Ewald Lienen

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Ewald Lienen
Player - Day of Legends 2016 19.jpg
Ewald Lienen, 2016
birthday November 28, 1953
place of birth LiemkeGermany
size 176 cm
position striker
Years station
1961-1971 VfB Schloß Holte
Years station Games (goals) 1
1971-1974 VfB Schloß Holte
1974-1977 Arminia Bielefeld 96 (24)
1977-1981 Borussia Monchengladbach 115 (23)
1981-1983 Arminia Bielefeld 60 (12)
1983-1987 Borussia Monchengladbach 126 (13)
1987-1992 MSV Duisburg 154 (23)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
1989-1993 MSV Duisburg amateurs
1993-1994 MSV Duisburg
1995-1997 CD Tenerife (assistant coach)
1997-1999 FC Hansa Rostock
1999-2002 1. FC Cologne
2002-2003 CD Tenerife
2003 Borussia Monchengladbach
2004-2005 Hannover 96
2006-2008 Panionios Athens
2009-2010 TSV 1860 Munich
2010 Olympiacos Piraeus
2010-2011 Arminia Bielefeld
2012-2013 AEK Athens
2013-2014 Oțelul Galați
2014-2017 FC St. Pauli
1 Only league games are given.

Ewald Lienen (born November 28, 1953 in Liemke ) is a former German soccer player and former soccer coach . He has been employed at FC St. Pauli since December 2014 , initially as head coach and since mid-May 2017 as technical director .


After graduating from the Hans-Ehrenberg-Schule in Bielefeld- Sennestadt , Lienen, a great-nephew of the former German national soccer player Herbert Burdenski , played as a striker in the 1st and 2nd Bundesliga from 1974 to 1992 . From 1974 to 1977 he was part of the second division squad of Arminia Bielefeld , with whom he failed in 1977 in the relegation to the 1st Bundesliga. Afterwards he was in the first division squad of Borussia Mönchengladbach until 1981 , with which he achieved the greatest successes of his playing career: In 1978 he was runner-up with Borussia, and the following year he was UEFA Cup winner. In 1980 Lienen reached the final of the UEFA Cup again with Borussia, which was lost to Eintracht Frankfurt .

From 1981 to 1983 Lienen played again for Bielefeld before returning to Mönchengladbach in 1983, where he stayed until 1987. 1984 Lienen stood with Gladbach in the DFB Cup final, in which FC Bayern Munich prevailed on penalties. In 1987, Lienen and colleagues founded the Union of Association of Contract Football Players. V. (VdV). In the same year he joined the German amateur champions and North Rhine-Oberligist MSV Duisburg , with whom he rose again in 1989 to the second division and in 1991 to the first division. In the summer of 1992 Lienen ended his active career.

He played 333 games in the 1st Bundesliga, in which he scored 49 goals. In the 2nd Bundesliga he was used 171 times (27 goals).

On August 14, 1981, Lienen suffered a serious injury when Norbert Siegmann from Werder Bremen slit open his thigh with the studs and inflicted a 25 cm long, deep tear wound. Lienen ran with the gaping wound to the edge of the field to the then coach of Werder Bremen, Otto Rehhagel , whom he held responsible for the foul by claiming that Rehhagel had instigated Siegmann to commit the foul. The wound was sewn with 23 stitches, and Lienen started training again after 17 days. In an interview in 2012, Lienen put the situation into perspective by saying that the injury looked bad, but was basically completely harmless. He only approached Rehhagel in affect.

Success as a player


In 1989 Lienen completed his training as a football teacher with the top grade and trained the amateurs of MSV Duisburg , while he continued to be used in the first team. On March 24, 1993 he took over the coaching post of the first team of the MSV, which he held until November 1, 1994. His meticulous jotting down of observations on notepads while the game was running earned him the nickname "Zettel-Ewald". Between 1995 and 1997 he worked in Spain as an assistant coach under Jupp Heynckes at the then first division club CD Tenerife . In the summer of 1997 he became a trainer at Hansa Rostock . With Rostock he missed qualifying for the UEFA Cup by just one point; on March 1, 1999 he was replaced by Andreas Zachhuber . At the beginning of the 1999/2000 season he was coach of the second division club 1. FC Köln , which he led back to the 1. Bundesliga. He was released on January 28, 2002 in Cologne. In the summer of 2002 he was coach of the Spanish second division CD Tenerife, from which he was released on January 20, 2003. From March 2nd to September 21st he coached Borussia Mönchengladbach. From March 9, 2004 to November 9, 2005 he was a trainer at Hannover 96 .

In 2006 Lienen went to the Greek Super League , where he coached the club Panionios Athens , with whom he moved into the 2007 UEFA Cup. In December he was named Coach of the Year 2007 in Greece . In response to the dismissal of his assistant coach and son-in-law Abder Ramdane , he prematurely terminated his contract on November 13, 2008.

Ewald Lienen as trainer from 1860 Munich, 2009

On May 13, 2009 he took over the coaching position at the second division TSV 1860 Munich . In the two remaining games of the 2008/09 season, he won only one point with the team, but this was enough for TSV 1860 to keep the league. In the following season, the team ended up in eighth place in the table after a weak start. The promotion to the Bundesliga, which was aimed at for the 150th anniversary of the TSV 1860, was thus missed. On June 17, 2010, the contract, which ran until 2011, was prematurely terminated so that Lienen could accept an offer from the Greek first division club Olympiacos Piraeus . After being eliminated from qualifying for the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League against Maccabi Tel Aviv , he was sacked after two months.

On November 7, 2010 he became a trainer at Arminia Bielefeld as the successor to Christian Ziege . For the 2011/2012 season he was replaced by the former professional footballer Markus von Ahlen after the relegation of Arminia to the 3rd division .

At the beginning of October 2012, Lienen became the trainer and sports director of AEK Athens . On April 9, 2013, he was released from his duties after the club was again in acute danger of relegation due to four defeats in a row. Lienen described his dismissal in the press as "absurd theater", as the financial situation at the Athens club did not allow regular sporting activities. Both the players and he did not know whether the club would be able to pay the salaries or at least cover the living expenses of the players. His successor was Traianos Dellas , who was last active as a player for the club and had never worked as a coach before.

In early November 2013 Lienen became the first German coach of a Romanian professional club, he went to the first division club Oțelul Galați . However, he gave up this position in June 2014 due to a disagreement with the club owner.

On December 16, 2014, Lienen, already working as an advisor to the second division club FC St. Pauli , took over the last team in the table and led them to a non-relegation position at the end of the season. His contract was valid until June 30, 2018. On May 24, 2017, Ewald Lienen became the association's technical director. His successor was Lienen's previous assistant coach Olaf Janßen . In July 2017, Lienen was named the best “guy of the season” 2016/17 by 11 Freunde magazine .

On November 6, 2017, an article appeared in the FAZ under the heading A gay player would be our star .

Expert in television

Ewald Lienen has been part of the expert team at the Pay TV broadcaster Sky since the 2017/2018 season .


Ewald Lienen has been part of the football podcast Der Sechzehner since April 2019 . In this, he discusses the happenings in professional football with Sky commentator Michael Born and changing guests every week .


Lienen ran as a non-party candidate in the 1985 state elections in North Rhine-Westphalia, unsuccessfully, at number six for the DKP- affiliated peace list .


Web links

Commons : Ewald Lienen  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Lienen becomes technical director - Janßen head coach Hamburger Morgenpost, May 24, 2017
  2. Ewald Lienen | player lexicon. Retrieved April 20, 2017 .
  3. 50 years of the Bundesliga: The bad foul on Ewald Lienen. In: Spiegel Online . December 27, 2012, accessed March 18, 2016 .
  4. https://www.tz.de/sport/1860-muenchen/schrift-ewald-lueftet-sein-geheimnis-417380.html
  5. One black eye too many for Lienen . In: nw-news.de , November 13, 2008. 
  6. Olympiacos parted ways with coach Lienen
  7. ^ Lienen new Arminia trainer . In: Arminia Bielefeld , November 7, 2010. Accessed November 7, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Absurd theater!" AEK puts Lienen in front of the door , Kicker Online from April 9, 2013
  9. Hardy Hasselbruch: Otelul Galati: Double premiere for Ewald Lienen . In: Kicker Online . November 6, 2013
  10. Welcome, Ewald Lienen! ( Memento of the original from September 24, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. otelul-galati.ro, accessed November 7, 2013 (Romanian) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.otelul-galati.ro
  11. Hardy Hasselbruch: Otelul Galati: Double premiere for Ewald Lienen . In: Kicker Online . November 6, 2013, accessed November 6, 2013.
  12. Lienen throws down at Otelul Galati. Report on sport1.de from June 16, 2014 (accessed on June 16, 2014).
  13. FC St. Pauli extends contract with Ewald Lienen ahead of schedule fcstpauli.com, accessed on May 2, 2016
  14. 11FREUNDE Meisterfeier 2017, https://www.11freunde.de/meisterfeier/page/2 .
  15. Ewald Lienen: "A gay player would be our star"
  16. Ewald Lienen becomes Sky expert - Lienen mainly used by Sky90 Official Sky announcement August 19, 2017
  17. Attack via the Left In: Der Spiegel , February 12, 1985, accessed on March 15, 2017