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Information about Karl Winkler (german football-coach)

Postby KWinkler » Tue May 01, 2012 4:47 pm

Hello,

I was wondering if anyone here could help me with my search for information about Karl Winkler. He was a german football-coach who worked amongst others for '1. FC Köln' in the 1950s. Now I've found sources which state that he started working in Cyprus in January 1958. One source says that he became coach of "FC Nikosia" another one states that he became coach of the national-team. Can anyone verify or falsify these reports? That would be a big help. Thanks in advance!

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Re: Information about Karl Winkler (german football-coach)

Postby AEKTZIS » Tue May 01, 2012 7:40 pm

Of course we can help :)

Karl Winkler was the coach of Omonia Nicosia from 1958-1959, which is one of the most successful teams in Cyprus. Your source which calls it "FC Nikosia" is not exactly accurate as there are several teams from Nicosia, Omonia is just one of them. Others are for example APOEL and Olympiakos.

He is generally credited as a good manager for Omonia, who laid the foundations for the team to become a big footballing force in Cyprus. Omonia was founded in 1948, relatively late compared to most Cypriot teams. So Winkler was manager in the early years of the team, before the team had become a strong force capable of winning many titles. But in his time, he made the team stronger and more competitive than it had previously been. He made a positive impact on the club. Although he did not win any titles with Omonia, they won their first trophy 2 years after he left. So he is credited as having been part of this "transition" from small club to a big club.

I have no information that he became the coach of Cyprus. From 1958-1959 the coach was a Hungarian, Gyula Zsengeller. And from 1960-1967 it was Argyrios Gavalas. So I don't think Karl Winkler ever became coach of Cyprus.
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Re: Information about Karl Winkler (german football-coach)

Postby kurupetos » Tue May 01, 2012 8:08 pm

According to Omonia's official website he was the coach during 1957-1959.

Ο Γερμανός Καρλ Βίνκλερ θεωρείται ο άνθρωπος που στη διετία 57-59, έβαλε τις βάσεις για να γίνει η ΟΜΟΝΟΙΑ ομάδα τίτλου.


http://www.omonoia.com.cy/
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Re: Information about Karl Winkler (german football-coach)

Postby KWinkler » Wed May 02, 2012 10:33 am

Wow, thank you very much for your great answers. That's a big help.
I figured that 'FC Nikosia' was just a rough description by a lazy german reporter, who couldn't be bothered to look up the correct name. That's why it was so hard to find more infos. Thanks for clearing it up!
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