By 90Min
July 24, 2019

Ottmar Hitzfeld is number 18 in 90min's Top 50 Great Managers of All Time series. Follow the rest of the series over the course of the next four weeks. You can find Ross Kennerly's Der General career overview here


It doesn't take much to divide Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich fans, but that perhaps wouldn't have been the case without Ottmar Hitzfeld, however, who was aptly given the title of 'Der General'. 

The masterful tactician took Die Borussen from mid-table obscurity to Bundesliga and European champions, before repeating the feat with Die Roten to firmly cement his place as German footballing royalty.

A legend at both clubs, he naturally took charge of some excellent talent, coughing up an almighty best XI from his time as coach.


Goalkeepers & Defenders

Sandra Behne/GettyImages

Oliver Kahn (GK) - The German shot stopper amassed 632 appearances for Die Roten, and was Hitzfeld's undisputed number one throughout his time at the Bavarian club. Widely regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers ever, he played an integral part is Hitzfeld's Champions League winning campaign in 2001, and remains the only goalkeeper ever to win a Golden Ball award at a World Cup. 


Willy Sagnol (RB) - Brought to Bayern in 2000 as one of Hitzfeld's missing pieces, the Frenchman was integrated immediately into the first team due to his immense crossing ability and effectiveness in the final third, as well as defensive astuteness. He too played a pivotal role in their Champions League success in 2001, and is regarded as one of the best full backs of his generation.


Jürgen Kohler (CB) - Both a European Cup winner and Bundesliga champion under Hitzfeld, Kohler embodied the style of footballer the German yearned for. Disciplined and hard working, he was became part of the backbone that led Dortmund to unprecedented success after Der General took charge.


Matthias Sammer (CB) - Step aside Franz Beckenbauer, well OK, maybe not. But nevertheless, Hitzfeld unearthed his own libero in the form of Sammer whom he transformed from a defensive midfielder into an imperious sweeper. While unfair to single out any one player, Sammer's shift into the role after being bought by Hitzfeld is arguably the key factor in their back-to-back league titles in 1995 and 1996.


Samuel Kuffour (CB) - One of the greatest African players ever to grace German football, his over a decade of service for Munich earned him no less than 14 honours. Along with Hitzfeld, Kuffour suffered the bitter blow of losing the 1999 Champions League final before playing an equally key role two years later as they banished such memories with success in 2001.


Bixente Lizarazu (LB) - Forming part of a devastating pair of French full backs, Lizarazu operated on the left hand side, to provide Hitzfeld with a wonderful balance of stern, no nonsense centre halves coupled with offensive-minded players either side. The Frenchman scooped three consecutive league crowns under the German and scored his penalty in the shootout of the 2001 Champions League final.


Midfielders

FABRICE COFFRINI/GettyImages

Paulo Sousa (CM) - A player whose talent was abundantly clear during his time with Juventus, Sousa continued to perform on the biggest stage when Hitzfeld brought him to Dortmund in 1996. He only played in Germany for one year, with injuries hampering his game time, yet still started in the all-important 1997 Champions League win before leaving shortly after. 


Stefan Effenberg (CM) - Based solely on ability, Effenberg makes the cut. Very much a German Roy Keane, the tough-tackling midfielder amassed no less than 109 yellow cards during his Bundesliga career yet still displayed an immense range of passing and fearsome mentality. He once published an interview in Playboy, which gives you a rough idea of his character.


Lothar Matthäus (CM) - Someone Effenberg has publicly criticised in the past, Matthäus wouldn't care tuppence given that he is often considered one of Germany's finest ever players. He remains the only man from his nation to have been voted FIFA World Player of the Year and with 25 World Cup appearances, has featured more times than other player in the tournament's history. Oh and it's worth noting, he won no less than seven Bundesliga titles.


Strikers

Alexander Hassenstein/GettyImages

Andreas Moller (ST) - Known infamously among England supporters for scoring the winning penalty in the 1996 European Championship semi finals and performing that celebration, Moller was also a fine attacking midfielder during his club career. In particular, he shone for Dortmund under Hitzfeld where he operated as behind the striker, although a role upfront he was more than adept at fulfilling.  


Claudio Pizzaro (ST) - Even at the age of 40, Pizzaro is still plying his trade in Germany for Werder Bremen, in what has now become his adopted home. His first spell for Bayern, however, saw him score 100 goals across six seasons and firmly cement his place as Hitzfeld's first choice striker. Together, they won the league and cup double in the 2002/03 campaign.


Number 50: Marcelo Bielsa: The Argentina Manager's All Time Best XI

Number 49: Vic Buckingham: The English Manager's All Time Best XI

Number 48: Claudio Ranieri: The Tinkerman's All Time Best XI

Number 47: Bill Nicholson: The Tottenham Legend's All Time Best XI

Number 46: Sven-Goran Eriksson: The Former Lazio Manager's All Time Best XI

Number 45: Sir Alf Ramsey: The World Cup Winer's All Time Best XI

Number 44: Antonio Conte: The Fiery Italian's All-Time Best XI

Number 43: Kenny Dalglish: The King of Anfield's All-Time Best XI

Number 42: Massimiliano Allegri: The Six-Time Serie A Winner's All-Time Best XI

Number 41: Sir Bobby Robson: The Legendary Fighter's All-Time Best XI

Number 40: Luis Aragones: Spain's Most Important Manager's All-Time Best XI

Number 39: Herbert Chapman: The Yorkshire Tactician's All-Time Best XI

Number 38: Carlos Alberto Parreira: The World Cup Hero's All-Time Best XI

Number 37: Franz Beckenbauer: Der Kaiser's All-Time Best XI

Number 36: Viktor Maslov: Dedushka's All-Time Best XI

Number 35: Rafa Benitez: The Likeable Spaniard's All-Time Best XI

Number 34: Zinedine Zidane: The French Magician's All-Time Best XI

Number 33: Luiz Felipe Scolari: Picking Big Phil's All-Time Best XI

Number 32: Jupp Heynckes: The German Master Tactician's All-Time Best XI

Number 31: Vicente del Bosque: The Moustachioed Mister's All-Time Best XI

Number 30: Arsene Wenger: The Legendary Arsenal Manager's All-Time Best XI

Number 29: Udo Lattek: The Inspirational Leader's All-Time Best XI

Number 28: Jock Stein: Big Jock's All-Time Best XI

Number 27: Vittorio Pozzo: Il Vecchio Maestro's All-Time Best XI

Number 26: Jurgen Klopp: Mr Heavy Metal Football's All-Time Best XI

Number 25: Mario Zagallo: Velho Lobo's All-Time Best XI

Number 24: Bela Guttmann: The Proto-Mourinho's All-Time Best XI

Number 23: Valeriy Lobanovskyi: The Soviet Scientist's All-Time Best XI

Number 22: Louis van Gaal: The Mercurial & Enigmatic Dutch Master's All-Time Best XI

Number 21: Otto Rehhagel: The 'King' Who Conquered Europe's All-Time Best XI

Number 20: Tele Santana: The Attack-Minded Superstar's All-Time Best XI

Number 19: Bill Shankly: The Liverpool Godfather's All-Time Best XI

You May Like

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)