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Bayern Munich managers history

In the following article, we will review Bayern Munich managers history, from Gyula Lorant to glorious days under Jupp Heynckes.

Bayern Munich

is one of the few clubs in the list of super clubs in Europe that you count on your fingers. The German club has dominated the domestic competitions and has won European champions on six occasions in their history. Founded in 1900, Die Roten is the most successful club in German football history, winning 31 national titles, such as nine consecutively since 2013, along with numerous European honors.

Although the successful moments in the Bavarians' history have been delivered by players, the men at the helm have played an equally important role in winning silverware in their history. Some coaches tend to make an impact on the club that completely changes the style of play of the first team, while other coaches believe in winning at any cost. Sometimes they have been successful, and sometimes they have not. 

The Bavarian giants have had many legendary managers at their first team over the years, and also they have a rich history of appointing the best managers in the world; however, not all of Bayern Munich’s managers have been successful, and many have failed massively. So which manager has had an influential role in the FC Hollywood success? You are about to find out in the Sportmob's article on 

Bayern Munich managers history


Everything you would like to know about Bayern Munich managers history

Let's take a look at the best and worst Bayern Munich managers of all time.

Best Bayern Munich Managers of all time

In this part of our article, we will present the

best Bayern Munich managers of all time

, including Pep Guardiola to Jupp Heynckes.

Dettmar Cramer (1975 – 1977)

Dettmar Cramer is one of the best Bayern Munich coaches in the list of Bayern Munich managers history. The German coach experienced success at different clubs in different countries. Due to his successful managerial career, Cramer was known as a football professor in Germany. In 1974, the German coach was part of the coaching staff, helping Germany win the World Cup.

After the World Cup, Cramer was appointed as Bayern Munich senior side's manager for two years. Under Cramer, the Bavarian giants went on to win two consecutive European titles. During his time at the club, the players like Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Muller had extraordinary performances under him, becoming the best footballers in Europe.

During Cramer’s time in Bayern Munich, the club could not manage to win a domestic trophy, leading to the German manager dismissal in 1977. Along with Liverpool and the Whites, the German club is the only club to win consecutive European trophies. They achieved the success under Dettmar Cramer.

Louis Van Gaal (2009 – 2011)

Luis Van Gaal is one of the best Bayern Munich managers of all time in the list of Barcelona coaches history. The Dutchman had great experiences in


and Netherlands. In 2009 he strengthened his team by bringing Arjen Robben from

Real Madrid

. Also, Bastian Schweinsteiger was moved into midfield under Van Gaal. As Bayern Munich manager, he got off to a poor start, winning only one of his first four games, but he kept insisting that his team needs time to play the way he imagines.

During his spell at the club, the Dutchman helped the Bavarian giants win one Bundesliga title, one DFB-Pokal title, and the 2010 DFL-Supercup, leading his team to the Champions League final in the 2009-10 season, where they lost to Inter Milan.

On 10 April 2011, Van Gaal was sacked after losing third place in the Bundesliga. He said: "Our characters do not correspond, and my life is too short to be with one, two or three people who are obviously very different from me. Ribery and Luca Toni were unwilling to trust my philosophy, believing that their status gave them special rights."

Pep Guardiola (2013 – 2016)

Undoubtedly, Pep Guardiola, the Spanish manager, is one of the best managers of all time. Following the departure of Jupp Heynckes in 2013, Bayern decided to find a desirable replacement for him, and the club signed with Pep Guardiola, who achieved two Champions League titles with


. He said: "I'm ready. My time at Barcelona was wonderful but I needed a new challenge. Bayern gave me that opportunity."

In Guardiola's era, no German club was able to touch Bayern. He implemented his football philosophy at the German club, and they were playing the best football in Europe. However, Die Roten suffered after his departure as his playing style changed. Guardiola's team eased through group stages in Europe. However, in the semi-finals, they suffered narrow victories during three years. In the semi-finals of the Champions League during the 2013-14 season, the Bavarians were drawn against Real Madrid, so the Spanish manager was criticized for his tactics.

However, Philipp Lahm defended him and said: "It was a collective failure and not the fault of coach Guardiola." The German club won three consecutive Bundesliga titles under Pep Guardiola and also achieved two DFB-Pokal titles, the 2013 UEFA Super Cup, as well as 2013 FIFA Club World Cup.   

Hansi Flick (2019 – 2021)

Hansi Flick is one of the best Bayern Munich managers of all time. In April 2020, the German manager was appointed as the Bavarian giants. The current manager of


's national side began his coaching career in 1996 as player-manager of Viktoria Bammental. First, Flick joined the Bavarians as an assistant coach, Niko Kovac, on 1 July 2019.

He helped the club win seven titles, including two Bundesliga titles, one DFB-Pokal title, 2020 DFL-Supercup, one UEFA Champions League title, 2020 UEFA Super Cup, 2020 FIFA Club World Cup. During his short spell at the German club, they lost just seven games. What an amazing record, isn't it? Also, the German coach won Europe's Coach of the Year in October 2020.

Ottmar Hitzfeld (1998 – 2004, 2007 – 2008)

The German manager was a long-serving successful coach at Bavarian giants. He had two spells at Bayern Munich. Hitzfeld had a successful spell at

Borussia Dortmund

and was appointed as Bayern Munich manager in 1998. In his first year, Hitzfeld helped the German club win the league title by 15 points, a record margin, and also they were impressed in the Champions League. Bayern Munich was about to win the final, but United's two goals in stoppage time broke the heart of Bayern fans.

The next season, they recovered under the German manager, and Hitzfeld helped them win their first Champions League title in 2001. In the CL finals, Olivier Kahn had an extraordinary performance against Valencia, and he made important saves in the penalty shootout. In the 2000–01 season, he helped the Bavarians achieve the league championship hat-trick, and they reached another Champions League final, defeating Valencia at he a penalty shoot-out. The German coach became the second manager to win the major European trophy with two teams, after Ernst Happel.

During his six-year spell at the club, Ottmar Hitzfeld helped the club win the Bundesliga title on four occasions, two DFB-Pokal titles, DFB-Ligapokal three times, 2000-01 UEFA Champions League, and 2001 Intercontinental Cup. In 2007, he returned to Bayern Munich, replacing Felix Magath. The German manager could not guide the club to the league title during the first six months, but next year Bayern Munich responded well under Hitzfeld, winning the Bundesliga title.

Jupp Heynckes (2011 – 2013, 2017 – 2018)

During the 2012-13 campaign, Bayern Munich had a successful season under Jupp Heynckes, winning the Bundesliga title, UEFA Champions League, and DFB Pokal. Although the Bavarian giants' fans remember him for his managerial skill, the former German footballer is remembered as a prolific striker in his country during his playing time and served for Borussia Monchengladbach more than any other club. In 1987, he was appointed as Bayern Munich manager, leading them to two Bundesliga titles and two DFL Supercups before being fired in 1991.

In 2009, Heynckes came out of retirement for the first time to guide the Bavarians. The German manager temporarily managed the club until the end of the campaign because Jurgen Klinsmann was sacked in the middle of the season. In 2011 he again became Bayern Munich head coach and guided them to the CL final in 2012, losing


at Allianz Arena in the penalty shootout. The following season the German club had extraordinary performances, showing the best football in Europe.

One of Bayern Munich's brilliant results in knockout rounds of the European competition came in the 7-0 victory against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final. In June 2013, he announced he would not be a manager during the 2013–14 season and said, "After everything that's happened over the past two years, I'm ready for some peace and quiet. After this string of successes, I could transfer to just about any club in Europe. I have a problem with the finality of saying 'never'. But I can assure you that I have no intention of coaching again. I had a worthy ending."

Following Carlo Ancelotti's dismissal, the German coach returned to the club, guiding Die Roten to the Bundesliga title. Although Jupp Heynckes had ups and downs during his spell at the Bavarian giants, of course, he is one of the best managers in the list of

Bayern Munich best coaches


Worst Bayern Munich Managers of all Time


In this part of our article on Bayern Munich managers history, we will take a look at the

worst Bayern Munich managers of all time


Erich Ribbeck (1992 – 1993)

One of Bayern Munich's worst seasons came in 1992-93 season under Erich Ribbeck, the German manager. In the last eleven matches of the season, the German club won 5 games. Of course, no manager could have saved them, as the club was in such disarray.

They suffered from so many injuries and loss of form that only three players managed to notch up 30 or more appearances (Kreuzer, Berthold, and Effenberg). Bayern ended the season in a disgraceful 10th position, becoming their worst position since the 1977-78 season.

Otto Rehhagel (1995 – 1996)

Rehhagel was appointed as Bayern Munich before the start of the 1995–96 season, leaving Werder Bremen after14 golden years. Before the arrival of Otto Rehhagle, the 1994–95 season was disappointing for the German club, placing sixth in Bundesliga. The club spent a lot of money in the 1995 summer and bought Jurgen Klinsmann, as well as Andreas Herzog, bringing Rehhagel to the club. From the start, he clashed with the team, and Rahhagel's eccentric ways did not mesh at all with the German club.

His old-school tactics caused the main antipathy in the Bavarian giants, especially from Klinsmann, who often took shots at Rehhagel. He was sacked only four days before the first leg of the 1996 UEFA Cup final and was replaced by Franz Beckenbauer.

Jurgen Klinsmann (2008 – 2009)

Jurgen Klinsmann is one of the worst coaches in the list of Bayern Munich managers history. The German manager took over as coach of the Bavarian giants in 2008, replacing Ottmar Hitzfeld. The German club reached the quarter-final of the Champions League, but they lost to Barcelona. With five matches remaining, he was sacked on 27 April 2009, placing in the third.

The German manager ended in Bayern Munich with ten losses, 25 wins, and nine draws in all competition. Phillip Lahm, Bayern Munich then captain, said: "Klinsmann was the shining hero of the 2006 World Cup when Bayern took him on as setting the tone for the future, proof that Bayern did not hesitate when it came to improving their structures. But the Klinsmann experiment failed. We practically only practised fitness under Klinsmann, there was very little technical instruction and the players themselves discussed the way they would play a game before the match. After six or eight weeks, all the players already knew that it wasn’t going to work with Klinsmann. The remainder of that campaign was nothing but limiting the damage."

Soren Lerby (1991 – 1992)

When 33-Year-Old Soren Lerby was appointed as Bayern Munich manager, the club fans were surprised because he had no coaching experience. Lerby also did not even possess the Coaching License.

The legends Franz Beckenbauer and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge were invited to join the board by Chairman Dr. Fritz Scherer to save the club from this crisis. The Bavarians lost their first two matches against Stuttgart and Dortmund. Also, they suffered four more losses in the next 15 games. Elimination from the UEFA Cup followed further embarrassment. Lerby was dismissed after the German club's heavy loss to Kaiserslautern in March.

Gyula Lorant (1977 – 1978)

Gyula Lorant is the worst manager in the list of Bayern Munich managers history. Although Gyula Lorant had modernized the German club's football, he was not successful at the club.

A complete list of Bayern Munich Managers

We wrap off our article on Bayern Munich managers history with a complete 

list of Bayern Munich managers

 from their First ever coach, Zlatko Cajkovski, to their current one, Julian Nagelsmann.

Here is the list of Bayern Munich managers since the inception of Bundesliga.

  • Zlatko Cajkovski (1 July 1963 - 30 June 1968) – 3 titles

  • Branko Zebec (1 July 1968 - 13 March 1970) – one title

  • Udo Lattek (14 March 1970 - 2 January 1975) – 5 titles

  • Dettmar Cramer (16 January 1975 - 30 November 1977) – 3 titles

  • Gyula Lorant (2 December 1977 - 28 February 1979) – No title

  • Pal Csernai (1 March 1979 - 16 May 1983) – 3 titles

  • Reinhard Saftig (caretaker) (17 May 1983 - 30 June 1983) – No title

  • Udo Lattek (1 July 1983 - 30 June 1987) – 5 titles

  • Jupp Heynckes (1 July 1987 - 8 October 1991) – 4 titles

  • Søren Lerby (9 October 1991 - 10 March 1992) – No title

  • Erich Ribbeck (11 March 1992 - 27 December 1993) – No title

  • Franz Beckenbauer (28 December 1993 - 30 June 1994) – One title

  • Giovanni Trapattoni (1 July 1994 - 30 June 1995) – No title

  • Otto Rehhagel (1 July 1995 - 27 April 1996) – No title

  • Franz Beckenbauer (caretaker) (29 April 1996 - 15 May 1996) – One title

  • Klaus Augenthaler (caretaker) (16 May 1996 - 30 June 1996) – One title

  • Giovanni Trapattoni (1 July 1996 - 30 June 1998) – 3 titles

  • Ottmar Hitzfeld (1 July 1998 - 30 June 2004) – 11 titles

  • Felix Magath (1 July 2004 - 31 January 2007) – 5 titles

  • Ottmar Hitzfeld (1 February 2007 - 30 June 2008) – 3 titles

  • Jurgen Klinsmann (1 July 2008 - 27 April 2009) – No title

  • Jupp Heynckes (caretaker) (28 April 2009 - 30 June 2009) – No title

  • Louis van Gaal (1 July 2009 - 9 April 2011) – 3 titles

  • Andries Jonker (caretaker) (10 April 2011 - 30 June 2011) – No title

  • Jupp Heynckes (1 July 2011 - 30 June 2013) – 4 titles

  • Pep Guardiola (1 July 2013 - 30 June 2016) – 7 titles

  • Carlo Ancelotti (1 July 2016 - 28 September 2017) – 3 titles

  • Willy Sagnol (caretaker) (28 September 2017 - 8 October 2017) – No titles

  • Jupp Heynckes (9 October 2017 - 30 June 2018) – 1 title

  • Niko Kovac (1 July 2018 - 3 November 2019) – 3 titles    

  • Hans-Dieter Flick (4 November 2019 - 30 June 2021) – 7 titles

  • Julian Nagelsmann (1 July 2021 – present) – One title

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