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Ernst Middendorp

Ernst Middendorp
Middendorp in 2018
Personal information
Full name Ernst Johannes Middendorp
Date of birth (1958-10-28) 28 October 1958 (age 65)
Place of birth Freren, Germany
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1981 SG Freren 85 (72)
1981–1982 TuS Lingen 17 (9)
1982–1985 VfB Rheine 91 (83)
1985–1987 VfB Alstätte 42 (37)
Total 235 (198)
Managerial career
1987–1988 Eintracht Nordhorn
1988–1990 Arminia Bielefeld
1990–1992 VfB Rheine
1992–1994 FC Gütersloh
1994–1998 Arminia Bielefeld
1999 KFC Uerdingen
1999 VfL Bochum
1999–2002 Asante Kotoko
2002–2003 FC Augsburg
2004 Hearts of Oak SC
2004–2005 Tractor Sazi
2005–2007 Kaizer Chiefs
2007 Arminia Bielefeld
2008–2009 Changchun Yatai
2009 Rot-Weiss Essen
2009 Anorthosis Famagusta
2009–2011 Maritzburg United
2011 Golden Arrows
2012–2013 Maritzburg United
2013–2014 Bloemfontein Celtic
2015–2016 Chippa United
2018–2020 Kaizer Chiefs
2020 Saint George
2020–2022 Maritzburg United
2023 Swallows FC
2023 SV Meppen
2023 Singida Fountain Gate
2023– Cape Town Spurs
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Ernst Middendorp (born 28 October 1958) is a German football coach who coaches Cape Town Spurs.

Middendorp takes soccer fans on a journey through his over 38-year globetrotting career as a soccer coach in Resilience: The Ernst Middendorp Authorised Biography. In the book, Middendorp opens up about calling out match-fixing, coaching three huge clubs for free, and twice experiencing losing the league title on the final day. Soccer icons such as Shaun Bartlett and Middendorp's wife, Bronwyn, also reveal what he is like behind the scenes.[1][2]

Education

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Middendorp was born in Freren. Prior to coaching he was a lecturer of economics, political science and informatics at vocational colleges . In 1996, he attained his UEFA Pro License (Fußball-Lehrer) from the Deutsche Sporthochschule in Köln, Germany. In 2000, he began studying communication and management at PR Kolleg Berlin, Germany, where he studied through 2002.

Career

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Middendorp has coached professional football on the highest level for nearly 20 years in Europe, Asia and Africa, having a UEFA Pro License (Fussball-Lehrer) from the German Football Association. In addition, Middendorp has experience analyzing FIFA world cup tournaments (2006 and 2010), as well as the EURO tournament in 2012.

Middendorp started his coaching career with VfB Alstätte where he coached from July 1985 to June 1987.[3] He then moved on to Eintracht Nordhorn[3] where he was head coach from 1 July 1987 to 18 April 1988.[4]

Middendorp's first stint as Arminia Bielefeld head coach was from 18 April 1988 to 8 October 1990.[5] His first match was a 2–1 loss to SG Wattenscheid 09.[6] He finished the 1987–88 2. Bundesliga season with two wins, one draw, and seven losses.[5] Arminia Bielefeld finished in last place and were relegated.[7] He went on to become head coach of VfB Rheine from November 1990 to June 1992.[3] After VfB Rheine, Middendorp was head coach of FC Gütersloh between 1 July 1992 and 30 June 1994.[8] He finished 13th in the 1992–93 season[9] and ninth in the 1993–94 season.[10]

Middendorp took over as head coach of Arminia Bielefeld for a second time on 25 August 1994.[5] He finished with a record of 40 wins, 26 draws, and 47 losses in his second stint.[5] During his tenure, the club was promoted to the Bundesliga in 1996. In 2005, when Arminia Bielefeld was celebrating its 100th anniversary, Middendorp was elected their "Coach of the Century".

Middendorp was head coach of KFC Uerdingen 05 from 25 March 1999 to 30 June 1999.[11] He had five, two draws, and two losses in nine matches during his time at Uerdingen.[12]

Middendorp was head coach of VfL Bochum between 1 July 1999 and 25 October 1999.[13] During his time at Bochum, he had a record of three wins, three draws, and five losses.[13]

Middendorp then went to Ghana to become the head coach of Asante Kotoko between January 2000 and June 2002.[3] He returned to Germany to become head coach of FC Augsburg on 1 July 2002.[14] He was at Augsburg until 28 September 2003.[14] He had a record of 21 wins, eight draws, and 16 losses.[14] He then returned to Ghana to become head coach of Hearts of Oak between March 2004 and June 2004.[3] He then went to Iran to become head coach of Tractor Sazi between July 2004 and June 2005.[3]

Middendorp returned to Africa to become head coach the South African Castle Premiership team Kaizer Chiefs from the beginning of the 2005–06 season up to 4 March 2007.[15] His first match was a 1–0 win against Bush Bucks F.C.[16] At the start of the 2006–07 season, Middendorp guided his team to the SAA Supa 8 trophy. The Kaizer Chiefs defeated Supersport United in the final. Middendorp's departure happened on 4 March 2007.[15] His final match was a 2–1 loss to AmaZulu F.C.[17]

On 14 March 2007, he started his third stint as a coach at Arminia Bielefeld,[5] but was fired by club management on 10 December 2007.[5] From there he went to coach the Chinese club, Changchun Yatai, but left the club in December 2008[18] and returned to Germany, where he signed a contract with Rot Weiss Essen On 6 April 2009,[19] he left the team after just 29 days.[20] He had won only one match during his 29 days.[21] On 7 May 2009, he joined Cypriot club, Anorthosis Famagusta,[22] but was fired on 24 July 2009[23] following their elimination in the second round of the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League.[24] On 16 November 2009, he replaced Gordon Igesund as head coach of Maritzburg United,[25] and was coach until 12 March 2011.[26] He won five out of the final 15 league matches.[27] His final match was a 2–2 draw against Vasco da Gama on 5 March 2011.[28]

Middendorp was head coach of Golden Arrows between 21 March 2011 and 30 September 2011.[29] Golden Arrows won two out of five matches to finish the 2010–11 season.[30] His final match was a 2–1 win against Kaizer Chiefs.[31] On 18 January 2012, Middendorp returned to Maritzburg United.[32] He resigned as head coach of Maritzburg United on 10 October 2013[26] before joining Bloemfontein Celtic as head coach on 11 October 2013.[33] Celtic finished off the 2013–14 season with nine wins in 24 league matches.[34] He left the club on 14 December 2014.[35] His final match was a 0–0 draw against Moroka Swallows on the same day.[36] He coached the Eastern Province SA Premier League team Chippa United from 5 January to 30 March 2015.[37] Middendorp didn't win any matches at Chippa United.[38]

In the 2015–16 season Ernst led not one but two South African Premier League teams from the relegation position to safety. He took Free State Stars from position 16 at the bottom of the league on matchday three[39] to position six within four months,[40] averaging two points a game. On 28 December 2015, Ernst returned to Maritzburg United[26] (a club he coached twice before)[26] who were then in position 16[40] and facing the stark danger of relegating. Ernst and his team narrowed the gap until the final nail-biting game of the season when Maritzburg United moved to the safety of position 14.[41]

Middendorp returned to Kaizer Chiefs on 7 December 2018.[15] His first match was a 1–0 win against SuperSport United on 12 December 2018.[42] Kaizer Chiefs finished the 2018–19 season in ninth place.[43] Kaizer Chiefs finished the following season in 2nd place and qualified for the 2020–21 CAF Champions League.[44] Then he coached Saint George between 23 October 2020 and 24 November 2020.[45]

Middendorp returned to Maritzburg United on 26 November 2020.[26] his first match was a 2–1 loss to SuperSport United on 27 November 2020.[46]

He has been the mentor of Fadlu Davids, who spent much of his time learning the coaching trade as assistant coach to Middendorp: at Maritzburg, Bloemfontein Celtic and Chippa United.[47]

In March 2023, Middendorp returned to Germany to manage SV Meppen.[48] On 16 August 2023, he resigned from this position after being relegated to the Regionalliga Nord and suffering two defeats in the first three games of the 2023–24 season.[49]

In September 2023, Middendorp was appointed as the head coach of Tanzanian Singida Fountain Gate replacing Hans van der Pluijm.[50] He resigned after just two weeks and one game, a 1–0 win over Future in the 2023–24 CAF Confederation Cup qualifying rounds, due to disputes with the club management.[51]

He was appointed manager of South African premiership club Cape Town Spurs in November 2023.[52]

Coaching record

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As of 2 June 2024
Team From To Record Ref.
G W D L Win %
VfB Alstätte 1 July 1985 30 June 1987 [3]
Eintracht Nordhorn 1 July 1987 18 April 1988 [4]
Arminia Bielefeld 18 April 1988 8 October 1990 102 57 24 21 055.88 [5]
VfB Rheine 1 November 1990 30 June 1992 48 15 20 13 031.25 [3]
FC Gütersloh 1 July 1992 30 June 1994 64 20 17 27 031.25 [8][9][10]
Arminia Bielefeld 25 August 1994 16 August 1998 143 59 33 51 041.26 [5]
KFC Uerdingen 05 25 March 1999 30 June 1999 11 3 3 5 027.27 [11][12]
VfL Bochum 1 July 1999 25 October 1999 11 3 3 5 027.27 [13]
Asante Kotoko 1 January 2000 30 June 2002 [3]
FC Augsburg 1 July 2002 28 September 2003 45 21 8 16 046.67 [14]
Hearts of Oak 10 March 2004 30 June 2004 [3]
Tractor Sazi 12 July 2004 30 June 2005 [3]
Kaizer Chiefs 1 July 2005 4 March 2007 53 21 21 11 039.62 [15][16][17]
Arminia Bielefeld 14 March 2007 10 December 2007 27 11 4 12 040.74 [5]
Changchun Yatai 27 July 2008 31 December 2008 18 7 6 5 038.89 [18][53]
Rot-Weiss Essen 6 April 2009 6 May 2009 6 2 0 4 033.33 [19][20][21]
Anorthosis Famagusta 7 May 2009 24 July 2009 4 3 0 1 075.00 [22][23][24]
Maritzburg United 16 November 2009 12 March 2011 40 12 11 17 030.00 [25][26][27][28]
Golden Arrows 21 March 2011 30 September 2011 12 5 4 3 041.67 [29][30][31]
Maritzburg United 18 January 2012 10 October 2013 54 15 20 19 027.78 [32][26][54][55][56]
Bloemfontein Celtic 11 October 2013 14 December 2014 41 13 15 13 031.71 [33][34][35][36]
Chippa United 5 January 2015 30 March 2015 7 0 3 4 000.00 [37][38]
Free State Stars 29 August 2015 21 December 2015 10 5 3 2 050.00 [57]
Maritzburg United 28 December 2015 24 November 2016 31 8 10 13 025.81 [26][58][59]
Kaizer Chiefs 7 December 2018 9 September 2020 60 31 12 17 051.67 [15][42][44]
Saint George 23 October 2020 24 November 2020 [45]
Maritzburg United 26 November 2020 30 June 2022 59 15 19 25 025.42 [26][46]
Swallows FC 15 December 2022 6 March 2023 11 3 2 6 027.27 [60]
SV Meppen 7 March 2023 16 August 2023 16 6 2 8 037.50 [61]
Singida Fountain Gate 4 September 2023 19 September 2023 1 1 0 0 100.00 [51]
Cape Town Spurs 17 November 2023 present 20 5 5 10 025.00 [citation needed]

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