September 22nd, 2011

Karim Cris Berlin

Burnouts cause player and coach to quitt

Rangnick steps down at Schalke

German coach suffering from exhaustion

Schalke coach Ralf Rangnick has stepped down because of health reasons, the Bundesliga club have announced.

Rangnick, who succeeded Felix Magath at the German side in March, said he was suffering from exhaustion.

It was not immediately clear how long the coach would be out or whether he would be returning to Schalke.

A club official said on Thursday: "He has stepped down after discussions this morning."

The 53-year-old led Schalke to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals and German Cup success last season.

The coach said in a statement on the club's official website that he had stepped down because of "exhaustion syndrome".

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To me, it seems like Robert Enke's suicide in 2009 has caused the German football world to be more aware of mental illness.
Exhaustion is not seen as a weakness anymore but as a diseas and a serious problem that needs to be dealt with.

Good for Rangnick and Miller to have gone public and to be undergoing treatment instead of  continuing work until they can't take it anymore.

Sources,,11887_7193673,00.html,19528,11895_7159121,00.html Here is an interesting interview with Sebastian Deisler (former Bayern player) who ended his career in 2007 due to depression. He talks about how he experienced the football world and about how you have to be "tougher than him" if you want to make it as a footballer. It's in German though.