Klaus Toppmöller (born 12 August 1951) is a German football manager and former professional player.
|Full name||Klaus Toppmöller|
|Date of birth||12 August 1951|
|Place of birth||Rivenich, West Germany|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|1972–1980||1. FC Kaiserslautern||204||(108)|
|1999–2000||1. FC Saarbrücken|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
A forward, Toppmöller scored 108 Bundesliga goals for 1. FC Kaiserslautern in 204 matches in the West German top flight. He earned 3 caps and scored 1 goal during his international career for West Germany.
Toppmöller became coach of FSV Salmrohr from summer 1987 to 18 April 1988 when he became coach of SSV Ulm 1846 until February 1989. After his dismissal, Toppmöller coached East German second division side FC Erzgebirge Aue from 28 November 1990 to 30 June 1991. He then transferred back to the Federal league with SV Waldhof Mannheim from 19 September 1991 to 30 June 1993.
In light of his success, Toppmöller became coach of Eintracht Frankfurt, with whom he had a very successful start. But after failures with the squad relationship and resultantly missing the championship he was dismissed on 10 April 1994. Toppmöller then joined VfL Bochum on 9 November 1994, with whom in the 1997/98 season reached the last sixteen of the UEFA cup. On 30 June 1999 Toppmöller left his position as coach of VfL Bochum to become coach of 1. FC Saarbrücken, but was eventually dismissed there on 29 November 2000.
From 1 July 2001 Toppmöller was coach with Bayer 04 Leverkusen, whom in his first season led to the final of the UEFA Champions League, as well as second place in federal league and the German cup final. Toppmöller was eventually declared by German sports journalists as "football coach of the year" for 2002. However, in the following season Leverkusen performed poorly, and in light of a poor league position which could have led to relegation, Toppmöller was sacked on 16 February 2003.
Toppmöller became coach of Hamburger SV on 23 October 2003. However, after the team fell to last place in the league, and Toppmöller used strange tactics, formations and out of position players (such as midfielder Sergej Barbarez in defence), he was sacked on 17 October 2004.
- As of 26 March 2008
|FSV Salmrohr||1 April 1987||18 April 1988|
|SSV Ulm||19 April 1988||28 February 1989|
|Erzgebirge Aue||28 November 1990||30 June 1991|
|Waldhof Mannheim||19 September 1991||30 June 1993|
|Eintracht Frankfurt||1 July 1993||10 April 1994||44||23||7||14||52.27|
|VfL Bochum||9 November 1994||30 June 1999||175||67||38||70||38.29|
|1.FC Saarbrücken||1 July 1999||29 November 2000|
|Bayer Leverkusen||27 June 2001||16 February 2003||95||47||16||32||49.47|
|Hamburger SV||23 October 2003||17 October 2004||40||16||6||18||40.00|
|Georgia||1 January 2006||2 April 2008||25||7||4||14||28.00|
As a playerEdit
1. FC Kaiserslautern
As a managerEdit
- Matthias Arnhold (19 February 2015). "Klaus Toppmöller - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
- Matthias Arnhold (19 February 2015). "Klaus Toppmöller - International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
- "Alle Trainer des Jahres". Trainer Baade (in German). Retrieved 21 September 2020.