Incredibly, Rangnick began his coaching career at the age of 25 in 1983, after a mediocre semi-pro career.
But his theories bucked the trend – with the national team adopting a rigid 3-5-2 system and substitutions.
And to be fair, West Germany had tasted success playing that way – winning the 1990 World Cup, after finishing second four years earlier.
But Ralf has his own ideas on how to play a nice game.
In 1997, he scored his first goal at Ulm 1846, who would become his own fourth division champion.
A year later, he appeared on German television in a black suit and shirt revealing his football thesis.
The German media nicknamed him ‘The German Professor’, perhaps unfairly and mockingly.
He was ridiculed for his eccentric looks and frameless glasses, while his methods were not adopted by the teams that preferred German legend Franz Beckenbauer’s snooping method.
Rangnick said: “The reaction from the media as well as from others in football has been extraordinary. ESPN.
“The main reason for this is that 30 years ago, Franz Beckenbauer set the standard for most of the teams in our country when he created his own sweeping midfielder.
“Franz himself even said in the mid-’90s that you couldn’t play with a back four that marked the area because the German players wouldn’t understand how to play it.
“I asked myself, why are German players less intelligent than those in Belgium, Spain or the Netherlands? For me, that simply doesn’t make sense.”
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