Uwe Rösler

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Uwe Rösler
Uwe Rösler 01.jpg
Uwe Rösler in April 2009
birthday 15th November 1968
place of birth AltenburgGDR
size 185 cm
position Storm
Years station
Starkenberg tractor
1981-1987 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig
Years station Games (goals) 1
1987-1988 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig 3 0(0)
1988-1989 BSG Chemie Leipzig 27 0(6)
1989-1990 1. FC Magdeburg 46 (19)
1990-1992 Dynamo Dresden 46 0(7)
1992-1994 1. FC Nuremberg 28 0(0)
1993-1994 → Dynamo Dresden (loan) 7 0(0)
1994-1998 Manchester City 153 (50)
1998-1999 1. FC Kaiserslautern 27 0(8)
1999-2000 Tennis Borussia Berlin 28 0(6)
2000-2002 Southampton FC 24 0(0)
2001 →  West Bromwich Albion  (loan) 5 0(1)
2002 SpVgg Unterhaching 14 0(5)
2002-2003 Lillestrøm SK 11 (10)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1989 DDR U21 6 0(1)
1990 GDR 5 0(0)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
2005-2006 Lillestrøm SK
2007-2009 Viking Stavanger
2010 Molde FK
2011-2013 Brentford FC
2013-2014 Wigan Athletic
2015 Leeds United
2016-2018 Fleetwood Town
2018-2019 Malmö FF
2020– Fortuna Dusseldorf
1 Only league games are given.

Uwe Rösler (born November 15, 1968 in Altenburg ) is a German soccer coach and former soccer player . In 1990 he made five appearances in the GDR national team and is best known in England for his time at Manchester City .

He has been the head coach at Fortuna Düsseldorf since January 29, 2020 .

Player career

Beginnings in the GDR

Rösler started playing football at BSG Traktor in Starkenberg , a town not far from Altenburg . The Altenburger Land traditionally belongs to Thuringia , which is why Rösler is also called Thuringian. However, between 1952 and 1990 this area belonged to the Leipzig district , which was generally included in Saxony. According to the classification system in GDR football, Rösler was delegated to 1. FC Lok Leipzig in 1981, where he received his football training and was used for the first time in the GDR junior league in the 1985/86 season. In the following 1986/87 season, Rösler developed into a high performer within the youth team and also played two international youth games. Accordingly, for the first division league season 1987/88 it was registered for the first division team of 1. FC Lok Leipzig. During the season, however, Rösler ultimately only played three games with last year's finalists in the European Cup Winners' Cup and was no longer considered in the course of the season despite considerable personnel problems at Leipzig. A delegation to the city rival BSG Chemie Leipzig in the current season was the result. On April 3, 1988, Rösler ran for the first time for the chemists on the 24th day of the GDR league. He played a total of 27 games for BSG Chemie and scored 6 goals.

From emergency nail to national player

In the second half of the league season 1988/89 Rösler was obliged between the 16th and 17th matchday by the injured 1. FC Magdeburg . On March 25, 1989, the 20-year-old made his debut for the Elbestädter in the 0: 1 defeat in Zwickau, he was substituted on in the 54th minute for Stefan Minkwitz . On April 15, 1989 he scored the first league goal against his former club 1. FC Lok Leipzig. In the absence of seasoned strikers, teammates like Markus Wuckel or Heiko Lässig were hardly older than Rösler, he developed into a regular under coach Joachim Streich . This did not go unnoticed by those responsible for the DFV and so after a long break in a selection team, Rösler was appointed for the first time for a DFV U-21 selection game, which took place on May 20, 1989 against Austria. Ultimately, Rösler reached sixth place in the table with Magdeburg in his first league season and scored three goals in nine games. In the following season 1989/90 Rösler shone with Wuckel as a powerful storm, which led to the Magdeburg autumn champions being ahead of the reigning champions Dynamo Dresden. Rösler contributed to this with five goals. DFV selection and Dynamo trainer Eduard Geyer had become aware of this increase in performance and nominated him for the first time for the World Cup qualifier against Austria in Vienna on November 15, 1989. However, Rösler came in the all-important game, which DFV selection 0 : 3 lost, not yet used, but was called to the U-21 at short notice, with which he won 1-0 against the U-21 of Austria. At the end of January 1990, however, the time had come. Rösler was nominated for the international trip of the DFV to Kuwait , where you met in two games first the French team coached by Michel Platini and then the hosts. Rösler made his debut in the game against Kuwait alongside his Magdeburg strike partner Markus Wuckel, who scored both goals in the 2-1 win. This was followed by international matches against the USA , Egypt and, as a highlight, a game against Brazil in the legendary Maracana Stadium , which ended 3: 3. In the championship, Magdeburg caught itself after initial weaknesses and was almost always at the top of the table in the second half of the season. Only on the 24th matchday did they briefly slip to third place in the table after a defeat in Cottbus , but before the last matchday they were back in first place after a 3-1 home win at local rivals HFC Chemie . Rösler played a decisive role in this with his six goals in the back of the season. Due to a 1-0 defeat against FC Karl-Marx-Stadt , which became runner-up as a result, the prank troop was pushed to third place, but qualified for the UEFA Cup.
Also in the 1990/91 season Rösler initially ran for 1. FCM. The left winger had long since made a name for himself across Germany and was one of the most popular players during the 1990 summer break. His club was able to keep him in Magdeburg for the time being thanks to a sophisticated contract. In the everyday championship, in which the FCM started moderately, the last international match of the DFV selection, which took place on September 12, 1990 in Brussels against Belgium. Since many well-known GDR national players had canceled Ede Geyer for various reasons, Rösler was nominated for the game and played in his fifth and last international match from the start. Since FCM was eliminated from the UEFA Cup in November 1990 with two 0: 1 defeats against Girondins Bordeaux , Rösler was able to switch to the top division rival Dynamo Dresden on December 2, 1990, in order to play in the 1st Bundesliga as possible in the following season can. For Magdeburg he scored another five goals in 13 games. Without him, the FCM only scored 14 goals in 13 games in the second half of the season, and they missed qualifying for the 2nd Bundesliga. In the second half of the NOFV-Oberliga Rösler was used in all 13 point games for Dynamo, he scored three more goals. With the Saxons he reached the runner-up, which meant qualification for the Bundesliga season 1991/92 .

Arrived in the Bundesliga

Uwe Rösler (right behind Hans-Uwe Pilz ) during training at Dynamo Dresden, December 3, 1990

In his first Bundesliga season, Rösler was used in 33 of 38 championship games, but was only in the starting line-up in 24 games. He scored four goals for the Elbflorenzer. However, after the season Rösler saw no more sporting prospects for himself and turned down a new contract offer, finally he switched to league competitor 1. FC Nürnberg for a transfer of 1.2 million D-Marks . At the Franconians he was part of the regular team in the first half of the season, but fell short of expectations and the entire season without scoring. In this season, however, Rösler was invited by national coach Berti Vogts to a screening course for the national team in the Wedau sports school in September 1992 . For the 1993/94 season he was therefore lent back to Dynamo Dresden on loan (cost of 2500 D-Marks per use), where he was no longer able to assert himself and after the early phase of the season no longer played a role.

Time at Manchester City

At the beginning of March 1994 Rösler traveled for a test training to the English first division club Manchester City , which was in danger of relegation under coach Brian Horton . After the sale of David White and a cruciate ligament rupture from Niall Quinn , City's previous storm duo was no longer available, and they had only scored six goals in the eleven games before Rösler's arrival. After scoring twice a week in a reserve game, he was loaned by the club for the remainder of the season and was immediately placed in the starting line-up of the professional team. Rösler became the first German in the city jersey since the legendary goalkeeper Bert Trautmann . In his league debut on March 5 (32nd matchday) against the Queens Park Rangers , Rösler prepared the equalizer for the 1-1 final score.

In the following weeks, the upswing initially failed to materialize, only when Paul Walsh and Peter Beagrie , who were newly signed up alongside Rösler , made their home debut together on matchday 36, the breakthrough succeeded: The 3-0 win against Aston Villa , at the Rösler, Beagrie and Walsh each scored, followed by two more wins on the next two matchdays. Rösler met on three of the last four match days; in all three games a point was achieved, which ultimately meant relegation. For the following season, Rösler was firmly signed; the transfer fee paid to Nuremberg was between £ 375,000 and £ 500,000.

Rösler quickly became very popular with the city fans, his style of play corresponded to that of a typical English center forward - strong header, physically robust and always acting with full commitment - but with deficiencies in speed and technique. Already in the 3-0 win against Aston Villa, “Uwe, Uwe” shouts echoed through Maine Road . At the latest on the last day of the season, when he equalized against Sheffield Wednesday and thus ensured relegation and the fans started singing the tune of Go West with his name after the final whistle , Rösler had become a crowd favorite.

In his first full season in England, Rösler seamlessly continued his performance from the previous season: With 22 goals this season - including four in a 5-2 win in the FA Cup against Notts County - he was the Cityzens' top scorer and from supporters to players of Season chosen. This season also came for the first time, in a touch of British humor , fan T-shirts with the slogan Uwe's Granddad bombed Old Trafford ("Uwe's grandfather bombed Old Trafford" - home of arch-rival Manchester United , which was heavily affected by German bombing during World War II damaged).

With the appointment of Alan Ball as the new coach in the summer of 1995, difficult times began for both Rösler and the club. They were in the lower part of the table the whole season , and when the danger of relegation for Man City became more and more real towards the end of the season, Ball preferred the Georgian Micheil Kawelaschwili Rösler as a center forward for the derby against Manchester United . Rösler's frustration with this decision resulted in a goal celebration, which earned him further points of sympathy with the City fans: When he scored the 2: 2 against the rivals in the 2: 3 defeat after his substitution, he pointed with his index finger Ball and yelled aggressively in its direction. Despite two more goals in the last match days, which made him finish the season again as the most successful goalscorer of his team, City missed relegation due to the worse goal difference and relegated to the second division after seven years in the English elite class .

In the second division season 1996/97 Man City went as one of the promotion favorites, but did not live up to expectations at any time. In addition to problems with the more physical way of playing a league lower, there were four coach changes in the first half of the season, when Alan Ball and Steve Coppell and the two interim solutions Asa Hartford and Phil Neal temporarily looked after the team. It wasn't until Frank Clark was signed at the end of December, when City was on a relegation zone, that constancy returned, at least for some time. Clark was still leading the team in 14th place, Rösler was the team's top scorer for the third time in a row with 15 goals this season. Half a year later, Manchester City also had nothing to do with the promotion race in the second division season, Joe Royle followed as coach, who decided to change and from then on relied on striker Shaun Goater , who was newly signed in March 1998 . His last game in Man City's dress Rösler completed as a substitute on April 17, 1998 in a 0-1 defeat against Middlesbrough , a few game days later City was relegated from the second highest English division. In total, he had scored 65 goals in 177 competitive games for the northern English club.

Further career as a player

After his contract with Manchester City expired in the summer of 1998, he moved to the reigning German champions 1. FC Kaiserslautern on a free transfer . There he mostly stormed alongside Olaf Marschall and scored eight goals this season in the Bundesliga, he scored another three goals in the group stage of the Champions League in a 5-2 win over the Finnish representative HJK Helsinki . As early as the following season he moved to the ambitious second division tennis Borussia Berlin , who released the striker from his contract with Kaiserslautern for 2.5 million D-Marks. The team, peppered with numerous national players ( Andreas Hilfiker , Abderrahim Ouakili , Saša Ćirić , Artim Shaqiri , Sergej Kiriakow , Marco Walker , Ivan Kozák , Jan Suchopárek ) played in the first half of the season under coach Winfried Schäfer and with Rösler as team captain for the targeted promotion to the Bundesliga, collapsed completely in the second half of the season and lost nine of the last ten games. Due to financial irregularities at the main sponsor Göttingen Group , the DFB refused the club the second division license in the summer of 2000.

As a result, Rösler, who had become without a club, moved again to England to the first division club FC Southampton , but was unable to assert himself there due to a serious groin injury and remained in his first season in 20 league appearances (14 of them as substitutes) without scoring. For the following season, Rösler remained behind James Beattie and Marians Pahars only the reserve role, his only goal of the season he scored during a one-month loan in November 2001 for the second division West Bromwich Albion . In January 2002 he returned to Germany and moved to the relegation-threatened second division SpVgg Unterhaching free of charge . Despite Rösler's five goals in 14 games, Unterhaching ended up being relegated and his contract, which originally ran until June 2003, was no longer valid.

In his wife's home country, Rösler found a new engagement with the Norwegian first division club Lillestrøm SK in mid-2002. For the club he scored nine goals in ten missions in the remainder of the 2002 season . After the opening game of the following season , Rösler felt pain in the chest area, which turned out to be a cancerous ulcer during the subsequent routine examination, which ended his football career suddenly.

When he was in hospital with the serious illness, he received countless letters from City fans, and Rösler chants could be heard again on Maine Road. In November 2003, after he had overcome his cancer, he was invited by the club to a home game at the newly built City of Manchester Stadium and greeted with long applause from the 48,000 spectators. In 2009, his services to the club finally culminated in his induction into the Manchester City Hall of Fame .

Coaching career

After his recovery, he worked as a coach for the Norwegian first division club Lillestrøm SK from November 2004 . On November 13, 2006, he was sacked for his team's missed entry into the UEFA Cup . For this, Viking Stavanger equipped him with a three-year contract from January 2007. Rösler did not extend his contract dated December 31, 2009. At the end of August 2010 he took over as the successor to Kjell Jonevret until the end of the season as coach at Molde FK and led the relegation-threatened club with 20 out of 24 possible points to eleventh place in the table. He then followed his family to Manchester.

In June 2011 Rösler signed a two-year contract with the option of an additional year as head coach at English third division club Brentford . The successful work with the team from Brentford, with which Rösler managed to run into the fourth round of the FA Cup in the 2012/13 season, drew the attention of other clubs to him. From December 7, 2013 to November 13, 2014, Uwe Rösler was under contract as a coach at the English second division club Wigan Athletic . After a declaration of trust (“There is nothing wrong with the manager”) on November 9, 2014, Uwe Rösler was dismissed four days later by club boss Dave Whelan. In May 2015 Rösler signed a two-year contract as a coach with the second division Leeds United . The traditional club from Yorkshire had previously ended the season in 15th place in the table. In October 2015, the association announced that it would part ways with Rösler with immediate effect. In July 2016, Rösler became the new coach of the English third division club Fleetwood Town . Rösler led the club in the 2016/17 season after a fourth place in the table in the play-off games, in which the team failed in the semifinals at Bradford City . In February 2018 Rösler was fired after the previous seven games were lost across all competitions and the club was not on a relegation place only because of the better goal difference.

On June 12, 2018, the Swedish record champions Malmö FF hired him as a coach during the Allsvenskan summer break until 2020. With the team that had recently lost the final of the Swedish National Cup 2017/18 against Djurgårdens IF with a 3-0 defeat under coach Magnus Pehrsson , and in the 2018 championship as the defending champion with only three wins from the first eleven league games ranked twelfth place in the table, he started a series of unbeaten games, which was only ended with a 1: 3 defeat against the eventual runner-up IFK Norrköping at the end of September on the 23rd match day. With 13 wins in the championship, this was the only defeat under his leadership until the end of the season, after a 2-0 home win against IF Elfsborg on the last day of the game, the team moved past Hammarby IF to third place in the table, which was necessary to participate in the qualification UEFA Europa League 2019/20 eligible. He was also unbeaten in qualifying for the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League , but after successes against KF Drita and CFR Cluj , the team lost after a 1-1 home draw and a 0-0 draw in the second leg against Hungarian representatives MOL Vidi FC in the third qualifying round due to the away goals rule . After a win and a draw against Danish champions FC Midtjylland in the play-offs, however, the team qualified for the group stage of the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League , where they reached the round of 32 before Beşiktaş Istanbul, among others . There the later title holder FC Chelsea proved to be too strong.

In the 2019 season, the team supervised by Rösler played again in a four-way battle with the Stockholm clubs Djurgårdens IF , AIK Solna and Hammarby IF for the championship title and ultimately became runner-up. Once again, the club was successful in the European Cup, where the group stage and finally the round of 32 were again reached in the 2019/20 UEFA Europa League . In spite of everything, the paths of the coach and the club then separated amicably due to "different ideas about the future path of the club".

After Friedhelm Funkel was dismissed from the Bundesliga club Fortuna Düsseldorf , who were in the relegation battle , Rösler succeeded him in January 2020, but could not prevent the move to the 2nd Bundesliga.


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Web links

Commons : Uwe Rösler  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

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