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Felix Magath
German footballer and manager

Felix Magath

Felix Magath
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Intro German footballer and manager
A.K.A. Wolfgang-Felix Magath
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From Germany
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Gender male
Birth 26 July 1953, Aschaffenburg
Age 68 years
Felix Magath
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Biography

Wolfgang-Felix Magath (German pronunciation: [maɡat]; born 26 July 1953) is a German former footballer. The most notable spell of his playing career was with Hamburger SV, with whom he won three Bundesliga titles, the 1977 European Cup Winners' Cup Final and the 1983 European Cup Final, scoring in both Finals. He also gained 43 international caps for the West Germany national team, winning the Euro 1980 and reaching two consecutive World Cup finals.
As a manager, Magath's honours include two consecutive Doubles (Bundesliga and German Cup titles) with Bayern Munich, and a further Bundesliga title with VfL Wolfsburg in 2009. He has a reputation of demanding strong discipline and thorough training.
In 2014, Magath coached English club Fulham, becoming the first German to manage in the Premier League.

Playing career

Born near Aschaffenburg, Magath started his career playing for local club Viktoria Aschaffenburg. From 1974–76, he played for 1. FC Saarbrücken, at that time in the second division, before moving to Hamburger SV in the top flight. He spent the following ten seasons with Hamburg, and from his debut in 1976 to his retirement he scored 46 goals in 306 games in the West German top flight.

In 1983, Magath led Hamburg to success in the European Cup, scoring the single goal in the final against Juventus FC; in 1980–81, he netted a career-best (in the first division) 10 goals, helping his side to a runner-up league spot, as Hamburg also won the league in three years during that time.

Magath also represented the West German national team at many international events, including the 1982 and 1986 FIFA World Cups, helping West Germany finish in second place both times. He was also part of the squad that won the 1980 UEFA European Championships. Magath made his debut on 30 April 1977, in a 2–1 friendly win with Yugoslavia, and went on to amass 43 caps, with three goals.

Management career

1986–92: General manager

Having suffered a career-ending knee injury, Magath retired shortly after the 1986 World Cup and became general manager for his former club Hamburg. He left Hamburg in June 1988 after moderate success. His next stints as general manager included then 2. Bundesliga side 1. FC Saarbrücken (November 1989 to June 1990) as well as Bayer Uerdingen (July 1990 to January 1992) who were relegated from the first tier during Magath's time at the club.

1992–2001: Early coaching career

Magath took up coaching in 1992 as a player-coach for the fourth-tier club FC Bremerhaven which he led to division championship. He then rejoined Hamburger SV as reserves coach in 1993 and became manager Benno Möhlmann's assistant soon after. Magath succeeded Möhlmann as manager after the latter was sacked in October 1995. His first match was a 2–2 draw against 1860 Munich. Having reached the UEFA Cup during his first season, Hamburg finished in fifth place. The following season as disappointing 15th at the time Magath was sacked. His final match was a 4–0 loss to 1. FC Köln. He finished with a record of 28 wins, 19 draws, and 22 losses.

In the following years, Magath acquired a reputation as the fireman, coming in at difficult times at a club and leading it to salvation. In September 1997, he took over 1. FC Nürnberg who were newly promoted to the 2. Bundesliga and fighting relegation. His first match was a 0–0 draw against KFC Uerdingen 05. Der Club finished the season in third–place, meaning promotion to the Bundesliga, but Magath left due to differences in opinion with the club president Michael A. Roth. He finished with a record of 16 wins, eight draws, and five losses. During a short stint at Werder Bremen during the 1998–99 season, Magath lead the club out of relegation places, only for Bremen to find themselves in the relegation dogfight again with two games to go. He has nine wins, seven draws, and 10 losses. Werder Bremen avoided relegation by a point. Halfway through the 1999–00 season, Magath joined troubled Eintracht Frankfurt. An impressive Magath-inspired run saw Frankfurt finish the second round as third best and four points off relegation. Magath was sacked the season after (29 January 2001) when Frankfurt found themselves third. His last match was a 5–1 loss to Köln. He finished with record of 15 wins, five draws, and 17 losses.

2001–07: Head coach at Stuttgart and Bayern

Magath bounced back with what was to become one of his most successful stints when he took over fellow relegation battlers VfB Stuttgart a few weeks after. Having narrowly avoided relegation in 2001, Stuttgart finished the 2001–02 in a mid-table position. The club went then on to become 2002–03 Bundesliga runners-up and finished the 2003–04 season as respectable fourth. During this time, Magath also introduced a group of players from the Stuttgart youth ranks, such as Timo Hildebrand, Andreas Hinkel and Kevin Kurányi, who became known as "die jungen Wilden" (wild youth). The Stuttgart stint was also the first time Magath combined the head coach and the director of football roles. He finished with a record of 73 wins, 37 draws, and 37 losses.

Having impressed with Stuttgart, Magath was handed the FC Bayern Munich job on 1 July 2004. In his first season, Magath was able to lead his team to victory in both the league and cup, completing the double, a feat which would be repeated in 2005–06, the first time ever in the competition's history.

However, after a slow start to the 2006–07 season, with the team mired in fourth place which would not qualify them for the Champions League, Magath was sacked on 31 January 2007. He finished with a record of 84 wins, 25 draws, and 22 losses.

2007–12: Head coach and director of football combined

In June 2007, Magath signed a contract with VfL Wolfsburg, as head coach and director of football. Magath lead the Wolves to play in the 2008–09 UEFA Cup and the following season's Champions League, the latter as league champions for the first time. He finished with a record of 46 wins, 18 draws, and 21 losses.

Before the season 2008–09 had ended, Magath agreed on a four-year contract with Schalke 04, again as both head coach and director of football, starting on 1 July 2009. Schalke finished Magath's first season in charge as runners-up, but after a series of disappointing domestic performances and growing player discontent, Magath was sacked by Schalke in March 2011. the following day, Magath claimed that he had not been informed of his dismissal. He finished with a record of 42 wins, 16 draws, and 21 losses.

Only 48 hours later, on 18 March, Magath once again signed with now relegation-battling VfL Wolfsburg, the side he had previously led to the league title in 2009. Magath steered the club to safety, avoiding the relegation play–off by two points, but though the club invested heavily, Magath could only achieve a mid-table finish in the following 2011–12 season. After only five points in eight matches (and no goals and points in the last four games) in the 2012–13 season, Magath left the club by mutual consent on 25 October 2012. He finished with a record of 18 wins, 10 draws, and 24 losses.

2014–16: Return to management with Fulham and Shandong Luneng Taishan

On 14 February 2014, Fulham released a statement that Magath would be their new first team manager effective immediately on an eighteen-month contract, making no mention of existing head coach René Meulensteen, but stating that an announcement on Magath's back-room staff would be made in due course. Meulensteen independently confirmed he had been relieved of his duties. The role was Magath's first in two years and to date his only venture outside of his native Germany. Magath believed that he could save Fulham from relegation and that 12 matches was enough to save the club. Fulham played their first match under Magath on 22 February 2014. The match ended in a 1–1 draw with Ashkan Dejagah, Magath's former player at VfL Wolfsburg, being the first Fulham goalscorer of Magath's tenure. On 15 March, Fulham won their first match with Magath in charge against Newcastle United, with Dejagah being the lone scorer. Magath picked up four points from his first six matches and answered questions about a potential resignation. On 3 May 2014, Fulham were relegated from the Premier League after a 4–1 loss to Stoke City. Magath believed that Fulham could earn immediate promotion. He started the 2014–15 season with four consecutive losses to Ipswich Town, Millwall, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Derby County. On 18 September 2014 Magath was removed from his position as Fulham manager after a run of eleven league games without a win. He finished with a record of four wins, four draws, and 12 losses.

After Gerald Baumgartner was sacked by Austria Wien, Magath eventually became the "preferred" choice. Spartak Moscow also offered Magath a contract. Thorsten Fink and Dmitriy Alenichev took the coaching jobs. He eventually took the job at Shandong Luneng Taishan, replacing former Brazil national football team manager Mano Menezes. He took the job on 8 June 2016. He made his debut on 12 June 2016 in a 2–1 loss against Hebei China Fortune. His first win was a 2–1 win against Jiangsu Suning on 9 July 2016. Four days later, he got his second win against Shijiazhuang Ever Bright, a 4–0 win.

Reputation

As a manager, Magath quickly gained respect and became notorious for his hard, grinding training methods, laying heavy emphasis on discipline, fitness and conditioning. Players gave him nicknames like "Saddam" (Saddam Hussein) or “Quälix”, a rhyming mash of his first name Felix and the German verb “quälen” (to torture). He was once described by former Eintracht Frankfurt player Bachirou Salou as the "last dictator in Europe". After leaving Fulham in September 2014, bizarre stories emerged about how Magath had suggested that Brede Hangeland rub cheese on a thigh injury. Magath stated that Hangeland didn't have a thigh injury but an inflammation of the knee, and that he suggested the additional use of an alternative treatment with a bandage (dressing) consisting of Quark. Fulham player Sascha Riether later explained that the story was greatly exaggerated and that Magath had suggested he use a traditional topfen curd.

Personal life

Magath in 1985

Magath is the son of a former Puerto Rican soldier in the United States Army stationed in Aschaffenburg and a German mother. Both were abandoned by his father in 1954, when he returned to his homeland. The adolescent Magath first heard from his father when he was 15 years old, after he wrote a letter to Puerto Rico.

Magath is also a chess enthusiast, an interest which he developed during the 1978 World Chess Championship while he was bedridden due to hepatitis. In 1985, he played in a simultaneous exhibition against Garry Kasparov.

Statistics

Club

Club Season League German Cup Europe1 Other2 Total
League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Saarbrücken 1974–75 2. Bundesliga Süd 38 12 1 0 39 12
1975–76 38 17 1 0 39 17
Totals 76 29 2 0 78 29
Hamburg 1976–77 Bundesliga 30 1 1 0 6 4 37 5
1977–78 33 4 4 2 3 1 2 0 42 7
1978–79 21 4 1 0 22 4
1979–80 32 5 2 1 7 0 40 6
1980–81 33 10 4 3 5 0 42 13
1981–82 28 8 4 1 9 1 41 10
1982–83 34 4 4 0 9 2 47 6
1983–84 34 5 4 1 2 0 3 0 43 6
1984–85 32 3 1 0 6 1 39 4
1985–86 29 2 1 0 1 0 31 2
Totals 306 46 26 8 48 9 5 0 385 63
Career totals 382 75 28 8 48 9 5 0 463 92
Source:
  • 1.^ Includes European Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, and UEFA Cup.
  • 2.^ Includes UEFA Super Cup and Intercontinental Cup.

Managerial statistics

Managerial record

As of matches played on 10 December 2016.
Team From To Record
M W D L GF GA GD Win % Ref.
Hamburg II 1 July 1993 5 October 1995 73 25 18 30 108 129 −21 34.25
Hamburg 5 October 1995 18 May 1997 69 28 19 22 102 102 +0 40.58
Nürnberg 1 September 1997 30 June 1998 29 16 8 5 43 21 +22 55.17
Werder Bremen 22 October 1998 10 May 1999 26 9 7 10 30 34 −4 34.62
Eintracht Frankfurt 27 December 1999 29 January 2001 37 15 5 17 49 59 −10 40.54
Stuttgart 23 February 2001 30 June 2004 147 73 37 37 220 151 +69 49.66
Bayern Munich 1 July 2004 31 January 2007 131 84 25 22 264 128 +136 64.12
Wolfsburg 31 May 2007 30 June 2009 85 46 18 21 179 110 +69 54.12
Schalke 1 July 2009 16 March 2011 79 42 16 21 117 76 +41 53.16
Wolfsburg 18 March 2011 25 October 2012 52 18 10 24 69 87 −18 34.62
Fulham 14 February 2014 18 September 2014 20 4 4 12 21 45 −24 20.00
Shandong Luneng 8 June 2016 present 21 7 5 9 29 31 −2 33.33
Total 769 367 172 230 1,231 973 +258 47.72

Season-to-season results

Club Season League Cup L. Cup Continental Other Ref.
M W D L GF GA Win % Pos. Pos. Pos. Pos. Pos.
Hamburg II 1993–94 30 10 7 13 51 58 33.33 10th
1994–95 34 12 8 14 47 62 35.29 14th
1995–96 9 3 3 3 10 9 33.33 8th
Totals 73 25 18 30 108 129 34.25
Hamburg 1995–96 26 12 8 6 40 33 46.15 5th
1996–97 32 9 10 13 43 58 28.13 15th S.F. R16
Totals 58 21 18 19 83 91 36.21
Nürnberg 1997–98 29 16 8 5 43 21 55.17 3rd
Werder Bremen 1998–99 22 6 7 9 22 28 27.27 15th F SR
Eintracht Frankfurt 1999–2000 17 9 3 5 25 17 52.94 14th
2000–01 19 6 2 11 23 36 31.58 16th FR
Totals 36 15 5 16 48 53 41.67
Stuttgart 2000–01 12 4 5 3 11 12 33.33 15th
2001–02 34 13 11 10 47 43 38.24 8th R16
2002–03 34 17 9 8 53 39 50.00 2nd SR R16
2003–04 34 18 10 6 52 24 52.94 5th R16 S.F. R16
Totals 114 52 35 27 163 118 45.61
Bayern Munich 2004–05 34 24 5 5 75 33 70.59 1st W W Q.F.
2005–06 34 22 9 3 67 32 64.71 1st W S.F. R16
2006–07 19 10 4 5 32 22 52.63 4th R16 F Q.F.
Totals 87 56 18 13 174 87 64.37
Wolfsburg 2007–08 34 15 9 10 58 46 44.12 5th S.F.
2008–09 34 21 6 7 80 41 61.76 1st S.F. S.R.
Totals 68 36 15 17 138 87 52.94
Schalke 2009–10 34 19 8 7 53 31 55.88 2nd S.F.
2010–11 26 9 6 11 31 31 34.62 10th F Q.F. F
Totals 60 28 14 18 84 62 46.67
Wolfsburg 2010–11 8 3 3 2 13 9 37.50 15th
2011–12 34 13 5 16 47 60 38.24 8th F.R.
2012–13 8 1 2 5 2 15 12.50 18th S.R.
Totals 50 17 10 23 62 84 34.00
Fulham 2013–14 12 3 3 6 14 27 25.00 9th
2014–15 7 0 1 6 6 18 00.00 24th T.R.
Totals 19 3 4 12 20 45 15.79
Shandong Luneng 2016 19 7 4 8 27 27 36.84 14th C. Pos. Q.F.
Career totals 599 246 156 197 972 745 41.07

Honours

Player

Club

Hamburger SV
  • Bundesliga: 1978–79, 1981–82, 1982–83
  • European Cup: 1982–83
  • UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1976–77
  • UEFA Super Cup: Runner-up 1977, 1983
  • UEFA Cup: Runner-up 1981–82

Country

West Germany
  • UEFA European Football Championship: 1980

Manager

Stuttgart
  • UEFA Intertoto Cup: 2002
Bayern Munich
  • Bundesliga: 2004–05, 2005–06
  • DFB-Pokal: 2004–05, 2005–06
  • DFB Ligapokal: 2004
Wolfsburg
  • Bundesliga: 2008–09

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