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Udo Lattek

Udo Lattek
Lattek in the early 1970s
Personal information
Date of birth (1935-01-16)16 January 1935
Place of birth Bosemb, Germany
Date of death 31 January 2015(2015-01-31) (aged 80)
Place of death Cologne, Germany
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
SSV Marienheide
Bayer Leverkusen
VfR Wipperfürth
1962–1965 VfL Osnabrück 70 (34)
Managerial career
VfR Wipperfürth
1965–1970 West Germany (assistant coach)
1970–1975 Bayern Munich
1975–1979 Borussia Mönchengladbach
1979–1981 Borussia Dortmund
1981–1983 Barcelona
1983–1987 Bayern Munich
1991 1. FC Köln
1992–1993 Schalke 04
2000 Borussia Dortmund
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Udo Lattek (16 January 1935 – 31 January 2015) was a German professional football player and coach.

Lattek is one of the most successful coaches in the history of the game, having won 15 major titles, most famously with Bayern Munich. He also won major trophies with Borussia Mönchengladbach and FC Barcelona. In addition to these clubs, his managerial career saw him coach Borussia Dortmund, Schalke 04 and 1. FC Köln before his retirement from the game. Alongside the Italian Giovanni Trapattoni and Portuguese José Mourinho, he is the only coach to have won all three major European club titles, and—along with Mourinho—the only one to do so with three clubs.

Early life

Lattek was born in Bosemb, East Prussia, Germany (now Boże, Poland).[1] While Lattek was preparing for a career as a teacher, he played football with SSV Marienheide, Bayer 04 Leverkusen and VfR Wipperfürth. In 1962, he joined VfL Osnabrück. He spent his first season at the club in the first division (the northern division of the "Oberliga") and the remainder of his time in the second division, as the club did not qualify for the new Bundesliga at its inception 1963. He played primarily as a centre forward and became known for his heading ability. He scored 34 goals in 70 league matches between 1962 and 1965.

Early in 1965, Lattek was prematurely released from his playing contract to join the German football association DFB as a youth team coach alongside Dettmar Cramer, one of the assistants to head coach Helmut Schön. In this role he was also part of the coaching staff which led Germany into the final of the 1966 World Cup.[2]


Bayern Munich

In March 1970, Lattek took over the reins of Bayern Munich as successor of the Croatian, Branko Zebec. He was recommended to the club by Franz Beckenbauer, however his appointment was controversial as he had never previously coached a club side. To a team already boasting Beckenbauer, Gerd Müller and Sepp Maier, Lattek added the young talents of Paul Breitner and Uli Hoeneß, ushering in a period of near dominance for the Bavarian club. Lattek led Bayern to three consecutive league titles, a first in German football history, as well as the German Cup. In 1974 they became the first German team to win the European Champions Cup, defeating Atlético Madrid in the final, in a replay. It was the first of three consecutive European Cup successes for the club (although Lattek was only there for the first of them).

Lattek (right) coaching Gerd Müller in 1973

Six players from the Bayern side were also part of the West German side that won the 1974 World Cup and 1972 European Championship. A poor start to the 1974–75 domestic season saw Lattek's tenure come to an end, with Bayern replacing him with Dettmar Cramer, who was also recommended to the club by Beckenbauer. According to Lattek, after telling club president Wilhelm Neudecker that, given the club's poor domestic form changes were necessary, Neudecker replied, "Correct. You're sacked."

Borussia Mönchengladbach

At the beginning of the 1975–76 season, Lattek succeeded Hennes Weisweiler at Borussia Mönchengladbach, where he stayed until 1979. This spell saw him win two more German titles, in addition to achieving further European success with victory in the 1979 UEFA Cup final, defeating Red Star Belgrade. A third consecutive championship for him, which would have been a record fourth consecutive league championship for the club, eluded Mönchengladbach when they came second in the race to 1. FC Köln, managed by Lattek's predecessor Hennes Weisweiler, by the narrowest of margins, that of goal difference.

In 1977, the club reached the European Champions Cup final against Liverpool in Rome, which they lost 3–1. Liverpool declined to participate in the ensuing matches for the Intercontinental Cup, so Borussia took their place against South American champions Boca Juniors in the final. After drawing 2–2 in Argentina, Mönchengladbach lost the home match in Karlsruhe 3–0.

Borussia Dortmund

At the end of that season, Lattek quit Mönchengladbach and spent two undistinguished years with Borussia Dortmund. In his time at Mönchengladbach he had managed legendary striker Jupp Heynckes (226 goals in 375 league matches / 51 goals in 64 European competition matches), along with great Danish forward Allan Simonsen and such national team stalwarts as Berti Vogts, Rainer Bonhof, Uli Stielike, and Herbert Wimmer. At Dortmund he lacked that wealth of talent, and at the time his new club did not have the resources or the patience to develop it. His 15-year-old son also died from leukaemia at that time, leading him to seek a different working challenge as a distraction from the grief in his personal life.[1]

FC Barcelona

In 1981, Lattek was appointed successor to Helenio Herrera at Spanish club FC Barcelona. He led the club to the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1982, defeating Standard Liège 2–1 in the final. He is the only coach to lead three clubs to three different major European trophies.[3] On the field Barcelona was led by Migueli, Alexanco, Rexach, Asensi, Quini, the German Bernd Schuster, and the Dane, Allan Simonsen, Lattek's star signing from his old club, Mönchengladbach. In the second season Diego Maradona, then 22 years of age, was signed for a record transfer fee. However Barcelona did not win any domestic titles that year, and Lattek was replaced at the end of the 1982–83 season by the World Cup winning Argentine coach, César Luis Menotti, who it was hoped would bring out the best in Maradona.

Return to Bayern Munich

Lattek got his next managerial appointment from his former player Uli Hoeneß, who was by then in charge as commercial manager with his old side, Bayern Munich. Lattek succeeded the Hungarian coach Pal Csernai. In the next few years he won another league championship hat-trick with the club and two more national cups, the 'double" in 1986 being the fourth in German football history. However Bayern lost the 1987 European Champions Cup final 2–1 to FC Porto. Great players during his second stint with Bayern included Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Lothar Matthäus, Klaus Augenthaler, Dieter Hoeneß, the Danish midfielder Søren Lerby and the Belgian national goalkeeper Jean-Marie Pfaff. As it had been with Borussia Mönchengladbach, his former player Jupp Heynckes followed him as coach here, too.

Cologne and Schalke

After the heady days at Bayern, Lattek retired for a few years. In 1991, he joined 1. FC Köln as Sporting Director[4] and was head coach for one match as coach, where he achieved a home draw against Bayern. The rest of the season he spent with the club as technical manager. 1992 he returned once more to the dugout and led Schalke 04 through the first half of the season. His last match in Munich was a 1–1 draw against Bayern.

Return to Borussia Dortmund

Lattek officially retired and took up a role as TV commentator and newspaper columnist with the national broadsheet Die Welt and the bi-weekly sports magazine kicker. He was tempted out of retirement by his old team, Borussia Dortmund. The club had won the 1997 Champions League title, but was in panic mode towards the end of the 1999–2000 season, just one point above the relegation zone with five matches left to play. For what is speculated to be an extremely lucrative sum, as much as 250,000 Euros, the then 65-year-old Lattek took on the role of savior. His magic did the trick, two wins, two draws and only one defeat – against Bayern Munich – were enough to keep the club in the league. His last match was a 3–0 away triumph against Hertha BSC in front of a crowd of 75,000. At Dortmund he left a working base for his successor Matthias Sammer, who two years later at the age of 34 became the youngest coach to manage a German team to the league championship.

Later life

Lattek retired having won 14 major trophies.[4] He still holds the record for having managed teams to the most Bundesliga titles, six with Bayern Munich and two with Borussia Mönchengladbach.

He lived in a nursing home in Cologne,[3] where he was known for his continuous fondness of beer ("all great coaches have enjoyed a drink"). In 2012, Lattek suffered a stroke.[5] Lattek later suffered from Parkinson's disease and dementia,[2] and died on 31 January 2015.[6][7] On the news of his death, Franz Beckenbauer tweeted: "Sad news: The great Udo Lattek is dead. Rest in peace, my friend."[8]

Coaching record

Team From To Record
G W D L Win % Ref.
Bayern Munich 13 March 1970[9] 2 January 1975[9] 223 137 46 40 061.43 [9]
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1 July 1975[10] 30 June 1979[10] 176 87 48 41 049.43 [10]
Borussia Dortmund 1 July 1979[11] 10 May 1981[11] 72 32 15 25 044.44 [11]
Barcelona 1 July 1981[12] 3 March 1983[12] 76 42 18 16 055.26 [13]
Bayern Munich 1 July 1983[9] 30 June 1987[9] 188 116 45 27 061.70 [9]
1. FC Köln 30 August 1991[15] 4 September 1991[15] 1 0 1 0 000.00 [15]
Schalke 04 1 July 1992[16] 16 January 1993[16] 19 6 6 7 031.58 [16]
Borussia Dortmund 14 April 2000[11] 30 June 2000[11] 5 2 2 1 040.00 [11]
Total 760 422 181 157 055.53



Bayern Munich

Borussia Mönchengladbach



See also


  1. ^ a b "Trainerlegende Udo Lattek ist tot" (in German). Die Welt. 4 February 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Udo Lattek: Former Bayern Munich and Barcelona coach dies at 80". BBC Sport. 4 February 2015. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Legendary Bayern Munich coach Udo Lattek dies". Deutsche Welle. 4 February 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Deutscher Erfolgstrainer: Udo Lattek ist tot" (in German). Der Spiegel. 4 February 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Udo Lattek ist tot" (in German). kicker. 4 February 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Deutschlands Fußball-Größen erweisen Udo Lattek die letzte Ehre". Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Udo Lattek: Football coach who won the European Cup, Uefa Cup and Cup-Winners' Cup with three different clubs". The Independent. 1 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Franz Beckenbauer tweeted about Lattek's death". kicker. 4 February 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Bayern München" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  10. ^ a b c "Bor. Mönchengladbach" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  11. ^ a b c d e f "Borussia Dortmund" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  12. ^ a b "FC Barcelona » Trainerhistorie". World Football. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  13. ^ "FC Barcelona » Dates & results 1981/1982". World Football. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  14. ^ "FC Barcelona » Dates & results 1982/1983". World Football. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  15. ^ a b c "Udo Lattek" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  16. ^ a b c "FC Schalke 04" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  17. ^ Greatest Managers, No. 19: Udo Lattek
  18. ^ "Top 50 des coaches de l'histoire". France Football. 19 March 2019. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  19. ^ "Los 50 mejores entrenadores de la historia". FOX Sports. 19 March 2019. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  20. ^ "Los 50 mejores entrenadores de la historia del fútbol". Madrid: ABC. 19 March 2019. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  21. ^ Jamie Rainbow (4 July 2013). "The Greatest Manager of all time". World Soccer.
  22. ^ Jamie Rainbow (2 July 2013). "The Greatest XI: how the panel voted". World Soccer.
Awards and achievements Preceded byȘtefan Kovács European Cup Winning Coach 1973–74 Succeeded byDettmar Cramer
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