Bruno Labbadia (pronounced [labbaˈdiːa]; born 8 February 1966) is a retired German footballer of Italian heritage. He has been the manager of several German clubs and most recently managed Hamburger SV.
In an illustrious career, Labbadia recorded 103 goals in 328 league games having played for some of Germany's top Bundesliga clubs. He had two caps for the Germany national football team.
SV Darmstadt 98
Labbadia was hired as the manager of SV Darmstadt 98 on 8 May 2003 with a start date. Labbadia left on 30 June 2006.
Labbadia was hired as Greuther Fürth's manager on 19 March 2007. Labbadia officially took over on 1 July 2007 when pre-season officially started. He left the club on 26 May 2008 when he officially joined Bayer Leverkusen.
Labbadia was hired by Bayer Leverkusen on 26 May 2008.
Labaddia took over as Hamburger SV manager on 1 July 2009. Labbadia was dismissed on 26 April 2010, just three days before the Europa League semi-final second-leg tie against Fulham.
On 12 December 2010 Labbadia became the new head coach of VfB Stuttgart. In his first season with the club, he managed to save the club that was staring relegation in the face after the disastrous reigns of his two predecessors, Christian Gross and Jens Keller, ended in the last quarter of 2010. VfB Stuttgart finished in 12th place in the 2010–11 Bundesliga, and would then qualify for the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League by virtue of its sixth position in the 2011–12 Bundesliga.
On 30 January 2013, Labbadia signed a contract extension with Stuttgart, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2015. VfB Stuttgart lost the 2012–13 DFB-Pokal final to FC Bayern Munich, but qualified for the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League by virtue of the fact that Bayern Munich had also won the 2012–13 Bundesliga title.
In the morning of 26 August 2013, Labbadia was relieved of his duties with immediate effect. His club had lost the opening three Bundesliga matches of the 2013–14 season and was in the second last position in the league table. During the press conference held in the afternoon on the same day, club president Bernd Wahler said, "Bruno Labbadia has done good work at VfB over the past three years but we want to provide fresh impetus with this change."
Return to Hamburger SV
Labaddia returned to Hamburger SV for a second spell on 15 April 2015. Labbadia won his first match on 25 April 2015 against FC Augsburg. This was Hamburg's first win since February 2015. Hamburg finished the 2014–15 season in the relegation playoff spot. In the first leg of the relegation playoff, on 28 May 2015, Hamburg and Karlsruher SC finished in a 1–1 draw. In the second leg, on 1 June 2015, Hamburg won 2–1 in extra time. Labbadia managed to keep Hamburg in the Bundesliga with a 10th-placed finish in the 2015–16 Bundesliga. Labbadia and his two assistants were sacked on 25 September 2016 after Hamburg had dropped into 16th position following their 0–1 Bundesliga defeat to Bayern Munich on the previous day, which was their fourth Bundesliga defeat in a row, having started the 2016–17 Bundesliga campaign with a draw at home to FC Ingolstadt.
Labbadia is of Italian ancestry. His family roots go to Lenola, a town in the province of Latina, in Lazio region. Labbadia's parents had immigrated as a Gastarbeiter in the 1950s to Germany and settled in Schneppenhausen near Darmstadt. Labbadia was raised on a farm in Schneppenhausen.
Club career statistics
- As of 27 February 2013
|Darmstadt 98||2. Bundesliga||1984–85||32||9||1||0||—||33||9|
|1. FC Kaiserslautern||1988–89||17||5||1||0||—||18||5|
|1. FC Köln||1994–95||33||14||5||1||—||38||15|
|Arminia Bielefeld||2. Bundesliga||1998–99||33||28||3||1||—||36||29|
- As of 24 September 2016
|Darmstadt 98||1 July 2003||30 June 2006||102||60||16||26||58.82|
|Greuther Fürth||1 July 2007||26 May 2008||36||15||10||11||41.67|
|Bayer Leverkusen||26 May 2008||30 June 2009||40||19||7||14||47.50|
|Hamburger SV||1 July 2009||26 April 2010||51||22||16||13||43.14|
|VfB Stuttgart||13 December 2010||26 August 2013||119||50||24||45||42.02|
|Hamburger SV||15 April 2015||25 September 2016||50||16||12||22||32.00|