Udo Lattek

Udo Lattek

Birth
Boże, Warmińsko-Mazurskie, Poland
Death 31 Jan 2015 (aged 80)
Cologne, Stadtkreis Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Burial Cologne, Stadtkreis Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Plot Area 11
Memorial ID 142198083 · View Source
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Professional Soccer Coach and Player. He is best known for winning the 1974 European Champions Cup with Bayern München. He is considered by many to be the most succesful club coach in German history, winning a record eight German championship titles with Bayern München and Borussia Mönchengladbach from 1974 through 1987. In addition, he was the first coach to win all three major European club trophies and he did it with three different clubs. Originally from East Prussia, he and his family were forced to move to the Rhineland after World War II. He took up soccer, and played professionally for VfL Osnabrück from 1962 to 1965, scoring 34 goals in 70 games. He attended a teachers college in Münster, graduating in 1958, and taught mathematics and physics until he was asked to join the staff of the German Soccer Federation in 1965 as coach of the youth national team. He also was an assistant coach of the German team that finished second in the 1966 FIFA World Cup. In 1970 he took over the head coaching job at Bayern München at the urging of Franz Beckenbauer. He led them to the German Cup in 1971 and three German championships in a row from 1972 to 1974, capped by the winning of the European Champions Cup in 1974. However, a slow start to the 1974/1975 season saw him fired in January of 1975. He originally signed with Rot-Weiss Essen for the next season, but then was offered the job at Borussia Mönchengladbach, which he took, stating “Why would you want to ride a bike when you could drive a Mercedes?” He then led Mönchengladbach to the next two German Championships in 1976 and 1977 as well as the UEFA Cup championship in 1979. From 1979 to 1981 he coached Borussia Dortmund, with little success, marred by the death of his 15 year old son from leukemia. Looking for a new challenge, he moved to FC Barcelona, where he took them to victory in the European Cup Winners Cup in 1982, but was fired in 1983 because he did not get along with Diego Maradona. Returning to Bayern, he led them to three German championships in a row from 1985-1987 and also won the German Cup in 1986. In 1987, he decided to leave coaching and became the Sporting Director of 1. FC Köln, as he lived nearby, and held this position until 1991. He had two other short coaching stints, an unsuccessful one at Schalke 04 in 1992, after which he finally decided to retire from soccer, but was called back in 2000 by Borussia Dortmund as an interim coach for the last 5 games, to save the team from relegation. He was successful, but decided against returning for another season. He then began a second career as a columnist for the German newspaper "Die Welt" and the German sports magazine „Kicker“ and also worked for 16 years, until 2011, as a commentator for the German sports program "Doppelpass". He suffered a stroke in 2010 and survived two operations, but then was diagnosed with Parkinsons in 2013 as well as dementia, which eventually led to his death. He was given the Lifetime Achievement award from the German Soccer Federation in 2012.

Bio by: Kenneth Gilbert


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Kenneth Gilbert
  • Added: 4 Feb 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 142198083
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Udo Lattek (16 Jan 1935–31 Jan 2015), Find A Grave Memorial no. 142198083, citing Friedhof Albert-Kindle-Straße, Weiden neu, Cologne, Stadtkreis Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany ; Maintained by Find A Grave .