Cologne - The Bundesliga is in mourning following the death of Udo Lattek, the most successful coach in the league's history.
Lattek, who celebrated his 80th birthday just two weeks ago, passed away near Cologne. He had suffered a stroke in 2010 and had also been suffering from Parkinson's disease.
League President Dr. Reinhard Rauball said upon hearing the news: “The Bundesliga is mourning the passing of an extraordinary sportsman and an extraordinary person. Like many in German football, I am losing a friend in Udo Lattek. We got to know and appreciate one another 30 years ago. Honest, straightforward and sometimes stubborn - that was how Udo Lattek stood out. Yet at the same time he was also sensitive, and as a coach he was always receptive to the needs of his players. His success speaks for itself and eight German league titles will remain unmatched for a long time to come. He left an impression on several generations of players in German football and many of his former charges are still grateful to him to this day. Udo Lattek will be remembered as one of the Bundesliga’s outstanding figures. I extend my deepest sympathies to his wife and family.”