In the Field & Dugout: Top 8 Player Managers in Football History


8. Jupp Heynkes

The Player:
Heynckes in action

Position: Striker

Titles: 8

In a list of the deadliest German strikers in history, Gerd Muller undoubtedly takes the mantle. However, Jupp Heynckes would certainly give his compatriot a run for his money. From the late 1960s to the end of the 1970s, the German Bundesliga witnessed one of the most enthralling rivalries ever witnessed between Muller, Klaus Fischer, and Jupp Heynkes and the three are recognized as the top scorers in Bundesliga history.

Ranking at number three in terms of Bundesliga goals scored with a whopping 220 goals in 369 appearances, Heynckes began his professional career with boyhood club Borussia Monchengladbach in 1964. After helping the club achieve promotion into the Bundesliga, Heynckes moved to Hannover 96 where he spent three years. He then returned to Borussia and helped them become the first German team to retain the League title in 1970. Later on, in the ’74-75 season, Heynckes fired ‘Gladbach to European glory. During his club career, Heynckes won four Bundesliga titles, the DFB-Pokal, and the UEFA Cup. He is also a World Cup and a UEFA European Championship winner with West Germany.