Com­ing soon to a Pi­rates bench near you - Josef Zinnbauer!

The Citizen (KZN) - - Sport - Tshepo Nt­soe­len­goe

While many still fail to pro­nounce the name of the new Or­lando Pi­rates coach Josef Zinnbauer (right), there are still a lot of ques­tions sur­round­ing the new man at the helm of the Soweto club and his where­abouts.

Zinnbauer, a Ger­man-born coach was an­nounced as the new Buc­ca­neers coach on Tues­day af­ter­noon, but the an­nounce­ment shocked many foot­ball fans, es­pe­cially Pi­rates sup­port­ers who had no clue who Zinnbauer is.

Born in Sch­wan­dorf, a town on the river Naab in the Up­per Palati­nate, Bavaria, Ger­many, which is the seat of the Sch­wan­dorf district – the 49-year old be­gan his soc­cer ca­reer as a player when he played for at FV Wen­del­stein in the late 1980s, be­fore go­ing on to play for SVG Göt­tin­gen 07, TSV Vesten­bergs­greuth, SC 08 Bam­berg, SpVgg Bayreuth and SSV Ulm 1846 in the lower league of Ger­man foot­ball.

He only got to play top-flight foot­ball when he turned out for Karl­sruher SC in 1994 play­ing in the Bun­desliga and went on to play for FSV Mainz 05 while the side was play­ing in Bun­desliga Two. At Mainz, he be­came team-mates with cur­rent English Pre­mier­ship side coach Juer­gen Klopp.

In his ini­tial stints as a coach, he went on to men­tor in the lower di­vi­sions in Ger­many, coach­ing VfB Old­en­burg in both the fourth and fifth tier be­tween 2005 and 2010.

In 2011, Zinnbauer then went on to be­come an as­sis­tant coach at Karl­sruher SC to Scharinger and Jorn An­der­sen be­fore be­ing de­ployed to the club’s un­der-23 side in 2012 un­til 2014.

But his big­gest coach­ing job has to be at Ham­burg SV from Septem­ber 2014 but he was sub­se­quently sacked six months later af­ter the club found it­self in the rel­e­ga­tion zone. Be­fore be­ing ap­pointed as the new Pi­rates coach, the Ger­man men­tor’s last coach­ing role was at FC St. Gallen in Swe­den. He coached the side from 2015 to 2017 and has not had a coach­ing job since then.

The 49-year old Ger­man lacks tro­phies in his coach­ing ca­reer as a top-flight foot­ball coach and has been en­trusted to bring back the happy days at Bucs, a club in a five-year tro­phy drought.

How­ever, Zinnbauer seems to be ready and happy for the chal­lenge ahead and has done his home­work on the club he will be try­ing to get back on track and is ex­pect­ing ev­ery player to give their best.

“I wel­come the op­por­tu­nity to lead one of the pres­ti­gious clubs on the African con­ti­nent. I hope un­der my lead, we are able to re­turn the club to its win­ning ways,” Zinnbauer told Bucs me­dia.

“I like a dom­i­nant and pas­sion­ate style of play and ball pos­ses­sion is im­por­tant to me. There is qual­ity within our play­ers and we will reach the team’s full po­ten­tial with dis­ci­pline, hard work and ded­i­ca­tion. I ex­pect every­one at the club to give their best as I will give mine. It will not be easy, but we will make Pi­rates be­come great again.”

One of the first tasks for Zinnbauer as soon as he gets his work per­mit is to im­prove the club’s po­si­tion in the league stand­ings as they cur­rently sit sev­enth with 17 points. The club’s last game of the year will be up against Black Leop­ards on De­cem­ber 21.

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