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Pierre Littbarski

Pierre Littbarski German footballer

German footballer
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro German footballer
A.K.A. Littbarski, Litti, Litti Littbarski, Pierre Michael Littbarski
Countries Germany
Occupations Athlete Football player Sports official Sports coach Association football player Association football manager
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 16 April 1960 (West Berlin)
Star sign AriesAries
Residence West Berlin, Berlin
Stats
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 62 kg
The details
Biography

Pierre Michael Littbarski (German pronunciation: [ˈpi̯ɛʁ lɪtˈbaʁskiː]; born 16 April 1960) is a German football manager and former footballer with 1. FC Köln and the West German national team. He was mainly used as an attacking midfielder or winger and was best known for his brilliant dribbling abilities. Littbarski was a FIFA World Cup winner with West Germany in 1990. He was also runner–up twice in 1982 and 1986 with West Germany. Littbarski was caretaker manager of VfL Wolfsburg after taking over from Steve McClaren from 7 February to 17 March 2011.

Club career

Littbarski spent most of his playing career at 1. FC Köln. He made his debut for the club, at the time coached by Hennes Weisweiler, at the age of 18. The stars on the team during Littbarski's first few years were goalkeeper Harald Schumacher, goal scorer Dieter Müller, and midfielder Bernd Schuster. Littbarski scored the winning goal in the 1983 DFB-Pokal final against Fortuna Köln. He was on teams that were three times the runner-up in the Bundesliga title chase, in 1982, 1989 and 1990. In his career, he was initially used as a deep-lying striker before being utilised as an attacking midfielder. Playing in the former role, in the four seasons from 1981 to 1985 he scored 64 league goals in 128 Bundesliga games. "Litti", as he was nicknamed by German fans, was widely known for his excellent dribbling abilities and humorous attitude, and was one of the fan favourites in the West German Bundesliga during the decade. In 1985 his goal versus Werder Bremen was elected "Goal of the Year". He later played for RC Paris in Ligue 1 as well as for JEF United Ichihara and Brummel Sendai in Japan.

International career

Littbarski had a prolific but short career as part of the West German Under-21 side. He was a part of the squad that got to the 1982 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship final. The team lost to England 5–4 after a two-leg final (losing 1–3 away and winning 3–2 at home). Littbarski scored a hat-trick against the English in West Germany, but ultimately they lost the tie.

Littbarski earned his first cap for West Germany on 14 October 1981 in the 1982 World Cup qualification against Austria. West Germany manager Jupp Derwall started him in a three-man front line alongside Klaus Fischer and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. Littbarski's international career got off to a promising start, as he scored the first and second goals in that game. His third international goal came at the 1982 World Cup, in the second round match against Spain, a 2–1 victory. Against France in the semi-final, Littbarski scored the opening goal, and later was successful on a penalty in the deciding shoot-out. The now legendary match ended in a 3–3 draw, with Littbarski involved in the dramatic extra-time equalizer, crossing to Horst Hrubesch, who headed to Klaus Fischer, who scored with an overhead bicycle kick. Littbarski had minutes earlier provided the pass that Rummenigge scored from to cut France’s lead to 3–2. A poignant scene in the penalty shootout showed the young Littbarski consoling a tearful Uli Stielike, who had just missed a penalty and had buried his head in Littbarski's shirt, while watching West Germany's goalkeeper, Harald Schumacher, save Didier Six's penalty to even the score. West Germany eventually won 5–4 on penalties. West Germany lost 3–1 to Italy in the final. Littbarski played the whole match, receiving a yellow card in the 88th minute.

At the UEFA Euro 1984, West Germany, with Littbarski, were eliminated in the group stage after a string of poor performances. The 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, while successful for West Germany, proved less so for Littbarski personally. He was benched by manager Franz Beckenbauer, and had to watch the semi–final and final from the bench. West Germany again finished as runners–up, losing 3–2 to Argentina. In 1987, he played in a friendly match against England and scored two goals, one directly from a corner, as the West Germans won 3–1.

The West German players had high hopes for the UEFA Euro 1988 on their home soil. However, the hosts lost 2–1 to the Netherlands in the semi–finals. Littbarski did not score any goals in the tournament. In 1990, Littbarski enjoyed a successful final appearance at the FIFA World Cup, as West Germany won their third title, defeating Argentina 1–0 in the final in Rome. Littbarski scored his only goal in the group stage against Colombia but started three of the four games at the knockout stage, including the final.

Managerial career

In 1999, he started his coaching career with Yokohama FC of Japan Football League and he led the club to the promotion to J2 League. He has also been the manager of Yokohama FC (twice), as well as assistant manager of Bayer 04 Leverkusen and manager of MSV Duisburg.

Sydney FC

He was manager of Australian A-League side Sydney FC between 2005 and 2006, and led them to the FIFA Club World Championship in 2005, and a win in the inaugural A-League Championship.

He was famous amongst Sydney FC supporters and the media for his stylish brown suits. Sydney under Littbarski were criticised for boring football, but the results could seldom be argued with and Sydney FC went on to claim the inaugural A-League Championship under his reign. Littbarski and Sydney FC severed ties on Wednesday, 5 May 2006, with Littbarski announcing he would not re-sign for the club following disputes over a cut-price contract offer.

Avispa Fukuoka

In December 2006, Littbarski was appointed the manager of Avispa Fukuoka, a J2 League side that was newly demoted to the second division after the 2006 season. In July 2008, he left the club and was replaced by Yoshiyuki Shinoda.

Saipa FC

On 26 July 2008, it was announced that he became the new manager of Iranian side Saipa F.C. His contract was terminated on 8 October 2008 after nine games.

FC Vaduz

On 4 November 2008 he signed a contract as head coach and team manager of FC Vaduz. On 12 April 2010 he was dismissed due to lack of success.

VfL Wolfsburg

On 9 June 2010 Littbarski signed a two years contract as assistant coach by VfL Wolfsburg. After Steve McClaren was sacked on 7 February 2011, Littbarski was appointed caretaker manager of VfL Wolfsburg. Felix Magath was subsequently made head coach in March 2011.

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFB Ligapokal Total
1978–79 Köln Bundesliga 16 4
1979–80 34 7
1980–81 32 6
1981–82 33 15
1982–83 34 16
1983–84 33 17
1984–85 28 16
1985–86 24 8
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Total
1986–87 RCF Paris Division 1 32 4
1987–88 2 0
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFB Ligapokal Total
1987–88 Köln Bundesliga 31 8
1988–89 30 5
1989–90 34 8
1990–91 15 2
1991–92 36 1
1992–93 26 3
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Total
1993 JEF United Ichihara J1 League 35 9 3 2 6 0 44 11
1994 28 1 0 0 2 0 30 1
1996 Brummell Sendai Football League 27 5 3 1 - 30 6
1997 2 0 0 0 5 0 7 0
Country Germany 406 116
France 34 4
Japan 92 15 6 3 13 0 111 18
Total 532 135

Germany national team
Year Apps Goals
1981 2 3
1982 15 5
1983 8 0
1984 3 0
1985 10 4
1986 7 0
1987 6 3
1988 8 0
1989 4 2
1990 10 1
Total 73 18

International goals

Score and results list West Germany's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 October 1981 Praterstadion, Vienna  Austria 1–1 3–1 1982 World Cup qualifier
2. 3–1
3. 18 November 1981 Westfalenstadion, Dortmund  Albania 6–0 8–0 1982 World Cup qualifier
4. 14 April 1982 Müngersdorferstadion, Cologne  Czechoslovakia 1–0 2–1 Friendly
5. 12 May 1982 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo  Norway 2–1 4–2 Friendly
6. 3–1
7. 2 July 1982 Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid  Spain 1–0 2–1 1982 World Cup
8. 8 July 1982 Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville  France 1–0 3–3 1982 World Cup
9. 24 February 1985 Estádio Nacional, Lisbon  Portugal 1–0 2–1 1986 World Cup qualifier
10. 27 March 1985 Ludwigsparkstadion, Saarbrücken  Malta 4–0 6–0 1986 World Cup qualifier
11. 17 April 1985 Rosenaustadion, Augsburg  Bulgaria 3–1 4–1 Friendly
12. 30 April 1985 Strahov Stadium, Prague  Czechoslovakia 2–0 5–1 1986 World Cup qualifier
13. 9 September 1987 Esprit Arena, Düsseldorf  England 1–0 3–1 Friendly
14. 2–0
15. 13 October 1987 Parkstadion, Gelsenkirchen  Sweden 1–0 2–2 Friendly
16. 22 March 1989 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia  Bulgaria 2–1 2–1 Friendly
17. 4 October 1989 Westfalenstadion, Dortmund  Finland 2–0 6–1 1990 World Cup qualifier
18. 19 June 1990 San Siro, Milan  Colombia 1–0 1–1 1990 World Cup

Managerial statistics

Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Yokohama FC 2003 2004 7001880000000000000♠88 7001200000000000000♠20 7001340000000000000♠34 7001340000000000000♠34 07001227300000000000♠22.73
Sydney FC 2005 2006 7001340000000000000♠34 7001210000000000000♠21 7000700000000000000♠7 7000600000000000000♠6 07001617600000000000♠61.76
Avispa Fukuoka 2007 2008 7001720000000000000♠72 7001300000000000000♠30 7001120000000000000♠12 7001300000000000000♠30 07001416700000000000♠41.67
Total 7002194000000000000♠194 7001710000000000000♠71 7001530000000000000♠53 7001700000000000000♠70 07001366000000000000♠36.60

Honours

Club

1. FC Köln
  • DFB-Pokal: 1982–83
  • UEFA Cup Runner-up: 1985–86

International

Germany
  • FIFA World Cup: 1990; Runner-up: 1982, 1986

Individual

  • Bravo Otto – Silver award: 1981, 1982
  • FIFA World Cup Most Assists: 1982
  • Goal of the Year (Germany): 1985
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