With André Breitenreiter, FC Zurich acquired a coach with a good reputation. Ancillo and Heliane Canepa over the moon.
Relationships in football often begin in very fleeting places. Rest stops on the highway are good opportunities to get to know each other, as in airport hotels, preferably anonymous, somewhat conspiratorial and secret, so that no one can disturb early happiness.
Zurich Football Club met their new coach Andre Breitenreiter on a phone call a week ago on Wednesday. This was followed by another conversation in Canepas’ office on Sunday. Then the presidential couple, Ansilo and Helian, said: We want it. “It sparked,” says Helian Canepa.
Some of that spark can also be felt in the Brettenwriter Show. Ancilo Canepa drove the 47-year-old Breitnerretter’s resume in Comper style. A long-time lover of German football, Canepa was proud to have been chosen as a great player from the German Bundesliga. In the end there were five candidates, the Breitnerrighter was the solution. The nomination is a coup against the FCZ, and interest from the outside is certain.
This knight is an eloquent man. He said, once he realized that he really wanted to come to Zurich, that the presidential couple had really won him. He politely avoided questions about transfers, team planning and goals. However, Helian Canepa had to smile audibly several times in the back area. In fact, the communication was on a completely different level than that of his predecessor Massimo Rizzo.
Matthew dug tunnel and defeated Khan
With the Breitenreiter, FCZ brought in a man who achieved rapid success all over. On his debut as a 20-year-old with Hamburg, he was in the starting line-up against Bayern Munich. A quarter of an hour was played when striker Lothar Matthaus died and pushed the ball past Oliver Kahn.
Even with his first coaching position in 2009, things went quickly. The team used to lose, and tears were part of it. Breitenreiter brought order to the game and confidence to players. “I took charge at the start of the season without any sense of accomplishment, in the end we finished third, and the next year we became champions,” he once told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper. His players were F-Juniors from TuS Altwarmbüchen and their son Emil.
Continue down this path. In Paderborn, he climbed to the top flight in his first year with no one. In his first year at Schalke, he had the best start to the season in the past 50 years. And he’s also grown up in Hanover, first year of course. The image was faded due to the fact that the effect faded very quickly. Recently, he took two years off due to family matters (his mother passed away, his father is in a nursing home with dementia). He was simply not ready for a new task.
And now FCZ. How does he do that? Where does this rapid success come from? “I have a clear plan and I’m working on improving the players and making the most of the opportunities available,” he says. And: “If you ask former employees, you will realize that many would walk the fire for me.” He is mysterious on the one hand and very self-confident on the other.
Martin Andermatt worked with Breitnerreiter in Hannover. He describes him as a master at rhetoric, and a strong personality with his own ideas. The one who can get the team behind him. Breitenreiter can also be quite tricky when it comes to player requests, but always in the interest of the cause.
Ancillo Canepa recently relied on in-house solutions with Rizzo and Ludovic Magnin, but it worked only moderately. He is now talking about change management, about the change he described for the club and that starts with the coach. He was looking for a strong character – and he found one. Kaneba takes a deep breath. He wants to say: Of course he can handle someone like Breitnerrighter.
Christian Zürcher Reporter. Work began at Tages-Anzeiger in 2013.
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