Bayern Munich on Friday appointed Jupp Heynckes at the head coach position, which was lying vacant since September 28 after Carlo Ancelotti’s sacking. This is going to be Heynckes’ 4th stint with the German footballing giants and he will be hoping to continue the charge where he left it last time. The 72-year-old is a German hero who not only enjoys iconic status at Bayern Munich but is also a legend at Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Playing career

After coming from the youth ranks of amateur club Grün-Weiß Holt, Jupp Heynckes quickly established himself as a next best striker in German football. In his breakthrough season for Mönchengladbach, he scored 23 goals in 25 games. He went on to score another 27 goals in his next two seasons before joining Hannover 96.

Heynckes desire for pastures new didn’t turn to be that good at Hannover as he managed to score an abysmal 25 goals in his entire 3-year stay at the club. But that wasn’t the end of his career as he returned back to his old club and made himself an indispensable asset for Borussia Mönchengladbach and German international team.

The German went on to make 226 appearances for his club and scored 168 goals, taking his all-time goal tally to 243. He hung up his boots in 1978 but that was just the start of his soon-to-come glittering career.

Managerial career

Jupp Heynckes began his managerial course as an assistant at Mönchengladbach and assumed the position of head coach in 1979. He led the club for 8 years before taking up the helm of Bayern Munich.

He managed Bayern for 4 years winning back-to-back titles but moved to Spain in order to manage Athletic Bilbao after Bavarian directors sacked him. After managing a host of clubs in Germany and Spain, he took charge of Real Madrid in 1997. He reached the managerial pinnacle in his first season at the Spain’s capital club as he conquered Champions League.

Despite of the continental success, Heynckes’ contract was terminated by Real Madrid the next year because he failed to deliver on the domestic front.

After several short stints at Benfica, Bilbao, Schalke and his beloved Monchengladbach; he returned to Bayern Munich as an interim manager in 2009. Heynckes coached Bayer Leverkusen for two years and took the club to new heights but failed to deliver any silverware. His third stay at the Bavarian club proved to be his shiniest feather in his cap.

He tasted treble success in 2012-2013 season with Bayern Munich winning domestic league, domestic cup and Champions League. He announced his retirement in 2013 and was succeeded at the club by highly decorated Pep Guardiola.

Comeback

After 4 years of his retirement, he was approached by the German club again and he accepted the offer of managing the club for an year. Jupp Heynckes will begin his charge of Bayern Munich, which currently lies at 2nd position in Bundesliga table 5 points adrift of rivals Borussia Dortmund, from October 9.

First Published | 7 October 2017 4:35 PM
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