Sunday, 26 May 2013

Heynckes joins exclusive club

Jupp Heynckes joins Ernst Happel, José Mourinho and FC Bayern Munich predecessor Ottmar Hitzfeld as one of four coaches to have won the European Cup with different sides.
Having guided Bayern Munich to their fifth European Cup, Jupp Heynckes has become only the fourth coach to lift the trophy with different clubs.
Heynckes masterminded Bayern’s defeat of Borussia Dortmund at Wembley on Saturday night, and while it is a first UEFA Champions League triumph since 2001 for the Munich outfit, the 68-year-old has waited even longer for his latest success in the competition. He first got his hands on the silverware in 1998, when Real Madrid CF overcame Juventus.
That 15-year gap means Heynckes has also endured the lengthiest wait between European Cup wins of any coach; the longest gap had been the 13 seasons between Ernst Happel overseeing Feyenoord’s victory in 1970 and Hamburger SV’s success 13 years later. The nine years bridging Manchester United FC and Sir Alex Ferguson’s 1999 and 2008 continental conquests now represent the third biggest interval.
Heynckes and Happel are joined on the shortlist of triumphant two-club coaches by José Mourinho (FC Porto 2004, FC Internazionale Milano 2010) and Ottmar Hitzfeld.

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