Erich Ribbeck is a retired football player and manager who was born on June 13, 1937 in Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He is best known for being one of the top coaches of the German Bundesliga.
As a player, Ribbeck enjoyed a career that stormed most of the 1950s and part of the early 1960s. he spent most of his career with Viktoria Koln. During his playing years, the highest level that Ribbeck played was the Oberliga. The Oberliga was part of the German leagues’ first tier when it was split into five regional divisions. Unfortunately, he was not a part of the German national team at any point of his professional playing career.
By the time Ribbeck reached 31, he retired from professional football playing, and started his career as a coach. At the time, he was considered as the youngest coach to ever join a club in the German Bundesliga. His first job was when he took the job offered at Rot-Weiss Essen, where he helped the team reach second place at the Western Division’s Level 2 League. As a result, the group was able to join the promotion tournament. Sadly, the group lost to Hertha Berlin.
One of the most memorable feats Ribbeck had as a coach was when the club he was coaching, Bayer Leverkusen, was able to win the UEFA Cup in 1988. He was also able to bring Bayern Munich to the top and land as a runner up during the German Championship sometime in 1993, as well as the German Cup finals in 1976.