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Josef Zinnbauer: What we know about the Orlando Pirates head coach

New Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer's name does not leap off the page when you make mention of him.

Outside of his native Germany, the 49-year-old is not that well known and he certainly had most in South Africa scrambling to google when he was announced as the man in the hot seat of the Soweto giants on Tuesday.

Besides knowing that he has penned a three-year deal with the Buccaneers, we did a bit of research on new man in Mayfair.

1) Zinnbauer had a modest playing career with lesser known clubs in Germany but Karlsruher SC and Mainz count amongst the biggest in a list of 12 sides that he has played for.

He was forced to end his playing career at the tender age of 26 after damaging his cartilage but was not lost to the game as he decided to become a coach.

2) Zinnbauer's first professional coaching assignment came in 2005 when he guided little known club, VfB Oldenburg, who currently play in the fourth tier of the German football landscape.

In 2010 he moved to Karlsruher SC, where he helped co-coach the reserve team with Uwe Rapolder.

3) It was in 2014 that Zinnbauer's big break came when he moved to Bundesliga outfit Hamburg SV, even though it was only to coach their reserve team.

After overseeing eight victories in eight matches, Zinnbauer was appointed Hamburg's first team manager after the sacking of Mirko Slomka.

Zinnbauer's team earned a creditable goalless draw against Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich in his first game at the helm, which must still rank at his greatest achievement in football to date.

The best players that he had at his disposal in his squad include former Holland midfielder Rafael van der Vaart and Croatia forward Ivica Olic.

4) Hamburg only just escaped relegation in the 2014/2015 season though and Zinnbauer was relieved of his first-team duties and resumed his role with club's reserve side.

He oversaw 24 games with the first-team and managed 6 wins, 6 draws and 12 defeats for a win percentage of 25%.

5) In September 2015, Zinnbauer was appointed manager of St. Gallen FC of Switzerland.

He was in charge of the Swiss club for two years before leaving with a record of 19 wins, 14 draws and 30 losses in 63 matches at helm.

He has failed to win any silverware in his managerial career.