Ernst Franz Hermann Happel
(29 November 1925 – 14 November 1992) was an Austrian football
player and coach
He is regarded as one of the most successful managers ever, winning both league and domestic cup titles in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Austria as well as winning the European Cup
twice, the first in 1970
and the second in 1983
, and a runners-up medal at the 1978 FIFA World Cup
. He is the first of three managers to have won the European Cup with 2 different clubs, Ottmar Hitzfeld
and Jose Mourinho
being the other two.
Happel started his professional career at Rapid Wien
, where he made his first team debut at 17 years of age. Forming a solid defensive partnership with Max Merkel
, he played 14 years for Rapid, from 1943 till 1954 and 1956 till 1959, winning the Austrian Championship title
6 times. He was chosen in Rapid's Team of the Century in 1999.
The 2 years in between Happel played for Racing Club de Paris
He made his debut for Austria
in September 1947 against Hungary
and was a participant at the 1954 World Cup
, where he helped them reach 3rd place, and also at the 1958 World Cup
His last international was a September 1958 match against Yugoslavia
.He earned 51 caps, scoring 5 goals.
After retiring as a player, Happel went on to become one of the greatest coaches of all time. He won... Read More