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Ernst Happel
Personal information
Full name Ernst Franz Hermann Happel
Date of birth 29 November 1925(1925-11-29)
Place of birth    Vienna, Austria
Date of death    14 November 1992 (aged 66)
Place of death    Innsbruck, Austria
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1938–1942 Rapid Wien
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1942–1954
1955–1956
1956–1959
Rapid Wien
RC Paris
Rapid Wien
177 0(8)
042 0(9)
063 (17)   
National team
1947–1958 Austria 051 0(5)
Teams managed
1962–1968
1968–1973
1973–1975
1975–1978
1978
1979
1979–1981
1981–1987
1987–1991
1991–1992
ADO Den Haag
Feyenoord
Sevilla FC
Club Brugge
Netherlands
Harelbeke
Standard Liège
Hamburger SV
FC Tirol
Austria

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Ernst Franz Hermann Happel (29 November 1925 – 14 November 1992) was an Austrian football player and coach.

He is regarded as one of the most successful managers ever, winning both league and domestic cup titles in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Austria as well as winning the European Cup twice the first in 1970 and the second in 1983 and a runners-up medal at the 1978 FIFA World Cup.

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Playing career

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Club level

Happel started his professional career at Rapid Wien, where he made his first team debut at 17 years of age. Forming a solid defensive partnership with Max Merkel, he played 14 years for Rapid, from 1943 till 1954 and 1956 till 1959, winning the Austrian Championship title 6 times. He was chosen in Rapid's Team of the Century in 1999.[1]

The 2 years in between Happel played for Racing Club de Paris in France.

International level

He made his debut for Austria in September 1947 against Hungary and was a participant at the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland, where he helped them reach 3rd place, and also at the 1958 World Cup.

His last international was a September 1958 match against Yugoslavia. He earned 51 caps, scoring 5 goals.[2]

Managerial career

After retiring as a player, Happel went on to become one of the greatest coaches of all time. He won the league title in four different countries. He also took two different clubs to gold in the European Champions' Cup (now the UEFA Champions League) and the Netherlands to second place in the 1978 World Cup. His first club was ADO Den Haag in 1962, with whom he won the Dutch Cup in 1968. After Den Haag he coached Feyenoord, with whom he won the Dutch championship in 1971, as well as the European Cup and the Intercontinental Cup in 1970.

At the 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina, Happel was coach of the Dutch national team and reached the final against the Argentine national team. Always a man of few words, Happel's pre-match pep talk is said to have consisted of just one sentence: "Gentlemen, two points.". The Dutch subsequently lost.

During his career as coach Happel worked for several clubs, including Sevilla, Club Brugge (winning the Belgian Championship title several times) and Hamburg (1981-1987, German champions in 1982 and 1983, German Cup winner 1987).

In 1983 he won the European Cup again, 13 years after the triumph with Feyenoord Rotterdam, this time with Hamburg. He is the only coach in the history of the European Cup (now called UEFA Champions League), besides Ottmar Hitzfeld, to win the title with two different clubs.

In 1987 Happel returned to Austria as coach of FC Swarovski Tirol. With FC Tirol he won the Austrian Championship title twice (1989 and 1990) before becoming coach of the Austrian national team in 1992.

Death

He died of cancer in 1992 aged 66. After his death the biggest football stadium in Austria, the Praterstadion in Vienna, was renamed Ernst Happel Stadion.

Honours

As a player

As a coach

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References

Sporting positions
Preceded by
 Nereo Rocco (ITA)
European Cup Winning Coach
1969 – 1970
Succeeded by
 Rinus Michels (NED)
Preceded by
 Tony Barton (ENG)
European Cup Winning Coach
1982 – 1983
Succeeded by
 Joe Fagan (ENG)

Simple English

Ernst Happel
Personal information
Full name Ernst Franz Hermann Happel
Date of birth 29 November 1925(1925-11-29)
Place of birth    Vienna, Austria
Date of death    14 November 1992 (aged 66)
Playing position Defender (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1942-1954
1955-1956
1956-1959
Rapid Wien
RC Paris
Rapid Wien
National team
1947-1958 Austria
Teams managed
1962-1968
1968-1973
1973-1975
1975-1978
1978
1979
1979-1981
1981-1987
1987-1991
1991-1992
Den Haag
Feyenoord Rotterdam
Sevilla
Brugge
Netherlands
Harelbeke
Standard Liège
Hamburg
Swarovski Tirol
Austria

Ernst Happel (born 29 November 1925 - died 14 November 1992) is a former Austrian football player. He has played for Austria national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
AustriaLeague
1942/43Rapid WienGauliga Donau-Alpenland30
1943/44110
1944/4500
1945/46Championship60
1946/47160
1947/48150
1948/49131
1949/50210
1950/51241
1951/52211
1952/53242
1953/54213
1954/5520
FranceLeague
1954/55RC ParisDivision 1142
1955/56287
AustriaLeague
1956/57Rapid WienChampionship183
1957/58267
1958/59197
CountryAustria 24025
France 429
Total 28234

International career statistics

[2]

Austria national team
YearAppsGoals
194730
194860
194960
195070
195160
195250
195332
195471
195500
195600
195741
195841
Total515

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