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Pierre Littbarski
Personal information
Full name Pierre Michael Littbarski
Date of birth 16 April 1960 (1960-04-16) (age 49)
Place of birth    West Berlin, West Germany
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current club FC Vaduz (manager)
Youth career
1967–1976
1976–1978
VfL Schöneberg
FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1978–1986
1986–1987
1987–1993
1993–1995
1996–1997
1. FC Köln
RC Paris
1. FC Köln
JEF United Chiba
Brummell Sendai
234 (89)
034 0(4)
172 (27)
063 (10)
029 0(5)   
National team
1979–1982
1981–1990
West Germany U-21
West Germany
021 (18)
073 (18)
Teams managed
1999–2000
2001
2001–2002
2003–2004
2005–2006
2006–2008
2008
2008–
Yokohama F.C.
Bayer Leverkusen (Asst.)
MSV Duisburg
Yokohama F.C.
Sydney FC
Avispa Fukuoka
Saipa
FC Vaduz

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

Pierre Michael Littbarski (born 16 April 1960 in Berlin) is a former German football player and current manager of FC Vaduz. He is best known for his brilliant dribbling abilities. He was a FIFA World Cup winner with West Germany in 1990. He was also runner–up twice in 1982 and 1986 with West Germany.

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Playing career

Littbarski spent most of his playing career at 1. FC Köln, winning the German Cup once, in 1983, and was three times runner up in the Bundesliga (1982, 1989 and 1990). He has also played for Racing Club de Paris in Ligue 1 as well as for JEF United and Brummel Sendai in Japan. In his career, he was initially used as a deep-lying striker before being utilised as an attacking midfielder. "Litti", as he was nicknamed by German fans, was widely known for his excellent dribbling abilities and humorous attitude, being one of the fan favourites in German Bundesliga during this decade. In 1985 his goal versus Werder Bremen was elected "Goal of the Year".

International career

Littbarski earned his first cap for West Germany on October 14, 1981 in the 1982 World Cup qualification against Austria. West Germany manager Jupp Derwall started him in a three-man front line alongside Klaus Fischer and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. Littbarski's international career got off to a promising start, as he scored both the opening and the second goals in that game. His third international goal came at the 1982 World Cup, in the second round match against Spain, a 2–1 victory. Against France in the semi-final, Littbarski scored the opening goal and, later, on a penalty kick in the deciding post-overtime shoot-out. The now legendary match ended in a 3–3 draw, with the Germans eventually winning 5–4 on penalties. Littbarski was also involved in the dramatic equalizer, crossing to Horst Hrubesch, who headed to Fischer, who in turn scored with an overhead bicycle kick.West Germany lost 3–1 to Italy in the final. Littbarski played the whole match, receiving a yellow card in the 88th minute.

At the UEFA Euro 1984, West Germany, with Littbarski, were eliminated in the group stage after a string of poor performances. The 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, while successful for West Germany, proved less so for Littbarski personally. He was benched by manager Franz Beckenbauer, and had to watch the semi–finals and the finals from the bench. Eventually, West Germany finished again as runners–up, this time losing 3–2 to Argentina.

The German players had high hopes for the UEFA Euro 1988 on their home soil. However, the hosts lost 2-1 to the Netherlands in the semi–finals. Littbarski did not score any goals in the tournament. In 1990, Littbarski enjoyed a successful final appearance at the FIFA World Cup, as West Germany won their third title, defeating Argentina 1–0 in the final in Rome. Littbarski scored his only goal in the group stage against Colombia but started three of the four games at the knockout stage, including the final.

Managerial career

In 1999 he started his coaching career with Yokohama FC of Japan Football League and he led the club to the promotion to J. League Division 2. He has also been the manager of Yokohama FC (twice), as well as assistant manager of Bayer 04 Leverkusen and manager of MSV Duisburg.

Sydney FC

He was manager of Australian A-League side Sydney FC between 2005 and 2006, and lead them to the FIFA Club World Championship in 2005, and a win in the inaugural A-League Championship.

He was famous amongst Sydney FC supporters and the media for his stylish brown suits. Sydney under Littbarski were criticised for boring football, but the results could seldom be argued with and Sydney FC went on to claim the inaugural A-League Championship under his reign. Littbarski and Sydney FC severed ties on Wednesday, 5 May 2006, with Littbarski announcing he would not re-sign for the club following disputes over a cut-price contract offer[1].

Avispa Fukuoka

In December 2006, Littbarski was appointed the manager of Avispa Fukuoka, a J-League side that was newly demoted to the second division after the 2006 season. In July 2008, he left the club and was replaced by Yoshiyuki Shinoda.[2]

Saipa FC

On 26 July 2008 it was announced that he became the new manager of Iranian side Saipa F.C.[3] He left on 8 October 2008 after nine games.

FC Vaduz

On 4 November 2008 he signed a contract as head coach and team manager of FC Vaduz.[4]

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Premiere Ligapokal Europe Total
1978-79 Köln Bundesliga 16 4
1979-80 34 7
1980-81 32 6
1981-82 33 15
1982-83 34 16
1983-84 33 17
1984-85 28 16
1985-86 24 8
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
1986-87 RCF Paris Division 1 32 4
1987-88 2 0
Germany League DFB-Pokal Premiere Ligapokal Europe Total
1987-88 Köln Bundesliga 31 8
1988-89 30 5
1989-90 34 8
1990-91 15 2
1991-92 36 1
1992-93 26 3
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Asia Total
1993 JEF United Ichihara J. League Division 1 35 9
1994 28 1
1996 Brummell Sendai JFL Division 1 27 5
1997 2 0
Total Germany 406 116
France 34 4
Japan 92 15
Career Total 532 135

Honours

73 internationals for West Germany - 18 goals.

German U21 side: 21 internationals

References

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Inaugural Manager
Yokohama FC manager
1999-00
Succeeded by
Japan Yoshikazu Nagai
Preceded by
?
MSV Duisburg manager
2001-02
Succeeded by
Germany Bernard Dietz (caretaker)
Preceded by
Japan Katsuyoshi Shindo
Yokohama FC manager
2003-04
Succeeded by
Japan Yusuke Adachi
Preceded by
Inaugural Manager
Sydney FC manager
2005-2006
Succeeded by
England Terry Butcher
Preceded by
Japan Ryoichi Kawakatsu
Avispa Fukuoka manager
2006-2008
Succeeded by
Yoshiyuki Shinoda

Simple English

Pierre Littbarski
Personal information
Full name Pierre Littbarski
Date of birth 16 April 1960 (1960-04-16) (age 50)
Place of birth    West Berlin, West Germany
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1978-1986
1986-1987
1987-1993
1993-1994
1996-1997
Köln
RC Paris / Matra Racing
Köln
JEF United Ichihara
Brummell Sendai
National team
1981-1990 Germany
Teams managed
1999-2000
2001
2001-2002
2003-2004
2005-2006
2006-2008
2008
2008-
Yokohama
Bayer Leverkusen
Duisburg
Yokohama
Sydney
Avispa Fukuoka
Saipa
Vaduz

Pierre Littbarski (born 16 April 1960) is a former German football player. He has played for Germany national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
GermanyLeague
1978/79KölnBundesliga164
1979/80347
1980/81326
1981/823315
1982/833416
1983/843317
1984/852816
1985/86248
FranceLeague
1986/87RC ParisDivision 1324
1987/88Matra RacingDivision 120
GermanyLeague
1987/88KölnBundesliga318
1988/89305
1989/90348
1990/91152
1991/92361
1992/93263
JapanLeague
1993JEF United IchiharaJ. League 1359
1994281
1996Brummell SendaiFootball League275
199720
CountryGermany 406116
France 344
Japan 9215
Total 532135

International career statistics

[2]

Germany national team
YearAppsGoals
198123
1982155
198380
198430
1985104
198670
198763
198880
198942
1990101
Total7318

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