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Managing career

Uli Forte's managing career
  • Grasshopper Club Zurich 2019 +

    Uli Forte becomes coach of the Grasshoppers Club Zurich and signs a contract for two years, which also applies to a descent into the Challenge League.

  • FC Zurich 2016-2018 +

    Uli Forte and FC Zürich have agreed on a new two-year contract. Not only will Forte continue to act as the FC Zürich manager, he will also be involved in a newly established sports commission. Forte will guide FCZ to its future achievements together with Talent Manager Thomas Bickel, Chief Financial Officer Thomas Schönenberger, Academy Manager Heinz Russheim, and an external consultant who is yet to be appointed.

    Ancillo Canepa, FCZ President, said the following in response to Forte's contract extension: "In just a few weeks, we have got to know Uli Forte as a highly committed and skilled manager. We believe he is the ideal manager to help us achieve our main goal: promotion back into the Super League."

  • Young Boys Bern 2013-2015 +

    1st July 2013 - 6th August 2015

    In July 2013, Uli Forte embarked on a new adventure with BSC Young Boys, the club from the Swiss capital, Bern. The team were looking back on a catastrophic season in which they had ranked seventh in the ten-team Super League. In his first year, Forte led them to third place overall, enabling them to take part in the third qualifying round of the 2014/15 Europa League. Following a confident performance in the two elements of this round (third qualifying round and play-off), they entered the group stages of the 2014/15 Europa League. The draw in Monte Carlo saw BSC Young Boys pitted against some impressive names: SSC Napoli, Sparta Prague and Slovan Bratislava – but the team emerged from the group stage with twelve points (four wins and two defeats) in second place behind SSC Napoli, earning them a spot in the last-16 finals of the Europa League. Here, BSC Young Boys achieved a key victory at their home stadium, the Stade de Suisse, against Rafa Benitez's SSC Napoli, but a face-off against Roberto Martinez and Romelu Lukaku's Everton FC from the English Premier League proved to be the team's final stop in what was a thrilling Europa League campaign. During his time in Bern, Forte was able to add several young and talented home-grown players to the first team. Names such as Yvon Mvogo, Florent Hadergjonaj, Grégory Wüthrich and Leonardo Bertone are now key members of BSC. Michael Frey currently plays for Lille OSC in the French Ligue 1, while Josef Martinez plays for Torino FC in the Italian Serie A. At BSC, Forte won the U21 Trophy in the Super League for the second time (following his success with Grasshopper Club Zürich) with the youngest team of the 2014/15 season. Despite the many young players, the season ended with the team earning the runner-up title behind the league champions, FC Basel. This second-place ranking secured BSC Young Boys Bern a place in the third qualifying round of the 2015/16 Champions League. Unfortunately, the first match against Leonardo Jardim's AS Monaco buried any Champions League dreams and meant the end of Forte's era with the team. He was let go after three matches in the Super League (three draws) and a defeat in the Champions League qualifying round against AS Monaco.

  • Grasshopper Club Zurich 2012-2013 +

    16th April 2012 - 30th June 2013

    On 16th April 2012, Uli Forte took over as manager of Grasshopper Club Zürich, seven rounds before the end of the 2011/12 championship. These remaining seven matches resulted in just two draws and led to the team achieving eighth place overall.

    However, Forte then had the chance to help reshape and prepare the team for the coming 2012/13 season – which was to become the most successful season in Forte's career as a young manager. He started by successfully integrating many talented young U21 players who have now moved on to major European leagues (Bürki at Borussia Dortmund; Zuber at 1899 Hoffenheim; Hajrovic at Werder Bremen, on loan at SD Eibar; Abrashi at SC Freiburg; and Michael Lang at FC Basel). At the end of the season, this resulted in the team – the youngest in the 2012/13 season – winning the Raiffeisen Super League U21 Trophy. Grasshopper Club Zürich finished the championship as the runner-up, three points behind the series champion, FC Basel. The team's biggest success, however, was in the Swiss Cup, where they brought their first cup title in 19 years back to Zurich after the final against FC Basel.

  • FC St. Gallen 2008-2011 +

    1st July 2008 - 1st March 2011

    On 1st July 2008, Uli Forte took the helm at FC St. Gallen 1879 following their relegation from the Super League – and led the long-standing club straight back to the top in his very first season. With 25 victories, three draws and only two defeats, his team put in a highly impressive performance during the 2008/09 season. These outstanding results led to his contract being extended prematurely in December 2009 to 30th June 2012. After the 0:1 home defeat on 27th February 2011 against Thun, Forte was let go as the FC St. Gallen 1879 manager. This was on 1st March 2011, after exactly 1000 days on duty.

  • FC Wil 2006-2008 +

    1th July 2006 - 30th June 2008

    In July 2006, Uli Forte began his professional career as a manager with the former Nationalliga A team FC Wil 1900, leading them to the semifinal of the Swisscom Cup in his very first season. In recognition of this performance, his team was awarded the title of Swisscom Cup Team of the Year at the "Nacht des Schweizer Fußballs" (“Night of Swiss Football”) awards in Bern.

    In the second season, he achieved an outstanding third place with the team – just two points shy of promotion and one point below entry into the Axpo Super League. Forte also trained a multitude of FC Wil players who then made the jump into the Super League or even international teams. These included Moustapha Salifou (Aston Villa FC), Moreno Costanzo (FC St. Gallen, BSC Young Boys), Elsad Zverotic (FC Luzern, BSC Young Boys), Samel Sabanovic (Grasshopper Club Zürich), Lukas Schenkel (FC St. Gallen), Jacopo Ravasi (FC Luzern), Jérôme Thiesson (AC Bellinzona, FC Luzern) and Silvio (FC Zürich, FC Lugano, Union Berlin).

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