NEWS: 12.06.2019

Polanski to take over as transition coach

Polanski to take over as transition coach
Eugen Polanksi will join Borussia next season as a transition coach. Photo: imago images / Sportfoto Rudel

Eugen Polanski will join Borussia's coaching staff as of next season. He will be responsible for helping youth players step up to the first team, taking over from Otto Addo.

The 33-year-old will be working on the overlap between the first team and the youth academy, and will mainly focus on the top talents from the first team, as well as the young talents taking their first steps as professionals.

Polanski will take over from Otto Addo, who made the move to Dortmund in the summer after two years with the Foals. “Having a transition coach has been a good experience for us. We have a lot of talent within our squad, and it’s important for the club to develop that,” said sporting director Max Eberl. “We’re excited to have gotten such an experienced former Borussia player to take on the role.”

54 appearances for the Foals

Polanski joined Borussia in 1994 from his hometown club BW Concordia Viersen, and made his way up through the ranks of the youth academy. The midfielder made his debut in the 2004/05 season during an away game against Werder Bremen (2-0). In total, he made 54 appearances for the Foals, scoring one goal. After 15 years with Borussia, Polanski left during the 2008/09 season to join Spanish side FC Getafe before heading to 1. FSV Mainz 05 where Borussia head coach Marco Rose was also playing at the time.

After the end of his subsequent time with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim last summer, Polanski kept himself fit as part of Borussia’s U23s before ending his career. He started an internship with the U23s in January 2019, and is currently working towards his DFB Elite youth coaching license with the goal of also completing his A license.