Mercedes-Benz JuniorCup January 5 & 6, 2019

The JuniorCup And Its Trainers

There are 18 positions available for professional soccer trainers, which are very popular despite the redundancies. Almost a quarter (four) of them are staffed by past JuniorCup trainers

There are 18 positions available for professional soccer trainers, which are very popular despite the redundancies. The 18 positions belong to the First Bundesliga. Almost a quarter (four) of them are staffed by soccer instructors who have also worked at the Mercedes-Benz JuniorCup, which takes place on the 5th and 6th of January for the 28th time in the Glaspalast of Sindelfingen.

Sometimes things go very fast in this industry. In 2016, Julian Nagelsmann was with the U19 of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at the Glaspalast, 36 days later he was coach of the Bundesliga Baden team. In 2017, a man named Domenico Tedesco joined the Hoffenheim team, 61 days later he coached the second division Erzgebirge Aue, from where he switched to Schalke 04 at the beginning of this season. Christian Streich (SC Freiburg) was at the Glaspalast in 2002 and 2011 as a member of the U19 of the SC Freiburg and became a firmly agitation of the Bundesliga in Freiburg. Heiko Herrlich rounds off the quartet. He was the coach of Borussia Dortmund in 2006 at the Glaspalast and is now coach at Bayer Leverkusen.

This year, the organizers had a completely new experience; for the first time, someone made a career before even getting to Sindelfingen. Explanatory notes: Stefan Ruthenbeck was registered for the tournament on January 5 and 6 as coach of 1. FC Köln with his assistant Kevin McKenna, but since last Sunday, he trains the professional team of Cologne. Although it is scheduled, that he will return to the 1. FC Cologne youth team during winter break, since a new professional coach should be there by then. However, the name remains unknown.

Whether or not Ruthenbeck will be in Sindelfingen at the 28th edition in January, there will be, once again, coaches with good prospects and prominent names. For example, the U19 of Bayern Munich, which will be participating at the Glaspalast for the first time after a 24-year break, and is coached by Sebastian Hoeneß. The son of Dieter Hoeneß was until last season in Leipzig.

The Icelanders from Vikingur Reykjavik are bringing Andri Marteinsson along, who has played 20 caps for Iceland.

In January, a specialist will be sitting on the bench at the Glaspalast for Panathinaikos Athens. Kostas Frantzeskos is not only a legend of the association, but also holds a record. He played 38 international matches for Greece. Today, he still holds the record for the most free kick goals of the national team.

However, for the 28th edition of the tournament, there is also a completely different coach aspect. Palko Dardai is on the list of players for Hertha BSC Berlin. He is the son of Pal Dardai, the national league coach of Hertha. Palko Dardai, who has also played four youth international matches for the DFB, has been appointed to Hertha professionals this season in the Euro League.

The 28th Mercedes-Benz JuniorCup will take place at the Glaspalast on January 5 from 12pm to 6:30pm and on January 6 from 11am to 4pm.

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