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Udo Lattek in the early 1970s
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Full nameUdo Lattek
Date of birth(1935-01-16)16 January 1935
Place of birth Bosemb, Nazi Germany
Date of death 31 January 2015(2015-01-31) (aged 80)
Place of death Cologne, Germany
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
SSV Marienheide
Bayer Leverkusen
VfR Wipperfürth
1962–1965 VfL Osnabrück 70 (34)
Teams managed
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
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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

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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 he is the only coach to have won all three major European club titles, and he is the only one to do so with three teams.

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Early life

Lattek was born in Bosemb, East Prussia, German Empire (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.

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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).

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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."

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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.

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.

Coaching record

As of 16 January 2014
GWDLWin %Ref.
Bayern Munich 13 March 1970 [5] 2 January 1975 [5] 2231374640061.43 [5]
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1 July 1975 [6] 30 June 1979 [6] 176874841049.43 [6]
Borussia Dortmund 1 July 1979 [7] 10 May 1981 [7] 72321525044.44 [7]
Barcelona 1 July 1981 [8] 3 March 1983 [8] 76421816055.26 [9]
Bayern Munich1 July 1983 [5] 30 June 1987 [5] 1881164527061.70 [5]
1. FC Köln 30 August 1991 [11] 4 September 1991 [11] 1010000.00 [11]
Schalke 04 1 July 1992 [12] 16 January 1993 [12] 19667031.58 [12]
Borussia Dortmund14 April 2000 [7] 30 June 2000 [7] 5221040.00 [7]

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. [13] Lattek later suffered from Parkinson's disease and dementia, [2] and died on 31 January 2015. [14] [15] On the news of his death, Franz Beckenbauer tweeted: "Sad news: The great Udo Lattek is dead. Rest in peace, my friend." [16]

Career overview


1965–70 German Football Association (DFB)
1970–75 FC Bayern Munich 1971 DFB-Pokal
1972 Championship
1973 Championship
1974 Championship
1974 European Cup
1975–79 Borussia Mönchengladbach 1976 Championship
1977 Championship
1979 UEFA Cup
1979–81 Borussia Dortmund
1981–83 FC Barcelona 1982 European Cup Winners Cup
1983 League Cup
1983–87 FC Bayern Munich 1984 German Cup
1985 Championship
1986 Championship
1986 German Cup
1987 Championship
1991 1. FC Köln
1992 FC Schalke 04
2000 Borussia Dortmund

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ștefan Kovács
European Cup Winning Coach
Succeeded by
Dettmar Cramer