A Bundesliga child is dead: Heinz Höher, an excellent and special man 2

A Bundesliga child is dead: Heinz Höher, an excellent and special man

Heinz Höher is dead: the former player and coach of the Bundesliga dies at the age of 81 years. For VfL Bochum is a legend. And with l & # 39; 1. FC Nuremberg has experienced Höher not only the first strike of players in German professional football, but also determines a time of great success.

Heinz Höher was not a simple person. To him the spirits separated. His former players and his teammates can now argue bitterly if his methods were fantastic or crazy. But on one point everyone agrees: he was a special person, of whom many stories could be told. The author Ronald Reng did just that in his award-winning book "Spieltage" on the history of the Bundesliga in an excellent way. Reng designed the image of a soccer-obsessed man who had previously written letters to the local press under a pseudonym to complain about Higher's coverage.

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<p class=A legend in Bochum: Heinz Higher in 1966.

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In Bochum Heinz Höher is still a highly respected and appreciated personality. In 1968, when he sent the great FC Bayern Munich 2-1 in the semi-final of the home Cup, he gave the native of Leverkusen a formidable performance on the pitch. Eight years later Höher sat on the bench, at another highlight against the Reds. At that time, on September 18, 1976, he led the Bochum already with the 4-0 against Bayern, before giving the game 5: 6 at the end of the game.

Coach Höher said after the meeting, in which the Bochum team had delivered a sensational game over long stretches, something very noteworthy: "It is quite unusual for our players to play in front of all ranks "This is to explain that single Dai to players more than they had." The memory of his two former players Heinz-Werner Eggeling and Jupp Kaczor shows how special he was in dealing with his professionals. Once again it was against Bayern – but this time with a better ending for VfL: "We entered the room, where the table was as always in front and suddenly the light goes out. We were just thinking, what Nobody has uttered a word and then one day the light turns on, turns the table and there says: we beat Bayern Munich, hap, hap, hap Yes, then we left and we have cut! "

"Do you wear a tie with you?"

That was Heinz Höher. Creative, but rather silent. Maybe that's why he feels so good that at some point he started writing. In 1992 he published the children's book "Tommo", which he dedicated to his son Thomas. During his stay in Duisburg between 1979 and 1980, Höher invented a new way of dealing with the press. One day, his recurring sentences became too colorful for him and Higher created papers for journalists in which some answers to questions about the team's overall performance were printed. So he didn't have to repeat himself constantly and get bored. By the way, he didn't because he generally didn't understand people in the press. In reverse.

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<p class=Higher before the 1978/1979 season with Walter Oswald, one of his new players at VfL.

(Photo: imago / Horstmüller)

During his stay in Bochum, Höher was pleased with the friendly journalist Heinz Formann before playing outside the casino. They had arranged a code, which they had exchanged before: "Do you wear a tie with you?" When they played in Berlin one night, it worked really well. They won and won. On his return, however, it was over with pleasure, as recalled by Formann: "But if you come to the hotel at four in the morning and your wife is awake, there is only one possibility I learned from Jürgen Köper: I gave her all the brilliant notes and said: now you have to shut up! "

In Duisburg, time at the bank ended prematurely. Only a third of all the games had been completed when Higher was already under discussion. But he resumed verbal neoplasms, then quite relaxed: "No one has to shoot down here, I go voluntarily. The coach chair in Duisburg has only two legs anyway". His Frankfurt colleague Friedel Rausch, who had just taught him a 6-0 defeat, added humorously: "Only two skinny legs!"

The curiosity was shortly after his involvement in Dusseldorf. After Fortune had expelled the failed Otto Rehhagel, the German refugee Heinz Higher accidentally returned home. At that time he was Ethnikos Piraeus's coach: "I just wanted to take care of the right person and visit the family". Fortune immediately attacked. And so Höher completed his last coaching game in Greece after his first meeting with Dusseldorf. Top reason: "I promised that at the end of the professional business is finally even a little bit of humanity!" However, after his time in Dusseldorf, he returned to Greece with the two stations Paok Thessaloniki and Olympiakos Piraeus.

Hit of the first player in German professional football

What followed was an incredibly exciting and successful episode between 1984 and 1988 at 1. FC Nürnberg, which began with the first strike by players in German professional football. At that time, almost exactly 35 years ago, the club refused to continue working for the club. The coach would not be suitable for them, it was the subject of the professionals. A very common evaluation in paid football, which leads in 99.9 percent of the cases, the club leaders shortly afterwards dismiss their coach in their spare time. But then in Nuremberg everything was different. Even the October revolt went down in history because the players were extremely clumsy.

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<p class="We will not go down Yes, if we arrive by chance next year, which is currently set before us against adversity, even the German champion!"

Mostly they denied training and submitted a letter of protest. Since then, professionals know one thing above all: if they no longer want to work with a coach, they should save all public opinions and actions. For the club he returned to the cause for six veteran professionals. President Schmelzer resisted and dismissed the objectors. What followed was the club's best time for many years. The forced reorganization meant that the young talents were integrated more quickly into the team.

The fresh spirit passed through an entire club and released new forces. Higher lived his probably best period in professional football. But then he remained largely silent about Heinz Höher. Because the truth of his life was also that he depended heavily on alcohol for many years. Only in 2010 did he make the leap and he lived as abstinent. As a coach of VfL Bochum Höher once said: "We will not go down Yes, if we arrive in luck next year, which currently puts us against adversity, we German champions too!" Unfortunately he never did. But despite the lack of great success, you will always remember him as a true Bundesliga son. Heinz Höher died at age 81 this Thursday.