Günter Bittengel

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Günter Bittengel
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Personal information
Date of birth (1966-07-14) 14 July 1966 (age 48)
Place of birth Prague, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1974–1985 Dukla Prague
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1991 Dukla Prague 159 (21)
1991–1996 Bayer Uerdingen 153 (20)
1997–2001 FK Chmel Blšany 93 (13)
National team
1986–1988 Czechoslovakia U21 14 (3)
1987–1991 Czechoslovakia 4 (0)
1995 Czech Republic 1 (0)
Teams managed
2001–2003 FK Chmel Blšany
2003–2004 FK Viktoria Žižkov
2004–2005 SC Xaverov Horní Počernice
2005–2006 SK Union Čelákovice
2006–2009 FK Dukla Prague
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Günter Bittengel (born 14 July 1966) is a Czech football coach and former player. He played in the Czechoslovak First League and went on to play in the Gambrinus liga after the dissolution of Czechoslovakia. As a result, he also represented both Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic at international level.

Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

During his playing career, Bittengel made over 100 league appearances for Dukla Prague in six seasons at the club.[1] He was part of the Dukla team which won the 1989–90 Czechoslovak Cup.[2] Bittengel then went to Germany to play for Bayer Uerdingen.[2] During his time in Germany he played 153 league matches, scoring a total of 20 goals.[3]

Later in his career, Bittengel returned to the Czech Republic and played for FK Chmel Blšany, where he was the captain.[4] Bittengel, Jan Šimák and Pavel Pergl scored the first-ever top-flight goals for Blšany, each finding the net in a 3–1 win away at Teplice in August 1998.[5]

International career[edit]

Bittengel played for the Czechoslovakia national under-21 football team between 1986 and 1988, scoring three times in 14 appearances.[2] He progressed to the senior side, making his début for Czechoslovakia senior team in 1987.[2] He played his fourth and final match for Czechoslovakia in 1991,[6] but would go on to play for the newly independent Czech Republic in a 1995 match against Finland, his only appearance.[6]

Management career[edit]

As a manager, Bittengel's first Gambrinus liga position was at FK Chmel Blšany, who he led between 2001 and 2003.[2] He took charge of Blšany in the winter break of the 2001–02 Gambrinus liga, after the team had lost seven consecutive matches under boss Miroslav Beránek.[7] Blšany remained in the Gambrinus liga throughout Bittengel's tenure, but suffered a run of five consecutive defeats at the beginning of the 2003–04 season.[8] In October 2003, with the club still last in the table, having taken just two points from the opening ten matches, Bittengel was replaced by Michal Bílek.[9]

He took over at FK Viktoria Žižkov in the winter break of the 2003–04 Gambrinus liga, with the club second from bottom in the league.[10] The club were relegated at the end of the season and Bittengel left Žižkov to join SC Xaverov Horní Počernice, a team which had just been relegated to the Bohemian Football League, on a one-year contract.[11]

Bittengel joined FK Dukla Prague in July 2006, while the team was in the Prague Championship.[12] He led Dukla until December 2009, when Luboš Kozel was brought in to lead the team and Bittengel moved to a new role as sporting director.[13]

Honours[edit]

Dukla Prague

Czechoslovak Cup: 1989–90

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Počty startů hráčů v I. Československé lize: B" (in Czech). JFK-Fotbal. Archived from the original on 10 May 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Jeřábek, Luboš (2007). Ceský a ceskoslovenský fotbal - lexikon osobností a klubu (in Czech). Prague: Grada Publishing. p. 21. ISBN 978-80-247-1656-5. 
  3. ^ "Bittengel, Günter" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Bittengel dostal druhou šanci" [Bittengel got a second chance] (in Czech). idnes.cz. 4 June 2000. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Football". Radio Prague. 3 August 1998. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Günter Bittengel international stats at the Football Association of the Czech Republic website (Czech) Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Chmel turn to Bittengel". UEFA.com. 12 December 2001. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Blšany jsou stále bez bodu" [Blšany are still without a point] (in Czech). idnes.cz. 23 August 2003. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Blsany sack coach Bittengel". Radio Prague. 6 October 2003. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Nemec leaves Sparta Prague for Zizkov". ESPN. 21 January 2004. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Fotbalisty Xaverova povede Bittengel" [Bittengel will lead Xaverov footballers] (in Czech). idnes.cz. 19 June 2004. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "Bittengel vede Duklu. Přijde i Jiří Němec?" [Bittengel leads Dukla. Will Jiří Němec also come?] (in Czech). idnes.cz. 19 July 2006. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Fotbalisté pražské Dukly změnili trenéra: Bittengla vystřídal Kozel" [Dukla Prague footballers changed the manager: Bittengel was replaced by Kozel] (in Czech). idnes.cz. 14 December 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 

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