He’s just become the new coach of Monaco and will lead his first training session at the Performance Center in the next few hours. Renowned for his forward-thinking play with his former teams (Red Bull Salzburg, Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Mönchengladbach) and with an already solid record, Adi Hütter signed a two-year contract on Tuesday. Here’s nine facts about the 53-year-old Austrian coach, in order to help you learn more about his career. 🗓
A former Austrian international 🇦🇹
A midfielder between 1990 and 2000, Adi Hütter spent his entire playing career in Austria and took part in nearly 500 matches. A three-time national champion (1994, 1995, 1997) with Austria Salzburg (currently Red Bull), he also played in the UEFA Cup final against Inter Milan in 1994 (suffering a 0-2 defeat). This great collective season earned him his first cap with his country. He would go on to amass a total of 14 caps, along with three goals and will be glad to reunite with those colors that he will find at AS Monaco… 🇲🇨
— AS Monaco 🇲🇨 (@AS_Monaco) July 4, 2023
He’ll reunite with two former players 🤝
When the Austrian coach enters the AS Monaco locker room for the first time, certain faces will be familiar to him, since he already knows two members of the squad having coached them previously. These are Takumi Minamino, who he coached at Red Bull Salzburg between Feburary and May 2015, and Breel Embolo, who worked with him at Borussia Mönchengladbach during the 2021-2022 season. At the time, the Swiss striker scored 14 goals for six assists in all competitions, having the best season of his career.
He rubbed shoulders with a 2017 French champion 🏆
Since the start of his coaching career in 2009 at Rheindorf Altach, Adi Hütter has rubbed shoulders with many players. And among them, we find a former member of the Principality club, in the person of Almamy Touré. The 2017 French champion indeed worked under him for two years at Eintracht Frankfurt, between January 2019 and 2021, playing a total of 54 games under his command. Since then, the right back trained at the Academy has also won the Europa League in 2022 … competition where he had already reached the last four under coach Adi!
He could have faced AS Monaco in the Champions League 🇪🇺
Can you remember 2015, when AS Monaco had to go through qualifying to hope to play in the group stage of the Champions League. In the third round, the Rouge et Blanc facedthe Swiss club Young Boys of Bern, and won without difficulty with two wins (1-3, 4-0). If the coach at the time was Uli Forte, it was about to be Adi Hütter as the latter would take his place on the Swiss side’s bench… only a few weeks later!
Several titles to his credit 🥇
With 1.78 points on average won over his career, Adi Hütter is known for his good results and the trophies he has won. In 2013, he was first the Austrian second tier champion with SV Grödig, before achieving a double with Salzburg in 2015, the second in the club’s history. Then he headed to Switzerland worked with Young Boys Bern. There too, he won the championship in 2018, after finishing second in two consecutive seasons. This allowed the Bern side to end a 32-year drought.
He has already beaten a Ligue 1 team 🔙
During his time at Eintracht Frankfurt, the Austrian technician already had the opportunity to face a French club: Olympique de Marseille. It was during the group stages of the Europa League season 2018-2019. The results? Two wins for the German team, including a resounding 4-0 at Deutsche Bank Park. During this meeting, Luka Jovic scored twice, while Luiz Gustavo and Bouna Sarr scored past their own goalkeeper.
He’s reached European semifinals🏟
During this same season, Adi Hütter and his men had an impressive performance, quite simply reaching the semifinals of this same Europa League. After having achieved the maximum points in the group stage with 18 (17 goals scored), they successively knocked out Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan, Benfica and only lost in a penalty shootout against Chelsea, the eventual winners. It was a first in the competition for the German club… since 1980!
He was named the best coach in the Bundesliga 🇩🇪
In Frankfurt, the Austrian manager was particularly successful in the league, qualifying the club twice for the Europa League (by finishing fifth and seventh). These were remarkable results in terms of the status of the club, which earned him the title of coach of the year in 2019 in Bild’s annual reader survey. His team also won the title of best German side during the same season.
Nearly a 40% win rate against Bayern 👏
A juggernaut in Germany, Bayern Munich has however regularly been tripped up in recent years. And one reason for this is Adi Hütter, the latter having managed to thwart the eleven time defending Bundesliga titlist on several occasions. In 11 games played against the Munich side, his teams have indeed won four times and he even remains on a run of four matches without defeat. Among the most striking successes, we can think in particular of the 5-1 inflicted when he was in Frankfurt in 2019, or a 5-0 in the German Cup with Mönchengladbach. That day, Breel Embolo started and scored a double.