Klaus Augenthaler

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Klaus Augenthaler
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Klaus Augenthaler (2009)
birthday September 26, 1957
place of birth FürstenzellGermany
size 182 cm
position Defender / Libero
Years station
1964-1975 FC Vilshofen
1975-1976 FC Bayern Munich
Years station Games (goals) 1
1975-1977 FC Bayern Munich amateurs
1976-1991 FC Bayern Munich 404 (52)
1991-1996 FC Bayern Munich amateurs
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1975-1976 DFB youth selection 11 0(3)
1979-1981 Germany B 8 0(1)
1983-1990 Germany 27 0(0)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
1991-1992 FC Bayern Munich (A youth)
1992-1997 FC Bayern Munich (assistant coach)
1996 FC Bayern Munich (interim)
1997-2000 Graz AK
2000-2003 1. FC Nuremberg
2003-2005 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
2005-2007 VfL Wolfsburg
2010-2011 SpVgg Unterhaching
2016-2017 SV Donaustauf
1 Only league games are given.

Klaus "Auge" Augenthaler (born September 26, 1957 in Fürstenzell ) is a former German soccer coach and soccer player . As a classic libero , Augenthaler celebrated national and international successes: with seven German championships in the Bayern Munich jersey , he held a record for a long time, which was later surpassed by Oliver Kahn , Mehmet Scholl , Bastian Schweinsteiger , Philipp Lahm , Arjen Robben and Franck Ribéry . A highlight of his career was the world championship title with the German national soccer team in 1990. Today he works as an expert for FC Bayern-TV and as a youth coach in the club's “international program”.

Career as a player


Augenthaler joined the youth department of FC Bayern Munich in 1975 from his home and youth club FC Vilshofen . He was active there for a year until Gyula Lóránt integrated him into the professional team of Bayern Munich as a pre-stopper and later as a sweeper . While he did not play in the Bundesliga in the 1976/77 season , he won the national cup of amateurs with the selection of the regional association of Bavaria with a 4-2 victory over the selection of the regional association of Southwest .

On October 12, 1977 Augenthaler played his first Bundesliga game. In the 20th minute he also scored his first goal with the 1-0 lead in the 3-0 home win against Borussia Dortmund . This game was followed by 403 more Bundesliga appearances and at least one goal from him in every season up to 1990/91 . He also played 50 times (8 goals) in the DFB Cup and 89 times (14 goals) in the European Cup. After completing his Bundesliga career, Augenthaler played sporadically for the amateurs of FC Bayern in the upper and regional leagues until 1996 .

The time when Augenthaler played for FC Bayern Munich was crowned with numerous successes. Augenthaler won seven German championships with the club, was captain of the team for a long time and was considered one of the best liberos in Germany. "Eye", as his common nickname, was known for long passes and a successful free-kick taker. He scored a special goal in 1989 when he overcame the opposing goalkeeper Uli Stein in a game against Eintracht Frankfurt with a 50-meter long shot from the center circle. This gate was voted the Gate of the Decade of the 80s.

Augenthaler played his last game in the Bundesliga on June 15, 1991, the last matchday of the 1990/91 season , in a 2-2 draw against Bayer 05 Uerdingen ; Augenthaler was replaced in the 66th minute for Manfred Bender . As a player and long-time captain (1984 to 1991) Augenthaler had a successful era at Bayern Munich. But he was denied winning the European Cup : Bayern Munich lost the final against Aston Villa in 1982 . In the 1987 final, in the 1: 2 defeat by FC Porto , he was absent due to a red card received in the semi-final against Real Madrid. In his last European Cup game , the lost semi-final against Red Star Belgrade , he accidentally steered a ball he had blocked into the net in stoppage time against his own goalkeeper Raimond Aumann .

Style of play

Both in the national team and in the club teams, Augenthaler often played in the libero position, was responsible for organizing the defense and usually took the free kicks. His special trademark was his unusually hard shot.

National team

Augenthaler wore the national jersey for the first time in the DFB youth team , for which he appeared eleven times and scored three goals. He made his debut on October 15, 1975 in Trelleborg in a 1-1 draw against Sweden. It followed ten missions in a row, where he scored his first of three goals in his fifth, on March 3, 1976 in Dushanbe in the 2-0 victory over Hungary . His last use for this selection he played on June 1, 1976 in the Hungarian Balatonfűzfő in the 3-2 victory over the selection of Czechoslovakia.

Augenthaler played eight times for the B national team ; for the first time on September 11, 1979 in Kaiserslautern, when he came on as a substitute for Ditmar Jakobs in the 2-1 victory over Romania. Already in his second game on October 16 in Koblenz, in a 9-0 victory over Luxembourg's senior team , he scored his only goal.

For the senior national team he played 27 times, for the first time on October 5, 1983 in the qualifying game for the 1984 European Championship in a 3-0 victory over Austria in Gelsenkirchen . Augenthaler took part in two world championships and was world champion in his last international match on July 8, 1990 in Rome. For this he received - like the entire world championship eleven - the silver bay leaf .

Career as a coach

FC Bayern Munich

Immediately after the end of his professional career, Augenthaler took over the A youth team at Bayern Munich. From 1992 to 1997 he was the assistant coach of the professional team and from mid-May 1996 until the end of the season - due to Franz Beckenbauer's short-term substitution  - he was head coach.

He is the only coach in the history of the Bundesliga who accidentally made four substitutions in a game. In Bayern's last game of the season against Fortuna Düsseldorf , Augenthaler brought on three new field players at break, plus goalkeeper Michael Probst for Oliver Kahn . Referee Lutz Wagner did not notice this rule violation. The game ended 2: 2, although Düsseldorf did not object to the valuation of the game in view of its insignificance for both teams.

Until 1996 he played with the amateurs of FC Bayern in parallel to his coaching activities.

Grazer AK and 1. FC Nürnberg

In Austria , Augenthaler was the head coach of the Bundesliga club Grazer AK until March 2000 , before he took on the role of coach at 1. FC Nürnberg and in 2001 was promoted to the Bundesliga with the “Club” . On April 30, 2003, he was given a leave of absence from the heavily relegated franc shortly before the end of the season.

Bayer Leverkusen and VfL Wolfsburg

After being sacked by Nuremberg, Augenthaler was earmarked for reconstruction in the coming season at Bayer 04 Leverkusen , the 2002 Champions League finalist, who was in acute danger of relegation this season. After an early resignation of his predecessor Thomas Hörster had been rejected in mid-April, Augenthaler was already head coach at the "Werksclub" on May 13, 2003 due to the hopelessness expressed by Hörster and achieved relegation in the last two games with 15th place in the table. In the 2003/04 season he was third in the championship with his club and qualified for participation in the Champions League. In the preliminary round, the club won 3-0 against Real Madrid and was eliminated in the round of 16 after two defeats against Liverpool. Augenthaler was released on September 16, 2005 in Leverkusen.

Holger Fach's successor as coach at VfL Wolfsburg on December 29, 2005 after a three-month break ended on May 19, 2007 by mutual agreement. Before that, on May 10, 2007, before the 33rd Bundesliga match against Alemannia Aachen , Klaus Augenthaler, threatened with relegation with VfL Wolfsburg, gave a 42-second press conference at which he asked and answered four questions himself.

SpVgg Unterhaching

On March 23, 2010 Augenthaler took over the training at the relegation-threatened third division club SpVgg Unterhaching . He replaced the interim trainer Matthias Lust , who had previously taken over the training as the successor to Ralph Hasenhüttl ; Hasenhüttl was on leave on February 22, 2010. Augenthaler and his team managed to stay up on matchday 36, with a 1-0 home win against Wuppertaler SV . His contract was not renewed at the end of the 2010/11 season.

SV Donaustauf

On February 18, 2016 it was announced that Klaus Augenthaler would train for the national division SV Donaustauf from summer 2016 . The contact came about through a former youth player who lives near Augenthaler, as he announced at a press conference. Augenthaler led Donaustauf back to the top of the table, the club finished the 2016/2017 season in second place in the table. He then resigned from his position after a year. As an explanation, he explained that he was too busy with his time as a TV expert for FC Bayern due to his work as a TV expert.

Return to FC Bayern

In July 2017, Augenthaler returned to FC Bayern, where he received a three-year contract as a junior coach in the “international program”.



Assistant coach




Klaus Augenthaler has been married to his wife Monika since 1980. The couple has two daughters. The younger daughter Lisa, born in 1990, is an actress and has been a radio presenter at Antenne Bayern since 2018 .


  • During his time as a coach at Grazer AK, Augenthaler announced at a press conference that he would leave the club immediately and train a top French club in the future. Several local radio stations then interrupted their programs with a special report. The Lithuanian football coach Albertas Klimawiszys, introduced as Augenthaler's successor, immediately led a first training session in which he suspended a player who objected to the unconventional training methods. After a few minutes, the entire team then stopped training in protest. In the following, the journalists present were informed that it was a contribution to the program The world laughs about, the alleged coach of Klimawiszys was played by comedian Hape Kerkeling . The team had not been inaugurated beforehand either.
  • On January 30, 2009, Bayerischer Rundfunk announced that Klaus Augenthaler had been signed up to host the program Today in the Stadium on Bayern 1 for the second half of the Bundesliga season .
  • In February 2017, FC Bayern Munich announced that Klaus Augenthaler, as an expert, would analyze Munich’s games on the TV channel “FC Bayern.tv.live”.
  • In 2019, Augenthaler's youth club FC Vilshofen named its new stadium with a capacity of around 8,000 as the Klaus Augenthaler Stadium .
  • In 2019 he had a brief guest appearance as coach of promising player Buengo of FC Rot-Weiß Niederkaltenkirchen in the film Leberkäsjunkie .

Web links

Commons : Klaus Augenthaler  - Collection of images, videos and audio files
 Wikinews: Klaus Augenthaler  - in the news

Individual evidence

  1. Player data on fussballdaten.de
  2. Interview with Klaus Augenthaler on Spiegel online
  3. ↑ In- house channel: For Bayern TV: Two ex-FCB stars as experts on board , TZ , February 26, 2017
  4. ^ A b Matthias Arnhold: Klaus Augenthaler - International Appearances . Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. October 9, 2014. Retrieved October 31, 2014.
  5. ^ Matthias Arnhold: Germany - Player Data - FC Bayern Munich . Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. March 7, 2013. Retrieved May 22, 2014.
  6. Marcel Haisma: Klaus Augenthaler - Matches in European Cups . Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. March 14, 2004. Retrieved May 22, 2014.
  7. ^ Matthias Arnhold: Klaus Augenthaler - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga . Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. May 15, 2014. Retrieved May 22, 2014.
  8. Match report on fussballdaten.de
  9. ^ Matthias Arnhold: Klaus Augenthaler - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga . Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. May 15, 2014. Retrieved May 22, 2014.
  10. "Auge" becomes boss at the "Club" , accessed on December 2, 2012.
  11. Bayer Leverkusen on fussball.com, accessed October 13, 2018
  12. a b Hörster fired - Leverkusen gets Augenthaler on spiegel.de, May 13, 2003, accessed October 13, 2018
  13. Augenthaler conducts a flash interview with himself. In: www.tagesschau.de. May 11, 2007, accessed September 13, 2009 .
  14. Augenthaler trains Unterhaching , accessed on December 2, 2012.
  15. SpVgg Unterhaching - Small solution with big names , sueddeutsche.de from June 1, 2011 (accessed June 4, 2011).
  16. www.sueddeutsche.de
  17. www.fupa.net
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  19. Why the trainer job is the best , sueddeutsche.de, accessed on April 26, 2020
  20. Goalscorer of the month April 1982
  21. Goalscorer of the month August 1989 ( Memento from March 5, 2016 in the Internet Archive )
  22. ^ Hall of Fame
  23. Lisa Augenthaler , antenne.de, accessed on April 26, 2020
  24. Today in the stadium ( memento from January 26, 2016 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on January 26, 2016.
  25. [2]
  26. Fanclub Vilshofen Rot Weiß receives its 'dream game' , fcbayern.com, March 17, 2019, accessed on March 20, 2019
  27. New stadium: Now the name is on it , pnp.de, January 26, 2019, accessed on March 20, 2019