Rainer Adrion

Rainer Adrion ( born December 10, 1953 in Stuttgart ) is a German football coach and former football player.


The Swabian-born Adrion carried in his Bundesliga career 22 times the jersey of VfB Stuttgart, scoring no goals.

After his playing career he remained VfB Stuttgart obtained by different coach positions. He was on 1 January 1999 head coach of the first team of VfB. He should raise the danger of relegation team and also install the game system of his designated successor Ralf Rangnick. After poor results under Adrion, which further increased the danger of relegation yet, Rangnick was prematurely on 3 May 1999 Head Coach, after his former club SSV Ulm 1846 had granted him early release. Adrion then took over the second team of VfB Stuttgart.

After intermediate stations on 13 September 2001 to 2 April 2002 in Bundesliga 2 in the SpVgg Unterhaching and 10 March 2003 to 27 October 2003, in the Regionalliga Süd with the Stuttgarter Kickers Adrion returned to VfB Stuttgart coach the second team back.

From 2004 to 2009, he never got down to the second team of VfB Stuttgart in 2008 and qualified directly for the newly founded 3rd Football League.

Coach of U -21

Since July 1, 2009 Adrion trained the German U-21 national team. Already since 1 June 2009 he was a member of the coaching staff of the DFB.

2011 missed Adrion with the U -21 qualifying for the finals for the U-21 European Championships in Denmark. The team coached by him failed to qualify to the teams from the Czech Republic and Iceland.

In the U -21 European Championship in 2013 in Israel, the German team retired after defeats in their first two group games prematurely. The squad for the compilation and the weak offensive which has been criticized Adrion rule out a resignation. Players like Draxler, Gündoğan, Schurrle, Gotze and Toni Kroos had Adrion left to the senior national team, the latter two were injured anyway. With Beister ( five goals ) and Esswein (four) had not nominated Adrion two of the best goalscorers in qualifying. On June 21, 2013 Adrion was relieved of his duties.


Adrion lives in Remseck (Kreis Ludwigsburg ). He is married and has one daughter and two sons. His son Benjamin Adrion was also a professional footballer.

Successes as a player

  • WFV Cup winners: 1974, 1980
  • 3rd place in 1981 with VfB Stuttgart

Success as a coach

  • Finalist of the German Amateur Championship: 1991