Wolfgang Felix Magath (German pronunciation: [maɡat]; born 26 July 1953) is a German football manager and former player, who played as a midfielder. The most notable spell of his playing career was with Hamburger SV, with whom he won three Bundesliga titles, the 1977 European Cup Winners' Cup Final and the 1983 European Cup Final, scoring in both Finals. He also gained 43 international caps for the West Germany national team, winning UEFA Euro 1980 and reaching two consecutive World Cup finals.
As a manager, Magath's honours include two consecutive Doubles (Bundesliga and German Cup titles) with Bayern Munich, and a further Bundesliga title with VfL Wolfsburg in 2009. He has a reputation of demanding strong discipline and thorough training.
Magath at a press conference of VfL Wolfsburg in 2011
|Full name||Wolfgang Felix Magath|
|Date of birth||26 July 1953|
|Place of birth||Aschaffenburg, West Germany|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Playing position||Central Midfielder, Attacking Midfielder|
|1964–1972||TV 60 Aschaffenburg|
|1974–1976||1. FC Saarbrücken||76||(29)|
|1997–1998||1. FC Nürnberg|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born near Aschaffenburg, Magath started his career playing for local club Viktoria Aschaffenburg. From 1974–76, he played for 1. FC Saarbrücken, at that time in the second division, before moving to Hamburger SV in the top flight. He spent the following ten seasons with Hamburg, and from his debut in 1976 to his retirement he scored 46 goals in 306 games in the West German top flight.
In 1983, Magath led Hamburg to success in the European Cup, scoring the single goal in the final against Juventus FC; in 1980–81, he netted a career-best (in the first division) 10 goals, helping his side to a runner-up league spot, as Hamburg also won the league in three years during that time.
Magath also represented the West German national team at many international events, including the 1982 and 1986 FIFA World Cups, helping West Germany finish in second place both times. He was also part of the squad that won the 1980 UEFA European Championships. Magath made his debut on 30 April 1977, in a 2–1 friendly win with Yugoslavia, and went on to amass 43 caps, with three goals.
Having suffered a career-ending knee injury, Magath retired shortly after the 1986 World Cup and became general manager for his former club Hamburg. He left Hamburg in June 1988 after moderate success. His next stints as general manager included then 2. Bundesliga side 1. FC Saarbrücken (November 1989 to June 1990) as well as Bayer Uerdingen (July 1990 to January 1992) who were relegated from the first tier during Magath's time at the club.
Magath took up coaching in 1992 as a player-coach for the fourth-tier club FC Bremerhaven which he led to division championship. He then rejoined Hamburger SV as reserves coach in 1993 and became manager Benno Möhlmann's assistant soon after. Magath succeeded Möhlmann as manager after the latter was sacked in October 1995. His first match was a 2–2 draw against 1860 Munich. Having reached the UEFA Cup during his first season, Hamburg finished in fifth place. The following season as disappointing 15th at the time Magath was sacked. His final match was a 4–0 loss to 1. FC Köln. He finished with a record of 28 wins, 19 draws, and 22 losses.
In the following years, Magath acquired a reputation as the fireman, coming in at difficult times at a club and leading it to salvation. In September 1997, he took over 1. FC Nürnberg who were newly promoted to the 2. Bundesliga and fighting relegation. His first match was a 0–0 draw against KFC Uerdingen 05. Der Club finished the season in third–place, meaning promotion to the Bundesliga, but Magath left due to differences in opinion with the club president Michael A. Roth. He finished with a record of 16 wins, eight draws, and five losses. During a short stint at Werder Bremen during the 1998–99 season, Magath lead the club out of relegation places, only for Bremen to find themselves in the relegation dogfight again with two games to go. He has nine wins, seven draws, and 10 losses. Werder Bremen avoided relegation by a point. Halfway through the 1999–00 season, Magath joined troubled Eintracht Frankfurt. An impressive Magath-inspired run saw Frankfurt finish the second round as third best and four points off relegation. Magath was sacked the season after (29 January 2001) when Frankfurt found themselves third. His last match was a 5–1 loss to Köln. He finished with record of 15 wins, five draws, and 17 losses.
Magath bounced back with what was to become one of his most successful stints when he took over fellow relegation battlers VfB Stuttgart a few weeks after. Having narrowly avoided relegation in 2001, Stuttgart finished the 2001–02 in a mid-table position. The club went then on to become 2002–03 Bundesliga runners-up and finished the 2003–04 season as respectable fourth. During this time, Magath also introduced a group of players from the Stuttgart youth ranks, such as Timo Hildebrand, Andreas Hinkel and Kevin Kurányi, who became known as "die jungen Wilden" (wild youth). The Stuttgart stint was also the first time Magath combined the head coach and the director of football roles. He finished with a record of 73 wins, 37 draws, and 37 losses.
Having impressed with Stuttgart, Magath was handed the FC Bayern Munich job on 1 July 2004. In his first season, Magath was able to lead his team to victory in both the league and cup, completing the double, a feat which would be repeated in 2005–06, the first time ever in the competition's history.
However, after a slow start to the 2006–07 season, with the team mired in fourth place which would not qualify them for the Champions League, Magath was sacked on 31 January 2007. He finished with a record of 84 wins, 25 draws, and 22 losses.
In June 2007, Magath signed a contract with VfL Wolfsburg, as head coach and director of football. Magath lead the Wolves to play in the 2008–09 UEFA Cup and the following season's Champions League, the latter as league champions for the first time. He finished with a record of 46 wins, 18 draws, and 21 losses.
Before the season 2008–09 had ended, Magath agreed on a four-year contract with Schalke 04, again as both head coach and director of football, starting on 1 July 2009. Schalke finished Magath's first season in charge as runners-up, but after a series of disappointing domestic performances and growing player discontent, Magath was sacked by Schalke in March 2011. the following day, Magath claimed that he had not been informed of his dismissal. He finished with a record of 42 wins, 16 draws, and 21 losses.
Only 48 hours later, on 18 March, Magath once again signed with now relegation-battling VfL Wolfsburg, the side he had previously led to the league title in 2009. Magath steered the club to safety, avoiding the relegation play–off by two points, but though the club invested heavily, Magath could only achieve a mid-table finish in the following 2011–12 season. After only five points in eight matches (and no goals and points in the last four games) in the 2012–13 season, Magath left the club by mutual consent on 25 October 2012. He finished with a record of 18 wins, 10 draws, and 24 losses.
On 14 February 2014, Fulham released a statement that Magath would be their new first team manager effective immediately on an eighteen-month contract, making no mention of existing head coach René Meulensteen, but stating that an announcement on Magath's back-room staff would be made in due course. Meulensteen independently confirmed he had been relieved of his duties. The role was Magath's first in two years and at the time his only venture outside of his native Germany. Magath believed that he could save Fulham from relegation and that 12 matches was enough to save the club. Fulham played their first match under Magath on 22 February 2014. The match ended in a 1–1 draw with Ashkan Dejagah, Magath's former player at VfL Wolfsburg, being the first Fulham goalscorer of Magath's tenure. On 15 March, Fulham won their first match with Magath in charge against Newcastle United, with Dejagah being the lone scorer. Magath picked up four points from his first six matches and answered questions about a potential resignation. On 3 May 2014, Fulham were relegated from the Premier League after a 4–1 loss to Stoke City. Magath believed that Fulham could earn immediate promotion. He started the 2014–15 season with four consecutive losses to Ipswich Town, Millwall, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Derby County. On 18 September 2014 Magath was removed from his position as Fulham manager after a run of eleven league games without a win. He finished with a record of four wins, four draws, and 12 losses.
After Gerald Baumgartner was sacked by Austria Wien, Magath eventually became the "preferred" choice. Spartak Moscow also offered Magath a contract. Thorsten Fink and Dmitriy Alenichev took the coaching jobs. He eventually took the job at Shandong Luneng Taishan, replacing former Brazil national football team manager Mano Menezes. He took the job on 8 June 2016. He made his debut on 12 June 2016 in a 2–1 loss against Hebei China Fortune. His first win was a 2–1 win against Jiangsu Suning on 9 July 2016. Four days later, he got his second win against Shijiazhuang Ever Bright, a 4–0 win.
As a manager, Magath quickly gained respect and became notorious for his hard, grinding training methods, laying heavy emphasis on discipline, fitness and conditioning. Players gave him nicknames like "Saddam" (Saddam Hussein) or "Quälix", a rhyming mash of his first name Felix and the German verb "quälen" (to torture). He was once described by former Eintracht Frankfurt player Bachirou Salou as the "last dictator in Europe". After leaving Fulham in September 2014, bizarre stories emerged about how Magath had suggested that Brede Hangeland rub cheese on a thigh injury. Magath stated that Hangeland did not have a thigh injury but an inflammation of the knee, and that he suggested the additional use of an alternative treatment with a bandage (dressing) consisting of Quark. Fulham player Sascha Riether later explained that the story was greatly exaggerated and that Magath had suggested he use a traditional topfen curd.
Magath is the son of a former Puerto Rican soldier in the United States Army stationed in Aschaffenburg and a German mother. In 1954, Magath's father abandoned Magath and his mother to return to his homeland. The adolescent Magath first heard from his father when he was 15 years old, after he wrote a letter to Puerto Rico.
Magath is also a chess enthusiast, an interest which he developed during the 1978 World Chess Championship while he was bedridden due to hepatitis. In 1985, he played in a simultaneous exhibition against Garry Kasparov.
|1. FC Saarbrücken||1974–75||2. Bundesliga Süd||38||12||1||0||—||39||12|
|Hamburg II||1 July 1993||5 October 1995||73||25||18||30||108||129||−21||34.25|||
|Hamburger SV||5 October 1995||18 May 1997||69||28||19||22||102||102||+0||40.58|||
|1. FC Nürnberg||1 September 1997||30 June 1998||29||16||8||5||43||21||+22||55.17|||
|Werder Bremen||22 October 1998||10 May 1999||26||9||7||10||30||34||−4||34.62|||
|Eintracht Frankfurt||27 December 1999||29 January 2001||37||15||5||17||49||59||−10||40.54|||
|VfB Stuttgart||23 February 2001||30 June 2004 ||147||73||37||37||220||151||+69||49.66|||
|Bayern Munich||1 July 2004||31 January 2007||131||84||25||22||264||128||+136||64.12|||
|VfL Wolfsburg||31 May 2007||30 June 2009||85||46||18||21||179||110||+69||54.12|||
|FC Schalke 04||1 July 2009||16 March 2011||79||42||16||21||117||76||+41||53.16|||
|Wolfsburg||18 March 2011||25 October 2012||52||18||10||24||69||87||−18||34.62|||
|Fulham||14 February 2014||18 September 2014||20||4||4||12||21||45||−24||20.00|||
|Shandong Luneng||8 June 2016||1 December 2017||51||20||15||16||76||31||+45||39.22|||
The 1977 European Cup Winners' Cup Final was a football match contested between Hamburger SV of West Germany and the defending champions, Anderlecht of Belgium. It was the final match of the 1976–77 European Cup Winners' Cup tournament and the 17th European Cup Winners' Cup final in history. The final was held at Olympisch Stadion in Amsterdam, Netherlands (the venue was decided in Bern by the UEFA Executive Committee on 17 September 1976). Hamburg won the match 2–0 thanks to goals by Georg Volkert and Felix Magath.1982 UEFA Cup Final
The 1982 UEFA Cup Final was played on 5 May 1982 and 19 May 1982 between IFK Göteborg of Sweden and Hamburger SV of West Germany. IFK Göteborg won 4–0 on aggregate.1983 European Cup Final
The 1983 European Cup Final was a football match held at the Olympic Stadium, Athens, on 25 May 1983, that saw Hamburger SV of Germany defeat Juventus of Italy 1–0. A single goal from Felix Magath eight minutes into the game was enough for Hamburg to claim their first European Cup title.1983 European Super Cup
The 1983 UEFA Super Cup was a two-legged match contested between the European Cup champions Hamburger SV, and the European Cup Winners' Cup champions Aberdeen.
The match was tied at 0–0 in the first leg at the Volksparkstadion in Hamburg. However, in the second leg at Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen added their second ever European trophy with a 2–0 victory over the Germans with goals coming from Mark McGhee and Neil Simpson. Aberdeen are the only Scottish team to win the UEFA Super Cup so far.2001–02 VfB Stuttgart season
VfB Stuttgart had an average season in its first season under Felix Magath. It finished 8th in Bundesliga, qualifying for the Intertoto Cup. The season also saw Stuttgart breaking its transfer record, when the club signed Fernando Meira for € 7.5 million.2002–03 VfB Stuttgart season
VfB Stuttgart reached the UEFA Champions League for the first time in more than ten years, following a surprising runner-up position in Bundesliga. Coach Felix Magath was hailed as the man behind the success, in his second full season at the helm, managing to unite a squad with lesser-known players to form a side strong enough to overhaul reigning champions Borussia Dortmund for the automatic qualification spot. It was also the breakthrough season of exciting young talents such as Alexander Hleb, Timo Hildebrand and Kevin Kurányi.2004–05 FC Bayern Munich season
FC Bayern Munich won the German double for the second time in three seasons, ensuring the first season for Felix Magath as manager was a successful one. With several German clubs suffering from financial difficulties at the time, the title race was a casual stroll for Bayern's star-filled squad, winning by 14 points, since sole rival Schalke 04 fell apart in the last month of the season. Among the key players in the success were Roy Makaay and playmaker Michael Ballack.2006–07 FC Bayern Munich season
Bayern Munich went into the 2006–07 season with head coach Felix Magath. On 1 February 2007, Magath was sacked after disappointing domestic results including a third round exit from the cup. His predecessor, Ottmar Hitzfeld, was appointed to be his successor, too.2007–08 VfL Wolfsburg season
VfL Wolfsburg had their best ever season under new coach Felix Magath. The double Bundesliga-winning coach from Bayern Munich improved the fortunes of Wolfsburg from a relegation-threatened side to a fifth place-finish. This was just the start of a sensational ascent to the top of German football, culminating in a shock title win the season afterwards. New signings Diego Benaglio, Josué, Grafite and Edin Džeko were all successful and played a big part in the resurgence.2008–09 VfL Wolfsburg season
VfL Wolfsburg won their first ever Bundesliga title during this season. Manager Felix Magath formed an attacking lineup, which included strikers Edin Džeko and Grafite, the pair scoring 54 goals between them, much due to the help of attacking midfielder Zvjezdan Misimović's 20 assists.2010–11 VfL Wolfsburg season
VfL Wolfsburg suffered a nightmare season, only just staying up in Bundesliga, in spite of signing internationally seasoned players Diego and Simon Kjær. Being threatened at the bottom of the table, especially after selling key striker Edin Džeko to Manchester City. The replacements were not up to scratch, which saw manager Steve McClaren sacked. Following a short stint with Pierre Littbarski in charge, the club's 2009 championship-winning manager Felix Magath, who just had been sacked from Schalke 04, in spite of having taken them to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League. Magath dropped Diego, prompting the Brazilian to refuse to sit on the substitutes' bench. In spite of the turmoil, a crucial away win at Werder Bremen helped Wolfsburg to stay just two points above Borussia Mönchengladbach in the relegation-playoff zone.Bernd Dreher
Bernd Dreher (born 2 November 1966 in Leverkusen) is a German former football player, who played as a goalkeeper, and a current goalkeeper coach, lastly being in Ludogorets Razgrad.Dreher originally retired in summer 2003, taking up the role of Bayern youth goalkeeping coach and lending a hand to senior counterpart Sepp Maier in his efforts to keep Oliver Kahn and Michael Rensing in peak form. "I'm actually training more now than when I was a full professional," commented Dreher after taking part in practically every pre-season workout and tending one goal for the first team in practice matches and friendlies. For the 2005–06 campaign, Dreher was summoned out of "semi-retirement" and handed a new, one-year pro contract. "We've officially reactivated him. He's in such good shape, I'd have no hesitation picking him in any situation," coach Felix Magath said in praise of his new number three keeper, who became the oldest active player in the Bundesliga. Dreher was in goal for Bayern for one game in 2005–06, keeping a clean sheet against VfL Wolfsburg.Bernd Hollerbach
Bernd Hollerbach (born 8 December 1969) is a German football coach and a former player who last managed Hamburger SV. From 2007 to 2012 he worked as an assistant coach to his former HSV boss Felix Magath.German Football Manager of the Year
The title Football Manager of the Year (Trainer des Jahres) has been awarded in Germany since 2002. The award is determined by a poll of German football journalists from the Association of German Sports Journalists (Verband der Deutschen Sportjournalisten) and the publication kicker.List of DFB-Pokal winning managers
The list of DFB-Pokal winning managers contains all the managers who have led their respective team to success in the DFB-Pokal. The DFB-Pokal has been played since 1952, although the Tschammerpokal, its predecessor, took place from 1935 to 1943. Since then, 52 coaches have won a Cup victory. Of these, 37 are German, 4 Yugoslav and Austrian, 3 Dutch, and an Italian, Hungarian, Spaniard and Croatian.
Six coaches have won the trophy three times. Hennes Weisweiler was the first to do so in 1978. The other three-time winners are Karl-Heinz Feldkamp (with three different teams), Ottmar Hitzfeld, Udo Lattek, Otto Rehhagel, and Thomas Schaaf. The most successful foreign coaches are Zlatko Čajkovski, Pep Guardiola, and Huub Stevens with two titles. Richard Michalke won the first cup competition in 1935 with 1. FC Nürnberg. The Austrian Leopold Nitsch won in 1938, making him the first foreign manager to win. In 1941, Georg Köhler became the first manager to successfully defend the title. In 2005, Felix Magath became the first coach to complete consecutive league and cup doubles. Hans Meyer is the only manager to win both the DFB-Pokal and the FDGB-Pokal, the cup competition of East Germany.
A total of five people have won the cup as both player and manager. Ludwig Janda won as a player in 1942 with 1860 Munich and as a manager in 1956 with Karlsruher SC. Alfred Schmidt also did so while playing for Borussia Dortmund in 1965 and managing Kickers Offenbach in 1970. Thomas Schaaf is the only one with the distinction of having won with the same club, after winning as a player for Werder Bremen in 1991 and 1994, and as manager in 1999, 2004, and 2009. Jupp Heynckes won as a player with Borussia Mönchengladbach in 1973 and as a manager with Bayern Munich in 2013. Niko Kovač is the most recent manager to have achieved the feat, winning in 2003 as a player with Bayern and in 2018 as manager of Eintracht Frankfurt.List of UEFA Intertoto Cup winning managers
The UEFA Intertoto Cup was a European association football competition, held during the summer for the leading European clubs that have failed to qualify for either the UEFA Champions League or the UEFA Cup. It provided "an alternative qualifying route into the UEFA Cup". The tournament did not come under official UEFA sanction until 1995, and was abolished in 2009.The first tournament provided two winners, both of whom therefore qualified for the UEFA Cup in the 1995–96 season, with Frenchman Jacky Duguépéroux and Yugoslavian Slavoljub Muslin as the winning managers. From the following season to the 2005 contest, three teams were awarded Intertoto Cups, with French managers being the most successful. In 2006, the format was modified to allow eleven clubs to qualify for the second qualifying round of the UEFA Cup, the Intertoto Cup being awarded to the team that progressed the furthest in the competition. Englishman Glenn Roeder lifted the cup that season as he guided Newcastle United to the last 16 of the 2006–07 UEFA Cup. German Jupp Heynckes is the only man to have won the cup twice and did so in consecutive years (2003 and 2004) with German club Schalke 04.Tibor Dombi
Tibor Dombi (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈtibor ˈdombi]; born 11 November 1973 in Püspökladány) is a Hungarian footballer who currently plays for Debreceni VSC.Ha came through the youth setup of Debreceni VSC, and joined the senior team in 1992. He made his debut for the Hungarian national team in 1994, and got 35 caps and one goal until 2001, when he retired from international football. He was a participant at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, where Hungary failed to progress from the group stage. He stayed in Debrecen until 1999, celebrating Debreceni VSC's first domestic cup success just before he left for Eintracht Frankfurt. His career in Germany however did not last long, due to language problems and a conflict with the club's manager, Felix Magath. He joined FC Utrecht, the team he played for two seasons before he made his return to Hungary. After he returned to Debrecen, the club's Golden Era started, during which the team won the Hungarian League three times in a row. (Before 2005, Debrecen did not manage to win the league.) In 2009, he was the member of the team that won Debrecen's fourth domestic title.VfL Wolfsburg
Verein für Leibesübungen Wolfsburg e. V., commonly known as VfL Wolfsburg (pronounced [faʊ̯ ʔɛf ʔɛl ˈvɔlfsbʊʁk]) or Wolfsburg, is a German sports club based in Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony. The club grew out of a multi-sports club for Volkswagen workers in the city of Wolfsburg. It is best known for its football department, but other departments include badminton, handball and athletics.
The men's professional football team play in the Bundesliga, the top tier of the German football league system. Wolfsburg have won the Bundesliga once in their history, in the 2008–09 season, the DFB-Pokal in 2015 and the DFL-Supercup in 2015.
Professional football is run by the spin-off organization VfL Wolfsburg-Fußball GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group. Since 2002, Wolfsburg's stadium is the Volkswagen Arena.Özcan Arkoç
Özcan Arkoç (born 2 December 1939, in Turkey) is a retired Turkish footballer. He is famous for having played as a goalkeeper for the German team Hamburger SV.
Arkoç was born in Hayrabolu in 1939. He began his football career at Vefa. He transferred to Fenerbahçe in 1958 and to Beşiktaş in 1962. He also played for Austria Wien between 1964 and 1967. He played Hamburger SV for nine seasons and retired in 1975. He played in the European Cup Winners' Cup final in 1968 losing 2–0 to AC Milan.
In 1976, he became the assistant coach next to Kuno Klötzer at Hamburger SV, the duo would lead Hamburger SV to a European Cup Winners' Cup in 1977. He became the head coach of Hamburger SV in 1977 for one season, his side's stars including Kevin Keegan and Felix Magath. Under Özcan, Hamburger SV played in the 1977 UEFA Super Cup, losing 7–1 on aggregate to Liverpool F.C..
Özcan was the first ever Turkish manager of a Bundesliga club.