As a player, coach refers to a person exercising a sports team, but at the same time also has the right to appoint himself as a player. This option is available in almost all sports.


Players Coaches can be found as well as no longer in professional football, while they were common before the Second World War in many European countries. In contrast, experienced amateur players are occasionally used for a time as a player-coach. The player-coach is in the game, he can usually be represented by assistant coach on the bench. Usually a player-coach is an older, very experienced player who moves to the end of his career as an active footballer in employment as a coach, but still some time playing himself on.

In the minor leagues he is the coach, who enters as a coach in the team sheet, it can also be a player. In the higher leagues, there are provisions for the operation of gambling that the trainer be present and must have a license level. Did he not this, another coach may be registered, and the player-coach acts as a team leader.

In the German Bundesliga, there is no longer this way the players coach.

As a player, coach temporarily worked, inter alia, the footballers Hennes Weisweiler, Helmut Benthaus, Wolfgang Frank, Uwe Reinders, Helmut Schön, Joachim Loew, Albert Batteux, Ruud Gullit, Kenny Dalglish, Gianluca Vialli, Hans -Peter Briegel, Marco were short, Romário Karl -Heinz Riedle, Trevor Francis, Dorinel Munteanu and the current actor Vinnie Jones. Particularly successful was the Argentine striker Adolfo Pedernera, who belonged to the early 1950s with the Colombian club Millonarios CD Los best in the world and among others three times won the national championship. Its also associated as a player of world class compatriot José Manuel Moreno won as player-coach in 1955 with Independiente Medellín, the Colombian championship.

A special chapter wrote Erwin Helmchen as player-coach of VfB Lübeck from the spring of 1950. The League opponents Göttingen 05 and later Phoenix Lübeck protested for various technical reasons against his participation in championship games. The much-feared player-coach at the time was 43 years old.