In association footballing terms, a caretaker manager is somebody who takes temporary charge of the management of a football club when the regular manager is dismissed, or leaves for a different club. However, a caretaker may be appointed if the regular manager is suspended, ill or unable to attend to their usual duties. Caretaker managers are appointed at short notice from within the club the assistant manager, a senior coach, or an experienced player. In other sports, the term "interim manager" is more used. Caretaker managers in Eastern Europe are head coaches that carry prefix title performing duties or sometimes temporary performing duties; these managers do not have a required license to be full. Famous examples include long-standing Arsenal assistant manager Stewart Houston, who stepped in after George Graham was abruptly sacked in the middle of the 1994–95 season and guided the club to the 1995 European Cup Winners' Cup Final. Tony Barton was appointed manager of Aston Villa after the departure of Ron Saunders and led the club to win the 1982 European Cup after only three months in charge.
Club Director Trevor Brooking was appointed as caretaker manager of West Ham United following Glenn Roeder's illness at the end of the 2002–03 season again following his dismissal early in the 2003–04 season. If a caretaker proves to be successful during their spell in charge, they are sometimes given the manager's job permanently. Glenn Roeder was appointed permanent manager of Newcastle United after having taken over as caretaker following Graeme Souness' dismissal in 2006; this occurred when Ricky Sbragia got the Sunderland job permanently after Roy Keane's resignation in November 2008 but he resigned himself at the end of the season 2008–09. This happened in the 2010–11 Premier League. After an impressive run of results, which saw Liverpool rise to 6th on the table, Dalglish was appointed the permanent manager of Liverpool, on a three-year contract. In the 2018–19 Premier League. After an impressive run of results, which saw Manchester United rise to 4th on the table and qualified for UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, Solskjær was appointed as permanent manager of Manchester United on 28 March 2019, on a three-year contract.
In Norway, a notable example occurred in 2006 when Rosenborg BK coach Per-Mathias Høgmo announced he was taking a leave of absence in mid-season, citing health concerns. At the time, Rosenborg were ten points behind leaders SK Brann, his assistant Knut Tørum was appointed on an interim basis, proceeded to lead Rosenborg to a furious comeback, clinching the league title with one match to spare. Høgmo announced his resignation two days after Rosenborg clinched, Tørum was named permanent coach after the season. In Spain, On 30 October 2018, Julen Lopetegui was sacked as Real Madrid coach after poor results, with the appointment of Santiago Solari as caretaker coach. After 14 days, Solari give a permanent contract because in Spain no club was allowed to have a caretaker for more than two weeks, he was sacked and replaced by former teammate Zinedine Zidane for the second times. On the other hand, Tony Parkes was named caretaker manager of Blackburn Rovers on six separate occasions between 1986 and 2004, without being given the role in a permanent capacity.
He is still yet to be given a permanent managerial role. In November 2007, Sandy Stewart led St Johnstone to victory in the final of the Scottish Challenge Cup in his only game in charge as caretaker manager. In the 2007–08 season, Cevat Güler won Süper Lig as Galatasaray's caretaker manager, he was in charge for the last five matches of the season due to Karl Heinz Feldkamp's resignation. In the 2007 Hazfi Cup final, Sepahan's head coach, Luka Bonačić had travelled to his country, Croatia for personal reasons and was unavailable to manage the team in the second leg. Mansour Ebrahimzadeh, assistant to Bonačić served as caretaker manager for that match. Sepahan won the title. Guus Hiddink was caretaker manager of Chelsea in 2009, leading his team to the UEFA Champions League semi-final, where they shut out FC Barcelona at Camp Nou and tied them back at Stamford Bridge; the latter was said as a controversial game in decisions made by the referee Tom Henning Øvrebø. Chelsea would eliminated on away goals.
He finished off his tenure with the team. The club was reported happy to have Hiddink as manager on a temporary basis. Roberto Di Matteo won the Champions League and FA Cup as caretaker manager of Chelsea in 2012, leading to him being appointed permanent manager on a two-year contract, he was sacked a few months into the new season, being replaced by another caretaker manager, Rafael Benítez, who led his team to victory in the Europa League, as well as guiding the team to a third-place finish in the league, thus ensuring direct qualification for next year's Champions League. Benítez was not offered a contract as permanent manager, instead being replaced by José Mourinho who went back to Chelsea for a second term. Head coach
Tom Nordlie is a Norwegian football coach. He has managed several top Norwegian football teams. Nordlie was not a footballer himself, he has his education from the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences. Nordlie is a household name in Norway, he is known for introducing the concept kontrollert sinnsyk, i.e. "controlledly insane". In 1998, he led Odd Grenland to promotion to the Norwegian Premier League, to a respectable seventh place the next season. In 2000, he took over big club Vålerenga, but was fired after a season that led to Vålerenga's relegation from the Norwegian Premier League. After working as a football expert in TV 2 for a while, Nordlie was hired as coach of Sandefjord, he lost both times. In 2004, he took over the struggling Start, in his first season in charge, Start won the First Division and were promoted. In their return to Tippeligaen, Start had a great spring season, won the silver medals, only one point behind winners Vålerenga. For this feat, Nordlie won the Kniksen award as Coach of the Year.
However, in 2006 Start had a poor opening to the season, on 14 July 2006, Nordlie was fired. After working in TV 2 for a short period, Nordlie signed as the new manager of Viking on 14 September for the rest of the 2006 season, saving Viking from being relegated to the First Division, when Viking beat Brann 5–0 in the last match of the 2006-season. After Lillestrøm fired Uwe Rösler, Nordlie was hired on 16 November. In his first season at Lillestrøm Nordlie achieved a fourth place in the league, won the Norwegian Cup, LSK's first real trophy in 18 years; the following 2008 season started off disappointingly for Nordlie and LSK, after 8 matches, only 6 points, Nordlie was sacked on 29 May. In August the same year he was hired as a manager for struggling second-tier side Kongsvinger, which he led with success until he was hired by Fredrikstad in August 2009, he had some months at the club. By the end of the season Fredrikstad were relegated, after being beaten by local rivals Sarpsborg 08 in the play-offs.
Nordlie left a few months after the relegation. Nordlie returned to Kongsvinger in September 2011, after Per Brogeland was fired, to save the club from relegation to the Second Division; the club was 11th, two points ahead of the relegation zone when Nordlie arrived, finished the season as the 7th best team in the First Division. He joined Kongsvinger on a short-term contract, but decided to stay at the club for another year, before he left Kongsvinger after the 2012 season. Nordlie managed Avaldsnes women's team from 2014 until his dismissal on 6 October 2015 by the board after it was presented with evidence that he had stalked and sexually harassed one of his players, Hólmfríður Magnúsdóttir. At the time of his departure the team was in second place in the Toppserien with four matches to go and had reached the Norwegian Cup finals. LillestrømNorwegian Cup: 2008
Daniel Paul Gustav Nannskog is a former Swedish footballer, active as a striker for Högaborg, Malmö FF, Djurgården, Sylvia, Landskrona BoIS, Sichuan Guancheng and Stabæk IF, as well as for the Sweden national team. He is a pundit on Swedish TV channel SVT, as part of their football coverage. Nannskog was known for being a hard working, determined player who worked for the team by not only scoring goals but creating them as well. On 23 November 2010, he announced his retirement. Daniel started up at Högaborg, a small football club from his home city Helsingborg in Scania, the southernmost of Sweden, as a young boy. However, from the age 15 he quit football to concentrate on handball. After some persuasion, he started to play football again at the age of 19. After his comeback, he played two seasons for Högaborg, before switching to Allsvenskan side Malmö FF, his time at the club was not particular successful, but a goal he scored for them was important as it sent Malmö to the UEFA Cup. The next seasons were spent in the Superettan.
When he was 27, he was brought by current Stabæk coach Janne Jönsson. His first season there they reached second place and got promoted, with Nannskog as the league's top scorer with 21 goals, he followed Landskrona up to Allsvenskan and did well, becoming the club's top scorer with 11 goals, playing an important part in them finishing just above relegation play-off. In the middle of the Swedish 2003 season, he moved on to China. Nannskog played for Swedish Landskrona BoIS from 2001 when the club played in second tier Superettan, he was involved in the promotion of Landskrona BoIS to Allsvenskan. And his success continued during the following year. In the first match, Nannskog scored a goal as Landskrona BoIS in a remarkable match defeated their old rivals Helsingborgs IF as Landskrona BoIS won 6–2 in front of an attendance of 12.000 at Landskrona IP. Together with BoIS' other forward, Danijel Milovanović, both of them became a feared top-duo that led their promoted club to the top position of Allsvenskan at the break for the World Cup in Japan and South Korea.
After the eight first matches, Landskrona BoIS had won five matches, drawn three times and never lost. When forward colleague Milovanović got injured against rivals Malmö FF, this surprising success ended for Nannskog's club, but Nannskog himself continued to score. Nannskog left Landskrona BoIS in summer of 2003 to join the Chinese club Sichuan Guancheng on a two-year deal, he went on to stay for a year-and a half, but terminated his contract in order to play for his old coach Janne Jönsson at Stabæk in the 2005 season. His first season at Stabæk was successful, with his club being promoted in style. "The Body" Nannskog was named top scorer with 27 goals in 29 games. Nannskogs debut in the Norwegian top division was successful, they finished fifth, just outside an UEFA Cup spot. Nannskog was crowned top scorer with his 19 goals, one goal ahead of team-mate Veigar Páll Gunnarsson. Nannskog and Stabæk continued their progress, for a second time in a row, he managed to score 19 goals, but this time finishing behind Brann's Torstein Helstad, who scored 22.
However, Stabæk did better in the league. They did not have the edge in the second part of the season. Stabæk have played well in the first part of the 2008 season with Nannskog an integral part, like when he scored two goals in the away match against Ham-Kam in round 5; the Norwegian media felt it was time the Swedish national team took a look at him again with a possible inclusion in the Euro 2008 squad, following his winning goal against Rosenborg on 4 May. However, he did not make the squad. On 14 September Nannskog scored four goals in a 6–0 victory over Strømsgodset, taking him to the top of the goal scoring chart with 13 goals – helping Stabæk with a six-point advantage with six rounds to go. On 24 September, Nannskog scored two goals and made one assist in the semifinal of the Norwegian Cup, helping Stabæk to a 3–0 victory over Molde. A few days on 29 September Nannskog scored his 99th and 100th goal against Molde; this time in a league match. Stabæk won the league in stylish fashion. Nannskog was crowned top scorer of the league with his 16 goals, four more than fellow team-mate and swede Johan Andersson.
He was denied ` the double'. On 8 March Stabæk claimed their first trophy of the season when they won the Norwegian Superfinal against last season's cup winners Vålerenga by 3 goals to 1 with Nannskog scoring the opener. Nannskog scored a hat-trick on 5 April. Nannskog was injured for just over a month before making a comeback on 24 May, scoring a brace in a 3–0 victory over Start in the Tippeligaen, he soon got injured so far only restricted him to 11 league games this season. In total, Nannskog scored 123 goals in 172 games for Stabæk in all competitions. Nannskog subsequently retired from football, his debut for the Swedish national team came 14 January 2007 against Venezuela. His first goal for his national team came against Ecuador on 21 January 2007, in a game which ended 1–1. In January 2009 Nannskog was called up to the Swedish squad to face the United States and Mexico during their annual North-American tour. On 25 January 2009, Nannskog scored his second goal for Sweden in a 3–2 loss against the United States.
As of match played 1 April 2009. Sweden score listed first, score column indicates score after each Nannskog goal. Nannskog was born to a Swedish mother and an American f
Association football, more known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport; the game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal. Association football is one of a family of football codes, which emerged from various ball games played worldwide since antiquity; the modern game traces its origins to 1863 when the Laws of the Game were codified in England by The Football Association. Players are not allowed to touch the ball with hands or arms while it is in play, except for the goalkeepers within the penalty area. Other players use their feet to strike or pass the ball, but may use any other part of their body except the hands and the arms; the team that scores most goals by the end of the match wins.
If the score is level at the end of the game, either a draw is declared or the game goes into extra time or a penalty shootout depending on the format of the competition. Association football is governed internationally by the International Federation of Association Football, which organises World Cups for both men and women every four years; the rules of association football were codified in England by the Football Association in 1863 and the name association football was coined to distinguish the game from the other forms of football played at the time rugby football. The first written "reference to the inflated ball used in the game" was in the mid-14th century: "Þe heued fro þe body went, Als it were a foteballe"; the Online Etymology Dictionary states that the "rules of the game" were made in 1848, before the "split off in 1863". The term soccer comes from a slang or jocular abbreviation of the word "association", with the suffix "-er" appended to it; the word soccer was first recorded in 1889 in the earlier form of socca.
Within the English-speaking world, association football is now called "football" in the United Kingdom and "soccer" in Canada and the United States. People in countries where other codes of football are prevalent may use either term, although national associations in Australia and New Zealand now use "football" for the formal name. According to FIFA, the Chinese competitive game cuju is the earliest form of football for which there is evidence. Cuju players could use any part of the body apart from hands and the intent was kicking a ball through an opening into a net, it was remarkably similar to modern football. During the Han Dynasty, cuju games were standardised and rules were established. Phaininda and episkyros were Greek ball games. An image of an episkyros player depicted in low relief on a vase at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens appears on the UEFA European Championship Cup. Athenaeus, writing in 228 AD, referenced the Roman ball game harpastum. Phaininda and harpastum were played involving hands and violence.
They all appear to have resembled rugby football and volleyball more than what is recognizable as modern football. As with pre-codified "mob football", the antecedent of all modern football codes, these three games involved more handling the ball than kicking. Other games included kemari in chuk-guk in Korea. Association football in itself does not have a classical history. Notwithstanding any similarities to other ball games played around the world FIFA has recognised that no historical connection exists with any game played in antiquity outside Europe; the modern rules of association football are based on the mid-19th century efforts to standardise the varying forms of football played in the public schools of England. The history of football in England dates back to at least the eighth century AD; the Cambridge Rules, first drawn up at Cambridge University in 1848, were influential in the development of subsequent codes, including association football. The Cambridge Rules were written at Trinity College, Cambridge, at a meeting attended by representatives from Eton, Rugby and Shrewsbury schools.
They were not universally adopted. During the 1850s, many clubs unconnected to schools or universities were formed throughout the English-speaking world, to play various forms of football; some came up with their own distinct codes of rules, most notably the Sheffield Football Club, formed by former public school pupils in 1857, which led to formation of a Sheffield FA in 1867. In 1862, John Charles Thring of Uppingham School devised an influential set of rules; these ongoing efforts contributed to the formation of The Football Association in 1863, which first met on the morning of 26 October 1863 at the Freemasons' Tavern in Great Queen Street, London. The only school to be represented on this occasion was Charterhouse; the Freemason's Tavern was the setting for five more meetings between October and December, which produced the first comprehensive set of rules. At the final meeting, the first FA treasurer, the representative from Blackheath, withdrew his club from the FA over the removal of two draft rules at the previous meeting: the first allowed for running with the ball in hand.
Other English rugby clubs followed this lead and did not join the FA and instead in 1871 formed the Rugby Football Union. The eleven remaining clubs, under
Rosenborg Ballklub referred to as Rosenborg or RBK, is a Norwegian professional football club from Trondheim that plays in the Eliteserien. The club have won a record 26 league titles, twelve Norwegian Football Cup titles and have played more UEFA matches than any other Norwegian team. RBK play their home games at the all-seater Lerkendal Stadion which has a capacity of 21,421. Eirik Horneland was appointed head coach in January 2019; the club was founded as Odd in 1917 but were not allowed to play amateur league matches until 1928, when they took the present name. They reached the League of Norway in 1937–38, but were relegated to lower divisions during the 1940s; the club moved to Lerkendal in 1957 and their first title was the 1960 Cup, resulting in their first participation in a UEFA tournament. It was not until the 1960s. In 1967 RBK was promoted to the top league where they, except for the 1978 season, have remained since, they won three league titles between 1967 and 1971. The club's golden era started with the 1985 league title.
From 1991 through 2004 the team won 10 under manager Nils Arne Eggen. During this period, they participated in the group stage of Champions League 11 times, reaching the quarter-finals in 1996–97. On 19 May 1917, 12 young men from Rosenborg in Trondheim founded Sportsklubben Odd; the name Odd was a tribute to Odd of Skien, the most successful team in Norway at the time. Odd spent their first few years playing against other local teams before attempting to join the regional series in 1920; as with most of the "buddy" clubs formed at the time, they were denied access. Since many of these players played for the bigger teams, the authorities feared a possible shortage of players if too many small clubs were let in; as the years went by, disillusioned players began leaving the club, in 1923 the first team played only a single match. By 1926, management of the club had passed on to a new generation of members, it was through their efforts that Odd were admitted into the regional series in 1927, ten years after the club was founded.
A year they were set for entry into the Football Association of Norway, but their entry was blocked as the association refused to have two member clubs with the same name. The club therefore took on its current name, Rosenborg Ballklub, on 26 October 1928. Rosenborg is a residential area in Trondheim. Rosenborg enjoyed little success at first, moving between the lower divisions of the regional series, yet their performance was improving and in 1931 the team qualified for the highest level, one year they played in the Norwegian Cup for the first time. It was at this time that Rosenborg started planning for a new home ground at Lerkendal, although this project was not completed until after World War II. Rosenborg's youth team has been one of the best in the country since the club was founded and an talented generation of youth players during the 1950s would grow up to form the basis for the first team's success in the 1960s and onwards. In 1960 Rosenborg progressed all the way to the cup final where they faced Odd, the team from which they had adopted their original name and colours from in 1917.
It took a rematch to decide the winner. Rosenborg won the cup again in 1964. Rosenborg was promoted from the regional league to group A of the main Norwegian league in 1960; the following season the two groups of the top flight were combined into a single league of 16 teams with the teams finishing in the bottom half being relegated to the 2nd division. Rosenborg finished as number 9 out of the 16 teams and was relegated to the new 2nd division where they played from 1963 until they won promotion by winning group B in 1966. In 1967 Rosenborg was promoted to the highest level in Norwegian football, the Main League for the first time; this would prove to be a successful year for the club. Led on by such players as Harald Sunde, Nils Arne Eggen, the talented young forward Odd Iversen, Rosenborg won their first league title. Iversen scored 17 goals in 18 matches that year, would go on to score a massive 30 goals in the following season, although he alone could not prevent Rosenborg from being beaten to the title by Lyn.
By the end of the 1960s it was clear that Rosenborg had emerged as one of Norway's leading football clubs. The 1960s saw Rosenborg venture onto the European stage for the first time; as winners of the cup in 1964, the club debuted in the Cup Winners' Cup the following year. Three years Rosenborg entered the European Cup as winners of the league. Rosenborg hired Englishman George Curtis as coach ahead of the 1969 season. Curtis introduced the new 4–4–2 formation and shifted focus towards tactics and organization rather than all-out attacking football; this move worked well to begin with. However, when both Odd Iversen and Harald Sunde left the club, Rosenborg stopped scoring goals and failed to win again in 1970. Curtis was criticized for being too defensively minded and was replaced by retired player Nils Arne Eggen, who reverted to a more crowd-pleasing style of play. Eggen's first of five tenures as coach was a resounding success; the double-win in 1971 marked the end of the club's first golden age.
Rosenborg began to struggle in the league. A flurry of coaches came and went without making an impact and in 1977 the team won only one match the entire season, finishing dead last. Nils Arne Eggen was called in for
Arild Stavrum is a Norwegian football coach and former player. His playing career included clubs as Brann, Stabæk, Aberdeen and Beşiktaş. Hailing from Kristiansund, he started his career in local club Clausenengen, played for another two small clubs Jerv and Nordlandet, he was picked up by Brann, by Molde. At Molde he formed a partnership with Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Ole Bjørn Sundgot known as "the three S'es", he played one season for Stabæk before going abroad with Helsingborg in Sweden. Playing under former Molde coach Åge Hareide, Stavrum became Allsvenskan top scorer in the 1998 season, he came to Scotland in 1999. In his first season, he scored 12 goals, he scored 17 goals in his second season with Aberdeen, which made him the second highest goalscorer in the 2000–01 Scottish Premier League. He was popular with the fans in Aberdeen after he cut and collected his trademark long hair, posting the offending follicles to local journalist Charlie Allan, who had claimed said locks were holding the Norwegian back.
However, as a result of a contract clause that allowed him to move for a nominal fee, he signed for Beşiktaş in Turkey. This came as a bit of a surprise to Aberdeen, as he was pictured in the Turkish media with a Beşiktaş shirt before Aberdeen were aware that he would be leaving, his spell in Turkey was short-lived. He returned to a final spell in the Norwegian league with Molde, he retired from a playing career following the 2004 season. On the international level, Stavrum played for Norway once against Israel in a friendly. In the 2005 season Stavrum was appointed coach of Second Division team Bærum SK. Having guided them to a respectable league position, Stavrum was hired by his old team Molde. However, he was sacked after the season, it was announced in December 2007 that Arild had signed a two-year coaching contract with Skeid of Oslo. Outside of football, he has written for the media in Norway, as well as contributing to Scottish newspapers. In 2008, he made his debut as a fiction writer, with the novel 31 år på gress published by the Norwegian publishing house Oktober.
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Uwe Rösler is a German football manager and former player who manages Malmö FF in Allsvenskan, the top flight of Sweden. A centre forward in his playing career, Rösler played for several clubs, most notably Manchester City, where he was the leading goalscorer for three consecutive seasons from 1994–95 to 1996–97, Kaiserslautern, where he played in the UEFA Champions League, he is a former East Germany international, whom he represented in the under-21 team and five times as a senior. In 2004, he began his managerial career with Lillestrøm in Norway, led Viking and Molde FK in Tippeligaen, he managed Brentford, Wigan Athletic, Leeds United and Fleetwood Town in The Football League. Born in Altenburg, Rösler started his career in his native East Germany, joining Lokomotive Leipzig in 1987, where he spent one season, before moving on to BSG Chemie Leipzig in 1988. Following this he transferred to 1. FC Magdeburg in 1989, where he spent a year before signing for Dynamo Dresden in the winter 1990/91.
After two years with Dresden, he spent two years with 1. FC Nürnberg, where he failed to score once in 28 games, resulting in him being loaned back to Dresden for the second year. Having grown up in the East, where players were regarded as amateurs, Rösler found it difficult to adapt when he moved to the West after reunification: "I saw more individualistic thinking, cliques, a powerful press and personal politics around team selection; the Wall was still there in some people's heads and in many ways I was naive." In March 1994, Rösler joined Manchester City on trial. Given an opportunity in a reserve match against Burnley, he scored two goals, which resulted in a three-month loan, he made his first team debut the following Saturday, against Queens Park Rangers. A return of five goals in twelve games saw the move made permanent in the close season, reports of the transfer fee varying between £375,000 and £500,000. After an ignominious start to the 1994–95 campaign, when he was sent off in a 3–0 opening day defeat at Arsenal, Rösler formed a productive partnership with Paul Walsh, scored 22 league and cup goals despite missing several games through injury.
In an FA cup match against Notts County he scored four goals, becoming the first Manchester City player to score four in an FA Cup tie since Johnny Hart in 1953. His performances that season meant he was the club's leading goalscorer, he won the club's Player of the Year award. At the start of the 1995–96 season, Alan Ball became manager and changed the nature of the side. Despite City's obvious strengths down the flanks, the team was adapted to play through the middle of the park. With no supply line from the wings, with the loss through injury of Beagrie and the shocking sale of Walsh, Rösler struggled in this season. Many felt that he and fellow striker Niall Quinn were too similar to play in a system that didn't feed strikers and Rösler became unhappy. Much publicised disagreements with the manager culminated in Rösler being dropped from the side, only to be brought on as a sub in the Manchester derby and score a phenomenal goal. Rösler's goal celebrations saw him running to the bench, shouting at Ball and pointing to his name and squad number on the back of his shirt.
City were relegated to Division One at the end of the campaign, but Rösler opted to stay with the Blues. Despite another difficult campaign, Rösler again finished top scorer and benefited from the return to a 4–4–1–1 formation. After another spell out with injury, Rösler would leave the Blues in May 1998 on a free transfer following relegation to Division Two. In his four years at City he played 176 games, he was admitted to City's "Hall of Fame" in December 2009. In the summer of 1998, Rösler returned to Germany joining Kaiserslautern reigning German champions, for one season, his most remarkable game there was on 9 December 1998 when he came on as a substitute against HJK Helsinki and scored a second half hat-trick as Kaiserslautern won 5–2, helping them to win their group in the 1998–99 UEFA Champions League, before going out in the quarter-finals to Bayern Munich. He moved on to Tennis Borussia Berlin for the 1999–2000 season; when Tennis Borussia went bankrupt in the summer of 2000, Glenn Hoddle snapped Rösler up on a free transfer, but he was unable to become a regular in Saints' first team as James Beattie started to find his form.
Rösler suffered a groin injury which required surgery, keeping him out for several weeks. Although he was a whole-hearted and committed player, he only managed to score once for the Saints, in a Worthington Cup game at Mansfield. Rösler scored the last goal at The Dell on 26 May 2001 in a friendly against Brighton and Hove Albion – who were selected as Southampton's opponents as they had been the stadium's first visitors when it opened in 1898 – as Saints won 1–0. However, the distinction of the last competitive goal at The Dell went to Rösler's team mate Matthew Le Tissier, who had scored a late winner in the 3–2 Premier League win over Arsenal seven days earlier. In the following season, he only made a handful of appearances before being loaned out to West Bromwich Albion on 30 October 2001, as cover for the injured Scott Dobie, he made his debut away at Crystal Palace on 31 October 2001, his only goal for Albion came in a 1–0 home win over Nottingham Forest four days later. Rösler played just five games for West Bromwich Albion, as he joined German side SpVgg Unterhaching on a free transfer in January 2002, who went on to win promotion as Division One runners-up at the end of the 2001–02 season.
In July 2002, Rösler signed f