Alexander Blessin
Personal information
Full name Alexander Matthias Blessin
Date of birth 28 May 1973 (1973-05-28) (age 49)
Place of birth Stuttgart, West Germany
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Genoa (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
–1995 TSV Georgii Allianz Stuttgart [de][1]
1995–1996 SV Bonlanden
1996–1997 TSF Ditzingen[2] 30 (9)
1997–1999[4] VfB Stuttgart[3] 7 (0)
1999–2001 Stuttgarter Kickers[4] 46 (6)
2001–2002[6] Antalyaspor[5] 1 (0)
2002[7] Wacker Burghausen[6] 10 (1)
2002–2003[9] 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig[8] 33 (6)
2003–2005 SC Pfullendorf[9] 65 (21)
2005–2006 1899 Hoffenheim[10] 34 (7)
2006–2008[12] Sportfreunde Siegen[11] 63 (14)
2008–2009[14] Jahn Regensburg[13] 16 (0)
2009–2010 SSV Reutlingen[15] 20 (1)
2010–2012[17] SV Bonlanden[16]
Teams managed
2012–2018 RB Leipzig (U17)
2018–2020 RB Leipzig (U19)
2020–2022 KV Oostende
2022– Genoa
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Alexander Blessin (born 28 May 1973) is a German professional football manager and former player who is the head coach of Genoa.

Playing career

Blessin started his senior career with TSV Georgii Allianz Stuttgart. In 2001, he signed for Antalyaspor in the Turkish Süper Lig, where he made one league appearance.[18] After that, he played for German clubs Wacker Burghausen, Lokomotive Leipzig, SC Pfullendorf, 1899 Hoffenheim, Sportfreunde Siegen, Jahn Regensburg, SSV Reutlingen, and SV Bonlanden before retiring in 2012.

Coaching career

Following his retirement as an active player, Blessin joined RB Leipzig as a youth coach in 2012. He left Leipzig in 2020 to accept an offer as the new manager of Oostende in the Belgian First Division A.[19]

He completed his first season with Oostende in fifth place, which led to him being linked to clubs such as Sheffield United and Rangers, as well as being named manager of the year in the Belgian top flight.[20][21]

On 19 January 2022, he was hired by Serie A club Genoa as the club's new head coach under a two-and-a-half year contract, after the Italian club paid a fixed fee to activate a buyout clause present in Blessin's contract with Oostende.[22]

Managerial record

As of match played 21 May 2022
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
KV Oostende 7 June 2020 19 January 2022 65 26 11 28 040.00
Genoa 19 January 2022 present 16 3 7 6 018.75
Total 81 29 18 34 035.80

References

  1. ^ Saison 1994/95 SG Untertürkheim
  2. ^ Große Namen TSF Kitzingen
  3. ^ Die Rückennummern beim VfB Rund um den Brustring
  4. ^ a b July 1999 transfers Global Soccer Transfers
  5. ^ Yabancı futbolcu cenneti Türkiye NTV
  6. ^ a b Transfers Jan.2002 Global Soccer Transfers
  7. ^ Released Players Quarter II 2002 Global Soccer Transfers
  8. ^ Transfers Jul.2002 Global Soccer Transfers
  9. ^ a b Die Vereine der Regionalliga Süd vor der Saison Main-Post
  10. ^ Zwei neue Angreifer Gmünder Tagespost
  11. ^ Zwei Neue für Siegen Transfermarkt
  12. ^ Wechselkarussell bei Drittligisten dreht sich Frankfurter Rundschau
  13. ^ Zweijahresvertrag: Blessin kommt zum SSV Jahn Mittelbayerische
  14. ^ Die Wechselbörse im Winter SPOX.com
  15. ^ Blessin geht nach Reutlingen Mittelbayerische
  16. ^ FC Wangen hat in Bonlanden nichts zu verlieren Schwäbische
  17. ^ VERBANDSLIGA: WER KAM - WER GING Südwest Presse Online
  18. ^ TFF Profile
  19. ^ "ALEXANDER BLESSIN È IL NUOVO ALLENATORE" (in Italian). Genoa C.F.C. 19 January 2022. Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  20. ^ "'VERY PROUD': MANAGER LINKED WITH RANGERS WINS COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD". HITC. 15 November 2021. Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  21. ^ "Sheffield United-linked manager Alexander Blessin named coach of year in Belgium after transforming Oostende's fortunes". The Star. 25 May 2021. Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  22. ^ "Genoa a sorpresa, il nuovo allenatore è Blessin: "Qui per un progetto a lungo termine"". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 19 January 2022. Retrieved 19 January 2022.