Michael Skibbe

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Michael Skibbe
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Skibbe with Leverkusen in 2007
Personal information
Full name Michael Skibbe
Date of birth (1965-08-04) 4 August 1965 (age 52)
Place of birth Gelsenkirchen, West Germany
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Greece (manager)
Youth career
1975–1982 SG Wattenscheid 09
1982–1984 Schalke 04
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1986 Schalke 04 15 (1)
1984–1986 Total 15 (1)
National team
1982–1983 Germany U18 18 (8)
Teams managed
1988–1989 Schalke 04 (Youth)
1989–1995 Borussia Dortmund (Youth)
1995–1998 Borussia Dortmund (Assistant)
1998–2000 Borussia Dortmund
2000–2004 Germany (Assistant)
2005–2008 Bayer Leverkusen
2008–2009 Galatasaray
2009–2011 Eintracht Frankfurt
2011 Eskişehirspor
2011–2012 Hertha BSC
2012 Karabükspor
2013–2015 Grasshoppers
2015 Eskişehirspor
2015– Greece
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Michael Skibbe (born 4 August 1965) is a German football manager who currently manages the Greece national football team.

Club career

In his youth, Skibbe played for SG Wattenscheid 09, then moved to the professional team of FC Schalke 04. From 1985 to 1986, he appeared in 14 Bundesliga games, but tore his cruciate ligament three times, which ended his playing career.

Managerial career

1988–2004: Early career

At the age of 22, he started his career as coach with Schalke 04 youth team.

In 1989, Skibbe became a youth coach for Borussia Dortmund. Skibbe became head coach of the reserve side on 1 July 1997[1] and head coach of the senior team on 1 July 1998.[2] Skibbe becoming the youngest head coach in the Bundesliga of all time at the age of 32. Skibbe was sacked on 6 February 2000.[3] Skibbe moved to the position of coordinator of the youth system of the club.

He gave up this post after being offered the position as director of the German national team. In 2000, he became its head coach. Rudi Völler, however, made most of the decisions, but did not have a coaching licence and thus couldn't be the official head coach. After Germany was eliminated in the first round of UEFA Euro 2004, Völler and Skibbe resigned from their positions. Skibbe was director of the youth system of the German Football Association from 24 August 2004 to 8 October 2005.

2005–08: Return to club management

Skibbe became head coach of Bayer Leverkusen on 8 October 2005.[4] Skibbe was sacked from Bayer Leverkusen on 18 May 2008 after missing out on Europe.[5]

2008–12: Going to Turkey and returning to the Bundesliga

On 11 June 2008 Skibbe agreed terms with the Turkish football club Galatasaray.[6] He won the Turkish Super Cup after a 2–1 victory against Kayserispor.[7][8] Galatasaray failed to qualify for the group stages of the UEFA Champions League after they lost 3–2 on aggregate to Steaua Bucuresti.[9] Skibbe was sacked from Galatasaray on 23 February 2009, after a heavy 5–2 loss to Kocaelispor.[10]

On 4 June 2009, Eintracht Frankfurt announced that Skibbe would succeed Friedhelm Funkel as head coach of the club.[11] On 22 March 2011, after a decline in the Bundesliga, Skibbe was sacked by the club.[12]

On 17 July 2011, Eskişehirspor announced that Skibbe would succeed Bülent Uygun as head coach of the club.[13] On 27 December 2011, Skibbe's contract was dissolved to make way for his move to Hertha BSC.[14]

Skibbe was officially released from Eskişehirspor to make way for his Hertha BSC move on 27 December 2011.[14] After five losses in five games with the team, Skibbe was sacked from Hertha BSC on 12 February 2012.[15]

2012–15: Foreign club management positions

On 17 May 2012, he was formally introduced as the new manager of Karabükspor for 1+1 years.[16] Skibbe left the club on 5 November 2012.

On 15 June 2013, Skibbe was appointed as the new manager of Grasshopper Club Zürich, succeeding Uli Forte. In January 2015, his contract was terminated by mutual consent. The club's management met thereby Skibbe's desire of realignment.[17]

On 12 January 2015, it was reported that Skibbe had taken over Turkish Süper Lig side Eskişehirspor as the new manager. He had been coach of the club before in 2011 for six months.[18]

2015–present: Greece

On 29 October 2015, the Hellenic Football Federation hired him as the new head coach of the national team. He was hired as the successor of Sergio Markarián due to the team's unsuccessful qualification for UEFA Euro 2016.[19] Skibbe's first ever game as Greece coach was on 13 November 2015 against Luxembourg in Differdange which ended in a shocking start with the Greeks losing 1-0 to the very low ranked home side. His second game in charge was a very intense 0-0 derby draw against their biggest local-rivals Turkey in İstanbul on 17 November 2015. His next and third game in charge of the country was on 24 March 2016 where Skibbe enjoyed his first ever victory of the national team since taking over in a 2-1 home win over Montenegro at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus with goals from Giorgos Tzavellas and Nikos Karelis. His next challenge was the newly talented Iceland where the Greeks after leading 2-0 went on to lose the game 3-2 to the Icelanders in Piraeus on 29 March 2016. On 4 June 2016, Skibbe's Greek side began their 2-game tour of Australia by losing the first game 1-0 with a late Aussie winner from Matthew Leckie at Stadium Australia in Sydney.

On 7 June 2016, Skibbe enjoyed only his second win as Greece coach in an emphatic display as the Greeks took out a 2-1 victory with a good finish by Petros Mantalos and an amazing 60 metre-strike from Giannis Maniatis inside his own half which beat the scrambling Australia goalkeeper Adam Federici all the way to bounce into the net at Docklands Stadium in Melbourne. It was Greece's first victory over the Australians since 1978 when Greece were 1-0 victors over the Aussies in Adelaide.[20] On 1 September 2016, he enjoyed a 2-1 away win over the Netherlands in an International friendly, the first ever Greek win on Dutch soil with goals from Konstantinos Mitroglou and Giannis Gianniotas. On 6 September 2016, Greece played against newly FIFA recognized minnow country Gibraltar who were appearing in their first FIFA competition game in their history and Skibbe's Greeks despite at one point the scores were level at 1-1, they went on to defeat the Gibraltarians 4-1 at Estádio Algarve in Faro/Loulé and get off the mark strong in their Round 1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification group game. Greece have continued to be successful in their group, drawing 1-1 to a highly commendable Belgium squad on 25 March 2017.

Despite losing to the Belgians 1-2 at home some months later, subsequent positive results against Cyprus and Gibraltar helped Greece clinch a place in the World Cup qualification playoffs, being placed second to Belgium and just above Bosnia & Herzegovina. The team's playoff campaign against Croatia was rather disappointing due to a heavy 4-1 away defeat in the 1st leg at Maksimir Stadion, which also proved to be the aggregate score that got Greece eliminated, following a goalless draw in the return leg at Karaiskakis Stadium. Despite this outcome, the Hellenic Football Federation recognized Skibbe's contribution to restoring the national team's status within the footballing world after a devastating Euro 2016 qualifier campaign, and the increased cohesion and chemistry that he brought amongst the players during his reign. In fact, on 12 November 2017, Skibbe announced to the press that he would remain at the helm of Greece,[21] something later confirmed by the Federation after the manager signed a two-year contract extension covering the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers, set to start in the autumn of 2018.[22]

Managerial statistics

As of match played 12 November 2017
Team From To Record
G W D L Win % Ref.
Germany Borussia Dortmund II 1 July 1997[1] 30 June 1998[1] 30 21 5 4 070.00
Germany Borussia Dortmund 1 July 1998[2] 6 February 2000[3] 64 27 20 17 042.19 [23]
Germany Bayer Leverkusen 8 October 2005[4] 18 May 2008[5] 123 52 26 45 042.28 [24]
Turkey Galatasaray 11 June 2008[6] 23 February 2009[10] 37 20 9 8 054.05
Germany Eintracht Frankfurt 1 July 2009[11] 22 March 2011[12] 66 24 15 27 036.36 [25]
Turkey Eskişehirspor 17 July 2011[13] 27 December 2011[14] 21 12 3 6 057.14
Germany Hertha BSC 27 December 2011[14] 12 February 2012[15] 5 0 0 5 000.00 [26]
Turkey Karabükspor 17 May 2012 4 November 2012 12 4 3 5 033.33
Switzerland Grasshoppers 15 June 2013 8 January 2015 62 25 13 24 040.32
Turkey Eskişehirspor 12 January 2015 11 October 2015 32 10 7 15 031.25
Greece Greece 11 October 2015 Present 20 8 5 7 040.00
Total 472 203 106 163 043.01


As coach


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  2. ^ a b "Borussia Dortmund .:. Coaches from A-Z". kicker. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Kraftakt mit Krauss". kicker (in German). 7 February 2000. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Skibbe wird neuer Bayer-Coach". kicker (in German). 8 October 2005. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Skibbe muss gehen". kicker (in German). 21 May 2008. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Gala-Trainer Skibbe". kicker (in German). 11 June 2008. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  7. ^ http://www.tff.org/Default.aspx?pageID=528&macId=75359
  8. ^ http://www.galatasaray.org/en/kulup/haber/51.php
  9. ^ http://www.uefa.com/competitions/ucl/fixturesresults/round=15275/match=303842/index.html
  10. ^ a b "Galatasaray feuert Skibbe". kicker (in German). 23 February 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Eintracht setzt auf Skibbe". kicker (in German). 4 June 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Der nächste Hammer: Daum löst Skibbe ab!". kicker (in German). 22 March 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "Skibbe ist klar mit Eskisehirspor". kicker (in German). 18 July 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  14. ^ a b c d "Skibbe-Co Boekamp: Eskisehir macht Weg frei". kicker (in German). 27 December 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  15. ^ a b "Hertha BSC wirft Trainer Michael Skibbe raus". Die Welt (in German). 12 February 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  16. ^ "Karabükspor Skibbe ile anlaştı". NTVSpor.net. 17 May 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  17. ^ "Michael Skibbe verlässt den Grasshopper Club Zürich" [Michael Skibbe leaves Grasshopper Club Zürich] (in German). Grasshopper Club Zürich. 8 January 2015. Archived from the original on 21 January 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  18. ^ "Skibbe zieht es erneut in die Türkei" [Skibbe moves to Turkey again] (in German). T-Online. 12 January 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  19. ^ "Struggling Greece hires Skibbe as national team coach". T-Online. 29 October 2015. Retrieved 29 October 2015. 
  20. ^ "Greece score incredible goal as Socceroos goalkeeper Adam Federici caught cold". Fox Sports Australia. News Corporation. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  21. ^ "'I'll stay on as Greece coach', says Skibbe". AGONAsport.com. Retrieved 2017-11-12. 
  22. ^ Team, Onsports (2017-11-28). "Σκίμπε και με την… βούλα". Onsports.gr (in Greek). Retrieved 2017-11-28. 
  23. ^ "Borussia Dortmund" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  24. ^ "Bayer 04 Leverkusen" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  25. ^ "Eintracht Frankfurt" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  26. ^ "Hertha BSC" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 

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