Robin Dutt entered the history books on Sunday while gaining promotion to the Bundesliga 1st Division with his club SC Freiburg. The 44-year-old Dutt will be the first-ever coach of Indian origin to manage in one of the world's leading leagues.
Freiburg beat TuS Koblenz 5-2 on Sunday to secure the Bundesliga 2nd Division title with three games still to play. Dutt said after the match:
The players gave their hearts to reach our goal – promotion to the 1st Division Bundesliga! We will return to Freiburg today and celebrate the promotion with our fans back home! I'm looking forward to the reception!
Dutt, born to an indian father and a german mother, and raised in the western German city of Cologne, started off his playing career at the SpVgg Hirschlanden youth team in 1983.
Dutt never made it to the top level as a footballer, but had a first successful stint in coaching in 1999, as a player-coach at lower league side TSG Leonberg. He led the team to promotion and went on to TSF Ditzingen as a full-time coach. Dutt’s coaching led him to former Bundesliga side Stuttgart Kickers in 2002. He was in-charge of the second team and took over reigns of the first team in October 2003. Stuttgart were in the Regionaliga (3rd Division) at that time.
Dutt, who finished his coaching badges with the German Football Federation (DFB) in 2005 as the best of his crop was offered the opportunity to utilize his skills in professional football at SC Freiburg in 2007.
In several interviews with the german football magazine 11 FREUNDE he talked about his indian roots:
I´m half Indian and though I was born and raised in Germany and can´t speak Hindi, I´m part of a parental home and have strong emotional ties to my father´s homeland.