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Eckhard Krautzun

Eckhard Krautzun
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Krautzun as FC St. Pauli manager in July 1997
Personal information
Date of birth (1941-01-13) 13 January 1941 (age 79)
Place of birth Solingen, Germany
Teams managed
Years Team
1969–1970 Young Fellows Zurich
1971 Kenya
1973–1975 Canada
1975–1977 Canada
1976–1977 Vancouver Whitecaps (NASL)
1978 Wormatia Worms
1978–1979 TSV 1860 München
1980 Houston Hurricane
1981–1982 Fort Lauderdale Strikers
1983 SG Union Solingen
1983 Mazda Hiroshima
1983–1985 SG Union Solingen
1985–1986 Tennis Borussia Berlin
1986–1987 Darmstadt 98
1987–1988 Al Ahli Jeddah
1989 Darmstadt 98
1989–1990 Wormatia Worms
1990 Alemannia Aachen
1990–1991 SC Freiburg
1991–1992 Philippines
1992–1993 City Hall
1992 Korea Republic (Technical director)
1992–1993 Malaysia
1993–1995 VfL Wolfsburg
1995–1996 1. FC Union Berlin
1996 1. FC Kaiserslautern
1997 CS Sfaxien
1997 FC St. Pauli
1997–1999 CS Sfaxien
1999 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (Sporting director)
1999–2000 Darmstadt 98
2000–2001 1. FSV Mainz 05
2001 Tunisia
2003–2005 China under-20 team
2007 China women (Technical consultant)

Eckhard Krautzun (born 13 January 1941) is a German football coach and former football player.

Managerial career

As a player, Krautzun turned out for Union Solingen, Rheydter SV, 1. FC Kaiserslautern, Young Fellows Zürich and TeBe Berlin. As well as a manager, Krautzun has acted as a technical director and scout. He has worked extensively in North America and Asia, where he worked as a scout in China and Korea from 2001–2003.

Krautzun was the first head coach of Canada not to hail from that country or the United Kingdom. After his resignation, Krautzun pointed to the lack of public support for amateur sports in Canada as a reason for the country's lack of success on the international stage.[1] Krautzun went on right after resigning to coach in the NASL with the Vancouver Whitecaps (and later with the Houston Hurricane and Ft. Lauderdale Strikers). He was not a popular coach with the Whitecaps due to the defensive style of play he employed. It was only later with the Strikers (with stars such as Gerd Muller, Teofilo Cubillas, Ray Hudson and Branko Segota) where he loosened up and got his teams attacking and the Strikers had two very successful seasons getting to the semi-finals twice.

Krautzun steered Tunisia through 2002 World Cup qualifying but resigned ahead of the tournament, citing interference from the Tunisian Football Federation with his coaching.

Krautzun was in charge of a training camp for promising Chinese youngsters in Bad Kissingen, Germany in 2006, helping prepare the younger generation of players for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.[2] In 2007, he acted as an adviser to the Chinese women's team, stepping down in March of that year due to health issues.[3]



VfL Wolfsburg
1. FC Kaiserslautern


  1. ^ "How do Canadian athletes stack up?". CBC Digital Archives. 8 June 1975. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  2. ^ "What's in a number?". The Guardian. 6 September 2005. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Krautzun steps down as adviser to Chinese women's soccer team". China Daily. 9 March 2007. Retrieved 22 May 2011.