Volker Finke

Finke as coach of SC Freiburg (2006)

Volker Finke ( born March 24, 1948 in Nienburg / Weser ) is a German football coach. He coached for 16 years without interruption SC Freiburg and thus record holder in German professional football. He is currently the coach of Cameroon.

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After graduation Finke served for three years in the Army, graduated from officer training and finished in 1969 his service as a lieutenant in the artillery regiment 4 After studying was Finke to 1990 teacher of sports, social studies and mathematics at the Albert Schweitzer school in Nienburg / Weser.

Playing career

Finke's first stop as a player was until 1969 the TSV Havelse. He then moved to Hanover SC, where he was active until 1974, most recently in the third-tier division of Lower Saxony.

Coaching career

TSV Stelingen

1974 Finke joined as player-coach for TSV Stelingen in the first circle class. He led the club with five ascents in the national league (1984, then 5 league).

TSV Havelse

1986 Finke returned as coach back to TSV Havelse ( where he used to actively played ) in the Oberliga Nord. Four years later, he led the team to the biggest success in club history, the rise in the 2nd Bundesliga. In October 1990 ( the TSV Havelse took a relegation place ) he had a leave of absence at his own request because he " was no longer able to motivate the team TSV ". Background were disputes with the club's management and the interest of local rivals Hannover 96, to commit Finke as a coach. Since Havelse Finke initially only on leave and threatened to take legal action against a contract signing at Hannover Finke Finke announced his contract without notice, because he publicly insulted felt from Havelser Board. Finke reached Although this meant that the termination of his contract, the Bureau and the Board of Hannover 96 are opting for the concept of Michael Lorkowski from 1 SC Norderstedt. Finke then took over as coach Lorkowskis in Norderstedt.

SC Freiburg

After a season at the 1st SC Norderstedt in the Oberliga Nord Finke was "discovered" by the then President of SC Freiburg, Achim Stocker. On 1 July 1991 he finally moved to Freiburg in the Bundesliga 2 and managed with the SC 1993, 1998 and 2003 the rise in the 1st Bundesliga and in 1995 and 2001, the qualification for the UEFA Cup.

In the 2005/06 season he missed with Freiburg in fourth narrowly promotion to the Bundesliga. After a less successful winter break gave Volker Finke and SC Freiburg announced on 14 December 2006 that Finke will leave the club after 16 years at the end of the season. A subsequent series of victories (Best back round team ) was reached 4th place at the end of the ascent just missed. This gave the fans and supporters Finke, the partially organized in a movement called "We are Finke ," buoyancy. She tried to force an extraordinary general meeting at which the coaches question discussed and the Board should be forced to make concessions to continue to keep finches in Freiburg. The concern failed, however, because instead of the required under the rules of SC Freiburg 25% of the club members, only about 15 % submitted a request for an extraordinary general meeting. Successor of Volker Finke was Robin Dutt.

With the 16 years that he continuously trained the same club, is Finke record holder in German professional football. He is also the only coach in German professional football, which has descended on and on again with a club three times and still remained in office.

Urawa Red Diamonds

As a successor of his laid-off fellow countryman Gert Engels Finke took over as coach of Urawa Red Diamonds from Japanese J. League for the 2009 season. Finke, who received a two-year contract, brought his Freiburg assistant coach Karsten Neitzel and Ibrahim Tanko with one in the assistant staff.

In his first season, he finished with the Red Diamonds finished sixth in the league.

In the penultimate round when the club was on the ninth place in the table, was the club's end of November 2010 known not to extend the end of 2010 expiring contract with Finke.

Cameroon national football team

Since May 2013 Finke is coach of the Cameroon national football team. Under him, the team qualified for the World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

Career as manager

1 FC Köln

On 18 December 2010, the 1st FC Cologne announced that Finke was committed as successor to the sacked in November Michael Meier. Finke took over the newly created post of sporting director at FC on 1 February 2011 and tied into a contract until the summer of 2013 the club. After the surprising resignation of coach Frank Schaefer April 27, 2011 Finke held also their office until the end of the season. The team won the remaining three games and thus secured the league. Finke could then win Ståle Solbakken as their new coach. On March 10, 2012 Finke's contract was terminated by mutual agreement. The reason for this disagreement have been specified in the club over the decisions in football.

TV commentator

During the Euro 2008 Finke commented along with Bernard Thurnheer some games on Swiss Television.