Chennaiyin FC have appointed former German international Thomas Brdarić as their head coach for the upcoming season.
Prior to taking up coaching, the 47-year-old UEFA Pro Licence holder played as a forward in the Bundesliga for Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Hannover 96, VfL Wolfsburg and VfB Stuttgart among others. He played in the 2001-02 UEFA Champions League final where Leverkusen finished runners up after a spectacular unexpected run in the tournament. Thomas retired from club football at Hannover in 2008. For the German NT, he was capped 8 times – one of those appearances was at the 2004 Euros.
Brdaric began his coaching career in 2009 first as director of football and then coach of German club FC Union Solingen. Over the next few years, he alternated between roles of coach and sporting director for clubs in Germany, Uzbekistan, Belarus, Albania and North Macedonia. He coached the reserve team of VfL Wolfsburg and was sporting director at Dinamo Minsk and FC Bunyodkor.
More recently, Thomas was head coach at Albanian club KF Vllaznia. He joins Chennaiyin FC after winning two back-to-back Albanian Cup trophies with the club (2020-21, 2021-22). Here’s his record overall as a manager:
Brdaric prefers to line his teams up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. He will be replacing interim coach Syed Sabir Pasha who in turn took over from Božidar Bandović who was sacked in February 2022.
On a different note, according to Wikipedia, Thomas recorded a song titled “The Wild 13” where he mocks goalkeepers Oliver Kahn, Jens Lehmann and Frank Rost. Here are the translated lyrics of the song (Google Translate).