Who is Christian Ilzer manager of Sportklub Sturm Graz, bio, age, family and tactics

Who is Christian Ilzer manager of Sportklub Sturm Graz, bio, age, family and tactics

Here is all you need to know about Austrian football manager Christian Ilzer along with his age, career, bio, family and tactics

May 19, marked the completion of the current season for the Austrian Bundesliga and there’s a new champion after eleven years, this time around; Sturm Grau. In the championship round, Austria from Klagenfurt took on Christian Ilzer’s squad. 

Sturm Graz led Salzburg by two points entering into this match, hence a victory would secure the title for them. Wuthrich and Kamara’s goals gave the home team the lead and the victory they deserved. Meanwhile, let us talk about the man who led the side to victory. Here is all about Christian IIzer.  

Who is Christian Ilzer manager of Sportklub Sturm Graz, bio, age, family, formation and tactics

Who is Christian IIzer?

Christian IIzer is an Austrian football manager who was born on October 21, 1977, in Puch bei Weiz, Austria. The 46-year-old measures 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) tall. 

A look at Christian IIzer’s career 

Christian IIzer is currently the manager of Sportklub Sturm Graz, a football club founded in 1909 which is based in Graz, Styria and competes in the Austrian Bundesliga. When he was appointed coach of USK Raiffeisen Puch’s U17 team, he was barely 17 years old, having suffered three cruciate ligament injuries as a teenager. 


In addition to his job as an electronics specialist, he started his teacher preparation programme. Between 2006 and 2007, he served as a playing manager for the USK Raiffeisen Puch first team. From July 2007 to July 2011, he worked as manager Bruno Friesenbichler’s assistant at TSV Hartberg.

In May 2017, Ilzer returned to TSV Hartberg as head coach. He joined Wolfsberger in 2018 and led the side to qualify for the Europa League group stage for the first time in their history. On May 29, 2019, Ilzer was appointed manager of FK Austria Wien for the 2019–20 season. 

On July 17, 2020, he was appointed manager of Sturm Graz. Leading the team to a runner-up finish in both 2021–22 and 2022–23, he was named the VdF-Fußballerwahl Coach of the Season in 2022–23.   


Christian IIzer’s wife and kids 

Christian IIzer is a married man with kids. He has mentioned them often in his interview and how they motivate him. 

Christian IIzer’s formation 

Christian IIzer prefers 4-4-2 with the two midfielders who are deeper-dropping to take a seat in front of the back four.


Ilzer relies on his full-backs to progress into the attacking third and offer width, with them becoming almost like wingers and lot of the creative attacking moments for Ilzer’s side originate from the wide channels.

What makes Ilzer’s side stand out is the aggressive counter-pressing system and the team prefers a much quicker vertical style of build-up play.