Created on 20-03-2012 at 00:00 AM
Jupp Heynckes is fit again. The FCB boss was laid low with flu for almost a week and had to hand over the coaching reins to his assistants Peter Hermann and Hermann Gerland. However, Heynckes was back for Tuesday's final workout prior to the cup semi-final away to Borussia Mönchengladbach - although it is doubtful whether a cough and cold could have kept Heynckes away.
The reason is his almost lifelong association with the Lower Rhine club. “It's not like any other match for me personally. It’ll be packed with emotion," the head coach declared. On Wednesday evening, Heynckes leads his current charges back to the club where he made his name, both as a player and as a coach. Between 1964 and 1978, interrupted only by a three-year intermezzo in Hannover from 1967 to 1970, Heynckes made 283 Bundesliga appearances for the Foals, and remains comfortably Borussia's all-time leading scorer with 195 league goals.
Deadly as a striker
In a classic footballing twist, the acknowledged love of Heynckes’ life now stands between him and a prestige trip to the cup final in Berlin. The pairing is even more charged by the fact that the only major trophy Heynckes has yet to win as a coach is the DFB Cup, although he laid hands on the trophy as a Mönchengladbach player in 1973. His active career in Borussia colours also included winners’ medals from the UEFA Cup (1975) and four Bundesliga titles (1971, 1975, 1976 and 1977), plus ad the famous cannon-shaped trophy for the Bundesliga’s leading scorer in 1974 and 1975.