Thomas Tuchel Profile
|Born||Aug 29, 1973|
|Birthplace||Krumbach, West Germany|
Thomas Tuchel is on of the world's top football managers, but has recently found himself out of work after a surprise sacking at Chelsea.
Thomas Tuchel is the former manager of Premier League side Chelsea, PSG, Borussia Dortmund, Mainz 05 and FC Augsburg II.
He has had a range of success over his managerial career and is known for his tactical style of play.
Before his coaching days, the German had a short run as a player, but his career was cut short due to a knee cartilage injury.
As a manager, Tuchel won the DFB-Pokal with Borussia Dortmund and won Ligue 1 twice at PSG as well as the Coupe de France. At Chelsea he won the 2021 Champions League, the Super Cup and the World Club Cup.
In September 2022, Tuchel was sacked after a chastening 1-0 Champions League defeat at Dinamo Zagreb and an indifferent start to the new campaign.
Tuchel played locally in Krumbach before moving to the FC Augsburg academy in 1988. He never appeared for the side and was released.
However, he later was given the chance to play for Bundesliga 2 side Stuttgarter Kickers in 1992. Tuchel did not have the best of luck when it came to playing, and after two seasons at the Kickers he was dropped and joined SSV Ulm in the German fourth tier.
His bad luck continued in 1998, at the age of 25, Tuchel had to retire from playing after suffering a knee cartilage injury.
Early coaching career
Not long after his retirement, Tuchel went into coaching and managing. He became youth coach of VfB Stuttgart in 2002, where he helped develop the likes of Mario Gomez and Holger Badstuber.
His impressive work at Stuttgart earned him a return to Augsburg in 2005 as youth coach. He continued to develop his coaching skills, and in the 2007/08 season he became the head coach of Augsburg II.
After his time at Augsburg, Tuchel impressed a number of Bundesliga clubs. He joined Mainz 05 as a youth coach and was soon promoted to first team coach in 2009, taking over from Jurgen Klopp who had joined Borussia Dortmund.
A small transfer budget, accompanied with the task of keeping a newly promoted side in the league appeared to be a tough job for the newly appointed Tuchel.
However, his tactical approach was the reason for Mainz success. By uitilising long distribution and focusing on a high press, in his first season the club finished ninth in the Bundesliga.
In the following 2010/11 campaign, Tuchel had his eyes on league progress. And with the arrivals of Lewis Holtby and Christian Fuchs, it allowed Mainz to finish in fifth place, qualifying for the third-qualifying round of the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League.
Although European qualification was a great success, Tuchel's side was unable to handle European and domestic soccer, slipping into 13th place for the next two seasons. But once again, recruitment aided a revival.
The additions of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Loris Karius allowed Tuchel to transition his side. The manager also worked closely with prospect Yunus Malli to create a forward partnership with Choupo-Moting.
This ongoing development earned Tuchel a two-year contract extension at the club.
In his final season at Mainz, Tuchel acquired the likes of Shinji Okazaki and Julian Baumgartlinger allowing him to finish on a high, qualifying to the Europa League once more after finishing in a promising seventh place.
After replacing Klopp at Mainz, Tuchel did the same when Klopp left Borussia Dortmund for Liverpool in 2015. The German signed a three-year deal at the club, looking to help them achieve previous success.
Unlike his time at Mainz, Tuchel had financial freedom and the ability to change the Dortmund squad. He brought in midfielders Gonzalo Castro and Julian Weigl as they became the engine room to his game plan.
Dortmund's creative abilities were also aided by the arrivals of Shinji Kagawa and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, with Tuchel helping the German side to a second place finish in his first season.
However, his first season finished trophyless, losing on penalties to Bayern Munich in the 2016 DFB-Pokal Final.
In the next season, Dortmund spent huge amounts of money in a bid for domestic and European success. Ousmane Dembele, Marc Bartra and Raphael Guerreiro were brought in to assist Tuchel's plan.
He succeeded as Dortmund won their first trophy in five years, returning and winning the DFB-Pokal, beating Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1.
Despite success, that would be Tuchel's only trophy at the club as he was fired three days later on 30th May 2017, due to a poor relationship with the club's hierarchy, notably CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.
Moving to Paris
In 2018, Tuchel replaced Unai Emery at Paris Saint-Germain, signing a two-year contract at the French Club.
As soon as he arrived, Tuchel made use of PSG's deep transfer kitty and signed Kylian Mbappe for €135million from Monaco. He also brought in Thilo Kehrer, Juan Bernat and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.
In his first match as PSG boss, he claimed his first piece of silverware, beating Monaco 4-0 to win the Trophee des Champions.
As the season continued, Tuchel broke the record for most points by Christmas in Ligue 1, with 47 after 17 games, as well as claiming his first title victory as a coach, winning the league with six game weeks to go.
Although the German boss was knocked out of the Champions League and the Coupe de France in the 2018/19 season, Tuchel accepted a one-year contract extension.
In his second season, Tuchel retained the Trophee des Champions and Ligue 1, as well as winning the Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue for the first time, completing the domestic quadruple.
Tuchel and PSG also reached their first Champions League final, but lost 1-0 to Bayern Munich.
In the 2020/21 campaign, Tuchel departed PSG after again falling out with the club's hierarchy.
After great success in France, Tuchel joined Chelsea during the 2020/21 campaign, replacing club legend Frank Lampard.
Tuchel's first win as Chelsea boss was a 2-0 home win against Burnley. This would become the start of a record breaking run.
After a continuation of wins in the league, as well as an impressive Champions League and FA Cup run, Tuchel reached an unbeaten run of 13 games, setting the record for the longest unbeaten run by a head coach in Chelsea's history.
His unbeaten run was ended at 14 as his side lost 5-2 to West Bromwich Albion.
Tuchel's Chelsea ended the 2020/21 season with mixed fortunes. The German guided the club to fourth in the Premier League, however they were beaten by Leicester City 1-0 in the final of the FA Cup.
Two weeks later that Wembley disappointment was quickly forgotten as Chelsea won their second Champions League trophy after a 1-0 win over Manchester City in Porto.
He led Chelsea to the 2021 Super Cup and Club World Cup crown in 2022, but struggled to break Manchester City's and Liverpool's stranglehold at the top of the Premier League as the club finished third in the 2021/22 season.
Chelsea sacked Thomas Tuchel in September 2022 after a chastening 1-0 Champions League defeat at Dinamo Zagreb.
Tuchel graduated from the University of Stuttgart with a degree in business administration, and previously worked as a bartender.
He married his wife, Sissi, in 2009. The couple have two daughters.
Thomas Tuchel's net worth is reported to be €7million.
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- Dec 29, 2022