Christian Wörns

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Christian Wörns
Worns.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1972-05-10) 10 May 1972 (age 45)
Place of birth Mannheim, West Germany
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Sweeper
Youth career
1980–1985 Phönix Mannheim
1985–1989 Waldhof Mannheim
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1991 Waldhof Mannheim 52 (3)
1991–1998 Bayer Leverkusen 211 (13)
1998–1999 Paris Saint-Germain 28 (2)
1999–2008 Borussia Dortmund 240 (14)
Total 531 (32)
National team
1990–1993 Germany U21 16 (1)
1992–2005 Germany 66 (0)
Teams managed
2009–2011 Hombrucher SV (youth)[1]
2012–2013 VfL Bochum U15[1]
2013–2014 FC Schalke 04 U17[1]
2014–2015 SpVgg Unterhaching (assistant)[1]
2014–2015 SpVgg Unterhaching U16[1]
2015– FC Augsburg II
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Christian Wörns (born 10 May 1972 in Mannheim) is a retired German footballer who played as a sweeper. Wörns was widely considered one of the finest German defenders of his generation and one of the best center backs of his era. He started his career with Waldhof Mannheim but played the majority of his career with Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund.[2] He also had a short stint with Paris SG.

Career

Club career

Wörns made his professional debut in the Bundesliga at the young age of 17 years, 3 months and 30 days for Waldhof Mannheim and at the time, was the fourth youngest debutant ever. He played 18 games in his first season and 34 the next in the 2. Bundesliga.

The next year, he transferred to Bayer Leverkusen. Wörns quickly established himself as a defensive stalwart and anchored the strong Leverkusen defense for nearly a decade, together with sweeper Jens Nowotny and Markus Happe.

In 1998, he moved abroad to Paris SG in France. He failed to settle in and after one season transferred to Borussia Dortmund. He continued to play at Borussia Dortmund until he retired in 2008.

International career

Wörns represented his country on 66 occasions and did not score.

  • Euro 1992: receives a runners-up (silver) medal as a backup squad member
  • Euro 1996: after an injury hit season, Wörns fails to get nominated and misses being on the winning squad.
  • World Cup 1998: Considered the best player on the German squad, Wörns played well for much of the tournament. However, in the quarter-final match against Croatia, he fouled Davor Šuker in the 40th minute to stop a possible breakaway run on goal, and received a straight red card from Norwegian referee Rune Pedersen. Three unanswered goals were scored against Germany after his sending off, making him the scapegoat for his country's 0–3 loss.
  • World Cup 2002: Does not play due to injury, but the team finishes the tournament as runners-up (silver).
  • Euro 2004: Germany is eliminated in the group stage after two draws and a loss.
  • When Germany manager Jürgen Klinsmann announced the 22 players for a friendly with Italy in Florence, in the lead-up to the 2006 FIFA World Cup, 34-year-old Wörns was only a backup squad member. This prompted an outrageous interview by Wörns. Because he verbally attacked Klinsmann during the interview, the German Football Association took disciplinary action against Wörns and banned from playing as an international.[3] This was similar to what happened to Uli Stein (during the 1986 FIFA World Cup) and Stefan Effenberg (during the 1994 FIFA World Cup). The dropping of Wörns from the national team was roundly panned in Germany, as Italy routed Germany 4-1 in that exhibition game, and Klinsmann bore the brunt of the criticism as the team was ranked only 22nd in the world entering the 2006 FIFA World Cup.[4] Germany ending up finished the tournament in third place (bronze).

Managerial career

Wörns became manager of FC Augsburg II on 29 December 2015.[5] He took over a team that won 16 points from 20 matches.[5] His first match as manager came on 20 February 2016 in a 4–1 win against FC Ingolstadt 04 II.[6] On 12 March 2016, Augsburg II lost 6–0 to SpVgg Unterhaching.[6]

Career statistics

Club

Club Season League Cup1 Continental2 Other3 Total Ref.
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Waldhof Mannheim 1990–91 Bundesliga 18 0 2 0 20 0 [7]
1989–90 2. Bundesliga 34 2 2 0 36 2 [7]
Totals 52 2 4 0 56 2
Bayer Leverkusen 1991–92 Bundesliga 38 0 5 1 43 1 [7]
1992–93 34 2 7 0 41 2 [7]
1993–94 33 6 4 1 6 1 1 0 44 8 [7]
1994–95 19 1 2 1 5 0 26 2 [7]
1995–96 25 2 3 0 28 2 [7]
1996–97 33 1 1 0 34 1 [7]
1997–98 29 1 3 0 9 0 1 0 42 1 [7]
Totals 211 13 25 3 20 1 2 0 258 17
Paris Saint-Germain 1998–99 Ligue 1 28 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 29 2 [7]
Borussia Dortmund 1999–2000 Bundesliga 26 2 1 0 7 0 2 0 38 2 [7]
2000–01 23 3 3 0 26 3 [8]
2001–02 29 2 1 0 16 0 2 0 48 2 [7]
2002–03 30 0 1 0 10 0 41 0 [9]
2003–04 31 1 2 0 6 0 3 0 42 1 [7]
2004–05 29 1 1 0 30 1 [10]
2005–06 28 2 1 0 2 0 31 2 [7]
2006–07 24 2 2 0 26 2 [11]
2007–08 20 1 3 0 23 1 [12]
Totals 240 14 15 0 41 0 7 0 303 14
Career totals 503 29 44 3 61 1 9 0 617 33

Managerial record

As of 25 April 2016.
Team From To Record
M W D L Win % Ref.
Augsburg II 29 December 2015[5] Present 10 3 5 2 030.00 [6]

Honours

Bayer Leverkusen
Paris St-Germain FC
Borussia Dortmund
Germany National Team

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Christian Wörns verstärkt Trainerteam". SpVgg Unterhaching. 14 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Christian Wörns". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ a b c "Wörns übernimmt die U 23 von Augsburg" (in German). kicker. 29 December 2015. Retrieved 29 March 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c "FC Augsburg II". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 29 March 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Christian Wörns » Club matches". World Football. Retrieved 29 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Christian Wörns". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 29 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "Christian Wörns". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 29 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "Christian Wörns". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 29 March 2016. 
  11. ^ "Christian Wörns". kicker.de (in German). kicker. Retrieved 29 March 2016. 
  12. ^ "Wörns, Christian" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 

External links

  • Leverkusen who's who
Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Christian_Wörns&oldid=766644011"
This content was retrieved from Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Wörns
This page is based on the copyrighted Wikipedia article "Christian Wörns"; it is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA). You may redistribute it, verbatim or modified, providing that you comply with the terms of the CC-BY-SA