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FC Bayern in mourning for Udo Lattek

Udo Lattek, whose death at the age of 80 was announced on Wednesday 4 February 2015, was one of the biggest personalities in the history of German football and FC Bayern Munich.

”We are deeply moved and affected by the news of Udo Lattek’s death. His name is so closely associated with the rise of FC Bayern in the successful 1970s,” commented Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. The FC Bayern Munich AG chairman was brought to the club as an 18-year-old by Lattek, as were Uli Hoeneß and Paul Breitner.

”Udo Lattek was one of Germany’s most successful football coaches,” continued Rummenigge, “as well as this, he was one of the sport’s biggest personalities, at home and abroad, for many decades. We have lost one of FC Bayern’s true greats, a personal supporter and friend.”

Lattek coached FC Bayern from 1970 to 1975, winning the league championship three times, the DFB Cup three times, and the European Cup in 1974. After spells with Borussia Mönchengladbach, Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona he returned to Munich in 1983. In the following four years he led the club to three more German championship titles and two DFB Cup triumphs.

”Udo Lattek was an exceptional coach and a huge personality,” commented Bayern coach Pep Guardiola, “he made a deep impression on FC Barcelona.” As coach of a team including the likes of Diego Maradona, Lattek led the Catalan club to the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1982.

FC Bayern has lost a former coaching great and friend. The club will never forget Udo Lattek. We offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to his wife and family.