Torsten Lieberknecht

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Torsten Lieberknecht
Torsten Lieberknecht DFB Cup press conference.JPG
Torsten Lieberknecht (2015)
birthday 1st August 1973
place of birth Bad DürkheimGermany
size 174 cm
position midfield player
Years station
FV 1921 Haßloch
1. FC 08 Haßloch
0000-1990 VfL Neustadt
1990-1992 1. FC Kaiserslautern
Years station Games (goals) 1
1992-1994 1. FC Kaiserslautern 13 0(1)
1994-1995 SV Waldhof Mannheim 22 0(1)
1995-2002 1. FSV Mainz 05 89 0(3)
2002-2003 1. FC Saarbrücken 7 0(0)
2003-2007 Eintracht Braunschweig 82 0(2)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
Germany U19 3 0(0)
1994-1995 Germany U21 9 0(0)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
2007-2008 Eintracht Braunschweig U19
2008-2018 Eintracht Braunschweig
2018– MSV Duisburg
1 Only league games are given.

Torsten Lieberknecht (born August 1, 1973 in Bad Dürkheim ) is a German football coach . As a player he was active for clubs in southwest Germany from his youth and joined Eintracht Braunschweig in 2003 . Following his playing career, he coached the Eintracht professional team for ten years from 2008. He has been the coach of MSV Duisburg since the beginning of October 2018 .

Career as a player

Lieberknecht grew up in Haßloch in the Palatinate and came to football as a small child through his two older brothers.

In his youth he played for FV 1921 Haßloch (of which he was made an honorary member in 2013), 1. FC 08 Haßloch and VfL Neustadt . From 1990 he played in youth for 1. FC Kaiserslautern . In 1992 he became a German A youth champion with the club and received a contract for the Bundesliga team. With the FCK he became German runner- up in 1994 . In the 1994/95 season he was active in the 2nd Bundesliga for SV Waldhof Mannheim .

In 1995 he moved to 1. FSV Mainz 05 . In the 1996/97 and 2001/02 seasons he missed promotion to the Bundesliga with the Mainz team - on the last day of the match. In his last season he only played once for Mainz 05 and left the club in the summer of 2002. In total, he stayed at Mainz 05 for seven second division seasons, longer than at any other station in his playing career, but often completed due to injury - during his active career he was twelve times operated - only 89 league games. During his time in Mainz he was trained by Wolfgang Frank , among others , who inspired him to think about a career as a coach.

In the 2002/03 season he played for 1. FC Saarbrücken seven times in the Regionalliga Süd . From 2003 until the end of his career after the 2006/07 season he was under contract with Eintracht Braunschweig . During this time Lieberknecht caused a sensation with the BTSV, especially in the DFB Cup ; In its first season, Eintracht Braunschweig won as a regional division against Bundesliga club 1. FC Kaiserslautern and arch rivals Hannover 96 and was only eliminated in the round of 16 against second division and later finalists Alemannia Aachen . In 2005 Lieberknecht rose to the 2nd Bundesliga with Eintracht and in 2007 again from the Regionalliga Nord. In total he played 82 league games for BTSV in five years.

Lieberknecht played a total of 13 Bundesliga games in which he scored one goal, 152 second division games with four goals, 48 ​​regional league games (one goal), eight league games and one amateur top division game (one goal). He played three student internationals, 16 B youth internationals (one goal), eleven A youth internationals and three U-19 internationals. On March 8, 1994, he made his debut in the German U-21 national football team in the game against Hungary in Baunatal. By August 22, 1995 he had nine U-21 internationals. His last appearance was in the 4-0 defeat against Belgium in Liège.

Career as a coach

From the 2007/08 season, Lieberknecht worked as a junior coordinator and A-youth coach at Eintracht Braunschweig. On December 3, 2007, he was elected to the Executive Committee of Eintracht Braunschweig as administrator football at the annual general meeting . After coach Benno Möhlmann's resignation on May 12, 2008, he took over the training of the first team for the last three games of the 2007/08 season and the 2008/09 season. Under him, the team managed to qualify for the newly founded 3rd league , which was almost lost , and tied with 1. FC Magdeburg in 11th place. Together with the club management and the new sporting director Marc Arnold , the club's policy was reoriented Eintracht Braunschweig. From now on, the company relied on continuity of personnel and a consolidation and austerity course, which also led to the fact that the club began to sign mostly talented young players from lower leagues.

After qualifying for the new, single-track 3rd division , Eintracht wanted to play a quiet season . With the initially controversial coach Lieberknecht, Braunschweig ended up in 13th place and had nothing to do with relegation. In the following season , Eintracht, which had started the season with little expectation, was much more successful and just barely missed the relegation as fourth in the table. After the good 2009/10 season, Lieberknecht and Arnold set themselves the goal of promotion within the next two seasons. This reached the Eintracht in the next season arithmetically six game days before the end of the season and was first in the table. In addition, Lieberknecht successfully completed the trainer course in Cologne to obtain his trainer A license . The topic of his thesis was the difficult balancing act between tradition and future at Eintracht Braunschweig . In the promotion season, Lieberknecht extended his contract with Eintracht until 2013.

After the promotion, Lieberknecht finished the season with 45 points in eighth place. After the season, Lieberknecht extended his contract until 2015. Even in the second second division season , a secure place in the middle of the table remained the goal. However, the Braunschweiger Eintracht surpassed this goal and rose to second place in the Bundesliga at the end of the season. After 28 years, Eintracht Braunschweig returned to the first division. Despite the direct relegation , Lieberknecht kept his job and extended his contract term during the winter break until 2017, later until 2020, but not for the third division. In the 2016/17 season , Lieberknecht reached third place in the second division with Eintracht. The relegation against the Bundesliga-16 failed on renewed promotion . VfL Wolfsburg with two 0-1 defeats. In the following season, the Braunschweiger started as a promotion favorite, but fell short of expectations. On the last day of the 2017/18 season , Eintracht then slipped to 17th place in the table. After Eintracht's relegation from the second division, the club split from Lieberknecht on May 14, 2018 after ten years.

On October 1, 2018, Lieberknecht was introduced as the new coach of MSV Duisburg , the bottom of the table in the 2nd Bundesliga. At the end of the season he rose with the team in the 3rd division.


as a player
  • 1992 German A youth champion (with 1. FC Kaiserslautern)
  • 2005 Promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga (with Eintracht Braunschweig)
as a trainer
  • 2011 promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga (with Eintracht Braunschweig)
  • 2013 promotion to the 1st Bundesliga (with Eintracht Braunschweig)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Tim Jürgens and Benjamin Kuhlhoff: "My dream transfer: Lumpi Lambertz". In: 11 friends . 11 Freunde GmbH & Co. KG, February 24, 2013, accessed on April 16, 2020 .
  2. Torsten Lieberknecht at home visit, accessed on April 16, 2020
  3. ^ Association page - Eintracht Braunschweig ( Memento from July 1, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  4. a b "My dream transfer: Lumpi Lambertz" Interview on from February 24, 2013, accessed on April 26, 2020
  5. DFB statistics: Germany - Hungary.
  6. DFB statistics: Germany - Belgium.
  7. ↑ When in doubt, against the trend -, accessed on May 21, 2013.
  8. Risen from the brink of doom -, accessed on May 21, 2013.
  9. Braunschweig's big chin-up -, accessed on May 21, 2013.
  10. Eintracht ripe for new heroes -
  11. Braunschweig coach Lieberknecht extended - weltfuß
  12. Braunschweig: Trainer Lieberknecht will stay until 2015 -, accessed on January 2, 2013.
  13. Lieberknecht extends contract with Eintracht Braunschweig until 2017 -, accessed on February 28, 2014.
  14. kicker online, Nuremberg, Germany: Really Bock: Lieberknecht extended until 2020. Accessed on October 5, 2016 .
  15. Eintracht and Torsten Lieberknecht go their separate ways ,, accessed on May 14, 2018
  16. MSV Duisburg - press department: Torsten Lieberknecht new head coach - presentation live on YouTube: MSV Duisburg. Retrieved October 1, 2018 .