Richard Kohn

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Richard Kohn (born February 27, 1888 in Vienna ; † June 16, 1963 ), called "Little Dombi" (Little Eminence), was an Austrian national football player who later won the national championship as a coach at Bayern Munich and Feyenoord Rotterdam could.

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Striker Richard Kohn impressed mainly because of his well-groomed technique. He played for the Vienna AC from 1907 to 1910 at the latest . One of his highlights at WAC was when he scored the winning goal to make it 2-1 against English first division club Sunderland AFC in May 1909 .

During the 1910 tour of the Vienna AC through Germany, with games in Berlin, Munich, Karlsruhe and Stuttgart, there were differences between players who demanded more say in the club and the WAC. In the middle of the year, this led to the resignation of almost all members of the fighting team, such as Adolf Fischera , Johann Andres , Karl and Felix Tekusch , numerous players of the second team and Richard Kohn, who founded the new football club Wiener Associationfootball-Club (also known as Wiener AF , or WAF for short , referenced). Disputes between the WAF and the association prevented his participation in the Olympic Games in Stockholm in 1912 , as the association refused to turn its players off to the tournament.

At the beginning of 1913, Kohn was with Wiener Amateur SV . However, he was rarely used and was referred to as "under-trained" himself. In May he rejoined the WAC, where he played until June 1914. It is widely reported that he then played for MTK Budapest . It is possible that Kohn played again for the Vienna AC at least in 1918; a match report reported that in June 1918 an "R. Kohn ”from the WAC was on the ball for a Viennese city selection against Krakow.

Between 1908 and 1912 Richard Kohn was placed six times in the Austrian national team, scoring two goals. One of these two goals was scored by Dombi, already known at that time due to his short stature, in his last international match on December 22, 1912 in a 3-1 win in Genoa against hosts Italy.

Information about his beginnings as a football coach is few and far between and sometimes contradicting. He is reported to have traveled to Uruguay, the world's leading football nation at the time, and possibly also worked as a coach. His first demonstrable coaching station was Hertha BSC . There is an opinion that he laid the foundations for the club's subsequent rise, which culminated in the championship of 1931. With the HŠK Građanski, one of the forerunners of today's NK Dinamo in Zagreb , he won the Zagreb Association Championship in 1925, but in the final of the Yugoslav championship with 2: 3 against SK Jugoslavija from Belgrade, which is why he made his coaching post available again after only one year . Back in his hometown of Vienna, he coached First Vienna FC . The Vienna became runner-up in 1926, for the second time since 1924.

He then returned to Germany, and it is reported that he helped Sportfreunde Stuttgart from last to fourth place in a very short time. From February 1926 to 1927 he coached FC Barcelona for the first time , where he was primarily known under the name Dombi Little - but these days he has mutated into "Jack Domby" in the club's official lists.

In March 1927 he made his way to the Polish capital Warsaw to take over the training management at KS Warszawianka . The club, which had not previously appeared prominently, found its place in the first edition of a national Polish soccer league. At the end of the year Warszawianka was thirteenth of the 14-member league and avoided relegation.

From 1928 to 1930 he later coached TSV 1860 Munich . and then for a year the VfR Mannheim .

There he was very resentful that when he left Bayern Munich he successfully advised the great talent Oskar Rohr , the uncle of the later coach Gernot Rohr , to move to the Bavarian capital as well. There he built a successful team around Rohr, who quickly became one of the most dangerous strikers in the country, and Konrad "Conny" Heidkamp . In 1932 he even made it into the final of the German soccer championship, in which FC Bayern won their first national title with a 2-0 win in Nuremberg against Eintracht Frankfurt . "Ossi" Rohr contributed to the success with one goal. At that time, Bayern were preparing for the Sunday afternoon games with two one-hour training sessions during the week. “The seventy or eighty hours a year are actually far too little for really intensive training. It is therefore the task of the trainer, in addition to the fitness training, to see above all errors and to give his instructions based on these technical deficiencies ”, said Dombi, as he has been called since his time at MTK - and also called himself.

After the National Socialists came to power, he moved to Grasshoppers Zurich in Switzerland because he was Jewish . From September 1933 Dombi again took over the coaching position at FC Barcelona and stayed there until 1934. Here, too, Dombi's medications found recognition, as before a private game against a combination of Slavia Prague with First Vienna in early January 1934. However, his second period with the Catalans was in Generally rated very critically. After his quick departure, he stayed at FC Basel in Switzerland for some time in 1934 .

He then looked after Feyenoord Rotterdam in the Netherlands from 1935 to 1939, from 1951 to 1952 and again from 1955 to 1956 . He won the championships there in 1936 and 1938. In 1997 a street in Rotterdam was named after him Richard Dombistraat .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Portrait of Richard Kohn on sueddeutsche .de
  2. Portrait of Richard Kohn on (Dutch)
  3. ^ Ambrosius Kutschera: Wiener AC 2: 1 (1: 1) Sunderland AFC (ENG) , football in Austria
  4. ^ Ambrosius Kutschera: 1909/10 season , football in Austria
  5. Richard Kohn on
  6. El Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona, ​​No. 1407, February 7, 1926
  7. ^ Coach Dombi left for Warsaw , Sport-Tagblatt, Vienna, March 5, 1927
  8. David Schelp: The Roar of the Lions , Jüdische Allgemeine, August 26, 2010
  9. ^ El Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona, ​​September 27, 1933
  10. El Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona, ​​No. 3816, January 5, 1934
  11. Copy of the decision of June 10, 1997 ( memento of August 4, 2012 in the web archive ) in the administrative archive in Rotterdam, viewed on May 29, 2011


  • Andreas Wittner: Richard Little Dombi - Little Eminence, sent from heaven. In: Schulze-Marmeling, Dietrich (Hrsg.): Strategists of the game - the legendary football coach. Verlag Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2005, ISBN 3-89533-475-8 , pp. 54–63.