Eintracht Frankfurt has introduced Dino Toppmöller as the new head coach. But who is the new strong man at SBU anyway? Which clubs has he already worked for and what successes has he already celebrated? SPOX introduces the 42-year-old.
Toppmöller succeeds Oliver Glasner at Frankfurt Eintracht, from whom the club had parted by mutual agreement at the end of the past season. His contract with SGE runs until 2026.
“It was only a matter of time before Dino Toppmöller worked as head coach in the Bundesliga. We are happy to have won him over with his expertise, his profound understanding of football and his high level of interpersonal skills,” said Frankfurt’s sporting director Markus Krösche.
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Eintracht Frankfurt, Dino Toppmöller: life and family
Dino Toppmöller was born as the second of three children on November 23, 1980 in Wadern, the son of Klaus Toppmöller, who played for many years in the Bundesliga and later became coach. It is named after the Italian goalkeeper legend Dino Zoff.
His older sister Sarah-Nina Toppmölle is now under the pseudonym ZaraNina active as a singer, while his younger brother Tommy Toppmöller is also active in the football business.
Eintracht Frankfurt, Dino Toppmöller: profile
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Eintracht Frankfurt, Dino Toppmöller: Active career
During his active football career, Toppmöller made a name for himself as a real wanderer. His professional career started in July 1999 as a striker with the then regional league team FSV Salmrohr before he was loaned out to Manchester City in January 2001 for six months by 1. FC Saarbrücken. However, Topmöller did not make a single competitive appearance for the Skyblues during his loan.
Later he was active in the 2nd Bundesliga for VfL Bochum, Eintracht Frankfurt, Kickers Offenbach and FC Augsburg. In 2010, after passing a trial, he moved to Luxembourg F91 Dudelange. Only six months later he returned to Germany, where he worked as a player assistant coach in the sixth-rate Rheinlandliga at his former club Salmrohr.
After disagreements with coach Patrick Klyk at the end of September 2012, Toppmöller decided to leave the club and the contract was terminated. In December 2012 he joined the Oberliga club SV Mehring.
For the 2014/15 season, Toppmöller became player-coach for the Luxembourg second division club and first division relegated team FC RM Hamm Benfica. After a year in the second division, RM Hamm rose again to the first division. After early relegation with Hamm Benfica had been achieved in the following season, Toppmöller ended his active career.
Eintracht Frankfurt, Dino Toppmöller: career as a coach
Toppmöller remained in Luxembourg after the end of his career and returned to F91 Dudelange, where he was mainly responsible on the sidelines between 2016 and 2019. After he had great success there – including twice winning the treble of league, cup and league cup and qualifying with the club for the Europa League – he announced his move to the Belgian second division promoted Royal Excelsior Virton.
But it was over there after just a few months, as Toppmöller quarreled with the club management. “In a professional club, management should do everything to ensure that the players and the entire support staff can concentrate 100 percent on the game of football. That is not the case here,” he said at the time.
Toppmöller then took part in a DFB course to acquire the UEFA Pro coaching license, which he also received at the beginning of August 2020. Only a short time later he became assistant coach to Julian Nagelsmann at RB Leipzig.
He should also follow this in Munich to FC Bayern for the 2021/22 season. After Nagelsmann’s dismissal in March 2023, Toppmöller was also relieved of his duties, but his employment with the German record champions was not terminated. Until his engagement at Eintracht Frankfurt he was still under contract with FCB.
During his active career, Toppmöller only won the Saarland Cup once with 1. FC Saarbrücken. Other than that, he got nothing.
As a coach, he was Luxembourg champion three times with Dudelingen (2017, 2018, 2019), and he also won the Luxembourg Cup twice (2017, 2019) and the Luxembourg League Cup (2017, 2019).
Together with Julian Nagelsmann, he became German champion and German Supercup winner with FC Bayern in 2022. Both had already won the latter title in 2021.
Eintracht Frankfurt: What does signing Dino Toppmöller mean for Randal Kolo Muani?
Randal Kolo Muani is very popular at FC Bayern and is treated by various media as the absolute top favorite for the position as the new number 9 with the German record champions.
The Picture-Zeitung reported in mid-May that the transfer fee for the SGE striker, which is said to be more than 100 million euros, could be offset against a move from Toppmöller from the Isar to Frankfurt and thus reduced.
Kolo Muani still has a contract with SGE up to and including 2017, so Frankfurt is not under any pressure to sell. In all probability, Toppmöller will also plan with the Frenchman as the new Frankfurt coach and would like to keep him.