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Bayern Munich managers: Top five all-time greatest head coaches of the club

As one of the strongest football clubs in Europe, Bayern Munich have appointed all the brilliant managers over the years. There are five of them that stood out with their major achievements and contributions to the club.
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List of Bayern Munich managers since 1963

No.

Coach

Period

Major titles

From

Until

1

Zlatko Čajkovski

1 July 1963

30 June 1968

3

2

Branko Zebec

1 July 1968

13 March 1970

2

3

Udo Lattek

14 March 1970

2 January 1975

5

4

Dettmar Cramer

16 January 1975

30 November 1977

3

5

Gyula Lóránt

2 December 1977

28 February 1979

6

Pál Csernai

1 March 1979

16 May 1983

3

7

Reinhard Saftig (caretaker)

17 May 1983

30 June 1983

8

Udo Lattek

1 July 1983

30 June 1987

5

9

Jupp Heynckes

1 July 1987

8 October 1991

4

10

Søren Lerby

9 October 1991

10 March 1992

11

Erich Ribbeck

11 March 1992

27 December 1993

12

Franz Beckenbauer

28 December 1993

30 June 1994

1

13

Giovanni Trapattoni

1 July 1994

30 June 1995

14

Otto Rehhagel

1 July 1995

27 April 1996

15

Franz Beckenbauer (caretaker)

29 April 1996

15 May 1996

1

16

Klaus Augenthaler (caretaker)

16 May 1996

30 June 1996

1

17

Giovanni Trapattoni

1 July 1996

30 June 1998

3

18

Ottmar Hitzfeld

1 July 1998

30 June 2004

11

19

Felix Magath

1 July 2004

31 January 2007

5

20

Ottmar Hitzfeld

1 February 2007

30 June 2008

3

21

Jürgen Klinsmann

1 July 2008

27 April 2009

22

Jupp Heynckes (caretaker)

28 April 2009

30 June 2009

23

Louis van Gaal

1 July 2009

9 April 2011

3

24

Andries Jonker (caretaker)

10 April 2011

30 June 2011

25

Jupp Heynckes

1 July 2011

30 June 2013

4

26

Pep Guardiola

1 July 2013

30 June 2016

7

27

Carlo Ancelotti

1 July 2016

28 September 2017

3

28

Willy Sagnol (caretaker)

28 September 2017

8 October 2017

29

Jupp Heynckes

9 October 2017

30 June 2018

1

30

Niko Kovač

1 July 2018

3 November 2019

3

31

Hansi Flick

4 November 2019

30 June 2021

7

From the club’s inception to 1963, in which the top-flight domestic league Bundesliga was established, there was a lack of information about the head coaches of Bayern Munich in this period. Moreover, the club weren’t as successful as they are now.   

The foundation of the Bundesliga in 1963 has opened an outstanding path for Bayern Munich. There have been 26 managers and caretakers being responsible for the club since 1963, and most of them have led Bayern Munich to at least one major title. Some of the club’s managers had interrupt periods of time with Bayern Munich instead of spending consecutive years with the club.  

Udo Lattek, after being the manager of Bayern Munich for five years from 1970 to 1975, moved to the other two German clubs and Barcelona before returning to Bayern Munich in 1983 until 1987. Jupp Heynckes, who had the longest interrupted periods with Spanish clubs between 1992 and 20011, came back to be responsible for Bayern Munich once again in 2011-2013 and 2017-18. Giovanni Trapattoni had two short periods in Bayern Munich F.C. (1994-1995 and 1996-1998), and Ottmar Hitzfeld with the 1998-2004 and 2007-2008 periods.

There are five managers who received the prestigious award for head coaches, Germany’s Football Manager of the Year, including Felix Magath (2005), Ottmar Hitzfeld (2008), Louis van Gaal (2010), Jupp Heynckes (in 2013 and 2018), and Hansi Flick (2020). Several coaches were awarded continental and international honors, including Both Hitzfeld and Flick as the UEFA Coach of the Year and the IFFHS World’s Best Club Coach, Heynckes as the FIFA World Coach of the Year, and also the IFFHS World’s Best Club Coach.   

Top all-time greatest managers of Bayern Munich

Ottmar Hitzfeld

The longest-serving manager of Bayern Munich, also the coach who brought back the most titles for the club. He was first appointed as the head coach of Bayern Munich in 1998 and during his time, the club have won a total of 14 major titles, including five Bundesliga titles, three DFB-Pokal Cups, four League Cups, one Champions League title, and one Intercontinental Cup. 

Ottmar Hitzfeld

Dettmar Cramer

Dettmar was a football manager who spent his managerial years in different clubs in different countries and he was all quite successful. Despite not leading Bayern Munich to any Bundesliga title, the club won two consecutive seasons of Champions League in his time (1974-75 and 1975-76), and one Intercontinental Cup in 1976. He was included in France Football's 40th Greatest Manager of All-time in 2019.

Dettmar Cramer

Jupp Heynckes

Bayern Munich enjoyed their best campaign in the 2012-13 season under the leadership of coach Jupp Heynckes. He was the first German club that won a treble in this season, including Bundesliga, DFB Pokal, and UEFA Champions League. They also won the European Super Cup and FIFA World Cup this year. They saw the best of Jupp in the club’s response to the loss to Chelsea in the 2012 Champions League. They amazingly won 7-0 over Barca in the semi-finals of CL next year.    

Jupp Heynckes

Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola took the position of Jupp Heynckes after this wonderful manager of Bayern Munich after his retirement. Pep, as one of the top football managers in Europe, did prove this appointment was right. This Spanish manager led the club to seven major titles, including three Bundesliga titles, two DFB-Pokal Cups, one UEFA Super Cup, and one Intercontinental Cup. After the departure of Pep Guardiola, Die Roten suffered from the change in the way of playing under the lead of Carlo Ancelotti.

Pep Guardiola

Louis Van Gaal

This Dutchman and his students achieved the treble in the first season of his tenure in Bayern Munich, one Bundesliga title, one DFB-Pokal, and one DFL-Super Cup in 2009-10, along with the second-place finish in the Champions League. Louis also made numerous changes in the squad of Die Roten and built a strong football team in Europe.

Louis Van Gaal

References

Wikipedia

Bayernstrikes.com

Betimate.com

 

Harry Siuu
Written by: Harry Siuu
a specialized football specialist with over ten years' experience as a football journalist who works for Betimate.com.

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