Herbert Widmayer

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Herbert Widmayer (1974)

Herbert Widmayer (born November 17, 1913 in Kiel , † July 31, 1998 in Frechen ) was a German football player and coach . As a coach, he won the German championship with 1. FC Nürnberg in 1961 and the DFB Cup in 1962 . Widmayer was sacked in October 1963 as the first coach in Bundesliga history. With the selection of the Badischer Fußballverband , he won the amateur country cup in 1967 and 1969 .

Player career

Herbert Widmayer began his football career at Kieler SV Holstein , where his brother Werner also played. From 1933 to 1938 he was with Eintracht Braunschweig .

Coach from 1948 to 1979

Education and the first twelve years

Widmayer was the first coach training course in 1948 under national coach Herberger Sepp trained.

On Herberger's recommendation, he received the coaching post at VfL Osnabrück in the Oberliga Nord, which reached third place in 1949 and 1950. In the 1949/50 season he appeared again in a league game. In February 1950 he asked for an early termination of his contract to become a coach at the Westphalia Football Association . He stayed there until 1954. From 1954 to 1955 he worked for the Hessian Football Association . 1955/56 he trained SV Sodingen in the Oberliga West. The runner-up from 1955 was ninth that season. In the following season he went to the league promoted VfL Bochum , with whom he was first tenth and in 1957/58 as 14th only just held the class. After a fourth place in the following season, he said goodbye in 1960 with an eleventh place. In 1961 VfL Bochum was supposed to be relegated.

1. FC Nuremberg

At the beginning of the 1960/61 season, Widmayer signed on with 1. FC Nuremberg, who were record champions at the time with seven titles. The last championship of the Franks, however, dates back to 1948, the first final round held after the Second World War , and was still associated with the names Schaffer, Kennemann, Gebhardt and Pöschl. Of this generation, only Max Morlock , the 1954 world champion, was active.

Immediately succeeded in winning the southern German championship in the Oberliga Süd . The interval training he introduced at the “Club” compared to his predecessor Franz “Bimbo” Binder quickly paid off and led the team together with the existing playing skills and the harmonious camaraderie to the 1961 finals. The team sat down against Werder Bremen , 1. FC Köln and Hertha BSC and moved into the final on June 24, 1961 in Hanover against Borussia Dortmund . The final was won 3-0 against Dortmund coach Max Merkel . The special thing about this championship team - it won the eighth championship title for Nuremberg - was the complete composition of players from the club's youth (Morlock, Reisch, Wenauer, Flachenecker, Haseneder) and the closer Franconian homeland (Wabra, Derbfuß, Hilpert, Zenger, Strehl , Müller). After the championship round, Max Morlock was voted “Footballer of the Year” and the team was voted “Team of the Year”. The players Stefan Reisch , Heinz Strehl and Ferdinand Wenauer came to appearances in the national team.

The championship qualified the Nuremberg for participation in the European Cup of National Champions in 1961/62 . In the first two rounds, the club prevailed with two wins each against Ireland's Drumcondra FC and Fenerbahçe Istanbul . In February 1962, the opponents in the quarterfinals were defending champions Benfica Lisbon . On snow-covered ground on their home ground, the club won 3-1 after a 0-1 deficit thanks to two goals from 21-year-old Gustav Flachenecker and one from Heinz Strehl 3-1. In the second leg at the Estádio da Luz on February 22nd, Nuremberg had no chance: at half-time the Lisbon team were 3-0 ahead and after 90 minutes it was 6-0. The old star José Águas and the young Eusébio each scored twice in his first European Cup season and should finally win the title again in one of the outstanding finals in European Cup history against Real Madrid.

In the following season 61/62, the club lost the final of the German championship on May 12, 1962 in Berlin with 0: 4 against 1. FC Cologne, but was able to win the DFB Cup in the final on August 29 in Hanover 2: 1 n.V. against Fortuna Düsseldorf win.

In the 1962/63 season, the club therefore took part in the European Cup Winners' Cup. About AS Saint-Étienne and Boldklubben 1909 sovereignly made it to the semi-finals. Against the defending champions Atlético Madrid , Tasso Wild scored a 2-1 win, but the second leg was lost 2-0. Atlético should clearly lose the final against Tottenham Hotspur 5-1.

The history of the Bundesliga began in Germany on August 24th . The club scored 1-1 at Hertha BSC in their first game . In the next four games followed three wins and one more draw. The club was fourth in the table. On October 5th, a series of defeats began with a 2-4 home defeat against Karlsruher SC . The 0: 5 on match day 7 at TSV 1860 Munich and the home defeat of the same amount at home on match day 9 against 1. FC Kaiserslautern were particularly sustainable . The club was then in 13th place in the then still 16 clubs in the Bundesliga. After the game, fans burned flags and demanded his dismissal. When leaving the cabin, Widmayer was labeled a "bastard" and spat at.

The people's soul was boiling, Widmayer and his wife received numerous unscrupulous calls and threats from angry fans, while others vented their displeasure on a door of his Opel Rekord Coupé. On the evening of Wednesday October 30th, the club president told Widmayer in front of the assembled board that “a catastrophe” could occur. Under the prevailing circumstances, he could not be expected to continue coaching at 1. FC Nürnberg. For health reasons, the trainer should free himself from the nervous strain of constant threats and take a vacation. Widmayer agreed. This marked the completion of the first coach dismissal in Bundesliga history.

Many players have heard regret about the decision. The now 38-year-old Max Morlock said, “He didn't deserve that. After three years of success you don't send a man away like that ”, and Heinz Strehl scolded,“ What happened today and here is a huge mess. This life is really a shitty game! "

The main reason for the misery was often seen as the fact that after the championship in 1960 hardly any new players were added to the team. "We could have bought excellent players - but only with the necessary payments under the table," explained Widmayer.

Jenö Csaknady Widmayer's successor was on November 1st . Ferdinand “Nandl” Wenauer complained, “The days of coach-player companionship were over for good. Football was no longer a sideline but a main job. From then on, the paid players were no longer co-determining club members, but employees who were bound by instructions ”.

1. FC Nürnberg finished the season in ninth place. Jenö Csaknady was released in November 1966.

Further trainer stations

Herbert Widmayer (2nd from right, bottom row) with the German national team after winning the 1974 World Cup in Munich

After being dismissed from the “Club”, he worked for KSV Hessen Kassel from 1964 to 1966 in what was then the second -rate regional soccer league south . Kassel, three points ahead of the FC Bayern league champions in 1963/64 , came fifth and sixth during Widmayer's time.

In 1966 he moved to the Baden Football Association in Karlsruhe and worked at the Schöneck sports school . With the amateur selection of North Baden, he won the DFB national cup in 1967 and 1969 . Only one player in each of the winning teams had practice in the amateur national team at the time : in 1967 this was the 20-time national player and veteran Horst Kunzmann from 1. FC 08 Birkenfeld and in 1969 the young talent Edgar Schneider from VfR Pforzheim .

In February 1968, Widmayer was again on the bench for two games in the Bundesliga as an interim coach for Karlsruher SC. He replaced Georg Gawliczek here . Both games were lost, the last, as well as the last at the club, with 0: 5, in this case at Borussia Dortmund . He was replaced by Bernhard Termath , who could not prevent KSC from finishing last eleven points behind a safe place and relegating for the first time.

From 1970 to 1979 he was responsible for youth selection at the DFB and from 1972 to 1980 for student selection. At the 1974 World Cup he was part of Helmut Schön's coaching staff .

Personal and the time after

Herbert Widmayer, son of a Kiel sailor, was shot down twice as a fighter pilot during World War II and was thereby taken prisoner by the British. After returning home, he found that his wife was dying and that his brother Werner Widmayer , who had made it to the national team as a footballer at Holstein Kiel , had died in Russia during the Second World War. His son died in a car accident.

Between 1978 and 1994 he served the Association of German Football Teachers as an eloquent and jovial president. For six years he led the Union of European Football Coaches , of which he was one of the founders and of which he was appointed honorary president after he left office.

Herbert Widmayer , who lived with his second wife in Frechen near Cologne, died in the summer of 1998 as a result of a stroke .

Coaching stations


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