Bruno Labbadia

Bruno Labbadia in 2012

Bruno Labbadia ( born February 8, 1966 in Darmstadt ) is a former German Italian burly football player and current coach.

Family, Childhood and Education

Labbadias parents had moved in the 1950s from Lenola as Italian guest workers to Germany and had settled in Schneppenhausen. Labbadia grew up as one of seven children in modest circumstances on a farm in Schneppenhausen on. In elementary school, he was bullied by his classmates because of his Italian migrant background and as a " wop " titled. Labbadia learned for this reason no Italian. After the certificate of education, he completed an apprenticeship as an insurance salesman.

Career as a player


Labbadia played in youth at FSV Schneppenhausen and SV Weiterstadt. From 1984 to 2003, the striker played in the 1st and 2nd Bundesliga for SV Darmstadt 98, Hamburger SV, 1 FC Kaiserslautern and FC Bayern Munich 1 FC Köln, Werder Bremen, Arminia Bielefeld and Karlsruher SC. He scored in 328 Bundesliga games, 103 goals and 229 games in the second league 101 goals.

With the 1 FC Kaiserslautern in 1990 he was DFB Cup winner as he scored two goals for a 3-2 victory in the final against Werder Bremen, and in 1991 German Masters. With FC Bayern München 1994 he became champion again. In 1999, he was charged with 28 hits for Arminia Bielefeld scorer in the Bundesliga 2.


Labbadia was the first time the national team on 11 August 1987, when he came off the bench for the U- 21 team in Trier in the 0-2 home defeat against France in the 46th minute for Maurizio Gaudino. His first international goal he scored on 8 September in a 2-0 victory over the English U- 21 team in Lüdenscheid.

Five years later, he was first appointed in a 4-1 victory in the Test match against Uruguay in the senior team. He received in 1995 a further test - countries game that Germany won against Belgium 2-1 in his second and final use.

Career as a coach

After the end of his career as a professional player was Bruno Labbadia from May 2003 to the end of the 2005/06 season as a coach for SV Darmstadt 98 operates. In the first year as head he went to the club to the Regionalliga. The following season he led his team at number five of the final table. In his last year in Darmstadt he missed but with the same table ranking the goals set by himself and from club side goal to ascend to the 2nd Bundesliga.

In the 2007 /08 season he coached the SpVgg Greuther Fürth in the 2nd Bundesliga, concluded on table in sixth place, thus missing out on promotion to the Bundesliga. Although he was in Fürth until 2009 under contract, he moved to season 2008/09 Bundesliga Bayer 04 Leverkusen. After a strong first round the team collapsed in the second half and finished the season on a disappointing ninth. However, the DFB Cup final was reached ( 0-1 against Werder Bremen ), which was overshadowed by discussions about Labbadias premature finish.

In the 2009 summer break Labbadia changed as the successor of Martin Jol as head coach of Hamburger SV. The 2009/2010 season was similar to the previous one in Leverkusen: Following a strong start, the club slipped in the second half of the upper third of the table into midfield from. On April 26, 2010, the HSV separated three games before the end of the Bundesliga season by Labbadia.

On 12 December 2010 Labbadia became the new head coach at VfB Stuttgart. He extended his contract with VfB on 30 January 2013 to the end of June 2015. In the 2012/13 season, he reached the final of Stuttgart in the DFB Cup, which they lost 2:3 against FC Bayern Munich. After a weak start to the 2013/14 season with three defeats VfB separated on 26 August 2013 Labbadia.

Successes as a player

  • German champion: 1991 (1st FC Kaiserslautern ), 1994 (FC Bayern München )
  • DFB Cup winners: 1990 (1st FC Kaiserslautern)
  • Scorer of the month: April 1991 December 1992 May 1994
  • Scorer in the Bundesliga 2, 1999: with Arminia Bielefeld

Labbadia is the only professional football player, who scored in both the first and in the second German football Bundesliga over 100 goals.