|Full name||Wolfgang Frank|
|Date of birth||21 February 1951|
|Place of birth||Reichenbach an der Fils, West Germany|
|Date of death||7 September 2013(aged 62)|
|Place of death||Mainz, Germany|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|1980–1982||1. FC Nürnberg||20||(4)|
|1982–1984||FSV Bad Windsheim|
|1972–1977||West Germany B||6||(3)|
|2004–2005||FC Sachsen Leipzig|
|2008||Wuppertaler SV Borussia|
|2008–2009||SV Wehen Wiesbaden|
|2010–2011||Carl Zeiss Jena|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Frank was born in Reichenbach an der Fils, and made a total of 215 appearances in the Bundesliga during his playing career, scoring 89 goals. For the Germany national football B team, he scored three goals in six games.
In his final year as a player, Frank trained as a teacher in sport and religion. He was inspired by Arrigo Sacchi's A.C.Milan and introduced the 4-4-2 system to Germany at a time when German teams played with a sweeper. Inspired by how Sacchi had got his team to press, marking space rather than individual players, Frank introduced this advanced tactical thinking into German football. He is credited with inspiring a renaissance in the Bundesliga which has inspired a new generation of managers such as Jürgen Klopp and Joachim Löw.
Frank died in Mainz, aged 62.