Ralf Rangnick Biography

Ralf Rangnick

Quick Facts About Ralf Rangnick

Celebrated Name Ralf Rangnick
Age 63 Years
Nick Name Ralf
Birth Name Ralf Rangnick
Birth Date 1958-06-29
Gender Male
Profession Football Manager
Place Of Birth Backnang
Birth Nation West Germany
Nationality German
Famous For Popular German football manager and sports executive
Father Dietrich Rangnick
Mother Erika Rangnick
Ethnicity White
Religion Christianity
Career Start As a Player (1976-1988), As a Coach (1983-)
First Club VfB Stuttgart (As a player), FC Viktoria Backnang (As a manager)
Current Club Lokomotiv Moscow
Position Manager, Defensive Midfielder (While active as a player)
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Body Type Average
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Dark Brown
Sexual Orientation Straight
Marital Status Married
Wife Gabriele Lamm
Children 2
Son David and Kevin
Source of Wealth Salary as a football manager and sports executive
Net Worth Estimated at $5 million

Ralf Rangnick is a German professional football manager, sports executive, and former football player. He is currently the Head of Sports and Development at Russian club, FC Lokomotiv Moscow. He had an average football playing career from 1976 to 1983. He then started his coaching career as the manager of FC Viktoria Backnang. He later managed Ulm 1846, VfB Stuttgart, Hannover 96, Schalke 04, 1899 Hoffenheim, and RB Leipzig among other football clubs. He led his clubs to promote to Bundesliga and win several titles during his managerial tenure.

He is one of the most decorated football managers in the world who is credited for influencing current best football managers including Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel. 

What is Ralf Rangnick Famous For?

  • Popular German football manager and sports executive. 

Ralf Rangnick sons

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Where is Ralf Rangnick From?

Ralf Rangnick was born on 29  June 1958. His birth place is in Backnang in West Germany. He holds German nationality. He was born to his father, Dietrich Rangnick, and his mother, Erika Rangnick. He belongs to white ethnicity and his religion is Christianity.

Ralf Rangnick Career

  • Ralf Rangnick started his football playing career at VfB Stuttgart.
  • Due to his strategic talents, he was named both player-coach. 
  • He had a stint at the English club, Southwick, and also played for VfR Heilbronn and Ulm 1846. 
  • He started his coaching career as a player-coach at his hometown club, Viktoria Backnang.
  • He then played and managed both VfB Stuttgart and TSV Lippoldsweiler.
  • Due to his average success as a playing career, he hung up his boots to become a full-time football manager. 
  • He became the head coach of SC Korb in 1988. He managed the club for two seasons.
  • He managed the VfB Stuttgart U19 team for four seasons from 1990 to 1994, winning the U-19 Bundesliga in 1991. 
  • He managed SSV Reutlingen as a head coach for nearly two seasons from 1995 to 1997. He helped the club to a fourth-place finish in his first season in charge. 
  • The following season, the club went on seeking a promotion. However, he left the club after his former club, Ulm acquired him in January 1997. 
  • He helped the club to win Regionalliga Sud Championship in his first full campaign in 1998.
  • He led the club to Bundesliga for the first time in the club's history in 2000.
  • He became the head coach of VfB Stuttgart in May 1999.
  • He led the club to win the UEFA Intertoto Cup, the round of 16 in the 2000-01 UEFA Cup, and the semi-finals of the DFB-Pokal. 
  • However, the club's poor performance in the league and exit from European Cup got him fired from the club in February 2001.  
  • He finished Stuttgart's managerial career with a record of 36 wins, 16 draws, and 34 losses.
  • He became the head coach of Hannover 96 in May 2001. 
  • In his first season in charge of the club, he led the club to the league title and promotion to the Bundesliga in 13 years. 
  • He was fired by the club in March 2004 following the club's poor performance in the 2003-04 season. 
  • He left Hannover 96 with a record of 44 wins, 22 draws, and 32 losses. 
  • He became the head coach of Schalke 04 in September 2004. 
  • He led the club to the DFB-Pokal final in his first season in charge. They lost to Bayern Munich 2-1. 
  • He also led the club to runners-up finish in Bundesliga, behind winner Bayern Munich. 
  • He made his UEFA Champions League debut in 2005. But the club failed to progress through group stage. 
  • He was fired by the club in December 2005 following their poor performance in the league and other competitions.
  • He left Schalke 04 with a record of 36 wins, 15 draws, and 14 losses. 
  • He became the head coach of 1899 Hoffenheim ahead of the 2006-07 season.
  • He helped the club to win promotion to the 2. Bundesliga for the first time in their history in his first season in charge.
  • In his second season in charge, he led the club to promotion to Bundesliga for the 2008-09 season.
  • He led the club to a seventh-place finish in Bundesliga and quarterfinals of the DFB-Pokal. 
  • He resigned from his position as the head coach of the club in January 2011. He cited midfielder Luiz Gustavo's sale without his knowledge as his reason to leave the club. 
  • He left the club with a record of 79 wins, 43 draws, and 44 losses. 
  • He returned to Schalke 04 as a replacement for Felix Magath in March 2011.
  • He led the club to their first-ever UEFA Champions League semi-finals defeating Inter Milan 7-3 on aggregate. They lost to Manchester United in the semi-finals.
  • He led the club to the 2011 DFL-Supercup. 
  • He stepped down as the head coach of Schalke 04 in September 2011 due to exhaustion syndrome.
  • He became the director of football at Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig in 2012. 
  • Salzburg won several Austrian Bundesliga titles, Austrian Cup titles and reached the Champions League and Europa League under his leadership.
  • He returned to managing in 2015 after he took over RB Leipzig for the 2015-16 season. 
  • He resigned as director of football of Red Bull Salzburg in 2015. 
  • The club secured promotion to the Bundesliga for the 2016-17 season. 
  • Ralph Hasenhuttl took over RB Leipzig in May 2016. 
  • Rangnick took over Leipzig in July 2018. 
  • He finished the 2018-19 season with a third-place finish in Bundesliga, qualified for the UEFA Champions League, and reached the DFB-Pokal final.
  • Under his leadership, the club saw the promotion from tier IV to tier I (Bundesliga) between 2012 and 2018.  
  • He was promoted to head of sport and development for Red Bull GmbH in 2019. It oversaw New York Red Bulls as well which won the Supporters Shield in 2013, 2015, and 2018, and Red Bull Bragantino that gained promotion to Serie A in 2020.
  • He became the manager of sports and development for the Russian Premier League club, FC Lokomotiv Moscow in July 2021. 
  • He is reported to take over Manchester United after coach Gunnar Sokskjaer was fired in November 2021. 

Ralf Rangnick wife

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Who is Ralf Rangnick Wife?

Ralf Rangnick is a married man. He is married to Gabriele Lamm. The couple shares two children together, David and Kevin. 

How Tall is Ralf Rangnick?

Ralf Rangnick stands at the height of 1.81 m i.e. 5 feet and 11 inches tall. He has an average body build. His eye color is blue and his hair color is dark brown. His sexual orientation is straight.

What is Ralf Rangnick Salary and Net Worth?

Ralf Rangnick is one of the most successful football managers in the world. He has helped the clubs he managed to several glories. He is paid a handsome salary for his service. He currently serves as the Head of Sports and Development at FC Lokomotiv Moscow. He is reportedly considered to become the manager of Manchester United. His net worth is estimated at around $5 million.

Did You Know?

  • He studied at the University of Sussex.
  • He played as a defensive midfielder during his playing career.
  • He is credited with developing Gegenpessing and popularizing zonal marking.
  • He cites Ernst Happel, Valeriy Lobanovskyi, Arrigo Sacchi, and Zdenek Zeman as his main coaching influences.
  • He is credited for influencing, Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel, Ralph Hasenhuttl, and Julian Nagelsmann.
  • He is also known as the "professor" after he became one of the first coaches to publicize football tactics.
  • He lost the role of German national team assistant manager to Joachim Low in 2004.
  • He started the Ralf Rangnick Foundation in 2018 to support children in their development and enable their personalities to flourish.