Bayern Munich crushed FC Barcelona, 4-0, in the first leg of this year UEFA Champions’ League semi-final and one man stands behind this success, the coach Jupp Heynckes. Of course, he has brilliant players like Gomez, Mandzukic, Muller, Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Robben or Ribery, but he owns the key of making the mechanism working. Why? Well, because this man trained with great results in the ’80s, ’90s and also in our days. Two league titles with Bayern Munich, before the unification of RDG and RFG and a Champions’ League with Real Madrid in 1998, says everything. Now, he embarrassed a team which many think that is the best in the history. What’s next? Well, couldn’t tell, but I can say something about his player career which was also tremendous!
Born on 9th of May 1945, in Monchengladbach, Heynckes wrote history at the local club from 1963 to 1978, with a break of three seasons (1967-1970), when he experienced a spell at Hannover. During his time at Borussia, Jupp experience fame and glory as he took part in the greatest team that the town had in its entire history which started on the 1st of August 1900. From five league titles, Monchengladbach won four (1971, 1975, 1976, 1977) with Heynckes as a striker. As well as a German Cup (1973), a UEFA Cup (1974) and the only Champions Cup final, in 1977. And what a striker Jupp was! In an era dominated by Gerd Mueller, Heynckes got two top scorer titles, in 1974 and 1975! In fact, in ten top flight seasons for Borussia, the attacker played 369 official games and 263 official goals!!! Impressive or what?!
After, from 1979 until 1987, Jupp coached the squad and even though did not win any trophy, he ended his job there with a brilliant balance: 340 games, 167 wins, 77 draws and 96 losses. A total of 731 goals scored by his lads and 509 conceded… So, in his career, Heynckes appeared for Monchengladbach, on the pith or on the bench, in a total of 709 matches! All for the team from his native town! How many football stories more beautiful than this can be? Not too many, for sure! But if you think that this is all you’re terrible mistaking again! I will expose two strange stories in which Heynckes was actively involved when playing, but in the next article because it is too much to tell here in order for you to have patience to read it all so, use your mouse and go above!