Otto Rehhagel

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Otto Rehhagel
Otto Rehhagel 01.jpg
Otto Rehhagel (2010)
birthday August 9, 1938
place of birth EssenGermany
size 177 cm
position Defense
Years station
1948-1957 TuS Helene Altenessen
Years station Games (goals) 1
1957-1960 TuS Helene Altenessen
1960-1963 Red and white food 90 0(3)
1963-1966 Hertha BSC 78 0(9)
1966-1972 1. FC Kaiserslautern 148 (17)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1960 Germany amateurs 2 0(0)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
1972 FV Rockenhausen
1972-1973 1. FC Saarbrücken
1973-1974 Kickers Offenbach (Assistant Trainer)
1974-1975 Kickers Offenbach
1976 Werder Bremen
1976-1988 Borussia Dortmund
1978-1979 Arminia Bielefeld
1979-1980 Fortuna Dusseldorf
1981-1995 Werder Bremen
1995-1996 FC Bayern Munich
1996-2000 1. FC Kaiserslautern
2001-2010 Greece
2012 Hertha BSC
1 Only league games are given.

Otto Rehhagel (born August 9, 1938 in Essen ) is a former German football player and coach . He is one of the most successful coaches in German football.

He started as a player in his hometown at the clubs TuS Helene 28 and Rot-Weiss Essen , where he made a name for himself as an uncompromising defender . When the first season of the Bundesliga started, he moved to Hertha BSC in 1963 and then played the longest of his career at 1. FC Kaiserslautern . By 1972, Rehhagel had played a total of 201 games in the Bundesliga and scored 23 goals.

In the 1980s and 1990s Otto Rehhagel was one of the most successful German club coaches. The Werder Bremen team , which Rehhagel trained for the second time from 1981 to 1995 after a few brief stints, became German champions in 1988 and 1993 , four times runner-up, won the DFB Cup in 1991 and 1994 and the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1992 . When Bayern Munich Rehhagel was during the season 1995/96 hired. He led Bayern into the final of the UEFA Cup against Girondins Bordeaux , but was released a few days before the first final due to unsuccessful championship; under his successor Franz Beckenbauer , both final games and thus the UEFA Cup were won.

The second division club 1. FC Kaiserslautern, then trained by Rehhagel, rose to the Bundesliga after a year under his leadership and was the first to win the championship in 1998 .

In the summer of 2001 Rehhagel took over a country selection for the first time with the Greek national team . After reaching the European Championship finals in 2004 had already been rated as a success, Rehhagel's team succeeded in winning one of the biggest surprises in European football history. After the 2010 World Cup and 106 games, he resigned from his position as national coach.

In February 2012 Rehhagel returned to the Bundesliga. At Hertha BSC he was hired to save the club from relegation. Hertha rose after controversial relegation games against Fortuna Düsseldorf , the final outcome of which was negotiated before the DFB sports court, in May 2012. With a total of 832 supervised games in over 24 years (1974 to 2000; 2012), Rehhagel leads the ranking of Bundesliga coaching assignments by a large margin ahead of Jupp Heynckes .

As a coach, Rehhagel mostly sought to be close to the players, whereby he also attached particular importance to their human maturity. He always stood in front of his team in difficult times. Among sports journalists, he was considered arrogant and arrogant, as he often assumed they lacked specialist knowledge. In the past, he replied to critics of his tactics, which were often perceived as old-fashioned: "Modern plays, whoever wins."

Childhood and youth

The Helene colliery was Rehhagel's first job, the associated company sports club TuS Helene 28 his first position as a football player.

Otto Rehhagel grew up in the Altenessen district of Essen , he was the second youngest of four children. His father was a miner and worked in the Helene colliery near Rehhagel's apartment at 113 Rahmstrasse . Otto Rehhagel's early childhood was marked by the war years, the Ruhr metropolis of Essen was the target of numerous bomb attacks from the beginning of March 1943 until shortly before the end of the war . Another decisive experience was the death of the 39-year-old father in February 1950. The family now lived in the simplest of circumstances from his mother's pension until Otto Rehhagel, after finishing elementary school, did an apprenticeship as a painter and house painter in a small business from 1954 to 1957 graduated and after completing it at the Helene colliery found a job in this profession.

Player career

TuS Helene and Rot-Weiss Essen, until 1963

At the age of ten, Otto Rehhagel joined the colliery's sports club , TuS Helene 28 . In the summer of 1957 he moved to the club's first team. He was ordered to the defense by the coach, who had always played as a center forward in the youth teams. TuS Helene played in the Landesliga Niederrhein , the fourth level at the time. Home games almost always attracted around 1000 spectators on the club's premises on Bäuminghausstraße, derbies against local rivals BV Altenessen 06 sometimes saw up to 8000 visitors. Rehhagel experienced a first sporting climax in February 1959, when Meidericher SV was a guest at the DFB Cup game. Rehhagel managed to draw attention to himself through his achievements: Georg Gawliczek , coach of the amateur national team , discovered the talent of the now 21-year-old and in April 1960 appointed him to the selection for the Olympic qualification game in Warsaw against Poland. Gawliczek was satisfied with the debutant in the 3-1 defeat and also used him in the two subsequent encounters against a southern German selection in Karlsruhe and in another qualifying game in Finland, which were also lost. There were no further selection appointments afterwards. In February 1961 Rehhagel took part in a training course for young players in Duisburg-Wedau , led by national coach Sepp Herberger , and in the summer of that year, WFV boss Dettmar Cramer invited him to a four-week trip to Japan for the western selection team.

One of the two big Essen football clubs had become aware of the talented and ambitious defender and club patron Georg Melches finally signed him to Rot-Weiss Essen (RWE) in the summer of 1960 . As Oberliga - contract players received Rehhagel monthly 150 DM "compensation" (equivalent to today adjusted for inflation around 350 euros), plus a well-paid job in the Coca-Cola plant food and as a bonus, a VW Beetle . RWE, surprise champion in 1955 (note: there was still no soccer Bundesliga , this was only founded in 1963), was in decline at the time. The great hero of RWE, Helmut Rahn , had since left the club, players like goalkeeper Fritz Herkenrath , stopper Heinz Wewers and half-striker Franz Islacker had long since passed their footballing zenith when the young Otto Rehhagel put on the red and white jersey for the first time. Under coach Willi Multhaup  - who later became the Bremen master coach - RWE could no longer hold the class and was relegated to the 2nd West League.

Rehhagel was able to establish himself as a regular player at Rot-Weiss Essen from the start and played all 30 league games in the 1960/61 season . In the second division rounds of 1961/62 and 1962/63 , the tough defender did not miss a single league game. However, it became apparent early on that the team would not be able to return to the league immediately and that RWE would no longer be able to qualify for the new top German division, the Bundesliga , from 1963 . This made it clear that Rehhagel would leave his hometown, he had already confided in his childhood friend and teammate Karl Mittler:

“I'll make it. For me there is only football. And if there's the Bundesliga, I'll be there, then I'll get in. "

Hertha BSC, 1963 to 1966

For the start of the Bundesliga, Otto Rehhagel signed a contract with Hertha BSC in June 1963 , RW Essen received DM 10,000 ( inflation-adjusted approx. 21,500 euros) for the defender. As a licensed player , Rehhagel now earned 500 DM (approx. 1,070 euros) plus bonuses, a maximum of 1,200 DM (approx. 2,580 euros) per month. He later described this step as follows:

"I will never forget the call from Berlin in the spring of 1963 when the Hertha men said to me: 'Mr Rehhagel, we look forward to seeing you.' Until then, I lived with my mother on a small scale in Essen. Now it went out into the big wide world. I can still see myself standing with my VW on Theodor-Heuss-Platz, as it was called back then, and looking down the street to the Victory Column and the Brandenburg Gate and hear myself say to myself: 'Otto, let's go!' For me that was the starting signal for new dimensions. And I ran. With big eyes, in good faith, completely enthusiastic and open to the barn. "

On the debut day, August 24, 1963, he was in the Berlin Olympic Stadium in front of 60,000 spectators in the 1-1 draw against 1. FC Nürnberg as a right defender on the field. Rehhagel ("great at tackling, sure to tee off") was one of the strongest players in an overall disappointing Hertha team , according to Kicker . In his first year, 1963/64 , he made 23 appearances for Hertha, and in the second Bundesliga season he played all 30 league games with his defender colleague Hans Eder . At the end of the 1964/65 season , the club - the team had just managed to stay in league - was condemned to relegation by the DFB: some players, including national goalkeeper Wolfgang Fahrian , Jürgen Sundermann and Willibert Kremer, were given unauthorized "hand money" for them to move to a change to the Spree. In the Berlin “city league” Hertha BSC was superior to champions with 58: 2 points in 1965/66 , later failed in the promotion round to the Bundesliga to Fortuna Düsseldorf and FK Pirmasens. Rehhagel had played 25 league games (3 goals) in his last season for Berlin, plus four appearances in the promotion round. Rehhagel did not want to play another year in the second division and therefore accepted an offer from Bundesliga club 1. FC Kaiserslautern .

1. FC Kaiserslautern, 1966 to 1972

1. FC Kaiserslautern had only occupied lower places in the league in the first three years of the Bundesliga: in 1965 they had only been able to save themselves from relegation on the last day of the game and the following year, under Hungarian coach Gyula Lóránt, things didn't go much better at Betzenberg ; in the end the FCK was in 15th place in the table. The team has also stuck to the image of the “bad boys from Betzenberg” and “league knockers” since the “card game” at Bayern Munich - three Lauterer had been expelled from the field .

Lóránt strengthened the team for the 1966/67 season around the solid defender Otto Rehhagel from Berlin, in midfield around the Yugoslav half-striker Andrija Anković and for the striker series Gerd Kentschke was committed from KSC. In terms of sport, FCK has improved, in particular the away balance has been stabilized, and at Betzenberg the team has developed into a very strong home team. With 38:30 points and 5th place, the best result in the Bundesliga was achieved so far. Otto Rehhagel did not play in the usual defensive position at times, but in the runner position and came to 28 league games (4 goals) in this round. As the successor to the authoritarian Lóránt, Otto Knefler, a completely different type of coach, came to Kaiserslautern for the 1967/68 season , who cultivated a gentler, quasi-democratic relationship with the players. His style had survived in the second half of the season at the latest, after a good start to the season after a 5-0 defeat in Cologne on matchday 10, the team's self-confidence gradually waned . After 2:12 points in the second half of the season, Knefler was given a leave of absence, followed by Gyula Lóránt's former assistant, Egon Piechaczek . In 1968/69 he strengthened the defense with Jürgen Rumor from 1. FC Cologne, and Jürgen "Atze" Friedrich, a new game designer from Frankfurt, made a decisive contribution to staying up.

Otto Rehhagel was injured so badly after nine match days in the game against Bremen that he had to take a break for more than half a year. Gyula Lóránt returned to Kaiserslautern for the 1969/70 season. The FCK fought for a long time against relegation. Lóránt was on leave after the 23rd match day of the 1970/71 season and replaced by Dietrich Weise , the fourth and last coach Otto Rehhagel had in his six Bundesliga seasons at 1. FC Kaiserslautern. The home game against MSV Duisburg on the 8th match day of the 1971/72 round , which was won 1-0 on September 25, 1971, was the last of Rehhagel's 148 Bundesliga games for FCK, in which he had scored 16 goals. A cartilage detonation on the knee proved to be irreparable.

Coaching career

Training and first stations

Training as a soccer teacher, October 1969 to March 1970

It was clear to Otto Rehhagel early on that he wanted to become a football coach after the end of his playing career . As a 31-year-old, he completed his DFB training as a football teacher when he was still an active player from October 1969 to March 1970 at the Cologne Sports University . In the last course led by Hennes Weisweiler , the ex-national players Sigfried Held and Hans Tilkowski as well as Rehhagel's former teammate at Hertha BSC, Uwe Klimaschefski , were among his classmates. At that time, his last coach at 1. FC Kaiserslautern, Dietrich Weise, already suspected that Rehhagel would be successful in this profession :

“With this one hundred percent devotion to competitive sport, there will certainly still be many positive things to be heard from Otto. In any case, there is no doubt that his intelligence is gaining a foothold in the coaching profession. "

1. FC Saarbrücken, July 1972 to January 1973

Shortly after completing the course in Cologne, the 32-year-old trained the district league team of FV Rockenhausen , a few kilometers north of Kaiserslautern, where he was still active as a player. After he had taken over the team in the winter break as the bottom of the table, the class was finally kept safe with a place in midfield. After the injury-related end of his football career in the autumn of 1971, his first position in higher-class football began in the summer of 1972 at 1. FC Saarbrücken in 1972/73 in the Regionalliga Südwest . The former Bundesliga club, who last reached the promotion round in 1964/65 , were now amateurish and Rehhagel immediately offended the club's management. In terms of sport, too, things were not very positive at the FCS. The medium-term goal of the club management, the qualification for the two-track 2. Bundesliga , which was to replace the regional leagues as the foundation of the Bundesliga in 1974, seemed to be a long way off after major defeats against Mainz and Eisbachtal. Rehhagel was replaced by Horst Zingraf after about six months, after a 3-0 away defeat at SV Alsenborn on January 14, 1973 .

Kickers Offenbach, 1973 to November 1975

Otto Rehhagel signed with Offenbacher Kickers shortly afterwards , as the Bundesliga club's coach, Gyula Lóránt , was looking for an assistant. The Hungarian had taken over the Kickers after they rose again in 1972 and with a young, talented team - goalkeeper Fred Bockholt , the national player Sigfried Held and the Austrian Josef Hickersberger in midfield, Manfred Ritschel and Erwin Kostedde in the attack, plus the talents Winfried Schäfer from Mönchengladbach and Dieter Müller from his own offspring - reached seventh place in the table in the 1972/73 season . Rehhagel, who had already got to know Lóránt as a player in Kaiserslautern, saw his chances at Bieberer Berg in both short-term success and in a long-term perspective, and he expected a lot from his mentor Lóránt. The 1973/74 Bundesliga round was mixed for the OFC. The team found themselves in twelfth place in the spring of 1974, looked overtrained, drained and not very motivated. At the end of March Lóránt was released after a 4-0 defeat at VfB Stuttgart, and his assistant coach Rehhagel took over this position.

The 36-year-old Otto Rehhagel now belonged to the younger generation of Bundesliga head coaches alongside Heinz Höher , Sepp Piontek , Erich Ribbeck and Willibert Kremer . His first game as the responsible trainer in the upper house of football took place on April 2, 1974 at Bieberer Berg against VfL Bochum and ended 2-2. The Kickers took 10th place at the end of the season and the club management under Hans-Leo Böhm offered Rehhagel a contract for another season. Otto Rehhagel created a good atmosphere in the team by introducing more relaxed manners:

“I almost always heard one thing from my coaches: 'Boy, you have to run and pound up.' Most of them have no clue about psychological care that performance cannot be produced under any circumstances. When I was still active, I often felt left alone because of it. At that time I swore to myself: If you should ever work as a coach, then you will talk to your players about every need, about every little problem. "

The starting program for the 1974/75 season - the OFC entered with an almost unchanged squad - provided for a home game against the reigning German champions and European Cup winners FC Bayern Munich on the first match day. The Kickers beat the favored Bayern team around the new world champions Sepp Maier , Franz Beckenbauer , Georg Schwarzenbeck , Uli Hoeneß and Gerd Müller 6-0. Just like 23 years later, when Rehhagel won against Bayern with 1. FC Kaiserslautern at the start, the team benefited from this initial success for a long time and only narrowly missed the autumn championship. Erwin Kostedde matured into a top striker under Rehhagel's care, he later made three appearances in the German national team; Another attacker of the Rehhagel-Elf, Manfred Ritschel , made it into the German selection. The team scored 72 goals in the 1974/75 season, but they also conceded many goals, and the press spoke of a "hurray style". Rehhagel later admitted:

“When I took over from Gyula Lorant in Offenbach, I really gave in. I wanted to go my own way and have surely gone overboard sometimes.

At the end of the season, in which the team had obviously played beyond their means at times, the Kickers slipped out of the UEFA Cup ranks and took 8th place.

For the 1975/76 round , Rehhagel lost two of his most important players, Kostedde and Schäfer. After three major defeats in a row - 2: 6 in Duisburg, 0: 4 against RW Essen and 1: 5 at VfL Bochum - the OFC found themselves in penultimate place after five match days. The subsequent derby against Eintracht Frankfurt offered the Rehhagel-Elf the opportunity to make amends. 25,000 spectators ensured a charged atmosphere at Bieberer Berg, Rehhagel's team went "hot" and over-motivated into the encounter. In the 6th minute Manfred Ritschel was sent off by referee Walter Eschweiler , shortly before half-time there was a penalty for the Kickers, which Hickersberger converted to 1-0. Yet Rehhagel was furious and could not be reassured. He stormed up to the Rhineland referee and accused him of having been bribed. Eschweiler reported the incident to the DFB; Rehhagel had already attracted attention in April of that year, also at the derby against Eintracht, when he shouted to defender Amand Theis : "Kick that wooden leg in the bones". The association then sentenced him to a month's ban and a fine of DM 3,000. In the time up to the negotiation, which was scheduled for November 20, the team's sporting went significantly downhill. The presidium nevertheless decided to hold on to Rehhagel, as the players were behind the coach. The process in the matter of "Eschweiler" initially took a positive course, until Offenbach Vice President Waldemar Klein testified. Klein explained to those present that line judge Porta had assured him after the game: "If I reported everything that the deer said, it would mean a ban for life." When Porta was subsequently summoned to the stand, The trial turned to Rehhagel's disadvantage and he was sentenced to a two-month ban and a fine of 5000 DM. The next morning, President Böhm dismissed him without notice. His successor at OFC was "Tschick" Čajkovski , the Kickers were relegated from the Bundesliga at the end of the season.

Coach of various clubs between 1976 and 1981

Werder Bremen, February to June 1976

Shortly after his suspension expired, Otto Rehhagel was signed on February 29, 1976 by SV Werder Bremen . After the 0-1 home defeat against Eintracht Braunschweig on matchday 22, the North Germans were in 14th place in the Bundesliga table and were in acute danger of relegation, so the club management released coach Herbert Burdenski and brought Rehhagel to the Weser as a "firefighter". The end of Rehhagel's contract was dated from the beginning on the day of the last game of the season on June 12, 1976, as Hans Tilkowski was scheduled as coach for the new season. A bonus of DM 20,000 was set for relegation. Rehhagel changed the Bremen line-up, made some tactical changes and let the team play with conventional man marking. "Cover skin-tight and above all fight, fight, fight," was his motto. After a 2-0 defeat in their first game in Karlsruhe, the team gradually stabilized and was particularly successful in home games. On the penultimate match day, the team secured relegation with a 2-0 win in the Weserstadion against MSV Duisburg . After the game, the fans stormed the field and carried Rehhagel on their shoulders around the field. In Bremen they were satisfied with Rehhagel's work and wanted to offer him a new contract. Rehhagel, however, received a short-term offer from Borussia Dortmund shortly after the end of the season after the hoped-for commitment of Hennes Weisweiler, who had returned to Germany from Barcelona, ​​had not materialized.

Borussia Dortmund, June 1976 to April 1978

Otto Rehhagel signed a one-year contract with Borussia Dortmund. Borussia returned to the Bundesliga as runner-up in the 2nd Bundesliga North in the promotion games against 1. FC Nürnberg. Rehhagel was the third coach this season after Otto Knefler and Horst Buhtz . The players would have preferred Hennes Weisweiler or Erich Ribbeck as the new trainer, especially since Rehhagel had the reputation of being a particularly "tough dog" as a trainer. As soon as he arrived in Dortmund, he robbed the Westphalia, who were toying with a commitment from Günter Netzer from Madrid, another illusion:

“One thing doesn't work here in Dortmund: We can't use Mr. Netzer next to Mr. Lippens on the left wing, next to Mr. Varga in midfield. Mr. Netzer is just as little a fighter as the first two men mentioned. Because he doesn't take a step back either. We don't need aging stars, Netzer doesn't fit into my ideas for the next season. "

Since 1974 the Westfalenstadion has ensured higher revenues for BVB - and increased expectations.

The Bundesliga returnee was considered to be one of the most promising clubs in the league, which was primarily due to the "source of money" at the Westfalenstadion . In addition to the commitment of Willi Lippens from Essen (which was criticized in view of his age of 31 years), who at 30,000 DM was a relatively cheap transfer, Rehhagel brought 30-year-old Erwin Kostedde into the squad for 600,000 DM . In October Manfred Burgsmüller from Essen was hired to reinforce the Borussia offensive. Burgsmüller was Dortmund's best goalscorer of the 1976/77 season before Kostedde . BVB offered its audience a refreshing, offensive style of play, scored 73 goals and finished eighth at the end of the round.

The expectations for the next season were high due to the successful promotion season, but Rehhagel failed to systematically strengthen the team. With the 35-year-old Sigfried Held from Offenbach he got a long- serving "veteran". Borussia Dortmund never got beyond a midfield position during the 1977/78 round , and the disappointment around Borsigplatz was correspondingly great . The only highlight was the 2-0 success with a Burgsmüller double in the Revierderby on matchday 31 in Gelsenkirchen , which ensured relegation. 1. FC Köln and Borussia Mönchengladbach fought the championship fight among themselves.

On the last day of the match, the Rehhagel team met the runner-up from Mönchengladbach. The team of Udo Lattek was tied with the Weisweiler's team in Cologne, at the same time at FC St. Pauli had to play, and had thus more chances of winning the title. A win against BVB was a prerequisite for this. The game on April 29, 1978 went down in Bundesliga history, because Gladbach's offensive with Heynckes, Nielsen, Simonsen, del'Haye and Lienen overran the less motivated Dortmunders. Gladbach won 12-0, the highest result to date in the German upper house of football. For the winner Mönchengladbach this was not enough for the championship, because Cologne won 5-0 at the same time. For Rehhagel, this debacle meant the end of his coaching activity in Dortmund. In the press he was given the name “Otto Torhagel” and the team was mockingly called “BVB 012”. In addition, the Dortmund team were suspected of being “pushed”, especially since Rehhagel should have expressed sympathy for Mönchengladbach in the run-up to the game. “The people who wrote this no longer dare to speak to me. It was first in the 'Bild' newspaper, they just looked for a hook. "

Arminia Bielefeld, October 1978 to October 1979

In October 1978, Otto Rehhagel had meanwhile celebrated his 40th birthday, he signed with Arminia Bielefeld , newcomer to the Bundesliga . The promoted team slipped to penultimate place on the 8th match day and then parted ways with coach Milovan Beljin . Rehhagel trained the team around Volker Graul , Frank Pagelsdorf , Lorenz-Günther Köstner , Christian Sackewitz and the young goalkeeper Uli Stein with rigor. Arminia, who is relatively weak for the Bundesliga, managed to temporarily get out of the table thanks to some remarkable results such as a 4-0 away win at Bayern. In the end, two points were missing for the saving 15th place, on the last day of the 1978/79 season an away defeat in Dortmund sealed relegation.

The club management was nevertheless satisfied with Rehhagel's work and would have liked to keep him busy longer. But Rehhagel asked in October 1979, after a few games in the second division, to terminate his contract. Arminia President Jörg Auf der Heyde commented:

“In the second division, Mr. Rehhagel's self-motivation would have suffered a lot. It wasn't for him anymore. At the same time Otto Rehhagel could finally have proven with our promising young troop that the prejudice that he can only achieve short-term success with teams is not true. He let the chance slip by. "

Fortuna Düsseldorf, October 1979 to December 1980

Klaus Allofs is one of a number of players who have followed Rehhagel to other clubs in the course of their career. The man from Düsseldorf moved to Bremen in 1990.

Rehhagel was signed by Fortuna Düsseldorf on October 12th . With 5:11 points in 16th place, coach Hans-Dieterippenhauer was previously on leave. Despite their recent successes in the cup - the 1978 cup final , DFB cup victory and reaching the finals in the 1979 European Cup winners - the team from the state capital was regarded  as a "boring group", the stadium and the box office were empty. The team around Libero Gerd Zewe , Wolfgang Seel in attacking midfield and the young Allofs brothers Klaus and Thomas in attack could not make friends with the change of coach at first. Klaus Allofs later said:

“He came as a firefighter, as the spreader, as the coach who can save a team but doesn't stay long. He had a few clubs behind him, but not the experience. Nevertheless, he was able to adjust the team well, to recognize the essentials. "

Rehhagel also found the right connection to the players in Düsseldorf, the team was soon more disciplined, more aggressive and more enthusiastic on the field, and the increased self-confidence was quickly reflected in the table: Fortuna remained under Rehhagel in the first five games undefeated and climbed to 10th place. Despite a few setbacks, the Düsseldorf team ended up in 11th place at the end of the 1979/80 season , had reached the cup final for the third time in a row and won the DFB Cup as in the previous year by beating local rivals 1. FC Köln 2-1.

Shortly before the end of the preliminary round in 1980/81 , on December 5, 1980, Fortuna was again in 16th place after a 3-0 defeat in Kaiserslautern. Heinz Höher was the board of directors even before Rehhagel's dismissal, with whom he joined this Time had not counted, secured the services of a new "firefighter". In a biography of Rehhagel, Norbert Kuntze claimed that Rehhagel had not lived up to the high expectations that had been placed on him: “Although he kept piling up, his choice of words and habit always radiated that he would also achieve higher goals can."

Werder Bremen, 1981 to 1995

Rehhagel's return to Bremen

In the Bundesliga seasons between 1969 and 1980 Werder Bremen was ranked 11th in the final table seven times, was often in danger of relegation and never had the chance of a title or international competitions. In 1980 they were relegated after 17 years of uninterrupted membership in the Bundesliga. In the second division season 1980/81 under coach Kuno Klötzer the championship in the 2nd Bundesliga North succeeded and thus the immediate promotion.

After a car accident in winter, coach Klötzer was initially represented by Werder's manager at the time, Rudi Assauer , who had already helped out as a coach several times before. Klötzer briefly returned to the bank, but had to take another break due to health setbacks. From March 29th he was permanently replaced by Otto Rehhagel. A 4: 2 in Solingen was followed by a 6: 0 against Alemannia Aachen at Rehhagel's home premiere , where the team celebrated dream football. After his recovery, Klötzer renounced the position of Werder coach in favor of Rehhagel.

From promoted to top team

In the preview of the Bundesliga season 1981/82 , the specialist magazine Kicker expressed skepticism about the durability of the cooperation between Rehhagel and Werder Bremen:

“The past of the club and coach does not necessarily suggest that the current 'marriage' is going well. But both parts may now have their Sturm und Drang years behind them. "

In the first year of the Bundesliga, Rehhagel continued to rely on the promotion team around the experienced Burdenski , Fichtel , Kamp and Kostedde as well as the development of the junior staff Otten , Meier and Rautiainen and only strengthened the squad with the Japanese Yasuhiko Okudera (Hertha BSC) and the young talent Rigobert Gruber (Eintracht Frankfurt ); with success, because Werder not only had nothing to do with the relegation battle over the course of the season, but always in contact with the top of the table from the first game days and finished in a hardly expected fifth place at the end of the first Bundesliga year.

At the first home game on August 14, 1981 against Arminia Bielefeld, Werder player Norbert Siegmann caught the onrushing Arminen Ewald Lienen in a duel with the studs on the thigh, which caused him to suffer a 20 cm tear. The fouled man then jumped up and ran towards Rehhagel because he believed that he had incited Siegmann with the words “Pack him!”. This event was discussed for weeks. Rehhagel was criticized in the press, insulted by angry football fans and had to apply for police protection due to death threats from some Bielefeld fans. In addition, this incident resulted in further proceedings before the DFB control committee. Chief prosecutor Hans Kindermann demanded a three-month ban and a fine of 10,000 DM, alluding to the events in Offenbach, emphasizing that Rehhagel was on trial for the second time in such a matter. The Bremen trainer could not be proven guilty, so the process ended with an acquittal.

Rudi Völler (here in a picture from 2004) was one of Rehhagel's most prominent “pupils” in Bremen in the mid-1980s.

For the second season 1982/83 Rehhagel brought two second division players with Rudi Völler and Wolfgang Sidka and an amateur with Frank Neubarth from Concordia Hamburg into the squad, who became longstanding pillars of the Werder team. In particular, Völler proved to be a stroke of luck in his first season in Bremen: He was Bundesliga top scorer with 23 goals and was appointed to the national team for the first time in the preliminary round. The offensive Rehhagel-Elf was in their second first division after a brilliant second half of the season with 13 wins from 17 games in the end tied with the champions Hamburger SV and only missed the championship title because of the slightly worse goal difference. With a further fifth place in the third year 1983/84 , Otto Rehhagel's team confirmed their membership of the top teams in German football.

"King Otto", the master trainer

In the 1984/85 and 1985/86 seasons Werder was runner-up, both times behind Bayern Munich and the second time extremely tight: The title, which had already been believed to be safe, was won on the penultimate match day by a draw against Bayern Munich, with Michael Kutzop , an otherwise safe one Penalty taker, missed a penalty in the final minute, as well as the final 2-1 defeat in Stuttgart gambled away. However, Rehhagel managed to keep the club, which had comparatively few resources compared to the big leagues FC Bayern and Hamburger SV, at a high level. Not least through acquisitions of foreign players hitherto unknown in Germany such as Rune Bratseth (1986) or Wynton Rufer (1989), who were Norway and Oceania's footballer of the year during this time . By reactivating almost forgotten "old stars" like "Manni" Burgsmüller (1986) or Klaus Allofs (1990), but also by introducing young talent like Frank Ordenewitz , he kept the team at a consistently high level of play. When Rudi Völler left the club for Rome in the summer of 1987, Rehhagel quickly found an adequate alternative in Karl-Heinz Riedle from Bundesliga relegated Blau-Weiß 90 Berlin.

Rehhagels lucky hand in strengthening the team and his tactics of the "controlled offensive" were ultimately crowned with success. After just missing out on the championship in 1986, a slightly weaker season followed in 1986/87 (5th place), after which many already feared that Werder would find themselves in the middle. But in the summer of 1988 the German champions were called Werder Bremen for the first time since 1965. During this season Werder held up in the cup competitions for a long time and was only eliminated in both the DFB Cup and the UEFA Cup in the semi-finals. Winning the title ushered in the most successful years in the club's history. The Rehhagel team caused a sensation not only on a national level, but also on the international stage. Werder had previously often failed unlucky in the first round of the UEFA Cup, now followed a whole series of glamorous European Cup games in the Weserstadion. In some cases it was possible to make up for clear defeats in the first leg with “Wunder von der Weser”. These include in particular the 5: 0 in the first appearance in the national championship competition in 1988/89 against Dynamo Berlin and a 5: 1 in the 1990 UEFA Cup against the Maradona -Elf SSC Napoli . Rehhagel's team won numerous supporters with courageous offensive football. After further titles in the DFB Cup in 1991 and in the subsequent European Cup winners' competition in 1992 , the third German championship title in 1993 and the renewed national cup victory in 1994 , Rehhagel was celebrated as "King Otto".

Rehhagel left Werder Bremen after 14 years. At a press conference on February 13, 1995, he justified his decision by saying that he wanted to face a new challenge in his life. A weighty reason for his decision may also have been Stefan Effenberg's desired but failed commitment . Rehhagel wanted to build a large team around midfield with Andreas Herzog , Mario Basler , Dieter Eilts and Stefan Effenberg, which would be on a level with top European teams. He had already gone public with this vision before the negotiations with Effenberg failed and Andreas Herzog had decided to move from Bremen to Bayern. In Rehhagel's last game as coach for Werder, the team gambled away the possible championship with a 1: 3 defeat at his new employer Bayern Munich. Rehhagel was followed by a period of four years at Werder, during which several coaches worked. It was not until 1999 that a phase of continuity began again with Thomas Schaaf , in which the successes under Rehhagel could be built on.

Bayern Munich, 1995/96

In addition to Rehhagel, Jürgen Klinsmann , Thomas Strunz , Andreas Herzog and Ciriaco Sforza, four seasoned national players, moved to Munich in the summer of 1995 for a total of 22 million DM. More than 6,000 people gathered on the club's premises on Säbener Strasse for Bayern's opening training session, and Otto Rehhagel, who was clearly in a good mood, used a megaphone to give instructions to his players. The start of the 1995/96 round was extraordinarily successful: Bayern set a new Bundesliga start record with seven wins in a row. With the end in the second cup round at Fortuna Düsseldorf, the seemingly unbeatable "dream team", as the Bayern team was referred to in the media, already received its first damper, and after the Rehhagel-Elf with reigning champions Borussia Dortmund on matchday eight They also lost their first league game 1: 3 and their first home game against Mönchengladbach on the next match day, it quickly became apparent that Rehhagel had underestimated his new job, as he later admitted himself. Bayern President Beckenbauer had also misjudged this problem at the beginning, before the start of the season he had said in an interview:

“If you have a weak coach with a team like this, it can hardly be anything. But Otto is a strong, experienced man who knows these people. "

Mehmet Scholl was one of those players at "FC Hollywood" in the 1995/96 season who were happy to express their opinion about the coach publicly.

While Rehhagel himself formed a successful team in Bremen, including its stars like Völler, Herzog and Basler, in Munich he met such a large number of seasoned national players from the start that some of them had to sit on the bench. Rehhagel's motto "The star is the team", issued before the start of the season, was alien to these players; rather, they feared that their own reputation and market value might suffer from Rehhagel's rotation system. Some also complained about a lack of communication between coach and players and an unimaginative, always the same training, or criticized Rehhagel's tactics. As early as autumn, the first, above all Jean-Pierre Papin and Mehmet Scholl, publicly expressed thoughts of emigration.

Scholl said in the kicker :

“I do it consistently: Rehhagel or me. Now it takes a hit. And if they kick me out I don't care either. Then I go. […] The fact is, we've been playing for eight weeks and still don't have any tactics. We're only doing so well because we have such good individual players. "

The interview had no consequences for Scholl, as did other statements from players in the weeks that followed. Already after the tenth game day, after a 1-0 win at FC St. Pauli , President Beckenbauer was outraged about the team led by Rehhagel: After the “disaster game”, this “student team” should be “happy that I am no longer a coach am. "After Rehhagel had replied that Beckenbauer had to" see that he didn't overshoot the mark ", the Bayern president rowed back publicly, but his remarks had already indicated that the supposed" dream marriage "between Beckenbauer and Rehhagel was breaking out ultimately turned out to be an error, as the Spiegel later stated.

In terms of sport, the situation largely stabilized over the course of the lap. But Rehhagel not only had parts of the team against him, but soon also no longer had the support of the club management. Rioter Scholl was sponsored several times by Beckenbauer, the sale of Papin requested by Rehhagel did not take place, as did the commitment of his dream player Jürgen Kohler , however, contrary to the coach's assessment, negotiations were started with the Portuguese João Pinto . The specialist and tabloid press reported increasingly critical of Rehhagel, which was also to be understood as a response to statements by Rehhagel such as "My tactics are always correct."

The club's internal personal differences ultimately ensured that Rehhagel no longer experienced the end of the season as the responsible trainer at FC Bayern. Even after the 1-0 win at VfB Stuttgart on matchday 28, there were rumors that Jupp Heynckes or Giovanni Trapattoni would return to the new season, although Bayern were still tied on points with leaders Borussia Dortmund in second place in the table stood. At the end of April 1996, three weeks before the end of the season, Rehhagel was finally dismissed after the championship got out of reach with a 1-0 loss to Hansa Rostock. Karl-Heinz Wild summarized the causes in kicker as follows:

“Rehhagel alone did not react. Neither on well-intentioned advice from the leadership nor on suggestions from the players. It wasn't the problems Rehhagel had with the media that led to the separation, but the technical differences. "

Despite the missed championship, Rehhagel's sporting record at FC Bayern was positive due to the finals and the associated win of the UEFA Cup under Beckenbauer, who had taken over the coaching position on an interim basis. On the way to the final, the team had u. a. high victories against Benfica Lisbon and Nottingham Forest and defeated FC Barcelona in the semifinals .

1. FC Kaiserslautern, 1996 to 2000

Resurgence and mastery

The summer of 1996 was turbulent in Kaiserslautern: FCK was relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time since 1963, behind the scenes there was a scramble for skills and positions in the club's management. After a controversial discussion at an extraordinary general meeting on July 9th, Norbert Thines' presidium surprisingly resigned. Coach Eckhard Krautzun , who had been hired for the sacked Friedel Rausch before the end of the season , had already set the course for the next season with several new signings. Ten days after the resignation of the old club management, however, Otto Rehhagel was hired as the new coach. Jürgen Friedrich , the supervisory board responsible for the sporting sector , had been on friendly terms with Rehhagel since 1968 to 1972 as a player in Kaiserslautern, and had made the new task palatable to him with the prospect of "With us you can be Otto again", garnished with a stately one Salary. He justified the obligation associated with Krautzun's termination in kicker : “We wanted a sporty leadership that exudes absolute authority. At Krautzun we felt permanent insecurity. "And in the same interview also made it clear:

"Otto Rehhagel is absolutely in charge , Briegel is the coordinator between the supervisory board, coach and team, Feldkamp and I will be in the background, certainly not making any comments that Rehhagel would undermine."

Similar to Bremen and very different from Munich before, Rehhagel found an environment in which he could "rule" unrestrictedly in the sporting field. Before the start of the season, he tried to dampen overly high expectations by emphasizing that he had no influence on the selection of personnel - the new signings, including Thomas Franck from Dortmund and Ratinho from FC Aarau, had been initiated by his predecessor. With two further reinforcements, the Danish defensive giant Michael Schjønberg and the ex-Werderan Wynton Rufer , Rehhagel proved a lucky hand. In Kaiserslautern, too, he relied on his familiar system, focused on combat and success-oriented, not nice, but effective, and despite a mixed preliminary round, the success of the mission "direct recovery" during the second division season 1996/97 was never in serious danger. Already four game days before the end of the season, after a 7-0 win over VfB Lübeck, the FCK was confirmed as a newcomer and finally won the second division with ten points.

In the middle of the promotion celebrations, however, internal resentments broke out, which had arisen due to the unclear distribution of competencies between coach and manager. In an interview with the Rheinpfalz on June 12, 1997, Hans-Peter Briegel, who felt that he was left out by Otto Rehhagel in particular, expressed the fear that 1. FC Kaiserslautern could become "FC Rehhagel", which the attacked person was just as keen on countered: “Mr. Briegel is still an apprentice in this area. Once he has won a championship, he can criticize me. ”Briegel finally resigned from his position in October.

In the 1997/98 season , 1. FC Kaiserslautern became a promoted German champion for the first time in the history of the Bundesliga. The fact that the Lauterer Bayern Munich was able to beat Munich in the first game of the season in the Olympic Stadium and left behind them for the entire season was a huge satisfaction for Otto Rehhagel:

“There is a football god - and he sees everything. The bill always comes, sometimes right away, sometimes a little later. "

The quick end of the soaring flight

The high expectations of the FCK fans - here before a game in April 2000 - which Rehhagel had aroused after winning the championship in 1998, could not meet the coach and team.

After winning the championship, expectations and demands increased. Rehhagel, who exuberantly proclaimed Kaiserslautern the “capital of the world of football”, wanted to compete with the big players in the league, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. The coach and team did not live up to their own standards. The departures of top performers in previous years, such as the returning Czechs Miroslav Kadlec and Pavel Kuka or Andreas Brehme , who ended his career, were not compensated by newcomers of equal value. Players brought in as reinforcements such as Hany Ramzy and Samir Ibrahim turned out to be additions at best, and the necessary upheavals in the squad did not materialize. There was also the failure of playmaker Sforza, who had to undergo a shin operation during the summer break. With only twelve points from the first nine games, the reigning German champions suddenly found themselves in the no man's land of the table after a bumpy start to the 1998/99 Bundesliga season . The team soon caught up with the leading teams and in the Champions League the Rehhagel-Elf was able to prevail as the sovereign group winner. But the lot gave the Lauterern in the quarterfinals of the competition, of all things, Bayern as an opponent. And they got the upper hand in the national duel with two clear wins. In the Bundesliga, the “Red Devils” missed qualifying for the Champions League with a 5-1 defeat on the last match day at the relegation-threatened Frankfurter Eintracht.

Ciriaco Sforza caused additional unrest in the midst of the sporting crisis during the second half of the season, who publicly denounced the lack of personnel in the sporting management and called for reinforcements via the trade journal Kicker shortly before the end of the season. The press gratefully received this submission and other dissatisfied players expressed their displeasure. Some top performers pushed for their release, young national player Ballack wanted to Leverkusen, right wing Buck to Wolfsburg. Sforza himself, who no longer wanted to play the role Rehhagel intended for him, was toying with a move to Borussia Dortmund during the summer break. The club and coach insisted on keeping his contract, and Rehhagel not only ignored Sforza's request, but also signed Youri Djorkaeff, a new player in his favorite position. The conflict between star and coach escalated: Sforza accused Rehhagel in an interview with Welt am Sonntag at the end of August of "serious mistakes in work and management style": "The time of command and obedience is over, in all areas of life". He also criticized Rehhagel's purchasing policy as well as the way in which the players were dealt with, which in particular moved young talents like Michael Ballack or Thomas Riedl to leave. The club responded to Sforza's public criticism with a heavy fine and a temporary suspension.

In terms of sport, the 1999/2000 season was no better, with 1. FC Kaiserslautern finishing in fifth place, three points behind in fourth place. The fans were disappointed, not only because of the weak home record with six defeats this season. Not least because of Rehhagel's announcements, it was hoped that the FCK would be able to establish itself among the top German and European leaders. When the start of the 2000/01 season failed, Rehhagel took his game after the 1-1 draw against Energie Cottbus in the home game on September 30, 2000, when there were whistles and loud "Otto out" calls from the stands Cap.

Greek national team, 2001 to 2010

From outsider to European champion

The coaching career of the now 62-year-old seemed to be over. Rehhagel was occasionally asked to comment as an interviewee at a Bundesliga or international match, but it did not appear that he was looking for a new job. Therefore, the news that Rehhagel would take over the Greek national team came out of the blue.

The successes of the Greeks in international football had been very manageable up until then: the national team had only reached the finals of an important tournament twice , with the 1980 European Championship and the 1994 World Cup , without achieving success there, on the contrary: not a single one succeeded in either tournament Victory, and they even returned from the 1994 World Cup with 0:10 goals from three defeats. The Hellenic national team suffered from the dominance of the three rival capital city clubs Panathinaikos , AEK and Olympiakos Piraeus , whose club management and patrons put considerable pressure on the composition of the national team. According to the opinion of those responsible for the association, only an impartial foreign trainer could solve this knot. This new challenge came at the right time for Rehhagel. As the German national coach, as he was temporarily traded in the 1990s, he was out of the question at this point in time, and with the Greek national team he had the chance to make his mark after appearances with Werder Bremen, Bayern Munich and 1. FC Kaiserslautern to prove again on an international level.

Rehhagel's debut as national coach failed on September 5, 2001 at the game in Finland, which was lost 5-1, but qualifying for the 2002 World Cup was no longer possible at that time. Rehhagel therefore had enough time to get an idea of ​​potential national players before qualifying for the 2004 European Championship and to organize the environment of the national team. His work was crowned with success. Once again he had managed to form a hungry, powerful elf from a number of rather average talented individuals. Because the Greeks completely unexpectedly left the favored Spaniards behind in their qualification group 6 and remained undefeated for a total of 15 games in a row until the European Championship finals. When asked about the secret of success, Rehhagel replied:

“The Greeks invented democracy. I introduced the democratic dictatorship. "

Charisteas headed the decisive 1-0 in the 2004 European Championship final .

He was alluding to the fact that he had secured a position in the Greek association - as in Bremen and Kaiserslautern before - that guaranteed unrestricted power and made it possible to work largely free from internal and external influences. Rehhagel also emphasized that he had created a new sense of community within the team, which was an essential basis for success: “In the past, everyone did what they wanted. Now everyone is doing what they can. ”The series of successes continued during the final tournament in Portugal . With a bit of luck, the Greeks survived the preliminary round in a group with the hosts and later opponents in the final Portugal, then eliminated defending champions France and co-favorites Czech Republic and defeated hosts Portugal 1-0 in the final. The Greek team did not shine with technically outstanding football, but with consistent man marking and rigorous defensive tactics, even playfully superior teams did not have any chances. Rehhagel commented succinctly that the unattractive style and the antiquated tactics of his team did not meet the requirements of modern football: "Modern play, whoever wins."

Otto Rehhagel was the oldest coach to date, at 66 years of age, who had managed to become European champions with his team. However, the record was broken four years later at the 2008 European Championships with the 70-year-old Luis Aragonés . German media gave Rehhagel the nickname Rehhagel for his extraordinary coaching performance in a modification of the Greek hero name Herakles . His old nickname "King Otto" also gained new popularity in reminiscence of Otto von Bayern , the first ruler of the Kingdom of Greece .

After winning the title

Since the German national team had reached a low point at this point, Rehhagel could have had justified hopes for the post of national coach after this success. Team boss Rudi Völler had resigned after the disappointing early elimination of the German eleven at the European Championship, and one of the favorites to succeed him, Ottmar Hitzfeld , had already waved his hand early. Rehhagel, however, was under contract with the Greeks for another two years, and the Greek public expected him to continue his work. “If necessary, we will tie you to the roof of the Olympic Stadium so that you don't go away,” said the Greek Deputy Minister of Culture, Fani Palli-Petralia, summarizing the mood in the country after winning the 2004 title. The city of Athens granted Rehhagel honorary citizenship, and the readers of the Greek daily Ta Nea made him the first foreigner to be named “Greek of the Year”. In Germany, on the other hand, there were concerns about his obligation, particularly because of his refusal to accept modern football. With regard to the upcoming World Cup in their own country, there was fear of a step backwards if he took over the office of national coach. The DFB still offered him a contract, but Rehhagel turned it down on July 10, 2004.

Otto Rehhagel at work as coach of the Greek national team (2008)

Although a success like winning the 2004 European Championship was hardly to be repeated, and despite the qualifying round at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2005 and the missed qualification for the 2006 World Cup in Germany  - behind Ukraine, arch-rivals Turkey and Denmark, the Greeks had in Her group only reached fourth place - Rehhagel extended his contract with the Greeks in November 2005. The next goal was the 2008 European Championships in Switzerland and Austria, for which Rehhagel's protégés qualified without any problems, but were unable to defend their title. With three defeats in the preliminary round, the Greeks were eliminated without a song. The last competition that Otto Rehhagel completed with the Greek national team was similar. The 2010 World Cup was only the second World Cup finals after 1994 for which the Hellenes were able to qualify, who had climbed to 11th place in the FIFA world rankings , not least thanks to their participation in the 2004 and 2008 European Championships . But the Greeks failed despite a victory against Nigeria, as they did at the EM two years earlier, in their preliminary group .

The now almost 72-year-old Otto Rehhagel decided shortly after the 2010 World Cup not to continue his work in Greece. After almost nine years, his record showed 106 internationals, two European championship and one world championship finals tournament, so he had been in office for much longer and was much more successful than any Greek national coach before him.

Hertha BSC 2012

Otto Rehhagel as coach of
Hertha BSC in 2012

On February 18, 2012, the Bundesliga club Hertha BSC surprisingly announced the commitment of Otto Rehhagel as head coach until the end of the 2011/12 season . Rehhagel returned to the Bundesliga after an absence of almost 12 years. At 73, he was the oldest active coach that season. The relegation was achieved on the last day of the season , which was finally lost to Fortuna Düsseldorf in a controversial outcome that was negotiated before the DFB sports court. In stoppage time of the second leg , Düsseldorf fans stormed onto the pitch prematurely. However, the game was not repeated.

Due to the employment in Berlin, Rehhagel is, together with Jörg Berger , the coach with the most trained clubs in the Bundesliga (8 clubs) and the most stations as a coach in the Bundesliga (9 stations).

Success as a trainer



honors and awards

In addition to football

A few months after moving to Berlin, around Christmas 1963, Otto Rehhagel married his childhood sweetheart Beate, who comes from the Steele district of Essen and who followed him to Berlin in the summer of 1963. The couple has a son, Jens (* 1973), who played soccer for the Werder Bremen amateurs, among others. Otto Rehhagel commented on the late happiness of parents in an interview as follows: “Beate and I had been married for ten years and thought that we could not have children. And then came Jens. That was the great happiness of our life. "

Rehhagel took part in the election of the German Federal President in 1999 and 2012 as a member of the 11th and 15th Federal Assembly for the Berlin CDU .

social commitment

Otto Rehhagel has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Essen University Medicine Foundation since 2016 . In addition to his advisory role, he supports the regular campaign "Ein Tor - ein Brille" (a goal - a smile) as patron and accompanies the visits of various football stars to the children's clinic at the University Hospital Essen.


  • Norbert Kuntze: Rehhagel. Biography of a master coach. Verlag Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 1999, ISBN 3-89533-273-9
  • Günther Rohrbacher-List: Otto Rehhagel. In: Dietrich Schulze-Marmeling (ed.): Strategists of the game. The legendary soccer coach . Verlag Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2005, ISBN 3-89533-475-8 , pp. 226-238.
  • Hans-Dieter Schütt: Otto… I think that's good. Sportverlag, Berlin 1998, ISBN 3-328-00833-0

Web links

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Individual evidence

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  2. Kicker from December 18, 2008, p. 24
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  4. All information in this section according to Kuntze, Rehhagel , p. 12 ff.
  5. Quoted from Kuntze, Rehhagel , p. 31
  6. Quoted from Kuntze, Rehhagel , p. 34 f.
  7. Kicker 34/1963 of August 26, 1963, pp. 6 and 16
  8. For the reasons for the forced relegation see for example: 1964/65: forced relegation was Hertha's low point . ( Memento from July 10, 2011 in the Internet Archive ), January 21, 2009.
  9. ^ Günter Rohrbacher List: In the heart of the Palatinate. The history of 1. FC Kaiserslautern . Verlag Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2007, ISBN 978-3-89533-583-9 , p. 75
  10. Graduates of the 16th course ( Memento from January 6, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) (
  11. Kuntze, Rehhagel , p. 43
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  14. ^ Gerhard Reuther: 1. FC Saarbrücken: 1903–1983 ... the new FCS . Dasbach Verlag, Taunusstein 1983, without ISBN, p. 77
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  17. Kuntze, Rehhagel , p. 39
  18. Presentation of the process according to Kuntze, Rehhagel , p. 60 ff.
  19. Kuntze, Rehhagel , p. 75
  20. Before the promotion games it was clear that Buhtz would leave the club and move to 1. FC Nürnberg, the opponent in the playoffs. Since the Dortmund club management feared a conflict of interest, they parted ways with Buhtz before that and signed Rehhagel.
  21. Kuntze, Rehhagel , p. 77 f.
  22. Kuntze, Rehhagel , p. 84
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  28. Illustration based on Kuntze, Rehhagel , p. 115 ff.
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  30. On this, see Kuntze, Rehhagel , pp. 145 f.
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  33. Kicker 81/1995, p. 12/13
  34. Kicker 87/1995 of October 26, 1995, p. 2
  35. Kicker 15/1996, p. 6
  36. Rehhagel interview in Kicker 13/1996, p. 15
  37. Football: The Kaiser and his killer . Der Spiegel 19/1996 of May 6, 1996, pp. 232-235.
  38. Kicker 36/1996 of April 29, 1996, p. 25
  39. ^ Günter Rohrbacher List: In the heart of the Palatinate. The history of 1. FC Kaiserslautern . Verlag Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2007, ISBN 978-3-89533-583-9 , p. 159
  40. Kicker 60/1996 of July 22, 1996, p. 39
  41. ^ Rohrbacher-List, Otto Rehhagel , p. 233
  42. Quoted from Günter Rohrbacher-List: In the heart of the Palatinate. The history of 1. FC Kaiserslautern . Verlag Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2007, ISBN 978-3-89533-583-9 , p. 166
  43. Quoted from Rohrbacher-List, Otto Rehhagel , p. 234
  44. Presentation of the conflict according to Kuntze, Rehhagel , p. 46 ff.
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  46. ^ Rohrbacher-List, Otto Rehhagel , p. 235
  47. Greece or Germany ?: Riddle about Rehhagel: "I know about nothing" . dpa report in: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , July 6, 2004.
  48. Five candidates left in the race .
  49. Hellas says thank you: Rehhagel says Adio ., June 24, 2010.
  50. King Otto takes command . ( Memento of February 22, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) Report from Hertha BSC, February 19, 2012.
  51. Hertha BSC - 1899 Hoffenheim 3: 1: Warnings after the Berlin precision landing . ( Memento from May 8, 2012 in the Internet Archive ), May 5, 2012.
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