Robin Dutt

Robin Dutt

Dutt with Freiburg in 2010
Personal information
Date of birth (1965-01-24) 24 January 1965
Place of birth Cologne, West Germany
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
VfB Stuttgart (board representative for sport)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1985 SVGG Hirschlanden
1985–1987 TSV Korntal
1987–1988 TSV Münchingen
1988–1990 TSV Korntal
1990–1993 FV Zuffenhausen
1993–1995 SKV Rutesheim
1995–1999 TSG Leonberg
Teams managed
1995–1999 TSG Leonberg (player-coach)
1999–2000 TSF Ditzingen II
2000–2002 TSF Ditzingen
2002–2003 Stuttgarter Kickers II
2003–2007 Stuttgarter Kickers
2007–2011 SC Freiburg
2011–2012 Bayer Leverkusen
2013–2014 Werder Bremen

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Robin Dutt (German pronunciation: [ʀoːbiːn dʊt]; born 24 January 1965) is a retired German football player, manager and currently board representative for sport of VfB Stuttgart. He was also the manager of Bundesliga side Werder Bremen and Bayer Leverkusen. Previously he coached SC Freiburg after taking over from the long-serving Volker Finke in July 2007. He had previously been manager of Stuttgarter Kickers for four years. Starting from the 2011–12 season, he signed a two-year managerial contract with Bayer Leverkusen after the previous manager Jupp Heynckes confirmed on 21 March 2011 that he would not be extending his stay at the BayArena.


He was born and brought up in Germany as the son of a German mother and Indian Bengali father from Kolkata. The father moved to Germany in the late 1950s.[1]

Playing career

As a football player, Dutt never made it big, playing amateur football in the fifth, sixth, and seventh divisions in Germany.

Coaching and executive career

Early career

Dutt's coaching career started with the TSG Leonberg whom he coached until 1999, while he was winding down his playing career and they gained promotion to the next higher division in the last year. He then joined TSF Ditzingen, first as their second team coach and then coaching the first team.

Stuttgarter Kickers

Dutt's success brought him into the limelight locally and he then went on to join former Bundesliga side Stuttgarter Kickers as their second team coach in summer 2002. Doing good work at the club, the Kickers gave Robin a chance as their first team coach on 28 October 2003 and he would guide the club well with a young team in the Regionalliga (third division) in difficult times as the club didn't have necessary funds. The highlight came in the 2006–07 season when the Kickers beat Bundesliga side Hamburger SV 4–3 in extra time in the DFB-Pokal.

SC Freiburg

Dutt decided to take up the job at 2. Bundesliga club SC Freiburg in summer 2007. It was the end of an era as previous coach Volker Finke had coached Freiburg for 16 years, a record in German professional football. The going initially wasn't easy for Robin, but in year two he was able to win the 2. Bundesliga title and Freiburg was back in the Bundesliga after four years.[2]

The first season in Bundesliga with SC Freiburg saw Robin Dutt escaping relegation. They finished four points ahead of the relegation playoff spot. The 2010–11 season proved to be Dutt's last season at SC Freiburg, the club managed to cling onto the respectable ninth position on the league table.[3]

Bayer Leverkusen

Robin Dutt in 2011 at Leverkusen

The decision to take Robin Dutt to succeed Bayern Munich bound Jupp Heynckes as coach of Bayer 04 Leverkusen was made in March 2011. "I didn’t come to Leverkusen to turn a second-placed team into a fourth- or fifth-placed team. We came second (last season) and I want to improve on that,"[3][4] said Robin Dutt when he took the reins on 19 June 2011. Robin Dutt was dismissed from his post on 1 April 2012,[5] after a poor run that included a 7–1 away defeat at Barcelona in the round of 16 2011–12 UEFA Champions League, In which Leo Messi became the first player to score 5 goal in a Champions League match and a streak of four consecutive Bundesliga defeats which left Leverkusen in sixth position in the Bundesliga.[6]

DFB and Werder Bremen

In August 2012, Dutt replaced Matthias Sammer as sporting director of the German football federation (DFB).[7][8]

Dutt became the new head coach of Werder Bremen on 27 May 2013.[9] Werder Bremen sacked Dutt on 25 October 2014.[10]

Board representative for sport of VfB Stuttgart

On 6 January 2015 Dutt became board representative for sport of VfB Stuttgart. In May 2016, he was sacked by VfB Stuttgart following the teams relegation from the Bundesliga for the first time in 40 years.[11]

Coaching record

As of 25 October 2014
Team From To Record
G W D L Win % Ref.
Stuttgarter Kickers 27 October 2003[12] 30 June 2007[12] 125 48 37 40 38.40
SC Freiburg 1 July 2007[13] 30 June 2011[13] 145 63 28 54 43.45 [13]
Bayer Leverkusen 1 July 2011[14] 2 April 2012[5] 37 14 8 15 37.84 [14]
Werder Bremen 27 May 2013[9] 25 October 2014[10] 45 11 13 21 24.44 [15]
Total 352 136 86 130 38.64


  1. Vivek, TR (14 August 2011). "German football club Bayer Leverkusen's Robin Dutt says won't mind coaching India". The Economic Times. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  2. "Robin Dutt: An Indo-German success story". 31 October 2010. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  3. 1 2 "Robin Dutt: Is He the One That Bayer Leverkusen Need to End "the Neverkusen"?". 26 July 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  4. Honigstein, Raphael (2 April 2012). "Leverkusen lost in communication as Robin Dutt is shown the door". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  5. 1 2 "Bayer trennt sich von Dutt - Hyypiä übernimmt". kicker (in German). 1 April 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  6. "Bayer Leverkusen fires Robin Dutt as coach". 1 April 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  7. "Robin Dutt made sports director of German football federation". 24 July 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  8. "Dutt takes up German FA role". 25 July 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  9. 1 2 "DFB erteilt Freigabe – Dutt neuer Werder-Trainer". Die Welt (in German). 27 May 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
  10. 1 2 Leslie, André (25 October 2014). "Werder Bremen coach Robin Dutt sacked". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  12. 1 2 "Robin Dutt" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  13. 1 2 3 "SC Freiburg" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  14. 1 2 "Bayer 04 Leverkusen" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  15. "Werder Bremen" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
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