Professionals | 14/05/2019

New FC head coach

Introducing Achim Beierlorzer

1. FC Köln will head into the new season with a new head coach, Achim Beierlorzer. The Erlangen-born head coach will take over from André Pawlak for the 2019-20 season as FC begin another Bundesliga adventure. He will take up his first coaching job in the Bundesliga with his move to FC this summer.

After spending most of his playing and coaching career in and around Franken where he grew up, Beierlorzer’s first major role came as Greuther Fürth’s under-17 head coach. Towards the end of his time with the Shamrocks, he completed his coaching course and was the best of the bunch from that year, which included Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke.

The move to RB Leipzig followed, where an incredible start with the under-17s led to him being named interim head coach. He was then assistant to Ralf Rangnick as the team secured promotion to the Bundesliga, before returning to the youth academy and under-19s.

The 51-year-old was then named head coach at SSV Jahn Regensburg and has held the position for the past two seasons, since their return to 2. Bundesliga in the 2017-18 season. Beierlorzer had big shoes to fill following the departure of Heiko Herrlich to Bayer Leverkusen.

That came after Jahn’s promotion, and there were worries that they would struggle in the second tier. Despite concerns about their squad and depth, Beierlorzer headed up the club’s joint-best ever finish in the second division since the Bundesliga was founded.

Such is the achievements of Beierlorzer’s Regensburg side, that they have achieved this with an outlay of just €375.000 over his two seasons. With the win over FC at the weekend, they are in with a chance of following up last season’s fifth place with sixth this term.

Beierlorzer has stayed true to his 4-4-2 with two traditional defensive midfielders to anchor the middle of the park. That has been characterised by a very aggressive style of play, which has seen Jahn make the most intensive runs and sprints of all teams in 2. Bundesliga this year.

With that aggressive style, comes a never say die attitude. Regensburg have collected 21 points from their 48 this season from losing positions – another league high. That was also evident last year, with five wins and two defeats also coming from games in which they were behind.

Given the aggression and Beierlorzer’s footballing ideas, it’s perhaps not much of a surprise that Jahn are one of the league’s most dangerous sides when it comes to counter attacks. Having scored nine times on the break this season, only FC (10) and SC Paderborn (17) have found the back of the net more often.

With Jahn leading the league in tackles (19.9) and interceptions (12.5) per game, they mix that with the third most shots (16.1) and shots on target (5.4) in the division – impressive numbers that show that Beierlorzer has been able to mix has aggressive style with success going forward.

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Total table
PL. Team Pt.
12 1. FC Union Berlin 20
13 1. FC Köln 20
14 Hertha BSC 19