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Rainer Adrion

Published: Monday 5 November 2012, 17.14CET
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Rainer Adrion
Rainer Adrion (Germany) ©UEFA.com
Published: Monday 5 November 2012, 17.14CET

Rainer Adrion

Germany

Date of birth: 10 December 1953
Nationality: German
Playing career: FV Zuffenhausen, SpVgg 07 Ludwigsburg, VfB Stuttgart, SpVgg Unterhaching, TSV 1860 München, FV Zuffenhausen
Coaching career: FV Zuffenhausen (player-coach), SpVgg 07 Ludwigsburg, SpVgg Unterhaching, SSV Reutlingen, VfR Pforzheim, VfB Stuttgart (assistant), VfB Stuttgart, VfB Stuttgart (reserves), Stuttgarter Kickers, VfB Stuttgart (reserves), Germany Under-21s (since July 2009)

• Born in Stuttgart, Adrion made a total of 22 Bundesliga appearances as a defender for VfB and played in the lower leagues for clubs such as Unterhaching and 1860.

• It was in those divisions that he started his coaching career and, via Unterhaching (1991–93) and Reutlingen (1993–94), he found himself back at Stuttgart, where he became assistant coach in 1996. In January 1999, he replaced Wolfgang Rolff as caretaker of the Bundesliga side, but a string of bad results led to Ralf Rangnick taking over in May of that year.

• Adrion went on to coach VfB's reserves and showed a flair for bringing through aspiring youngsters. Left to coach Unterhaching in the 2. Bundesliga (2001–02) and Stuttgarter Kickers in the third tier, only to return to once more take charge of Stuttgart's reserves in 2004, again showing an ability to bring the best out of raw talent.

• In July 2009, he took over from Horst Hrubesch as U21 coach, though Germany missed out on the 2011 finals after finishing third in their qualifying group. Two years later, he successfully led them to the finals in Israel.

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