Rico Schmitt

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Rico Schmitt
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Rico Schmitt (2011)
birthday September 27, 1968
place of birth Karl-Marx-StadtGDR
Size 184 cm
position midfield
Years station
1975-1988 FC Karl-Marx-Stadt
Years station Games (goals) 1
1975-1988 FC Karl-Marx-Stadt II
1988-1993 BSG Greifswald NPP
1993-1998 FSV Grüna 08
Stations as a trainer
Years station
1999-2001 Altchemnitz BSC 97
2001-2005 VfB Fortuna Chemnitz
2005-2008 FC Erzgebirge Aue II
2009–2012 FC Erzgebirge Aue
2013-2016 Kickers Offenbach
2016-2018 Hallescher FC
2019 VfR Aalen
2019-2020 FC Carl Zeiss Jena
1 Only league games are given.

Rico Schmitt (born September 27, 1968 in Karl-Marx-Stadt , today Chemnitz) is a German football teacher . Most recently he was head coach of FC Carl Zeiss Jena .

Active player

Rico Schmitt began his career in 1975 at the age of seven at the then first division club FC Karl-Marx-Stadt and went through all age groups at the performance center at the children's and youth sports school. Even as a junior player, Rico Schmitt was considered a leader and was the captain of the GDR junior team. In 1988 he moved to the second division team KKW Greifswald . When after the political change the players of his year like Dariusz Wosz , René Tretschok and Hendrik Herzog completed trial training with Bundesliga clubs, Rico Schmitt had to end his career as a competitive athlete because of a torn cruciate ligament . It wasn't until 1993 that he returned to the soccer field at the district level.

Trainer training

After the end of his active career as a professional footballer due to a serious knee injury, Schmitt acted as a coach. In 1995 he passed the SFV's youth worker license, acquired the B license in Leipzig in 1996 and the A license from the German Football Association DFB in Hennef in 2000 . In 2005, Rico Schmitt successfully took part in the 50th DFB course to become a soccer teacher at the Sport University in Cologne. Rico Schmitt chose "Training a safe, calm build-up game" as the subject of the practical teaching exam. The subjects “soccer theory”, “soccer practice” and “psychology” deserve special mention.

Coaching stations

Altchemnitz BSC

From 1998 to 2001, Rico Schmitt worked as a player-coach at Altchemnitzer BSC, and at the side of his brother Rene he made four consecutive promotions from the regional class to the national league.

VfB Chemnitz

From 2001 to 2004 Rico Schmitt was responsible for the sport in the Landesliga Sachsen and the NOFV-Oberliga Süd. Bankruptcy and poor conditions made the job difficult. Rico Schmitt helped out as head of the football department, temporarily ran the business and, in parallel to developing and promoting talent, took care of VfB's marketing activities, including logo development.

FC Erzgebirge Aue

In the summer of 2005, Rico Schmitt was brought to Lößnitztal by those responsible at the time, Gerd Schädlich and Günter Boroczinski , where he initially acted as a junior manager and honorary trainer at the elite football school. In 2007 he took over responsibility for the U23 of FC Erzgebirge, leading the young team into the state cup final and from the state league to the NOFV upper league. In 2009, the club's management expressed their confidence in the former assistant coach of the professional team as sole responsible, Rico Schmitt made it to the 2nd Bundesliga in his first season as "boss" and caused a sensation with his Auer team as autumn champions. The club from the smallest location of German professional football played for a long time in 2010/2011 for promotion to the Bundesliga, in the end it came in 5th place - it is still the best season for FC Erzgebirge in the club's history. On February 21, 2012, the FCE and Rico Schmitt parted ways after seven years.

Kickers Offenbach

In February 2013, Rico Schmitt succeeded Arie van Lent as coach and managed to stay in the 3rd division. However, the license withdrawal led to forced relegation. In the Regionalliga Süd-West, Rico Schmitt built a new team as head coach and sporting director in personal union in the summer of 2013. Offenbach used the following season to consolidate and attack in the year. In 2014/2015, the Kickers won the regional league championship as season winners and played in relegation for promotion to the third division, but had to admit defeat to 1. FC Magdeburg. During this time, Schmitt's team won the Hessen Cup and scored notable successes in the DFB Cup against Ingolstadt and Karlsruhe. In January 2016, the separation was completed after three years.

Hallescher FC

In April 2016, Rico Schmitt took up the post of head coach at the third division Hallescher FC earlier than planned. Because the club was in acute danger of relegation, the club's management asked the football teacher, who had been under contract from July, to take up his post in the middle of the series. Schmitt managed to stay up and led the HFC team with a success in the state cup final in the DFB-Pokal 2016/17 . There the third division team managed a surprise in the first round with the win against 1. FC Kaiserslautern and only failed at the Bundesliga club Hamburger SV. Under coach Schmitt, Hallesche FC played the best series since joining the 3rd division, wintered in fourth place and was the only undefeated team in front of their own crowd to be the best home team at half-time. After the end of the 2017/18 season, he was replaced by Torsten Ziegner .

VfR Aalen

Before the 24th matchday of the third division 2018/19 season, Schmitt took over the position of head coach at VfR Aalen . He succeeded Argirios Giannikis , under whom the team was in relegation battle since the start of the season. The contract term was dated June 2020 and was linked to relegation. In May 2019, following the established relegation, the club confirmed the termination of the contract at the end of the season.

FC Carl Zeiss Jena

In October 2019, Schmitt took over the position of head coach at FC Carl Zeiss Jena, which has been in last place since the 3rd matchday, as the successor to Lukas Kwasniok . He signed a contract until the end of the third division 2019/20 season . In February 2020, FC Carl Zeiss Jena announced the release of Schmitt.

Business activities

Since 1990 Rico Schmitt has been the managing director of Citysirs GmbH, and in this function he played a part in the development of the club logo at Chemnitzer FC. Between 1990 and 2005, Rico Schmitt was actively involved in the organization and implementation of various events such as the FC Bayern Munich charity game in Chemnitz, concerts by the band "de Randfichten", the Beach Soccer Cup 1997 to 2005 and the Chemnitz fashion spectacle. At Altchemnitzer BSC and VfB Chemnitz, he was actively involved in the management of the club, from the marketing concept to the establishment of a functioning youth department.

Private life

Schmitt lives in Chemnitz with his wife and a daughter.


Rico Schmitt can look after teams in both promotion and relegation battles. Under his direction as head coach, the clubs in his responsibility achieved six promotions, a championship with a narrow failure in the relegation, and three close relegation.

The soccer teacher has also proven himself to be a cup specialist several times. With regional league team Kickers Offenbach, Rico Schmitt won victories against the former Bundesliga club FC Ingolstadt 04 or against second division Karlsruher SC, only against Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2015. Under his leadership, Hallesche FC prevailed against the higher-class 1. FC Kaiserslautern in the first cup round in 2016.

  • 2007: Entry into the cup final of Saxony with Erzgebirge Aue II
  • 2008: Promotion to the NOFV-Oberliga-Süd with Aue II
  • 2010: Entry into the cup final of Saxony against Chemnitzer FC
  • 2009/2010: Promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga with FC Erzgebirge Aue
  • 2010/2011: 5th place in the 2nd Bundesliga with FC Erzgebirge, club record
  • 2012/2013: Relegation with Kickers Offenbach 3rd league
  • 2014: Cup winner Hessen against Darmstadt 98
  • 2014/2015: Champion of the Regionalliga Südwest with Kickers Offenbach
  • 2015/2016: Relegation in the 3rd division with Halleschen FC
  • 2016: State Cup winner Saxony-Anhalt, final victory against Magdeburg
  • 2016/2017: best home team of the first half of the season with HFC

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. http://www.hallescherfc.de/der-club/fans-und-fanszene/artikel/date/2018/03/28/hfc-verpfliziert-trainer-und-sportdirektor/
  2. Rico Schmitt new trainer at VfR Aalen , vfr-aalen.de, accessed on February 13, 2019
  3. Rico Schmitt leaves the VfR Aalen at the end of the season , vfr-aalen.de, accessed on May 15, 2019
  4. Schmitt new trainer in Jena. In: Sport1.de . October 8, 2019, accessed October 8, 2019 .
  5. FCC releases Rico Schmitt from his duties. In: FC Carl Zeiss Jena . February 5, 2020, accessed February 6, 2020 .