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‘It's come full circle’

Heynckes anticipates an emotional farewell

It's hard to know where to start with Jupp Heynckes, so we'll leave it to the man himself. Mr Heynckes, in your long career as a player and coach, what are the special moments you remember the most?

“Plenty of highlights and emotional incidents," replied the 68-year-old. An unbelievable week in October 1971, for example, as he starred when Mönchengladbach beat Inter Milan 7-1, and then Schalke 7-0 just three days later. Or the day the Bökelberg Stadium goalpost broke in a match against Bremen earlier the same year. Or another goal frame collapse, this time in Madrid prior to a Champions League semi-final against Dortmund in April 1998, followed by Real's triumph in the elite competition a month later, “my knighthood as a coach," Heynckes smiled. Or a 1975 UEFA Cup triumph with Gladbach, and his Bundesliga winner’s medals with Borussia and as a coach with Bayern. And even a warm reception in summer 1992 when, despite not knowing a word of Spanish, he took over the reins at Athletic Bilbao.