December 2006 at Old Trafford
Sir Alexander "Alex" Ferguson Chapman (CBE, born December 31, 1941 in the district of Govan in Glasgow ) is a former Scottish football coach and football player who worked for Manchester United from 1986 to 2013. In almost 27 years, Ferguson won with United, among others 13 times the English Championship, five times the English Cup, the Champions League twice and once the European Cup Winners' Cup.
Ferguson grew up in Glasgow's Govan shipyard workers quarters and trained as a toolmaker. He played for Dunfirmline Athletic and Rangers.
His coaching career began in Scotland, the football club FC East Stirlingshire and soon moved to FC St. Mirren, before he experienced a very successful trainer time in Aberdeen, Scotland. He won the Scottish Cup with the club in 1980 and another league title in 1984 and 1985. He was with Aberdeen from 1982 to 1984 three times in the Scottish Cup. His biggest success in 1983 was the Aberdeen winning the European Cup Winners' Cup after a final win against Real Madrid. Subsequently, he was a short time national coach of the Scottish national football team.
Since November 6, 1986, he was a coach at Manchester United and one of the most successful in the club's history. In 1999, he won with the team the triple, ie the national championship, FA Cup and the Champions League, after which it struck Queen Elizabeth II knighted on 20 July 1999.
Ferguson is co-owner of an internationally well-known racehorse named " Rock of Gibraltar ". This racehorse has introduced alone in 2002 more than 17 million euros. The stallion, who won seven races of category 1 in series and became second in the famous Breeders' Cup in the United States had, according to Ferguson belongs to him and an Irish multi-millionaire half each.
2008, the second winning the Champions League followed. On September 2, 2012 Ferguson completed his 1000th Premier League game as manager of Manchester United.
On 8 May 2013, announced his retirement as coach after the 2012/13 season. On May 19, 2013 Ferguson sat for the last time on the bench for Manchester United in a 5-5 away against West Bromwich Albion. It was also his 1500th competitive match as manager of the club.
Since November 2011, is the largest tribune of stadium of Manchester United, Old Trafford, Ferguson named after. This honor at his 25th year at Manchester United on the part of the board, the players and the fans symbolizes their gratitude for this successful time. It is the only stand at Old Trafford, which is named after a person. In November 2012, a bronze statue was unveiled outside the stadium in his honor.
Success as a coach
- Champions League winner: 1999, 2008
- European Cup Winners' Cup: 1983, 1991
- European Supercup winner: 1983, 1991
- World Cup winner: 1999
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2008
- Scottish champion: 1980, 1984, 1985
- Scottish Cup Winners: 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986
- Scottish League Cup Winners: 1986
- English Champion (13 × ): 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013
- English Cup ( 5x): 1990, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2004
- English League Cup Winners (4 × ): 1992, 2006, 2009, 2010
- Community Shield Winners (10 × ): 1990, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011
- Ferguson is frequently cited by media and fans " Fergie ", eg in the name Fergie's Fledglings, a tribute to the Busby Babes.
- As Fergie Time (English Fergusonzeit ) are conspicuously designated longer extension times when returns are top teams.
Ferguson was known for putting referees under pressure, which cost him but also substantial fines and suspensions.
Awards as coach
- World Soccer Coach of the Year: 1993, 1999, 2007, 2008
- English Coach of the Year: 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013
- FIFA World Club Coach of the Year: 1999, 2008
- UEFA Club Football Awards Coach of the Year: 1999
- UEFA Team of the Year: 2007, 2008
- LMA Coach of the Year: 1999, 2008, 2011, 2013
- Nominated as FIFA Coach of the Year 2013