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Helmut Schön
Personal information
Date of birth 15 September, 1915
Place of birth    Dresden, Germany
Date of death    23 February 1996 (aged 80)
Playing position Forward
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Dresdner SC
SG Dresden-Friedrichstadt
National team
1937-1941 Germany 016 0(17)
Teams managed
West Germany

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

Helmut Schön (15 September 1915 in Dresden, Germany - 23 February 1996 in Wiesbaden, Germany) was a German football player and manager. He is best remembered for his exceptional career as manager of West Germany.

He played for Dresdner SC, winning the German football championship in 1943 and 1944 as well as the cup in 1941 and 1942. He appeared 16 times for his country between 1937 and 1941, scoring 17 goals.[1] After World War II he began his career in football management in his native state of Saxony, then part of Soviet-occupied East Germany. He was in charge of coaching selections from Saxony and the Soviet occupation zone before political interference to the sport made him flee to Western Germany in 1950.[2] After playing in Hamburg he coached Hertha BSC Berlin. Schön became a licensed coach in Cologne before managing Wiesbaden. Between 1952 and 1956, he was in charge of the then-independent Saarland side, who met West Germany in qualification for the 1954 World Cup. When the Saarland was permitted to rejoin Germany in 1956, Schön joined the West German national side as assistant to Sepp Herberger, whom he succeeded as manager in November 1964.

Under Schön's leadership, the German team were Football World Cup runners-up in 1966, third in the World Cup of 1970, European champions in 1972, World Cup winners in 1974 and European Championship runners-up in 1976. He holds World Cup records for both coaching the most matches (25) and the most wins (16), and remains the only coach to win both a World Cup and a European Championship.

Schön gave notice that he would retire after the 1978 World Cup, to be replaced by his assistant Jupp Derwall. He was unable to go out on a high note as his team were knocked out of the competition by Austria, who had already been eliminated. During his 14 year tenure as national coach, his record was 87 victories, 30 draws and 22 defeats in 139 matches.


  1. ^ Kicker Almanach 2003. Copress Munich 2002 (German)
  2. ^ Salzmann, Peter: 100 Jahre DSC. Der Mythos eines Sportvereins. In: Dresdner Hefte, Issue 55. Dresden 1998 (German)
Preceded by
Brazil Mário Zagallo
FIFA World Cup winning managers
Succeeded by
Argentina César Luis Menotti
Preceded by
Ferruccio Valcareggi
UEFA European Football Championship Winning Coach
Succeeded by
Vaclav Jezek

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