The concord and her coaches
Coach at Eintracht? Günter Brocker, Bundesliga coach of the first hour and among others at Bremen, Kaiserslautern and Schalke active, is rumored, he has stated: "Prefer to be five years in prison as coach of Eintracht Frankfurt". And indeed, many Bundesliga matches long this was a job with highly uncertain future prospects. The Eintracht had proven to the obligation of way-assistant Hans-Dieter Roos as head coach in the season 76/77 amazing continuity. From the start of the Bundesliga to the commitment of Roos, the Rieder forests had only five instructors (Osswald, Horvat, Schwartz, Ribbeck, way) under contract and no early release pronounced.
But back to the beginning. In the early days of football, full-time coaches tend to be the exception. From a chief instructor at the FFV is reported for the first time in 1919, as with Albert son a former player of Victoria temporarily takes over the training line. 1921 decides the club leadership of the meantime, arising from the merger of the FFV with the Frankfurt gymnastics Eintracht to commit a ‘real’ coach. The choice is striking Izidor ‘Dori’ furrier, a former Hungarian international, who leaves the Eintracht but already at the end of the season in the direction of Basel to train the local club Nordstern.
In March 1925, a full-time instructor is again committed. It is the 16-time Welsh international Maurice Parry, who won the English championship in 1906 with Liverpool FC. But the less professional environment makes the Welshman fail, he leaves Frankfurt in March 1926. The training is from then on the players Walter Dietrich and Fritz Egly taken as a player-coach. In October 1927, then joins Gustav Wieser a 26-time national player from Austria as a coach before. He is going through it Otto Boer, an athlete responsible for the condition work. Gustav Wieser changes to Schalke 04 at the end of the season.
A new successful era in Eintracht begins with the takeover of the training line by Paul Osswald. Osswald am Riederwald is active until August 30, 1933 and almost achieves master honors in 1932, but then changes to the FSV Mainz 05. He succeeds Willi Spreng, formerly coach at the FSV and the OFC, who leaves the club again in May 1935, after the Eintracht threatens to slip into footballing mediocrity. New boss will be an old acquaintance, Paul Osswald, who crowned his return with the Championship of Gaus Southwest. At the beginning of the season 1938/39 he leaves Eintracht for professional reasons in the direction of Frankenthal.
1938/39 is waived in the preliminary round on a coach. When it comes athletic downhill, comes in January 1939 Otto Boer for the rest of the season. Then takes over Peter Szabo – former Hungarian international, champion with the 1st FC Nuremberg 1920 and league player at Eintracht from 1920 to 1923 – the coach. From November 1940 he is also the coach of the league rivals Reichsbahn-Rot-Weiß, to ultimately change from 25 May 1941 to FSV. Well take over Willi Lindner, since 1933 league player at Eintracht, volunteer the exercise, until March 1942 Peter Szabo Head of the Frankfurt community training and thus also the Einstrechtspieler supervised. The team is from the game committee chairman Willi Balles placed.
Eintracht’s first postwar trainer is in November and December ’45 Willy Pfeiffer, a former league player of the FFV and Eintracht from 1910 to 1932. From December 1945 to January 1946 there Josef ‘Sepp’ Herberger a brief flying visit to Frankfurt, cared for the rest of the season Emil Melcher, a former Herberger assistant, the player, but then changes to ASV Durlach. Successor is Willi Treml, the end of January 1948 leaves the club and until the end of the year through Bernhard Kellerhoff, a former league player, who came in 1926 from black and white food to the Riederwald and played until a serious knee injury in 1932 in the first team, is replaced.
On January 1, 1949 Kellerhof becomes the university sports teacher Walter Hollstein replaced. When the Eintracht concludes the season only two points in front of a relegation place, Holstein pulls the consequences and changes as an association coach to Lower Saxony. From the Bavarian national league comes 1950 Kurt Windmann, which remains until 1956 and Eintracht 1953 leads to the South German championship and 1954 to the South German runner-up. In March 1956 Kurt Windmann becomes successful at the KSC Adolf Patek who, after the end of the league season 57/58, leaves the Eintracht gen München. It takes its place in May 1958 Paul Osswald one who comes from the Kickers and now hires for the third time in concord. Osswald becomes German champion with the Eintracht, moves into the final of the European Cup and leads Eintracht into the Bundesliga. In April 1964 Osswald has due to health problems his post to his assistant Ivica Horvat submit; the 60-time Yugoslav national player and participant in two world championships (1950 and 1954) was previously active from 1957 to 1959 for the league team of Eintracht.
In 1965, an internationally experienced coach is obliged: Elek Schwartz, born in Transylvania and equipped with a French passport, had previously coached the Dutch national team and led Benfica Lisbon in the final of the European Cup of Champions. On Schwartz, respectfully called ‘Mister’, follows a Nobody. Erich Ribbeck comes in 1968 from Rot-Weiß Essen and is the youngest Bundesliga coach at 31 years. Despite modest success Ribbeck remains five years and changed in 1973 to the 1st FC Kaiserslautern. In return comes from there coach Dietrich way to the Riederwald. Way is with the concord twice Cup Winner, announces the end of the season 75/76 but because of recent sporting unsuccessful his contract and goes to Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Successor for the game time 76/77 is Way Assistant Hans-Dieter Roos, but already after 16 games by the Hungarians Gyula Lóránt is replaced. Under Lóránt, Eintracht remain unbeaten in 21 games. End of November 1977 Lóránt succumbs to the courtship of Bayern Munich and changes to the Isar. After this Jürgen Grabowski, flanked by Vice President Kunter and Managing Director Wolf, who plays two games as interim coach, is killed in Munich Dettmar Cramer Trainer at Eintracht. Cramer is not very successful in Frankfurt, pulls the consequences himself and does not accept the option to extend the contract.
Otto Knefler, who already worked in Kaiserslautern, Braunschweig and Duisburg, is in the 78/79 season the new on the bench. Unfortunately, he is so badly injured in a traffic accident on the way back from the cup match in Bremen that he has to leave his post in December. In January ’79 takes over Friedel intoxication the coaching chair, the Eintracht leads to success in the 1980 UEFA Cup, but must give up the coaching post after the season. After saying goodbye to Rausch, amateur coach takes over Dieter Stinka In the last friendlies of the season – including during the trip to Korea – the care of the team.
Rausch’s successor comes from VfB Stuttgart and is called Lothar Buchmann. Buchmann brings the 1981 DFB Cup with the team, but leaves the concord after the following season. The work order for the Austrians obliged to succeed Helmut Senekovich, However, as a national coach with his team at the World Cup in Argentina in 1978 could celebrate a historic 3-2 victory against the German national team, but after the fourth defeat in the fifth Bundesliga match is over again. After assistant coach Ulrich Meyer Responsible for a game will be in September 1982 Branko Zebec Committed. Unfortunately, the undoubted expert failed in October of the following year at his alcohol disease.
Take over for just under two weeks Jürgen Grabowski and youth coaches Klaus Mank interim, the trainer, before with Dietrich way At the end of October ’83 an old acquaintance returned to Frankfurt. Weise avoids the descent, makes financial virtue of a virtue and relies on young players, but does not achieve the hoped for breakthrough in the following seasons, so he in December 1986 by assistant coach Timo Zahnleiter replaced by the office until the end of the season.
The new one is called Karl-Heinz Feldkamp and brings the Eintracht prompt 87/88 the DFB Cup. After disagreements behind the scenes in the following season Feldkamp reported sick because of a herniated disc, assistant coach Timo Zahnleiter takes place for some games on the coaching bank as responsible, before mid-September 1988 Pal Csernai is committed. His appearance in Frankfurt is over with the winter break but again, from SC Freiburg comes at the beginning of ’89 Jörg Berger. Berger can prevent relegation and leads the team in the following season even on a UEFA Cup place. After Eintracht now awakened title ambitions, but she is ranked after a 0: 6 against HSV on the 25th matchday of the season 90/91 only in seventh place, Berger is dismissed. successor Dragoslav Stepanovic, Already active as a player for Eintracht from 1976 to 1978, the Eintracht 91/92 leads almost to master honors. In the winter break of the season 92/93 ‘Stepi’ announced to change to the next season to Leverkusen. As the Cup semi-final against this very club lost 0: 3, he is through Host Heese replaced. Heese, who played for Eintracht football from 1969 to 1972, directs the training until the end of the season.
1993/94 directs Klaus Toppmöller the training at Eintracht. As it appears that he can not realize the hoped-for championship title and there are quarrels in the team, co-coach takes over Karl-Heinz Körbel responsibility until the end of the season. In the new season, an internationally experienced coach will lead Eintracht into the top flight of German football. Is interpreted Josef ‘Jupp’ Heynckes. Clashes with the players – especially Gaudino, Okocha and Yeboah – as well as the sporting failure lead to Heynckes already after the 24th matchday on April 2, 1995 withdraws. Successor will Karl-Heinz Körbel, which leads the team into the new season 95/96. As Eintracht increasingly falls into descent, Körbel gets through Dragoslav Stepanovic replaced, but can not prevent the descent.
Downhill it goes under ‘Stepi’ also in the league times. On December 18, 1996 another former player takes over the coaching office: Horst Ehrmantraut. Eintracht consolidates under Ehrmantraut, in the next season, the rise succeeds in the Bundesliga. At the beginning of December ’98 Ehrmantraut finally has to vacate his garden chair, initially taking on assistant coaches Bernhard Lippert the training line, before the 22nd of December Reinhold Fanz is presented as the new head coach. Lack of success but also the time of Fanz already in the middle of April ’99 already over, now takes Jörg Berger on the coach chair place. Berger saves Eintracht in the heartbeat final against Kaiserslautern from relegation, but in December ’99 already unemployed again.
It is now obligated Felix Magath, which can save the league in the last game against Ulm. Magath leads the Eintracht in the season 2000/01, but has to say goodbye to six defeats in a row at the end of January 2001. Sports Director Rolf Dohmen, which follows on Magath, and which committed in early April 2003 Friedel intoxication But they can not save concord from descent. In the second league Eintracht starts with the Swiss Martin Andermatt as a coach. As it becomes apparent that the hoped-for direct ascent is not feasible, Andermatt will go through in early March 2002 Armin Kraaz who will be leading the training until the end of the season.
After licensing at the last second takes over Willi Reimann the coaching position in the season 02/03. He succeeds in the heart beat final against SSV Reutlingen on the final day in May 2003, the rise in the Bundesliga. However, Reimann does not manage to keep the class. As a consequence, he has to vacate his place at the end of the season 03/04. Obligated is for the season 04/05 the experienced Friedhelm Funkel. Funkel manages with his team in the first attempt, the re-emergence and secures Eintracht in the season 05/06 not only the league, but also the participation in the Cup final and beyond the qualification for the UEFA Cup. Funkel leads the Eintracht in the season 06/07, which is finished with the 14th place, and acts until the completion of the season 2008/09 as coach, after he had extended his contract for the upcoming season, but after a very mixed season and partly defaming fan protests decides to resign.
As a successor is required Michael Skibbe. 2009/10, in the first season under Skibbe, occupied the Eintracht in the final table of the league the 10th place with 46th points. For the upcoming season, the coach is the target of 50 points, and seems to winter break on the right track to achieve this goal: After 17 games are 26 points to book. During the winter training camp in Turkey, Skibbe’s contract expiring at the end of the season will be extended by one year. But it follows a slide in the table, the relegation places are threatening closer: Eight games in a row remains the Eintracht without scoring, nine game without a win. Somewhat surprisingly Skibbe will then be released after the first round victory against FC St. Pauli on March 22, 2011. Already the next day will be Christoph Daum presented as his successor, who receives a contract until the end of the season. After seven games in which the Eintracht succeeds not a single victory, and the descent Daum tells after just under two months, that he is no longer available as coach of Eintracht Frankfurt.
Received for the second division season 2011/12 Armin Veh, who had been dismissed in March 2011 as head coach at Hamburger SV, a one-year contract. This is extended after the ascending, and even in the 13/14 season Veh is the boss on the bench. At the end of the season, he announces that he is returning to VfB Stuttgart, which he already oversaw from 2006 to 2008.
As a successor will Thomas Schaaf which is the only previous coaching station that can perform SV Werder Bremen in his Vita. At the Weser, however, he was from 1978 to 2013 (as a player from 1972 to 1995, head coach from 1999). Although Schaaf has a contract until June 30, 2016, the coach retires only three days after the end of the Bundesliga season, which closes the Eintracht with 43 points in 9th place. As reason for the resignation leads Schaaf "I can not and will not accept the statements made in public and the portrayal of my person and my work, which are expressed in unbelievable and incomprehensible accusations and insinuations in the media."
Successor of Thomas Schaaf becomes its predecessor: Armin Veh, who had already resigned after the 12th matchday and nine points won from twelve games on November 24, 2014 as coach of the Stuttgarter. Veh signed on 18 June 2015 a contract as head coach of Eintracht Frankfurt with a term of two years. However, as the club is increasingly relegated to the relegation zone during the season and has seven games without a win on matchday 19, the separation of Veh will be announced on 6 March. Assistant coach Reiner Geyer takes over the training for a few days.
On March 8, 2016, Eintracht announces that Niko Kovac now serves as the new head coach. At the same time also changes his brother Robert Kovac as assistant coach to the Main. AKovac leads the harmony over the relegation to the league. In the season 16/17 he occupies the 11th place in the table with Eintracht and reaches the DFB Cup final (1: 2 against Dortmund). Also in the next season, which ended the consensus in the league in 8th place, succeeds in the final of the DFB Cup, which is won against Bayern Munich 3-1. Kovac then leaves the concord and will coach at Bayern.
As a successor committed the Eintracht the Austrian football coach Adi Hutter, who comes from Young Boys Bern to the Main. (FGO)
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