German Roger Schmidt, 55, the new coach of the Benfica soccer team, has arrived at the club after some successes in Austria and the Netherlands, with a reputation as an attacking coach.
Benfica announced, on Wednesday, the signing of Roger Schmidt, a contract valid for the next two seasons, as the eighth club in his training career, which won only one championship throughout his football career, in the service of Salzburg, in the 2013/2014 season.
Lisbon club returned to bet on a foreign coach after 13 years of Spaniard Quique Flores, ending more than a decade of record for Portuguese coaches only.
With the Austrian crest, the former midfielder also won a trophy, a title he also won in China, with Beijing Guoan, and most recently in Holland with PSV Eindhoven.
In his only experience in the Bundesliga, the German coach spent three seasons at Bayer Leverkusen, but despite twice reaching the qualification for the Champions League, he did not interfere in the title fight and left the club without any titles.
With Salzburg, Schmidt crossed the threshold of 100 goals in a single season (he reached 110 in the league) and scored an average of two goals per game at every club he played for.
On the other hand, German coach teams are also notorious for having some defensive weaknesses, conceding an average of one goal per game.
As a midfielder, Schmidt has spent his entire career in the lower ranks, and at this level he began his adventure as a coach, first at Delbrücker and then at Bryson Monster.
After failing to climb the Bundesliga with Paderborn in 2011/2012, in his first professional football experience, Schmidt moved to Salzburg, where he achieved success.
The first season ended without any title, but in 2013/2014 Salzburg was dominant, winning all national titles with a crushing attack.
This season he caught the attention of Bayer Leverkusen officials, who ended up signing Schmidt for three seasons, aiming to close the gap between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.
In 2014/15, the German coach finished the German Bundesliga in fourth place, and in the following season, he improved his record with third place, although he is far from always fighting for the title.
In 2016/2017 Bayer Leverkusen was always far from the top spot (he ended up 12th) and Schmidt ended up being sacked mid-season.
After that, the German coach chose to leave European football and went to China, where he spent three years with Beijing Guoan.
In that Asian country, Schmidt won a cup and, in his final season, was fighting for the Chinese title, but finished the tournament in second place.
In 2020/21, the German coach signed a two-year contract with PSV Eindhoven, but the first season was very uneven, finishing in second place, 16 points behind champions Ajax.
In the season that had just ended, PSV Eindhoven were in contention for the Dutch title (they finished second, two points behind champions Ajax), having already beaten Amsterdam in the cup and also the Super Cup.
In the first phase of the season, Schmidt’s access to the Champions League group stage ended up missing, after losing in the “Extension” specifically with Benfica.
The German club, Roger Schmidt, announced, on Wednesday, that he will be the new coach of the Benfica football team, after he signed a contract for the next two seasons, in a statement sent to the Securities Market Commission (CMVM).
“Sport Lisbon and Benfica – Futebol, Sade, have learned, in compliance with the provisions of Article 248 of the Securities Act, that they have reached a final agreement to appoint coach Roger Schmidt for the next two sporting seasons, which is expected to be formalized within the next week,” it said in document.
Benfica confirmed that the German coach arrives in Luz, accompanied by his assistants Jens Wessing, Yorn Eric Wolf and Jan Benjamin Kogel.
In April, ‘Incarnated’ already communicated the principle of an agreement with the coach, who will replace Nelson Verissimo, the coach who has led the team since December 2021, following the departure of Jorge Jesus.