Bundesliga, 06.12.2009

Christian Gross is new VfB trainer

With Markus Babbel having been relieved from his post as trainer of VfB Stuttgart, Christian Gross, a trainer with a long and successful career behind him, will take over at VfB. In particular during his time as coach of FC Basel, the 55 year old, Zurich born trainer enjoyed his greatest achievements.

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Even before that time, Gross won two Swiss championships with Grasshopper -Club Zurich (1995, 1996) and qualified for the Champions League. In addition, he also won the Swiss Cup in 1994.

A decade of FC Basel

Gross' successes earned him a name on the international scene and he was snapped up by Tottenham Hotspurs, where he was in charge until 1998. Former midfielder Gross, who made 29 Bundesliga appearances for VfL Bochum, then took over the reins at FC Basel in July 1999. And the trainer appeared to have found the perfect club. After three years in charge, Gross led Basel to their first title since 1980. There followed three further Swiss championships (2004, 2005, 2006) and four Swiss Cup wins (2002, 2003, 2007, 2008).

Onwards and upwards with Basel

During the 2002/2003 season, Christian Gross really raised some eyes with his FC Basel team, when he took his team to the second group phase of the Champions League. There the Swiss club faced Manchester United, Juventus Turin and Deportivo La Coruna, and only missed out on a quarter final place on goal difference. At the end of May this year, Gross' decade of success with FC Basel came to an end. Now the 55 year old, who was named Swiss trainer of the year on nine occasions, is planning to guide VfB back to winning ways.  

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