Player profile

Christian Ziege

Birthdate: 1 February 1972
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Other clubs: Bayern München (1990-97), AC Milan (1997-99), Middlesbrough (1999-2000), Tottenham Hotspur (2001-04), Borussia Mönchengladbach (2004-05)
Bought from: Middlesbrough
Signed for LFC: £5.5m, 25.08.2000
International debut: 10.06.1993 vs. Brazil
International caps: 72/9 - (7/0 at LFC) - 27.05.2004
Liverpool debut: 09.09.2000
Last appearance: 28.04.2001
Debut goal: 04.11.2000
Last goal: 29.11.2000
Contract expiry: 17.07.2001
Win ratio: 65.63% W: 21 D: 6 L: 5
Honours: League Cup 2001
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 2 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 16 / 1
Total LFC games/goals: 32 / 2

Player profile

A veteran international for Germany who featured 72 times for his country, a two-time title winner with Bayern München, and winner of Serie A with Milan. Ziege was certainly an experienced player when Houllier decided he would be the man to fill the left-back position. He arrived in a blaze of controversy from Middlesbrough who claimed Liverpool had made an illegal approach for the player, which they were later fined £20,000 for by the Football Association. Ziege had plenty of experience, but he never fit in at Anfield. No one questioned his potential to deliver pin-point crosses, but something seemed to go wrong when a high-profile club came in for him, Ziege having also experienced difficulties adjusting at Milan. Liverpool were victorious in his sole season at the club, winning a treble, but Ziege was rooted to the bench in four out of the last five games he was in the squad.   

Ziege was transferred to Tottenham Hotspur in July 2001, hardly worth the trouble it took to get him to Liverpool. He returned in two months with his new club at Anfield determined to show his worth. "I am going to be very motivated for this game and for now it is not necessary to say any more than that. Do I really need to say what this game means to me? No, I don't think so." He played in 47 Premier League matches for Tottenham during a three-year stay, scoring seven times. He suffered a horror injury against Charlton on Boxing Day 2002 that restricted him to 90 minutes of action in thirteen months. Ziege was rushed into hospital after his thigh muscle had blown to twice it's normal size after the game that he received his marching orders in after also being sent off on 23 December. Ziege underwent an emergency  surgery that saved his right leg from amputation.

In 2004 the left wing-back returned to his homeland, joining Borussia Mönchengladbach, but he only played for a season before announcing his retirement as a player because of injury at the age of thirty-three. In 2006 he became the head coach of Gladbach's under-17 team and a year later was appointed as the club's director of football. Towards the end of 2008 Ziege left Gladbach and 18 months later he became the head coach of Armenia Bielefeld. But Armenia's next season started dreadfully with just one victory from the opening eight matches. After yet another defeat early in November 2010, Ziege was unsurprisingly released from his post. Ziege is currently the coach of Germany's under-18 international side.

In March 2014 Ziege returned to club management when he became the head coach of SpVgg Unterhaching, a club on the outskirts of Munich but a much smaller club than its neighbours Bayern Munich, with whom Christian Ziege enjoyed so much success in the 1990's.

Appearances per season

2000-2001 16349032

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

3Manchester City
2West Ham United
2Leeds United
2Coventry City
2Ipswich Town
2Slovan Liberec
2Rapid Bucharest
2Leicester City
1Birmingham City
1Crystal Palace
1Charlton Athletic
1Stoke City
Total Started/substitutions
20 Started
5 On the bench
12 Substitute
8 Substituted
16Premier League
4League Cup
3FA Cup

Goals per season

2000-2001 101002

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

1League Cup
1Premier League
TotalGoal minute period
11-15 minutes
116-30 minutes
TotalOpen play/Penalty
2Open play

Wartime Appearances / Goals

No records to display.

Stats note

Milestone Appearances

109.09.2000Manchester CityAnfieldLeague

Milestone Goals

11704.11.2000Leeds UnitedElland RoadLeague

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Related Quotes

"Another language master, he turns up for training some days with a bundle of newspapers — English, German and Italian. Injuries have meant we haven’t seen the best of him since his arrival from Boro but he’s real quality."

Owen in May 2001 on Ziege

The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
2000-2001 3 Defender
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.