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Markus Babbel

Markus Babbel
Markus Babbel at Hertha BSC
Personal information
Full name Markus Babbel
Date of birth (1972-09-08) 8 September 1972
Place of birth Munich, West Germany
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back / Right back
Club information
Current team
FC Luzern (manager)
Youth career
1979–1981 TSV Gilching-Argelsried
1981–1991 Bayern Munich
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1992 Bayern Munich 12 (0)
1992–1994 Hamburger SV 60 (1)
1994–2000 Bayern Munich 170 (9)
2000–2004 Liverpool 42 (3)
2003–2004 Blackburn Rovers (loan) 25 (3)
2004–2007 VfB Stuttgart 46 (2)
Total 355 (18)
National team
1992–1993 Germany U21 12 (0)
1995–2000 Germany 51 (1)
Teams managed
2007–2008 VfB Stuttgart (assistant)
2008–2009 VfB Stuttgart
2010–2011 Hertha BSC
2012 1899 Hoffenheim
2014– FC Luzern

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Markus Babbel (pronounced ; born 8 September 1972) is a former international German football player and coach[1][2] who is the manager of FC Luzern. He played as a defender[3] for clubs in Germany and England.[1]


  • Career 1
    • Playing career 1.1
      • Bayern Munich 1.1.1
      • Hamburger SV and return to Bayern Munich 1.1.2
      • Liverpool 1.1.3
      • Blackburn Rovers 1.1.4
      • VfB Stuttgart 1.1.5
      • German National Team 1.1.6
  • Coaching career 2
    • VfB Stuttgart 2.1
    • Hertha BSC 2.2
    • 1899 Hoffenheim 2.3
    • FC Luzern 2.4
  • Career statistics 3
    • International goal 3.1
    • Managerial statistics 3.2
  • Honours 4
    • As a player 4.1
    • As a coach 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Playing career

Bayern Munich

Born in Munich, Babbel's first professional club was Bayern Munich. He advanced from the youth squad to the first team and was a starting player eight times, and made four appearances as a substitute in league games.

Hamburger SV and return to Bayern Munich

He moved to Hamburger SV in August 1992 and appeared regularly in the first team, scoring his first league goal in Germany's top-flight.[4] Transferring back to Bayern Munich in 1994, he was a starter in 167 games, and attracted the attention of Manchester United following UEFA Euro 1996. A £5 million deal was put in place for the German full back, but it never went through.[5] He was then bought by Liverpool F.C. manager Gérard Houllier in June 2000, forming part of the back four during Liverpool's successful 2000–01 season.


He was an integral member of Liverpool's side and his characteristic raiding runs down the right side led to a number of goals, including one in the UEFA Cup final itself.[6] His Liverpool career was forced to a sudden halt when he contracted Guillain–Barré syndrome and was unable to play for a year.[7]

Blackburn Rovers

He went on loan to Blackburn Rovers in August 2003[8] after having recovered from Guillain-Barré syndrome, achieving regular first team appearances in the league and scoring three goals in the process. Babbel won the UEFA Cup twice, in 1996 with Bayern and in 2001 with Liverpool.

VfB Stuttgart

Babbel's last club was VfB Stuttgart, which he joined on a free transfer in July 2004.

In January 2007, Babbel announced that he would retire at the end of the 2006–07 season.

German National Team

He was capped 51 times, scoring one goal for Germany[9] and was part of the Euro 96 winning team. Babbel also played for his country at the 1998 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2000.

Coaching career

VfB Stuttgart

Following his retirement from football, Babbel stayed on with his last club, VfB Stuttgart, as an assistant manager.[10]

On 24 November 2008, Babbel became head coach of VfB Stuttgart.[11] Upon Babbel's arrival, VfB Stuttgart were 11th in the table after 14 games. They finished the season in third place, five points off league winners VfL Wolfsburg and qualifying for the Champions League. On 6 May 2009, Babbel extended his contract with VfB Stuttgart until the summer of 2011,[12] however, on 6 December 2009 VfB Stuttgart and Babbel parted ways. At the time of Babbel's sacking, VfB Stuttgart were in 16th place after 15 games played.[13]

Under Babbel, VfB Stuttgart finished second in their Champions League group and qualified for the round of 16.

Hertha BSC

Babbel took over Hertha BSC in the 2nd Bundesliga in July 2010.[14] In his first season, he succeeded in returning them to the Bundesliga.

On 18 December 2011, Babbel was sacked as coach of Hertha BSC.[15] Prior to this, he had announced that he wanted to leave the club at the end of the season.

1899 Hoffenheim

On 10 February 2012 he took over as manager of 1899 Hoffenheim. On 3 December 2012 he was released because of poor results, with the team in 16th place in the Bundesliga.[16][17]

FC Luzern

Babbel became the new head coach of Luzern on 12 October 2014,[18] following the sacking of Carlos Bernegger[18] who failed to win a single league game in 2014–15 season.[19]

Career statistics

International goal

Score and result list Germany's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 6 September 1995 Frankenstadion, Nuremberg  Georgia 4–1 4–1 Friendly

Managerial statistics

As of 15 February 2015
Team From To Record
G W D L Win % Ref.
VfB Stuttgart 24 November 2008[11] 6 December 2009[13] 50 21 15 14 42.00 [20]
Hertha BSC 1 July 2010[14] 18 December 2011[15] 55 30 13 12 54.55 [21]
1899 Hoffenheim 10 February 2012[16] 3 December 2012[16] 30 7 8 15 23.33 [22]
Luzern 12 October 2014[18] Present 10 2 4 4 20.00 [23]
Total 145 60 40 45 41.38


As a player

Bayern Munich[24]
VfB Stuttgart[24]

As a coach

Hertha BSC[27][24]


  1. ^ a b "Markus Babbel". Retrieved 21 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Markus Babbel" (in German). Retrieved 21 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Babbel, Markus" (in German). Retrieved 21 March 2010. 
  4. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (25 June 2015). "Markus Babbel - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Tyldesley, Clive. 1999 UEFA Champions League Final commentary.
  6. ^ Haisma, Marcel (31 July 2008). "Markus Babbel – Matches in European Cups". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  7. ^ Tynan, Gordon (13 December 2001). "Long road back for Babbel". The Independent (London). Retrieved 21 March 2010. 
  8. ^ "Babbel to join Rovers". 16 August 2003. Retrieved 21 March 2010. 
  9. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (25 June 2015). "Markus Babbel - International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Babbel wird neuer Hertha-Trainer" (in German). RP Online. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 19 December 2010. 
  11. ^ a b "Klare Ansprache von Babbel". kicker (in German). Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Contract extensions". 6 May 2009. Retrieved 6 May 2009. 
  13. ^ a b "Gross soll es richten". kicker (in German). 6 December 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "Hertha präsentiert Babbel". kicker (in German). Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "Babbel sacked by Hertha".  
  16. ^ a b c "1899 drückt Reset: Babbel entlassen!". kicker (in German). 3 December 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2012. 
  17. ^ "Babbel sacked as Hoffenheim coach". ESPN. 3 December 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  18. ^ a b c "Babbel steigt beim FC Luzern ein" (in German). kicker. 12 October 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  19. ^ "Raiffeisen Super League - Spieltag / Tabelle". (in German). kicker. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  20. ^ "VfB Stuttgart - Trainerhistorie". (in German). kicker. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  21. ^ "Hertha BSC". (in German). kicker. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  22. ^ "1899 Hoffenheim - Trainerhistorie". (in German). kicker. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  23. ^ "FC Luzern". (in German). kicker. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  24. ^ a b c d "Markus Babbel" (in Deutsch). Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  25. ^ "Markus Babbel". Eurosport. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  26. ^ "M. Babbel". Soccerway. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  27. ^ "M. Babbel". Soccerway. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 

External links

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  • Markus Babbel career statistics at Soccerbase
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