Klaus Toppmöller

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Klaus Toppmöller
Personal information
Full name Klaus Toppmöller
Date of birth (1951-08-12) 12 August 1951 (age 63)
Place of birth Rivenich, West Germany
Playing position Striker (retired)
Club information
Current team
unemployed
Youth career
1960–1969 SV Rivenich
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1972 Eintracht Trier ? (?)
1972–1980 1. FC Kaiserslautern 204 (108)
1980 Dallas Tornado 31 (7)
1981 Calgary Boomers 0 (0)
1981–1987 FSV Salmrohr ? (?)
National team
1976–1979 West Germany 3 (1)
Teams managed
1987–1988 FSV Salmrohr
1988–1990 SSV Ulm 1846
1990–1991 Wismut Aue
1991–1993 Waldhof Mannheim
1993–1994 Eintracht Frankfurt
1994–1999 VfL Bochum
1999–2000 1. FC Saarbrücken
2001–2003 Bayer Leverkusen
2003–2004 Hamburger SV
2006–2008 Georgia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Klaus Toppmöller (born 12 August 1951) is a former football player and the coach of Georgia national football team from 2006 to 1 April 2008.

He earned 3 caps and scored 1 goal during his international career for Germany.

Coaching career[edit]

Toppmöller became coach of FSV Salmrohr from summer 1987 to 18 April 1988 when he became coach of SSV Ulm 1846 until February 1989. After his dismissal, Toppmöller coached DDR-Oberliga side FC Erzgebirge Aue from 28 November 1990 to 30 June 1991. He then transferred back to the Federal league with SV Waldhof Mannheim from 19 September 1991 to 30 June 1993.

In light of his success, Toppmöller became coach of Eintracht Frankfurt, with whom he had a very successful start. But after failures with the squad relationship and resultantly missing the championship he was dismissed on 10 April 1994. Toppmöller then joined VfL Bochum on 9 November 1994, with whom in the 1997/98 season reached the last sixteen of the UEFA cup. On 30 June 1999 Toppmöller left his position as coach of VfL Bochum, but was eventually dismissed on 29 November 2000.

From 1 July 2001 Toppmöller was coach with Bayer 04 Leverkusen, whom in his first season led to the final of the UEFA Champions League, as well as second place in federal league and the German cup final. Toppmöller was resultantly declared by German sports journalists as "football coach of the year" for 2002. However, in the following season Leverkusen performed poorly, and in light of a poor league position which could have led to relegation, Toppmöller was sacked on 16 February 2003.

Toppmöller became coach of Hamburger SV on 23 October 2003. However, after the team fell to last place in the league, and Toppmöller used strange tactics, formations and out of position players (such as midfielder Sergej Barbarez in defence), he was sacked on 17 October 2004.

On 1 February 2006 Toppmöller became national coach of the Georgia national football team, with Ralf Minge as assistant coach. He was dismissed on 1 April 2008.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 26 March 2008
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
FSV Salmrohr 1 April 1987 18 April 1988
Ulm 1846 19 April 1988 28 February 1989
Erzgebirge Aue 28 November 1990 30 June 1991
Waldhof Mannheim 19 September 1991 30 June 1993
Eintracht Frankfurt 1 July 1993 10 April 1994 44 23 7 14 52.27
VfL Bochum 9 November 1994 30 June 1999 175 67 38 70 38.29
1.FC Saarbrücken 1 July 1999 29 November 2000
Bayer Leverkusen 27 June 2001 16 February 2003 95 47 16 32 49.47
Hamburger SV 23 October 2003 17 October 2004 40 16 6 18 40.00
Georgia 1 January 2006 2 April 2008 25 7 4 14 28.00
Total 379 160 71 148 42.22

Honours[edit]

As a player[edit]

As a coach[edit]

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