Gilbert Gress

Gilbert Gress in 2009

Gilbert Gress ( born December 17, 1941 in Strasbourg ) is a football coach and former football player. He is of French and Swiss nationality (in Switzerland, civil rights ).

  • 3.1 Title as coach

Club career

The winger and midfielder started his professional football career in his native city with Racing Strasbourg, where the fans him soon as the " Angel of the Meinau " ( l' Ange de la Meinau, the Stade de la Meinau is the club's stadium in the Strasbourg Area Neudorf ) designated. Shortly after his first game for Strasbourg league team (May 1960) increased this from the 2nd league, returned after a year but again in the Division 1 back to where Strasbourg starred up to Gress ' Change to VfB Stuttgart ( 1966) in mid-table, 1964 and 1966 League Cup won the French club. In the Swabians to four and a half years Bundesliga joined without title; During this time he was but the first time appointed to the French national team. During the season 1970/71 Gilbert Gress returned to his home country and has been with Olympique Marseille twice champion of France. From 1973 to 1975 he was playing for his club Racing origin, then moved for a year to Neuchâtel Xamax in Switzerland and finished his playing career in 1976.

Gress has (201 Strasbourg, 89 for Marseille) completed 290 first division matches in France and scored 28 goals in the process; in the Bundesliga he came to 149 inserts, and 24 hits.


  • French Cup Winners: 1966
  • French Champion: 1971, 1972

National players

1966 Gilbert Gress had reached a first peak of his career; nevertheless took coach Henri Guérin the running game and strong winger not having the World Cup in England because Gress refused to cut his long hair. Under the new coach Louis Dugauguez he came on September 27, 1967 but still his first appearance for the national team (1:5 against Germany in Berlin) - for the game in Poland ten days before his Stuttgart club coach Gunther Baumann him still had the denied exemption. Overall Gress played in 1967, 1968 and 1971, three times in the Équipe Tricolore, but remained without a goal.

Gress as coach

Since 1977 Gress works as a football coach, where he also started this career in his hometown of Strasbourg. With Racing Strasbourg in 1979, he won the French championship. A year earlier he had been selected coach of the year. Its popularity in Alsace was also expressed in the founding of a Gilbert Gress - fan. He has also worked in Belgium, Austria and more than sixteen years in Switzerland, including twelve years at Neuchatel Xamax. In this role, Gress won two national championships, the only recipient in the modern history of the club from 1970 through merger Xamax FC. The end of 1997 Gress was appointed coach in 1998 and 1999 and was coach of the Swiss national selection, the qualification for the Euro 2000 was just missed. An extension of the contract failed to Gress ' wage demand. As a coach at FC Zurich in 2000, he won the Swiss Cup, but missed the qualification aimed for the then still existing " final round " from the Swiss Championship. In 2002 he took over for a few months as coach at FC Metz, was the club which was already at Gress ' inaugural arg in reserve, but not save them from relegation to the second division.

Shortly before the end of season 2006/ 07 he took over the short term as coach at FC Aarau, he still led the last in extremis on the penultimate rank the highest league so that Aarau could get the class from its own resources by the Barrage games. However, Gilbert Gress left the FC Aarau on the new season already again - after officially to reports his claims were concerning content and signings reason enough not to renew the contract. In June 2009, Gress was as a coach for the following season back at his home club Racing Strasbourg, which now played in the second division, committed. He was released in August of the same year after only two games as a result of differences with the majority shareholder.

Title as coach

  • French Champion: 1979
  • Swiss champion: 1987, 1988
  • Swiss Cup Winners: 2000
  • French Coach of the Year: 1978

Media presence

2006 and 2008 coached Gilbert Gress for Swiss television in the context of the program The Match a celebrity selection. During the 2006 World Cup and 2010, as well as the Euro 08 and Euro 12 was seen almost daily Gress on Swiss television, as he analyzed the current games. Together with the Swiss DJ and producer Sir Colin he took the song " Olé Gilbert Gress " on. Gress is also prominent advertising for the 2009 launched Swiss football game Toto Toto Goal.

Gilbert Gress is a regular studio guest on Swiss television SRF two. He analyzed together with Raphael Wicky ( and Andy Egli ) the current UEFA Champions League games.


After the career Gress was, apart from coach stations in his hometown and settled in Bruges and in Metz, in Switzerland.