Date of birth: 9 May 1945
Playing career: VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach (twice), Hannover 96
Coaching career: VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach (twice), FC Bayern München (four times), Athletic Club (twice), Eintracht Frankfurt, CD Tenerife, Real Madrid CF, SL Benfica, FC Schalke 04, Bayer 04 Leverkusen
• One of the best strikers in Bundesliga history, Heynckes hit 220 goals in 369 games for Mönchengladbach and Hannover between 1964 and 1978; won four titles and a German Cup with Mönchengladbach and was the league's top scorer in 1974 (30 goals) and 1975 (27).
• Aged 34, replaced Udo Lattek as Mönchengladbach coach in 1979; mentored Lothar Matthäus but failed to win any trophies, losing to Bayern in the 1983/84 German Cup final and reaching the 1986/87 UEFA Cup semi-finals. Replaced Lattek again in 1987, this time at Bayern, winning 1989 and 1990 titles; club general manager Uli Hoeness called his decision to sack Heynckes in October 1991 "the biggest mistake of my career".
• Moved to Spain, first with Athletic then led Tenerife to the 1996/97 UEFA Cup semi-finals, earning a season at Madrid, whom he led to glory in the 1997/98 UEFA Champions League but left that summer. Stepped in as caretaker manager at Bayern in April 2009 following Jürgen Klinsmann's dismissal; replaced Bruno Labbadia as Leverkusen coach that summer and began season with a German record run of 24 Bundesliga games unbeaten.
• His Leverkusen side finished second to Borussia Dortmund in 2010/11 before Heynckes left to take charge of Bayern for a third time; they lost 4-3 to Chelsea FC on penalties in the 2012 UEFA Champions League final at their Fußball Arena München but rallied to win a domestic double and the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League, beating Dortmund in the final.
• Stepped down and retired that summer but returned to the club in October 2017 following Carlo Ancelotti's departure, charged with leading Bayern until the end of the season.
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