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Josef ‘Jupp’ Derwall who died on 26 June 2007, aged 80 was one of the most successful coaches in world football.He was at the helm when the former West Germany won the European Championship finals in 1980 and his accomplishments as a manager were good enough to overshadow his achievements as a player.But although part of West Germany’s management team at four major tournaments, his attritional style of play was not popular with fans and he was eventually replaced as West Germany’s manager in 1984.He spent his remaining management years in club football, eventually retiring in 1987 and watched from afar as West Germany reached the final of another five tournaments before his death.Josef Derwall was born on 10 March 1927 in Würselen, Germany. As schoolboy he played football for local teams and following the Second World War made an impression against numerous teams as a midfielder, helping Rhenania Würselen win promotion to a newly formed league.He believed his career would only progress if he left Rhenania Würselen, although his decision to join local rivals Alemania Aachen was a controversial one. Happily for Mr Derwall everything worked out and he played in a German cup final in 1953.During the 1953/4 season the German international team noticed Mr Derwall’s talent. His career at this level however, was short lived. He won only two caps, before missing out on a playing role at the 1954 World Cup.Overlooked by the international team, he played club football for another four years before calling time on his playing career. His love of the game was far from over though, as he turned his attentions to club management.He left Germany to start afresh, and managed FC Biel and FC Schaffhausen in the Swiss league, between 1959 and 1962. He returned to his native homeland in 1962 guiding Düsseldorf to a major cup final before being asked to coach the state of Saarland.After being runner up at the 1966 World Cup Final, West Germany failed to qualify for the European Championships in 1968, but by the time the next World Cup began in 1970, Mr Derwall had been installed as assistant manager of the national side.His first taste of tournament action saw West Germany reach the semi final of the World Cup, before bowing out to Italy after extra time.As the 1972 European Championships approached, Mr Derwall managed the national side at the Olympics and despite falling at the quarter final stage, his future in the national set up was secure.West Germany triumphed at the European Championships and in his final tournament as assistant, he watched as the players he had grown to know and admire brought home the trophy from the 1974 World Cup.Following the departure of Helmut Schoen as West Germany’s manager, Mr Derwall took over and made an immediate impression. He made West Germany a hard side to beat and celebrated as they held on to a one goal advantage to defeat Belgium in the final of the 1980 European Championships.Follow ing Germany’s failure to get past the group stage at the 1984 European Championships, Mr Derwall stood down as national coach and moved to Turkey to become coach of Galatasaray.After departing Galatasaray in 1987, Mr Derwall retired. He suffered a heart attack in 1991 and another on 26 June 2007, which resulted in his death.
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