A look at Bundesliga best managers of all time from the likes of Uddo Lattek and Ottmar Hitzfield to some of today's stars like Pep Guardiola.
The new Bundesliga Season (2020-21) has started last month.Bayern Munchen
is again the favorite after their historic treble last season while Dortmund and Leipzig are getting closer to break the Bavarian's seven year hegemony.
In the following article we want to take a look at the most successful managers in the history of Bundesliga. But first let's have a brief overview of the competitions history.
Bundesliga is a professional association football league in Germany. It is Germany's top football competition. Bundesliga consists of 18 teams and operates on a system of promotion and relegation. Bundesliga Seasons most usually run from August to May.
Before the establishment of Bundesliga, the top league of German football was called 'German football championships'. The formation of theBundesliga
in 1963 was a significant change to the German football championship. The historical regional league and national playoff format was abandoned in favor of a single unified national league.
A total of 29 teams have tasted glory in German's top football league, 12 of them has won the Bundesliga title too. With 30 Bundesliga trophies, Bayern has won the title almost three times more than Nuremburg, with 9 titles at the second place. Dortmund is third, winning a total of 8 titles in their history.
In case of managers, 27 different coach has won the title. Udo Lattek is the all-time record-holder with 8 titles, followed by Ottmar Hitzfield with 7. Only two managers have won the league four times, while four other managers were able to win it three times during their career. Now let's have a more detailed look at the seven managers who are considered as
Bundesliga best managers of all time
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A look at Bundesliga best managers of all time including legendary figures like Udo Lattek, Jupp Heynckes and Otto Rehhagel.
First coach in the list of
Bundesliga best managers of all time
is the Greek mastermind, Otto Rehanged who not only have won the Bundesliga title three times, but did the impossible with Greece national team as they won the 2000 European Championship against all odds.
Otto Rehhagel managerial career started in 1972. Four years later he came to Bundesliga to coach his most beloved club,Werder Bremen
for the first time. Since then, Rehhagel has coached 8 Bundesliga teams in a span of 40 years.
Along with his three Bundesliga titles, Rehhagel has written his name in the competitions history with many different records including: most games as a manager (836), most seasons as a manager (28), most victories (387), most draws (205) and most losses (228).
One of the best coaches in Bundesliga history, Rehhagel celebrated his first Bundesliga title in 1988 with Werder Bremen, his second title was again with Bremen in the 1992-93 season.
His third and last title was achieved withKaiserslautern
in the 1997-98 season. Along with Jupp Heynckes, he is the only person who, as player and manager combined, has participated in over 1000 Bundesliga matches. In the Bundesliga. What a legend!
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The second coach with three Bundesliga titles in the list of Bundesliga best managers of all time is Felix Magath. Known for his strict disciplinary approach to training, Magath started his career in 1975 with his favorite club,Hamburg
His first two Bundesliga titles were achieved with Bayern Munchen and in consecutive manner (2004–05 and 2005–06) Magath's third title was more impressive as he won the league with Wolfsburg in the 2008-2009 season while operating as both head coach and director of football.
Magath was selected as the German Football Manager of the Year three times during his career. He managed 799 games in more than ten teams during his career and retired in 2017 with a win percentage of 47.5.
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A sensational case among the best La Liga managers of all time, Pep Guardiola is considered as one of the most influential managers in the evolution of football. The former star player's managerial career started in 2008 when he was appointed as the newBarcelona
Manager despite having no experience as a coach.
Guardiola revolutionized Cruyff's version of Total Football with high-pressing and Tiki-Taka Tactics. His Barcelona team conquered every competition in the football world and went on to win a total of 14 titles in 4 seasons, including the unprecedented sextuple at the 2008-2009 season.
The Spanish Genius was appointed as the new Bayern Munchen coach in January 2013 to replace Jupp Heynckes at the end of season. In the last 6 months of his contract, Heynckes himself made history by guiding Bayern to a treble.
Guardiola's three-year spell at Bayern was a huge success domestically. He won the title in each season and broke many records including: the longest winning streak and fastest time to be crowned champions.
Despite great triumph in the Bundesliga, Guardiola was heavily criticized by many of the club's fans for failing to win theChampions League
, as his team was eliminated in three straight semi-finals, all of them against Spanish teams. Guardiola finished with a record of 82 wins, 11 draws, and nine losses with an unbelievable 73% win percentage.
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Bundesliga best coaches ever, Hennes Weisweiler is a unique case as he is the only manager of our list to win Bundesliga without managing Bayern Munchen. During his 14 seasons as coach in German top league, Weisweiler managed only two teams,M’gladbach
(340 games and Koln (130 games).
Weisweiler was an amazing coach and definitely one the
best Bundesliga managers of all time
. He guided M'gladbach from the second division to the Bundesliga champions in less than 5 years. The following year, his team became the first side in Bundesliga history to defend the league title.
In 1975 Weisweiler was appointed by Barcelona to replace the legendary Dutch coach, Rinus Michels. Yet, his only season as a Barcelona coach went wrong right from the start as he came into conflict with the club's best player, Johan Cruyff. He joinedKoln
in 1977 and again made history by winning another two titles.
In total, Weisweiler managed in 495 Bundesliga matches during his 14 season spell at German top league. He coached some of the most successful players in the Bundesliga's history who later became legendary managers themselves. Some of the most famous of them are Gunter Netzer, Jupp Heynckes, Berti Vogts, Horst Koppel and Franz Beckenbauer.
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The last of the three managers with 4 Bundesliga titles, Jupp Heynckes is rightly considered as one of the Bundesliga best managers of all time. Heynckes started his career in 1979 at Borussia Monchengladbach. He was selected as the coach of his beloved club, Bayern Munchen for the first time in 1987 and was the manager of the club in four different spells.
In his first season at Bayern Heynckes won theSuper cup
but went on to lose out on the league title by four points to Werder Bremen. He made amends with winning back-to-back titles in 1988–89 and 1989–90 seasons. His third and fourth titles were also achieved with Bayern Munchen in 2012–13 and 2017–18 seasons.
In total, Jupp Heynckes managed 668 Bundesliga matches with five clubs, won 343, lost 164 and drew 161 matches. His greatest achievement as a manager was guiding Bayern Munchen to treble in the 2012-13 season. One of the
Bundesliga best coaches ever
, Heynckes was voted the German Football Manager of the Year two times (2013 and 2018).
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A trained mathematician and sports teacher, Hitzfeld is one of the best coaches in Bundesliga history with 7 titles.
During his 14 season career in Bundesliga, Hitzfeld coached in 495 games with only two teams,Dortmund
and Bayern Munchen. He achieved his first Bundesliga title with Dortmund, also his first trophy in Germany.
The following season he had a successful defense of the title, but his most historic achievement in football happened in 1997. Dortmund finished third in the league, but reached the UEFA Champions League final, where Borussia defeated Juventus 3–1 and won their last UCL title.
In 1998, Hitzfeld was hired by Bayern Munich. In his first year, he won the league title by 15 points, a record margin. Most important was their run to the famous 1999 Champions League final where Bayern were beaten dramatically by aManchester United
comeback inside the injury time period.
One of the best Bundesliga managers of all time, Ottmar Hitzfeld won 2 Bundesliga titles with Dortmund and 5 titles with Bayern Munchen. He was chosen as the German Football Manager of the Year in 2008. His last title was won with Bayern Munchen in the 2007-2008 season.
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Udo Lattek is the most successful coach in the history of Germany's top league and is considered as Bundesliga best manager of all time.
Udo Lattek won a total of 15 major titles, most of them with Bayern Munich. He also won many important trophies with Borussia Monchengladbach and Barcelona. His managerial career saw him coach Borussia Dortmund,Schalke
and Koln before his retirement from the game.
Alongside the Italian great coach, Giovanni Trapattoni, Udo Lattek is the only manager to have won all three major European club titles, and he is the only one to do so with three teams.
The legendary Lattek started his managerial career in 1970 with Bayern Munchen, Where he stayed for five seasons and won three consecutive league titles, a first in German football history. In 1974 Lattek's Bayern became the first German team to win the European Champions Cup, defeatingAtletico Madrid
in the final.
Lattek was brilliant again in his next team, Borussia Monchengladbach, winning another two Bundesliga titles in 1975–76 and 1976–77. After a very successful spell at FC Barcelona, Lattek returned to Bayern Munchen in 1983 and won another three back to back Bundesliga titles (1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87)
Lattek coaches some of the best players in the history of football among them the likes of Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Lothar Matthaus, Klaus Augenthaler, Dieter Hoenes and Jean-Marie Pfaff. In total he managed in 522 matches with 5 Bundesliga teams during his 30 years career as a manager. With a total of 8 Bundesliga titles, Udo Lattek is surely one of the
best coaches in Bundesliga history
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The following is a list of
best coaches in bundeslga history
who won the league twice in their career. Some of them likeJurgen Klopp
and Ernst Happel had an influence on the German football beyond the number of titles they won with their teams, but in this article we only look at Bundesliga best managers of all time based on the number of titles they won.
Branko Zebec, Jurgen Klopp, Max Merkel, Ernst Happel and Pai Csenai
Again, some of the following managers like Christoph Daum, Thomas Schaaf and the great legend of German football, Franz Beckenbauer have had a big influence on the German football, but they managed to win the title only once. However, we decided to include them in our list of best Bundesliga managers of all time.
Christoph Daum, Thomas Schaaf, Franz Beckenbauer, Hans-Dieter Flick,Carlo Ancelotti
, Louis Van Gaal, Helmut Benthaus, Niko Kovac, Giovanni Trapattoni, Georg Knopfle, Willy Multhaup, Matthias Sammer, Armin Veh, Helmuth Johannsen and Karl-Heinz Feldkamp
So here it was! Our article on the Bundesliga best managers of all time. Which manager you like best? Will anyone can break Uddo Lattek's legendary record of 8 Bundesliga titles? Let us know in the comments below.