Andreas Hinkel

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Andreas Hinkel
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Hinkel coaching Spartak Moscow in 2020
Personal information
Date of birth (1982-03-26) 26 March 1982 (age 37)
Place of birth Backnang, West Germany
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Right-back
Club information
Current team
FC Spartak Moscow (assistant manager)
Youth career
1987–1992 TSV Leutenbach
1992–1999 VfB Stuttgart
Senior career*
1999–2001 VfB Stuttgart II 31 (0)
2000–2006 VfB Stuttgart 156 (1)
2006–2008 Sevilla 15 (0)
2008–2011 Celtic 79 (1)
2011–2012 SC Freiburg 7 (0)
National team
2002–2003 Germany U-21 8 (0)
2002 Germany Team 2006 1 (0)
2003–2009 Germany 21 (0)
Teams managed
2013–2014 VfB Stuttgart (U12)
2013–2014 VfB Stuttgart (U16 assistant)
2014–2015 VfB Stuttgart (U17 assistant)
2016 VfB Stuttgart II (assistant)
2016 VfB Stuttgart (caretaker assistant)
2016–2018 VfB Stuttgart II
2018 VfB Stuttgart (caretaker)
2019 VfB Stuttgart (assistant)
2019 VfB Stuttgart II
2019– FC Spartak Moscow (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Andreas Hinkel (born 26 March 1982) is a German football coach and a former player. He played as a right-back and played 21 caps for Germany. Hinkel was known for his attacking play on the flanks and defensive solidity. [1] He is currently the assistant manager of Russian Premier League club FC Spartak Moscow.


He started his career with Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart in 2000, before moving to La Liga club Sevilla in 2006. In January 2008, he signed for Scottish Premier League club Celtic for £1.9 million. He left Celtic and joined Bundesliga side Freiburg after his contract expired in summer 2011. He had spent the entire 2010–11 season out due to a cruciate ligament injury.

Hinkel played 21 matches for Germany between 2003 and 2009, and was in their squad for Euro 2004.

Club career


After finishing second with Stuttgart in the 2002–03 season, and already established as first-choice, Hinkel took part in Champions League for the first time in his career. In March 2004, however, he suffered a knee ligament injury.


On 23 June 2006, Hinkel signed a four-year contract with Sevilla, where he won the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup. The transfer fee was estimated to be around €4 million. However, he found himself unable to dislodge Sevilla's regular right-back Daniel Alves. [2]


On 4 January 2008, Hinkel was confirmed as a Celtic player, for a fee of £1.9 million. [2] Hinkel played his first Celtic game in a 3–0 Scottish Cup win over Stirling Albion eight days later, and scored his first goal for Celtic a month later, in a 3–0 win over Hearts at Celtic Park. [3] Celtic won the SPL title on a dramatic last day of the season and earned Hinkel his first league title medal.

The following season, Hinkel won a Scottish League Cup winners medal after a 2–0 win over Rangers in the final. [4]

Hinkel played a vital part in Celtic's Champions League third qualifying round second-leg victory over Russian outfit Dinamo Moscow on 5 August 2009. The match ended 2–0 to the Hoops with Hinkel assisting Scott McDonald for the opener then hitting a long hopeful punt up the pitch which Georgios Samaras latched onto before netting a last-minute winner. [5] The German also cleared two goal-bound Dinamo strikes off the line. Hinkel had 29 SPL matches. [6]

For the first match of the 2010–11 season on 14 August, Hinkel was dropped in favour of new signing Cha Du-Ri. The following week, he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury and was ruled out for nine months. [7] He resumed training the following January. [8] On 1 July 2011, Hinkel left Celtic after his contract expired. [9]

SC Freiburg

On 6 October 2011, SC Freiburg signed Hinkel on a free transfer.

On 10 September 2012, Hinkel announced his immediate retirement. [10]

International career

Hinkel has represented Germany on 21 occasions at senior level, making his debut in 2003 against Serbia and Montenegro. [11] He was part of the German squad during Euro 2004 (having recovered from aforementioned knee injury), but missed the 2006 World Cup. [12] Hinkel's international involvement was kept to a minimum when at Sevilla due to lack of first-team football and the emergence of Philipp Lahm as first-choice right-back ahead of him. [13] Hinkel was also not called up for Euro 2008 [13] or the 2010 World Cup. [12]

Managerial career

Between 2014 and 2016, Hinkel was an assistant coach in Stuttgart's youth system, the first team, and the reserve team. [14] He started from the 2013/14 season as manager for the U12 team and also as assistant manager for the U16's. [15] In the 2014/15 season, he was the assistant manager of the U17's under manager Domenico Tedesco. [16] At the end of the season, Hinkel and Tedesco unexpectedly left the club, after not receiving new contracts. [17] It was later revealed, that Hinkel had been offered a contract extension, but wasn't satisfied with the esteem he had received. [18]

On 26 January 2016, he returned to Stuttgart as assistant manager for the reserve team. [18] In September 2016, he became assistant manager for the first team for a short period as an interim solution after first team manager Jos Luhukay had left the club. [19] On 19 December 2016, Hinkel became the manager of Stuttgart II. [20] Stuttgart reorganized the reserve team and appointed Hinkel to a new role. [21] Hinkel is also completing a coaching course. [21] He finished with a record of 21 wins, 11 draws, and 17 losses. [22] On 7 October 2018, he was appointed as the interim head coach of VfB Stuttgart [23] until Markus Weinzierl took over as head coach two days later. [24] He did not manage any matches as interim head coach. [25]

In January 2019, Hinkel returned to the club once again, this time as assistant manager of the first team. [26] On 1 April 2019, Hinkel was appointed as the manager of the reserve team following the firing of Marc Kienle. [27]

On 14 October 2019, he joined Russian Premier League club FC Spartak Moscow as an assistant to newly appointed manager Domenico Tedesco. [28]

Career statistics

Playing career

ClubSeasonLeagueCupLeague Cup Europe TotalRef.
Stuttgart II 2000–01 Regionalliga Süd 19010200 [29] [30]
Stuttgart 2000–01 Bundesliga 1002040160 [31] [32]
2001–02 30030330 [33]
2002–03 33020120470 [30]
2003–04 280301030350 [30]
2004–05 291202061392 [30]
2005–06 260102030320 [30]
Sevilla 2006–07 La Liga 1305080260 [30]
2007–08 20103060 [30]
Celtic 2007–08 Premier League 161300000191 [34]
2008–09 320204040420 [30] [35]
2009–10 310301040390 [36]
Freiburg 2011–12 Bundesliga700070 [30]
Freiburg II 2011–12 Regionalliga Südwest 1010 [30]
Career totals27722801004713623

Managerial record

As of matches played on 21 October 2018
MWDLWin %Ref.
Stuttgart II 19 December 2016 [20] 30 June 2018 [21] 49211117042.86 [22]
Stuttgart 7 October 2018 [25] 9 October 2018 [25] 0000! [25]



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