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Ottmar Hitzfeld

Published: Monday 31 May 2010, 18.47CET
Ottmar Hitzfeld
Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 31 May 2010, 18.47CET

Ottmar Hitzfeld

Date of birth: 12 January 1949
Nationality: German
Playing career: TuS Stetten, FV Lörrach, FC Basel 1893, VfB Stuttgart, FC Lugano, FC Luzern
Coaching career: SC Zug, FC Aarau, Grasshopper-Club, BV Borussia Dortmund, FC Bayern München (twice), Switzerland

• Won two championships and a Swiss Cup with Basel during a playing career that was relatively low profile but abundant with goals. Finished the Swiss top flight's 18-goal top scorer in 1973, a year after representing West Germany at the 1972 Olympics in Munich.

• Settled in Switzerland and spent his first years as a coach with Zug and Aarau before moving to Grasshoppers where, from 1988 to 1991, he won two league titles and two national cups.

• Returned to Germany and revived the fortunes of Borussia Dortmund, winning Bundesliga crowns in 1995 and 1996 and defeating Juventus 3-1 in Munich in May 1997 to win the UEFA Champions League.

• Recruited by Bayern in 1998, four further Bundesliga titles came his way as well as another UEFA Champions League success – in 2001 – that made him only the second coach to win the competition with two clubs after Austrian Ernst Happel.

• Left Bayern in 2004 but returned in January 2007 and led club to domestic double the following season. Succeeded Köbi Kuhn as Switzerland coach after UEFA EURO 2008 and steered team to top spot in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying group despite early shock home defeat by Luxembourg, although they were eliminated in the group stage in South Africa.

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