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Ralf Loose

Ralf Loose
Loose with Dresden in 2011
Personal information
Date of birth (1963-01-05) 5 January 1963 (age 61)
Place of birth Dortmund, West Germany
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Position(s) Defender/Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1986 Borussia Dortmund 120 (11)
1986–1987 Rot-Weiß Oberhausen 34 (3)
1987–1993 Fortuna Düsseldorf 188 (4)
Total 342 (18)
International career
Germany U-21
Managerial career
1998–1999 Liechtenstein U-21 (assistant)
1999–2004 Liechtenstein
2004–2005 Sportfreunde Siegen
2005–2006 FC St. Gallen
2006–2007 Sportfreunde Siegen
2007–2008 FC Augsburg
2011–2012 Dynamo Dresden
2013–2015 Preußen Münster
2018–2022 FC Winterthur
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Ralf Loose (German pronunciation: [ˈʁalf ˈloːzə]; born 5 January 1963) is a German football coach and former player who last managed Swiss club Winterthur.[1] He is most noted for his stint with the Liechtenstein national football team.

Playing career


Loose played as a sweeper between 1981 and 1986 for Borussia Dortmund, and also for a year for Rot-Weiß Oberhausen. Between 1987 and 1994 he was at Fortuna Düsseldorf. He has also been captain for the Germany national under-21 football team.

Managing career


Between 1996 and 1998 Loose was the coach for the Liechtenstein Under-18s team. On 1 July 1998, he was appointed to Liechtenstein national team manager. Ralf held this position until 29 July 2003.[1] On 1 July 2004, he became coach at a regional team Sportfreunde Siegen.[2] After a brief spell with FC St. Gallen he returned to Sportfreunde Siegen. Ralf Loose replaced Rainer Hörgl as coach at FC Augsburg in October 2007. Loose was sacked in April 2008, after a dismal season that has left Augsburg teetering close to relegation.[3] He was appointed as manager of Dynamo Dresden in April 2011. He earned promotion in his first season, after a playoff victory over VfL Osnabrück, but was sacked in December 2012, after a poor start to the 2012–13 season.

Loose was appointed manager of Swiss Challenge League club, FC Winterthur on 1 July 2019


  1. ^ a b "Ralf Loose" (in German). Retrieved 6 February 2010.
  2. ^ "Ralf Loose" (in German). Retrieved 6 February 2010.
  3. ^ "FC Augsburg entlässt Trainer Ralf Loose" [FC Augsburg sacks manager Ralf Loose] (in German). 16 April 2008. Retrieved 6 February 2010.
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