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Name Ralf Rangnick
Gender Male
Ethnic German
Job RB Leipzing sporting director
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Affiliation

Club as Coach RB Leipzing [sporting director]
  FC Schalke 04 [head coach]
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Agent Marc Kosicke

2011 04 20 Retrieve

[Rangnick enthusiastically said about Atsuto Uchida] I have known this boy for three and a half weeks but it is every day genuinely fun just to watch him

2015 12 12 Retrieve

[Ralf Rangnick has revealed he turned down opportunities to sign Bayern Munich pair Philipp Lahm and Robert Lewandowski at separate points in his career] At the time Philipp played in midfield and I told the Bayern coach Hermann Gerland that I already have a player like him with Altin Lala. In retrospect, it must be said, of course, that we would have had use for Philipp Lahm

[Rangnick spent five years at Hoffenheim between 2006 and 2011 and passed on the chance to sign Lewandowski] At the time I rejected the transfer of Robert Lewandowski. We felt that, with how he played in Poland, he was no better than our players [Vedad] Ibisevic, [Demba] Ba or [Chinedu] Obasi. Even in Dortmund, Lewandowski was not convincing in his first year. But again in retrospect, one must say, we should have thought again

2016 12 10 Retrieve

[Ralf Rangnick reacts to the possibility of Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo playing for the Bundesliga leaders] It would be absurd to think that it could work with them here. They are both too old and too expensive

2017 11 09 Retrieve

[Ralf Rangnick on Naby Keita] He’s one of the best I’ve worked with in 20 years of professional football. Naby is friendly and approachable. It’s hard not to get along with him

2019 10 01 09 Retrieve

[Ralf Rangnick claimes Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards was not sure about Sadio Mane being ready to make the transition to the Premier League at the time] Michael Edwards said the player wasn’t quite ready for the step up the Premier League yet. There was something about their scouting model not being able to properly evaluate the quality of an Austrian Bundesliga player, too, if I remember correctly

[Rangnick reveals that not signing the winger at Dortmund was one of the biggest regrets in the current Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp coaching career] Kloppo once said not going for Sadio was one of his biggest mistakes

2019 04 12 Retrieve

[Arsenal starlet Smith Rowe in line to finally make RB Leipzig debut] He will more than likely be in the squad for the first time. He’s trained all week, and gives us another option

2019 12 13 Retrieve

[Ralf Ragnick has explained why Jurgen Klopp has signed so many of his former players while in charge at Liverpool, insisting they share the same mentality] Klopp doesn’t have to thank me. ‘s definitely no coincidence that he has four former players of mine [Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita, Sadio Mane and Joel Matip] because it shows that he is, in fact, looking for the same kind of players, with the same assets, with the same mentality as we do. And, I think, out of the top clubs in Europe, he’s probably the coach with the highest number of former players from us

[The 61-year-old added on the similarities between his own footballing philosophy and Klopp’s] The style is very similar to Jurgen’s. It’s proactive, it’s high pressing, counter-pressing. Once we have won the ball we don’t want to waste any time by square passes or back passes. We are trying to play forward as quickly as possible, trying to create chances, trying to score as many goals as possible

[Rangnick was Salzburg’s sporting director when they signed Minamino from Cerezo Osaka in 2015] You could see he was good on the ball, very technical, good mentality. He is also like many Japanese players, willing to invest in the team’s efforts to win the ball back. Of course he had to learn those things tactically, but his willingness and his mentality was already there. He’s not the kind of player to say, ‘OK the other team has got the ball so, please let me know once we have the ball so I then can take part in the game again’. Even at the age of 19 you could see he was a good boy

Of course any big club in England should be attractive, but also there has been no contact between the relevant clubs and myself. I’m very happy and my full focus is on my job at Red Bull. Should that change it takes a lot (not money) because I’m more than happy with what I’m doing now

2020 01 27 Retrieve

[Rangnick is known for being a strict disciplinarian and made an example of Jean-Kevin Augustin in public when he did not live up to the high standards expected] I’ll say it with a wink: If there’s a player, who doesn’t really know if he’s happy about me as a coach, it’s probably him. And he has good reasons for that. I’m going to get on his nerves just as much this year until he does what he has to do. He has so much potential and rarely uses it. We won’t give up until he can continually show it. I’m far from giving up. I prefer hanging out with him every day

2020 03 05 Retrieve

[Ralf Rangnick says in-demand Leipzig star Werner must make careful choice] I know his family and that of his girlfriend and his agent very well. He has continued to develop, especially in terms of his strike rate, and could take another leap under [Leipzig coach] Julian Nagelsmann and his colleagues. I would be happy if he stayed

In my opinion, RB Leipzig are so well positioned that he can be replaced. Timo will carefully consider whether he has the opportunity to play as regularly as is the case here at another club

[Stefano Pioli has yet to fully convince at Milan since signing a two-year contract to coach the team last October, which has fuelled the Rangnick talk] There has been an interest. But with the coronavirus there have been other things to consider besides thinking whether Rangnick is the right man for them - and Milan something for me.

I’ve been living in Leipzig for six years, I feel extremely comfortable here and I can very well imagine staying here longer. A lot would have to come together to think about something else.

I’m not interested in financial aspects. For me it’s about: Do you feel that you have a certain influence? And it’s not so much about power, even if you need it in certain situations to get certain things going

2020 04 01 Retrieve

[Rangnick reveals how he nearly brought Muller and Hummels to Hoffenheim] In 2008, we agreed with Thomas Muller and his advisor Ludwig Kogl and absolutely wanted to borrow him at that time. We could have signed Muller for €3 million (£2.7m/$3.2m). Uli Hoeness relayed this amount to the then-manager Jan Schindelmeiser at the time. However, Hermann Gerland vetoed it and so Muller stayed with Bayern. At that time we were also in advanced talks with Holger Badstuber

It was similar with him at the beginning of 2008. We also wanted to bring him in on loan and there was already an agreement. However, Uli Hoeness put his foot down with Hummels. He didn’t want him to be loaned to Hoffenheim but to Dortmund

2020 04 10 Retrieve

[Ralf Rangnick has shot down the persistent speculation he will become AC Milan’s next head coach] There is nothing to it. There were once loose enquiries, but such a statement has nothing to do with reality

2020 05 03 Retrieve

[Rangnick will only accept AC Milan job if he has ‘influence’] There has been an interest. But with the coronavirus there have been other things to consider besides thinking whether Rangnick is the right man for them - and Milan something for me. That would depend on the club in question. But that’s all hypothetical. I’ve been living in Leipzig for six years, I feel extremely comfortable here and I can very well imagine staying here longer. A lot would have to come together to think about something else

I’m not interested in financial aspects. For me it’s about: Do you feel that you have a certain influence? And it’s not so much about power, even if you need it in certain situations to get certain things going

2020 05 08 Retrieve

[Ex-RB Leipzig boss Rangnick confirms Milan approach] I can’t exclude it completely. Milan asked me about my availability, I advised Red Bull and there were talks with my agent. After the contact, the coronavirus outbreak arrived, and more important issues arose. Milan and the Lega have other things to think about

2020 05 11 Retrieve

[Former coach Ralf Rangnick says RB Leipzig star Timo Werner would fit well at a club like Liverpool] The league is less important, but the club, from a purely hypothetical point of view, I would better see him in good hands with a club that is not necessarily defined by ball possession football. Since Timo has made progress under Julian Nagelsmann, his most important weapons, however, are the quick switching movement and his powerful finish. Therefore, he would rather fit a club like Liverpool, which is similar to our style of play, but I would prefer him to stay here

In the end, it is up to Timo to decide what he wants to do. Here in Leipzig he knows what he has. Here he can play Champions League again next year

And Timo is someone who also needs trust. He only gets that if the respective trainer knows him and relies on him.

2020 05 11b Retrieve

[Rangnick has admitted that he would be open to the prospect of joining Milan] I can’t exclude it completely. Milan asked me about my availability, I advised Red Bull and there were talks with my agent. After the contact, the coronavirus outbreak arrived, and more important issues arose. Milan and the Lega have other things to think about

2020 05 21 Retrieve

[Former Leipzig coach Ralf Rangnick said recently that Timo Werner would be a good fit for the Champions League holders] I don’t think Liverpool can complain too much with the squad they’ve got at the moment. They’ve lost one league game all season and one last season. There’s certainly not too much that needs too change but I do feel a top attacking player is needed but if the finances aren’t there, they aren’t there

2020 06 05 Retrieve

[Lampard takes a leaf out of Liverpool’s book to sign right player at right time] I think he would do better in the hands of a club that is not necessarily defined by possession football. Timo has made great progress under (Leipzig coach) Julian Nagelsmann and his most important weapons are the quick movement and powerful finishing. Therefore, he would better fit a club like Liverpool, which has a similar style of play to ours