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Happy birthday boss! 43 of the best moments from Farke's tenure

30 October 2019

With Norwich City Head Coach Daniel Farke celebrating his 43rd birthday today, we’ve picked 43 of the best moments at the club during his time at the helm.

From last-minute goals and wild celebrations to Premier League promotion and an unforgettable giant-killing, it’s been a memorable journey over the last two and a half years. Here are 43 of the best moments…

1 – Welcome to Norwich City FC

Becoming the first foreign manager in the history of Norwich City Football Club, Daniel Farke is appointed as manager on 25 May, 2017. "The more I know about Norwich City, the more excited I get. I’m very glad to be here and can’t wait to get started,” he said.

2 – All the Germans

Having moved to Norwich from his position as manager at Borussia Dortmund II, Farke had developed an extensive knowledge of the German second division. This allowed him to pluck a handful of German players and/or players who played in the 2. Bundesliga that had gone under the radar of many English clubs.

Joining City in Farke’s first transfer window across July and August of 2017 from Germany were Mario Vrancic (albeit Bosnian), Christoph Zimmermann, Marcel Franke and Marco Stiepermann, with German midfielder Tom Trybull signing from ADO Den Haag in Netherlands.

The cultural diversity became a key staple of Farke’s squad, breeding a fresh identity into the team at Carrow Road.

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3 – First game in charge a sign of things to come

One of the key themes that spectators would come to associate with Farke’s Norwich side is their ability to score important late goals, and that was shown straight away.

A trip to Craven Cottage represented Farke’s first game in charge, and an 88th minute equaliser from Nelson Oliveira salvaged a 1-1 draw and the boss’ first point in the Championship.

4 – Tasting the winning feeling

It didn’t take long for the boss to get the first win under his belt, and to do it in front of the City faithful at Carrow Road made it that much sweeter.

Swindon Town were the visitors for the first round of the EFL Cup, as goals from Cameron Jerome, Wes Hoolahan and James Maddison were enough to prevent Swindon from surmounting a comeback in the second 45.

5 – A new song on the terraces

When Blur wrote Parklife, little did they know that it would be used as inspiration for a chant about a German football coach in East Anglia.

City fans’ interpretation, Farke Life, was first head among supporters on the terraces during Norwich’s 1-0 win over Birmingham City in early September of 2017.

The song caught on and can now be heard home and away, wherever City play!

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6 – Another late Oliveira equaliser

Just over a couple of months after his late equaliser against Fulham at Craven Cottage, Nelson Oliveira did it again.

City had gone 1-0 down to Hull City through a Nouha Dicko goal just before the half-hour mark, but Oliveira popped up in the 96th minute to head in for 1-1.

Farke always knew such goals could become a staple of this Norwich side, saying "I want to bring to the lads an attitude that whatever happens you must fight and in the end you will benefit.”

7 – Beating the noisy neighbours

City culminated a nine-game unbeaten run in the league in spectacular fashion, getting a 1-0 win over local rivals Ipswich Town as Farke got his first taste of the East Anglian Derby.

James Maddison’s goal was the difference and earned City their fourth consecutive away win in the Championship.

The boss was understandably delighted about it, saying "it is the sweetest win we have had so far this season, it's really special. We totally deserved to win this game. I am happy we are able to give the fans this present and bring this win back.”

8 – Back to winning ways

City endured a testing period following on from that derby win, going seven league games without a victory. When they broke that rut, it was with a convincing 3-1 win at home to Sheffield Wednesday in December 2017.

Jordan Rhodes put the Owls ahead early on, but a goal from James Maddison, a bullet header from Timm Klose, and another stoppage time strike from Nelson Oliveira gave the Canaries three long-awaited points.

Puffing his cheeks, Farke said "for me it was a big relief because it has been a long time since we won at Carrow Road.”

9 – All the other Germans

Farke’s raid of the German transfer market wasn’t over when the window slammed shut in August 2017, as he dipped back in for the January transfer window of that same season.

In came Onel Hernandez and Dennis Srbeny from Eintracht Braunschweig and SC Paderborn respectively, while Moritz Leitner was brought in on loan from FC Augsburg.

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10 – Local derby limbs part two

Ipswich Town began to get even more sick of the sight of Norwich City when Daniel Farke’s side denied them a first East Anglian derby win since 2009 in dramatic fashion.

Luke Chambers must have thought he’d grabbed the winner for Town when he scored a header in the 89th minute, but this City side would not be written off.

Five minutes into stoppage time, Timm Klose wrote his name into Norwich City folklore with a header of his own to snatch a 1-1 draw at the death.

Once again, it came as no surprise to Farke. “With this group I always know they have the mentality to come back, the fitness to come back and always have the ability to score a goal,” he said.

11 - Oliveira does it again

It’s quite remarkable when a team keeps scoring important late goals, even more so when it’s the same player scoring them.

City were 2-0 down to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the 25th minute of February 2018’s Championship game, before Norwich set about yet another comeback.

A Jamal Lewis own goal and Alfred N'Diaye header gave Wolves a 2-0 advantage, shortly before Christoph Zimmermann responded with another headed effort. Would City equalise early in the second half and see out the rest of the game? Of course not.

This time it was the 93rd minute in which Nelson Oliveira earned City another late point with a long-range strike from 35 yards out.

12 – Back to winning ways once more

A spell of seven consecutive league games without a win was ended in March 2018 as City put three past Reading courtesy of Mario Vrancic, Grant Hanley, and James Maddison.

Goals from Liam Kelly and Sam Smith almost snuck Reading back in it, but City held on to move up to 13th in the Championship.

13 – Pinto punishes Black Cats

Grass is green, water is wet, and on City late goals you can bet! George Honeyman gave Sunderland the lead at the Stadium of Light, before Ivo Pinto equalised for Norwich in the 89th minute on a dismal night in the north east.

Re-iterating what he already knew, Farke said: “it's a sign of my group that we have this mentality that we never accept a loss."

14 – New season, same trends

That theme of scoring late goals would become even more prominent during Farke’s second season in charge of City.

So it proved in the 2018/19 season’s opening weekend as Norwich travelled to Birmingham City. Onel Hernandez equalised in the 83rd minute after Jacques Maghoma had given the hosts the lead, but this one wasn’t so straightforward.

An 89th minute goal from Viv Solomon-Otabor looked like giving Birmingham the ideal start to the season, but Hernandez bothered them again with another equaliser, this one coming in the 94th minute.

15 – A collector’s item

Alex Tettey doesn’t score many goals, but he enjoyed this one against Preston North End. City had been held at 0-0 until the 80th minute, when Teemu Pukki broke the deadlock with a cool finish.

Seven minutes later, Tettey made sure with a spectacular volley to give City their first league win of the 2018/19 season. Off came the shirt as he wheeled away in celebration!

16 – Not another one!

Did someone order another equaliser in the East Anglian Derby? Moritz Leitner thought so! Gwion Edwards deflected shot gave the Tractor Boys the lead at Portman Road, before Leitner guided a long-range effort in to equalise.

Commenting on the youth of his side, Farke said: "I'm totally pleased with the reaction of my lads because we had so many young inexperienced players on the pitch."

17 – Vrancic seals another three points

To win the Championship you’ve got to win games the hard way, and sometimes that means leaving it until late on to scrape a 1-0 victory, as City did against Wigan Athletic at the end of September 2018.

Teemu Pukki won a penalty which Mario Vrancic duly dispatched to move the Canaries up to fifth and into the play-off places.

18 – Forest the victims of Klose double

It’s always a novelty to see defenders scoring goals, but to get two in one game? Magnificent stuff from Timm Klose.

Nottingham Forest took an early lead via Lewis Grabban’s well-placed volley, before a Moritz Leitner free-kick was flicked in by the big City centre-half. He was then in the right place at the right time again to bury Emiliano Buendia’s corner in the 84th minute to lift City to sixth in the league.

19 – One week, three wins, champagne football

City’s 1-0 win over Brentford on 27 October, 2018, wrapped up a week of wins (the previous two being Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa).

Farke described City’s performances in those first two games as ‘champagne football,’ before Emiliano Buendia’s goal moved City up to fourth by beating Brentford.

"In the previous two victories we have played a bit more like champagne football, but we dominated a Brentford side that are not easy to play against,” Farke said.

20 – Sitting pretty at the top

We all know how the 2018/19 season ended, of course, but it took until 3 November, 2018, for City to be in first place in the Championship for the first time.

They did so in emphatic fashion, beating Sheffield Wednesday 4-0 at Hillsborough thanks to a Teemu Pukki double and goals from Emiliano Buendia and Dennis Srbeny.

Level-headed as ever, Farke said: "We all have our feet on the ground. We know we have had a decent start, and to be there after 16 games with 30 points already is outstanding."

21 – Seven goal Millwall thriller

A seven goal-game with four goals in the last ten minutes plus stoppage time is always going to be a feast on the eyes.

Tom Elliott gave Millwall the lead at Carrow Road before Teemu Pukki equalised. So far, so routine. Moritz Leitner then put Norwich 2-1 up in 79 minutes, before Ryan Leonard equalised in the 81st. Jed Wallace put Millwall 3-2 up with seven minutes to go.

Remarkably, a 92nd minute goal from Jordan Rhodes and a scrappy 97th minute winner from Teemu Pukki turned the scores around to 4-3 in City’s favour. What a rollercoaster!

22 – Six in a row

On 24 November, 2018, City showed that they were exactly where they deserved to be with their sixth consecutive league win – a 4-1 victory at Swansea.

A Mike van der Hoorn own goal, combined with goals from Emiliano Buendia, Marco Stiepermann and Teemu Pukki cancelled out Daniel James’ goal.

23 – The boss recognised for his work

November was such a good month for City that Daniel Farke was named Manager of the Month in the Championship.

“At the start of the season, you couldn’t predict that we’d be in this position after 20 games and the lads have been brilliant so far,” Farke said.

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24 – Pukki salvages late three points

Teemu Pukki kept City at the top of the Championship with a 93rd minute winner in December 2018, after it had looked like Bolton Wanderers had secured a point.

Bolton mounted a comeback of their own to cancel out goals from Mario Vrancic and Marco Stiepermann, but Pukki punished Bolton with his late strike!

25 – The perfect Christmas gift

Just in time for the big day, Farke’s City gave Canaries fans a festive period to be cheerful about with a late 1-0 win at Blackburn Rovers on 22 December, 2018.

Teemu Pukki got the goal to the surprise of few as City returned to the top of the Championship!

The boss was delighted with the result, saying: "this is the biggest win during the whole season and really a massive win for us, especially because of the situation we had to handle during the game.”

26 – Boxing Day comeback

With the twelve days of Christmas underway, City wrapped up a twelve-game unbeaten run in the league with an excellent, Onel Hernandez inspired comeback against Nottingham Forest on Boxing Day.

City were 3-0 down with 23 minutes to go when Mario Vrancic pulled one back. Without scoring before the 90th minute, many teams would have given up hope, but not Norwich. Hernandez scored in the 94th and 98th minutes to bring about pandemonium at Carrow Road.

27 – Clash of the titans

Leeds United had been one of City’s most fierce Championship rivals up until February 2019, so City’s 3-1 win against them on their own turf was hugely significant at the start of the month.

A Mario Vrancic double and a goal from Teemu Pukki were too much for Leeds, whose stoppage time response through Patrick Bamford was not enough.

28 – Ipswich win increases the gap

This was a bad time for anyone to be playing Norwich, and an even worse time for 24th-placed Ipswich to be losing to them.

One goal from Onel Hernandez and a Teemu Pukki brace gave City a 3-0 win and put them two points clear at the top of the table.

29 – McLean’s time to shine

Kenny McLean wasn’t a regularly goalscorer for City last season, but his two against Bristol City mattered.

A brace from him and one from Ben Godfrey meant that being leaky at the other end was not too costly, as Norwich came away with a big 3-2 win on the march to the title.

30 – Two-point lead restored

In the 35th Championship game, City went two points clear of Leeds United at the top of the Championship again thanks to a 3-1 win at Millwall.

Marco Stiepermann, Christoph Zimmermann and Teemu Pukki were all on the scoresheet.

"We enjoy our flying moments at the moment and we know it's no coincidence we are in this position after 35 games because there are reasons to be confident, but we are also pretty grounded because we have to work hard for each and every point,” Farke said.

31 – Putting pen to paper

After all of this, City fans were delighted to hear the news that Daniel Farke had signed a new three year contract extension with the club in March 2019.

On the same day the story was announced, City held on to three points with a 3-2 win at home to Hull City.

In his contract extension video, Farke said: “Canaries are flying, Carrow Road is pulsating. Norwich felt like my second home. My heart is yellow and I’m a Canary.”

32 – A spicy win at Rotherham

As City continued to charge to the Championship title, Rotherham United felt their wraith on 16 March, 2019, with Ben Godfrey’s second half goal winning the game for City.

It extended their lead at the top to four, as Farke approved of how his side was winning difficult games: ​​"We are handling spicy games and when we are in the spotlight. We have overachieved in the eyes of so many people so far. It's a good position to be in.​”

33 – Going seven points clear

City looked more and more like favourites to not just be promoted but to win the Championship with a hefty 4-0 win at home to Queen’s Park Rangers in early April 2019.

Goals from Emiliano Buendia, Marco Stiepermann and two from Teemu Pukki put City seven points clear with Sheffield United behind them in second.

34 – Late goal holds great value

Late goals became even more important during the business end of the season, so Mario Vrancic’s equaliser in a 2-2 draw at home to Sheffield Wednesday was crucial.

Sheffield had come back from 1-0 down to be leading 2-1, but Vrancic stepped up to score a beautiful free-kick in the 97th minute and keep City five points clear.

35 – Mission accomplished

After a long and exhausting Championship season, City got their just rewards with promotion to the Premier League.

It came by way of a 2-1 win at home to Blackburn Rovers on 17 April, 2019, thanks to early goals from Mario Vrancic and Marco Stiepermann.

"It's a moment full of happiness and pride," Farke said. "This feeling is amazing. For me the Championship is the toughest league in the world. Each and every game is pretty close so to come out in the top two teams you deserve it.”

36 – Best in class

To get promoted is one thing, but to do so by winning the league is of course so much sweeter. City wrapped that one up with a 2-1 win at Aston Villa on 5 May, 2019, proving that all of Farke’s methods and philosophies could exceed expectations.

Teemu Pukki and Mario Vrancic capped off an unforgettable campaign at Villa Park, before the boss lifted the Championship trophy. “To win the title is the icing on the cake,” the boss said.

37 - Promoting the youth

Max Aarons, Ben Godfrey, Jamal Lewis, Todd Cantwell. Daniel Farke has shown how to invest in the youth talent at his disposal by integrating academy players into the first-team as if it’s nothing, and they were all pivotal to winning the league.

The four have all benefitted hugely from plenty of minutes and first team action, with all of them now representing their countries at international level as well.

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38 - Unearthing hidden gems

Norwich City have the smallest budget in the Premier League, but in the past Farke has uncovered some of his best players without ever breaking the bank.

“You have to fight with your tools,” he said. “I know it is more tricky to be successful playing with the youngest wingers in the whole of western Europe and more academy products than any other club. But you have to believe in what you are doing.

“We believed Teemu was able to deliver with goals, and we thought we had found a brilliant player in the second tier of Spanish football in Emi that no one else had seen. We were convinced we could deliver.”

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39 – Scoring at the home of the European champions

The start to Premier League life doesn’t come much harder than away to the team who had just won the Champions League, but Norwich City left Anfield with their heads held high, despite how the score line read.

After going into half-time 4-0, City put in an encouraging performance and scored their first goal back in the top flight through, who else, Teemu Pukki.

40 – First Premier League win

What a feeling to get that first win under the belt! Norwich beat Newcastle United in style, Teemu Pukki lighting up the Premier League with a hat-trick before collecting his first match ball in the topflight.

41 – David vs Goliath

The type of game that will be spoken about for decades, living long in the memories of City fans fortunate enough to see it.

With much of the squad injured and a huge difference in the amount of money spent between the two teams, few would have given Norwich a chance.

Yet, it’s the reason we love football, because anything can happen. Fans and neutrals alike couldn’t believe what was unfolding before their eyes as Kenny McLean, Todd Cantwell and Teemu Pukki gave Norwich a win against the Premier League champions.

42 – Shut out

Few would have put money on a goalless draw between AFC Bournemouth and Norwich City, but a strong defensive display led to a decent point on the south coast for Daniel Farke’s side.

While City often score and concede goals at both ends, being defensively sound is even more important now they’re in the toughest league in the country.

A 0-0 draw then was actually relatively welcome.

43 – The passion

Who doesn’t love that waving celebration? Well, the boss isn’t desperate to do it because he doesn’t like being in the spotlight, but he gives the fans what they want.

“The fans force me to do the wave with them after every win. It’s nicer when they sing your name instead of throwing old tomatoes at you,” he said.

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Happy birthday boss!


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