Gallery – Jupp Heynckes’ 1000th Bundesliga Game – Tribute to One of German Football’s Greatest Coaches

by Cristian Nyari

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes will take part in his 1000th Bundesliga game on matchday 23. Heynckes played 369 matches as a Bundesliga player before moving into coaching in 1979.  631 matches later Heynckes is one of the most decorated and long lasting coaches in German football history. Only Otto Rehhagel has more Bundesliga matches under his belt (1033) than “Don Jupp” as he was called in Spain or “Osram” as many in Germany refer to him.

In honor of this great achievement (and possible retirement at the end of the season), we pay tribute to Heynckes’ illustrious career, from his humble beginnings in Mönchengladbach in 1963 to his Champions League final with Bayern last year.

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  • Heynckes made his debut at the age of 20 for Borussia M'Gladbach in 1965/66, scoring 12 goals.
  • After two years with Gladbach Heynckes moved to Hannover for three years, scoring 25 goals.
  • In 1970 Heynckes returned to Gladbach where he stayed for eight years and won multiple trophies and scored 168 goals.
  • One of Heynckes' greatest performance came in the 1975 UEFA Cup final in which he scored a hattrick.
  • Heynckes was also success with the German NT, winning the EUROs in '72 and the World Cup in '74.
  • After retiring in '79 Heynckes took over as Gladbach coach where he stayed until 1987 but titles eluded him.
  • The first of three spells with Bayern Munich came between 1987-1991 where he won two league titles.
  • He then guided Athletic Bilbao to 5th place in La Liga and UEFA Cup qualification.
  • After a brief spell with Eintracht Frankfurt, Heynckes returned to Spain with Tenerife, guiding them to the UEFA Cup semifinals in '97
  • Heynckes then spent a season with Real Madrid where he won the Champions League with a young Raul.
  • Heynckes also spent a year in Portugal with Benfica, albeit not so successful, and returning to Bilbao until 2003.
  • Heynckes returned to the Bundesliga after 11 years but a difficult time with Schalke and health reasons led to an extended break.
  • After an unsuccessful spell with Gladbach, Heynckes was asked by his old friend Uli Hoeness to take over for Klinsmann in 08/09
  • Next up was a 2 year spell with Bayer Leverkusen whom he qualified for Europe and went on a 24 match unbeaten run.
  • Heynckes again returned to Bayern in 2011 where his swan song could well culminate in a treble and one of the most dominant season in league history.

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Author:Cristian Nyari

Cristian is a football writer and analyst living in New York City, fascinated with the history and study of the beautiful game and all it entails. Follow Cristian on twitter @Cnyari
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