Felix Magath

Felix Magath

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Wolfgang-Felix Magath (born 26 July 1953) is a former German football central midfielder and current manager of VfL Wolfsburg.

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 would spend the following ten seasons with Hamburg, and from his debut in 1976 to his retirement he scored 46 goals in 306 games in the first division.

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.

He also represented the German national team at many international events, including the 1982 and 1986 FIFA World Cups, helping Germany land in second place both times. 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.

Managing career

After retiring as a player, Magath began coaching in October 1995 for his former club Hamburg. He was sacked at the end of the 1996–97 season.

After a stint at Eintracht Frankfurt, his reputation in the German league grew with his performances as coach of VfB Stuttgart. He was then appointed as manager of FC Bayern Munich on 1 July...
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