Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp celebrated his 61st birthday recently and Briefly.co.za decided to share 5 interesting facts to celebrate the special day.
Ernst Middendorp turned 61 on Monday and received an earliy birthday gift as Kaizer Chiefs beat Mamelodi Sundowns in a crucial Premier Soccer League clash on Sunday.
To mark the big day, Briefly.co.za decided to share 5 fascinating facts about the Amakhosi mentor.
5. Middendorp is a boffin
The German tactician has an impressive academic pedigree as he graduated with a degree in economics, politics, and history in 1986 at the University of Bielefeld in Germany.
He subsequently completed further computer courses to attain a degree in special economics.
He earned his UEFA Pro Licence in 1996, but went on to study ommunication and management in Germany.
4. He's been around the block
Middendorp has coached for over 20 years across Europe, Africa and Asia.
His professional coaching career started at DSC Arminia Bielefeld in 1994.
3. Middendorp loves Africa
Briefly.co.za noted that the German's love affair with the continent started back in 1999 when he was appointed as coach of Asante Kotoko in Ghana.
2. An escape artist of note
During the 2015/ 2016 campaign, Middendorp managed to save two different PSL clubs from relegation.
He initially guided Free State Stars from 16th to 10th within a four month period.
He then took the reigns at Maritzburg United in January 2016 and inspired them out of the relegation zone.
1. A man on a mission
When contacted to take over the coaching role at Kaizer Chiefs, the German didn't think twice.
Middendorp first coached Chiefs during the 2005/ 2006 season and won two trophies during his tenure.
However, he felt he had unfinished business at Chiefs and seems determined to win the PSL with them.
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