Teams Managed: ADO Den Haag, San Francisco Gales, Feyenoord, Sevilla, Club Brugge, Netherlands, Harelbeke, Standard Liege, Hamburg, Swarovski Tirol, Austria
Titles: European Cup 1970, 1983 Intercontinental Cup 1970 Dutch League 1971 Belgian League 1976, 1977, 1978 German League 1982, 1983 Austrian League 1989, 1990 Dutch KNVB Cup 1968 Belgian Cup 1977, 1981 German Cup (DFB Pokal) 1987 Austrian Cup 1989
One of the most successful managers of all time and one that did it in four countries largely for five teams and one that came within a whisker of winning the World Cup as international Manager for the Netherlands.
Happel was a six time Austrian League winner as a player for Rapid Vienna, also featuring 51 times for his country where he helped Austria to a third place finish in the 1954 World Cup.
A centre half as a player as a Manager he cut his tooth at Dutch minnows ADO Den Haag in 1962 and lead them to KNVB Beker success in 1968 beating Ajax in the final of the cup. That success alerted Feyenoord and in 1969 he was appointed Manager of the Rotterdam giants instantly leading them to European Cup success (beating Celtic in the final) and a year later the Dutch title with the likes of Wim Jansen, Wim van Hanegem and Rinus Israel in his side.
An instigator of the 4-3-3 formation Happel moved to Sevilla in La Liga before taking over at Club Brugge in Belgium where he had more success winning three national championships and the Belgian Cup before leading the club to their first ever European Cup final eventually losing to Liverpool at Wembley in the final of 1978.
Happel took charge of the Dutch national team ahead of the 1978 World Cup and lead a side without Johan Cruyff to the final eventually losing in extra time to hosts Argentina.
Back in club management he returned to Belgium with Standard Liege and won the Belgium Cup in 1981 before chancing his arm with German high flyers Hamburg who a year previous had been beaten in the European Cup final having surrendered there domestic title in 1979 to Bayern Munich who won two on the trot. Happel instantly lead Hamburg to back to back titles and the 1983 European Cup final becoming the first manager to win two Champions Cups with two different clubs.
After leaving Hamburg in 1987 Happel’s success continued as he headed home to Manage in Austria taking on the job of newly formed Swarovski Tirol based in Innsbruck. He won a further two league titles and the Austrian Cup before taking on the National Managers job in 1992 later sadly dying in the same year after having suffered through lung cancer.
A chain smoking, cognac drinking deep thinking tactician Happel was an approachable man with a reserved judgement but when he set his teams out boy could they play.
Major Domestic League wins: 8
Major Domestic Cup wins: 5
Continental Cup wins: 2
Other Continental Trophy wins: 0
Intercontinental/World Club Cup wins: 1