About Ottmar Hitzfeld
Ottmar Hitzfeld was born in Lörrach, Germany on 12 January 1949.
He was named Ottmar after Ottmar Walter, a member of the Germany FR team that won the 1954 FIFA World Cup™.
Hitzfeld was a youth-team player for TuS Stetten before joining the amateur ranks of FV Lörrach. He moved to FC Basel of the Swiss top flight in 1971 and won the Swiss league title there in both 1972 and 1973. He was also the leading goalscorer in Switzerland in 1973.
In 1975, Hitzfeld moved to VfB Stuttgart, who had just been relegated from the German first division. In the next two seasons he played 55 matches in the second division and scored 33 goals. In the 1976-77 season, he was part of the legendary “100-goal strikeforce” (Stuttgart scored 100 goals and conceded only 36) and played a key role in helping Stuttgart return to the top flight. He played 22 games for Stuttgart in 1977-78 and found the net five times before his career took him back to Switzerland, where he played for FC Lugano and FC Lucerne. He hung up his boots in 1983.
Hitzfeld was part of the Germany FR Olympic team in 1972 together with Uli Hoeness. He started five matches and scored in each of these games. Hitzfeld played eight times for Germany FR’s national amateur team.
After calling time upon his playing career, Hitzfeld moved into coaching in Switzerland in 1983 (with SC Zug, FC Aarau and Grasshopper-Club Zurich).
In 1991, he moved to Borussia Dortmund and immediately led them from the lower reaches of the table to second place. The year after, he steered Dortmund to the UEFA Cup final, which they lost over two legs to Juventus.
Hitzfeld and Dortmund won back-to-back league titles in 1995 and 1996, and in 1997, Dortmund met Juventus again in the final of the UEFA Champions League, with the Germans coming out on top this time.
He moved to FC Bayern Munich on 1 July 1998 and claimed a whole host of titles (league champions in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2008; cup winners in 2000, 2003, 2008; Champions League winners in 2001; Intercontinental Cup winners in 2001).
Together with Ernst Happel, Hitzfeld is only the second coach to have won the Champions League (or European Champion Clubs’ Cup) with two different teams.
He was also named as “the world’s best club coach” by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) in both 1997 (with Borussia Dortmund) and 2001 (with Bayern Munich).
He has been the coach of the Swiss national team since the summer of 2008. His current goal is to lead Switzerland to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa.
Statement Ottmar Hitzfeld:
"Did I prepare the team to the best of my ability? Did I get the most out of every player? Did I make the right tactical decisions? Did we succeed as a team?
I have always cast a critical eye over all of my decisions. I am ambitious and judge my work by the success I achieve.
In football, it is not just the 11 players on the pitch who can make the difference between victory and defeat – there are other pieces of the puzzle that have to slot together. Whether it is my star striker, my assistant coach or the team masseur, I expect everyone to show passion and total commitment. Nothing can be left to chance. I refuse to compromise – and that also goes for my choice of equipment.
Thanks to the FIFA Quality Concept for Footballs, I know that the ball will be of the highest quality and that it will allow my players to perform to the best of their ability.
You too can work towards success by accepting nothing but the highest quality.
Quality for your game