Status: 25/09/2023, 16:43 p.m.
By: Sven Trautwein
Football legend Felix Magath recently celebrated his 70th birthday. Reason enough to review life in a biography.
Felix Magath has shown countless facets in his football career. The title of his biography is all the more appropriate: "Opposite" is the name of the book that was published around his 70th birthday. Together with the former Kicker editor Harald Kaiser, a book worth reading has been published.
Shortly on the occasion of Felix Magath's 70th birthday, the biography "Gegensetzliches" will be published. © Andre Lenthe/Imago/Die Werkstatt (Montage)
Felix Magath "Opposites": That's what the book is about
- All the key facts about Felix Magath: origin, childhood and career in a comprehensive footballer biography
- A book that leaves no questions unanswered: The famous footballer in private
- About Felix Magath's meteoric career: the path to becoming a professional player and his coaching stations
- An intimate portrait of a footballer from the pen of former Kicker editor and companion Harald Kaiser
- "Schinder" Felix Magath? Training methods that polarize
Felix Magath polarises – his fans see him as one of the most creative and successful German coaches, appreciating one of the few and rare personalities in Bundesliga football. Critics reduce its capabilities to the use of medicine balls, according to the publisher's press release.
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Felix Magath is a provocateur
In the case of Felix Magath, opinions differ and he does not really allow himself to be pushed into a template. For his supporters, he is considered one of the most imaginative and successful German coaches, who is one of the few remaining personalities in German professional football. Skeptics comment on his training methods.
The book depicts the development of young Felix Magath, who grows up near a soccer field and spends his afternoons in solitude while his mother works full-time. During this time, football becomes his means of communication. Small talk is still not his forte. "Ask me, I'll answer almost everything," says the former international, smiling friendly, according to the publisher.
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The athlete and coach has experienced many stations and titles in the course of his career, starting with becoming German champion and European Cup winner with HSV. Later followed further successes as a coach at clubs such as VfB Stuttgart, Bayern, Wolfsburg, Schalke and Hertha. His life was dedicated to football, marked by a combination of discipline and creativity, always aware that he was lucky enough to be privileged.
Felix Magath / Harald Kaiser "Opposites"
2023 The Workshop, ISBN-13 978-3-7307-0633-6
Price: Hardcover €29.90, e-book €23.99, 224 pages (different from format)
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This article was created with the help of machines and carefully reviewed by editor Sven Trautwein before publication.