Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach have appointed Eugen Polanski as their new transition coach. The 33-year-old former midfielder will join Borussia’s coaching staff to work on the overlap between the first team and the youth academy.
Polanski will take over from Otto Addo, who made the move to league rivals Borussia 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 in a statement on the club website. “We’re excited to have gotten such an experienced former Borussia player to take on the role.”
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’s new 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 U-23s before ending his career. He started an internship with the U-23s in January 2019, and is currently working towards his DFB Elite youth coaching license with the goal of also completing his A license.
Polanski has represented Germany from U-16 to U-21 level, while he decided to represent Poland at senior international level.