Mourning For Jupp Derwall
FIFA and the international football fam¬ily are mourning former West Germany coach Jupp Derwall, who passed away on 27 June 2007 at the age of 80 after a short illness.
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter paid tribute to Derwall in a letter of condo¬lence addressed to Theo Zwanziger, the President of the German football associa¬tion (DFB), calling Derwall “a legendary figure and a greatly respected coach”. Blatter also noted that Derwall had been responsible for helping to build the excellent football relationship currently enjoyed by Germany and Turkey. As the coach of Galatasaray and the first in a long line of German trainers to work in Turkey, Derwall won the Turkish league twice as well as the Turkish cup.
Zwanziger was also glowing in his praise: “In the 1970s and 1980s, Der¬wall played a major part in the success of the West German national team. His optimistic and conciliatory outlook won him many friends and his expertise was never in doubt. In Jupp Derwall, the DFB and German football have lost a wonderful coach who commanded im¬mense international respect during his career.”
Derwall stepped in to replace Hel¬mut Schon after the 1978 FIFA World Cup™, having served as his assistant from 1970 to 1978. Derwall will forever be remembered as the coach who led West Germany to the 1980 European Championship title in Italy and second place in the FIFA World Cup™ in Spain two years later.