising the team defensively before focussing on build-up. He took the Regionalliga West side to the second round of the cup, again suffering a narrow defeat to Bundesliga opposition, this time Bayern (2-1). He kept the team at the top end of the table for two seasons before being brought to Dortmund in 2020, getting the reserves promoted to the 3. Liga in his first campaign, then leading them to a comfortable ninth before Augsburg came calling.
VfB Stuttgart: Pellegrino Matarazzo
“It was a gruelling season […] but it was never an option for me to leave VfB,” Matarazzo said in the wake of Stuttgart’s dramatic final-day survival. The American is the fourth-longest serving coach in the division after taking over at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in December 2019. He previously worked under Nagelsmann – his former roommate at the Hennes Weisweiler Akademie – at Hoffenheim and also in the youth setup at Nuremberg, where he ended his playing career as a defender. The Wayne, New Jersey native, who has spent over two decades in Germany, brought Stuttgart up in his first season and finished ninth in his maiden Bundesliga campaign, also claiming a famous 5-1 victory away at Dortmund. His third season was marred by injuries and inconsistency, but ultimately safety in 15th place.
Hertha Berlin: Sandro Schwarz
“I have a great desire to help shape the new start at Hertha. The club has been through a difficult time,” said Schwarz in the statement confirming his appointment. The Old Lady has indeed had a tough time, only surviving the drop last term with a play-off victory over Hamburg. Felix Magath was the saviour last term, but it’s Schwarz who is now tasked with starting again after swapping Dynamo Moscow for Hertha. He earned plenty of plaudits during his time at hometown club Mainz, following a well-trodden path of a number of Bundesliga and international coaches who worked through the ranks at the 05ers. The 43-year-old spent two-and a-bit seasons at the helm of the Mainz first team, finishing level on points with Hertha in 2018/19. He also holds a place in Bundesliga history as the first coach to be sent off since the introduction of yellow cards for club officials on the touchline.
Schalke: Frank Kramer
This is the second time Kramer has succeeded Mike Büskens in taking charge of a promoted team. He previously did so at Greuther Fürth late in their 2012/13 Bundesliga campaign. Now he does so from the start of Schalke’s top-flight return. The 50-year-old former amateur midfielder and qualified English teacher was previously in charge at Arminia Bielefeld, saving them from relegation in 2020/21 but dismissed with the team in trouble in April of last season. After starting his coaching career with the Fürth U19s and reserves. He took over the Hoffenheim second string in 2011 and even oversaw two Bundesliga games as caretaker boss of the senior side in December 2012. After a brief stint at Fortuna Düsseldorf in 2015, he was responsible for various age groups with the national team before a year as U19 boss at Red Bull Salzburg.
Werder Bremen: Ole Werner
Ole’s been at the wheel at Werder since November 2021 – having been Holstein Kiel boss until September – taking over with the relegated northern giants down in 10th after 15 games. The 34-year-old then won 28 of a possible 30 points from his first 10 matches to suddenly put Bremen in pole position for promotion. Consistent team selection saw him finish the Bundesliga 2 campaign with a record of 13 wins, four draws and two defeats at the helm at the Weserstadion, ensuring the four-time Bundesliga champion returned to the big time at the first attempt. He, Farke and Maaßen are the three debutants on Bundesliga touchlines in 2022/23.
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