Werner Lorant
Werner Lorant is a former German
The Germans are a Germanic ethnic group native to Central Europe. The English term Germans has referred to the German-speaking population of the Holy Roman Empire since the Late Middle Ages....

 football player and manager.

Playing career

The defender and defensive midfielder commenced his professional career 1970 in the second division with Westfalia Herne
Westfalia Herne
SC Westfalia Herne is a German football club based in Herne, North Rhine-Westphalia. The club was founded on 13 June 1904 by the sons of the more well-heeled residents of the city as a rival to the worker-based club SV Sodingen.- History :...

. 1971 he moved to Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund
Ballspielverein Borussia Dortmund, commonly BVB, are a German sports club based in Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia. Dortmund are one of the most successful clubs in German football history. Borussia Dortmund play in the Bundesliga, the top league of German football...

. There he was part of a side that lost 1-11 against Bayern Munich and was relegated in 1972. He stuck with the club in ist first second division club, but the joined in 1973 Rot-Weiss Essen
Rot-Weiss Essen
Rot-Weiss Essen is a German association football club based in Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia.- Early years :The club was formed as SV Vogelheim on 1 February 1907 out of the merger of two smaller clubs: SC Preussen and Deutsche Eiche. In 1910, Vogelheim came to an arrangement with Turnerbund...

, a side that just won promotion to the Bundesliga. He stayed with the struggling club around their star Willi Lippens
Willi Lippens
Willi Lippens is a former Dutch football player. He is nicknamed "Ente" due to his waddling....

 and players like Manfred Burgsmüller
Manfred Burgsmüller
Manfred "Manni" Burgsmüller is a retired German footballer who played mainly as a striker – he could occasionally operate as a midfielder....

 and Horst Hrubesch
Horst Hrubesch
Horst Hrubesch is a retired German football player employed as a youth trainer at the German Football Association. His nickname was Das Kopfball-Ungeheuer for his heading skills.-Career:...

 until relegation in 1977. Then he joined 1. FC Saarbrücken
1. FC Saarbrücken
1. FC Saarbrücken is a German association football club based in the city of Saarbrücken, Saarland. The club began its existence as the football department of Turnverein Malstatt formed in 1903...

 for a season, experiencing his third relegation.

The next four-and-a-half years he spent with Eintracht Frankfurt
Eintracht Frankfurt
Eintracht Frankfurt is a German sports club, based in Frankfurt, Hesse that is best known for its association football club.- Club origins :...

. With this club he won the UEFA Cup 1980, prevailing in the finals against Borussia Mönchengladbach
Borussia Mönchengladbach
Borussia Mönchengladbach is a German association football club based in Mönchengladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia. The team plays in the Bundesliga and is one of the country's most well-known, well-supported, and successful teams. Borussia Mönchengladbach has over 40,000 members and is the sixth...

. In 1981 he helped win the German Cup
The DFB-Pokal or DFB Cup is a German knockout football cup competition held annually. 64 teams participate in the competition, including all clubs from the Bundesliga and the 2nd Bundesliga. It is considered the second most important national title in German football after the Bundesliga...

 with a 3-1 victory in the final against 1. FC Kaiserslautern
1. FC Kaiserslautern
1. Fußball-Club Kaiserslautern, also known as 1. FCK, FCK or simply Kaiserslautern, is a German association football club based in Kaiserslautern, Rhineland-Palatinate. On 2 June 1900, Germania 1896 and FG Kaiserslautern merged to create FC 1900...

. With Eintracht Lorant played amongst others alongside the World Cup winners of 1974 Jürgen Grabowski and Bernd Hölzenbein
Bernd Hölzenbein
Bernd Hölzenbein is a former German football player . He is best known for being fouled in the final against Netherlands, which led to the Germans' equalising penalty....

. Other notable players were Norbert Nachtweih
Norbert Nachtweih
Norbert Nachtweih is a German former professional football defender.He played from 1978 until 1992 as defender and midfielder for Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayern Munich. Afterwards he went to French Ligue 1 side AS Cannes , where he played together with Zinedine Zidane and appeared in 43 games...

, Bernd Nickel
Bernd Nickel
Bernd Nickel is a former German footballer.Due to his straight shots his nickname was "Doktor Hammer".Nickel began his career in 1957 at SV Eisemroth. In 1966 he was signed by Eintracht Frankfurt, where he scored 141 goals in 426 Bundesliga games. He won the DFB-Pokal in 1974, 1975 and 1981...

 and the Austrian international Bruno Pezzey
Bruno Pezzey
Bruno Edmund Pezzey was an Austrian footballer.-Club career:Regarded as one of Austria's greatest defenders of all time, Pezzey started his professional career at local side FC Vorarlberg and moved to FC Wacker Innsbruck after only one season, winning two league titles and a domestic cup...


He left Eintracht mid-season 1982-83 for just promoted Schalke 04. By the end of the season he had to face the fourth relegation of his career. He then quickly moved on to second division side Hannover 96
Hannover 96
Hannoverscher Sportverein von 1896, commonly referred to as Hannover 96, Hannover or simply 96, is a German association football club based in the city of Hanover, Lower Saxony.-Foundation to WWII:...

, where he ended his time as a professional player after one season.

Coaching career

After a brief stint as part time coach of an amateur side in 1982 he commenced a fulltime coaching career as player manager of SV Heidingsfeld
SV Heidingsfeld
The SV Heidingsfeld is a German association football club from the Heidingsfeld suburb of Würzburg, Bavaria. For this reason, the club is sometimes also referred to as SVH Würzburg....

 in the Bavarian town of Würzburg
Würzburg is a city in the region of Franconia which lies in the northern tip of Bavaria, Germany. Located at the Main River, it is the capital of the Regierungsbezirk Lower Franconia. The regional dialect is Franconian....

 from 1984 to 86 and 1986 to 90 with 1. FC Schweinfurt 05
1. FC Schweinfurt 05
1.FC Schweinfurt 05 is a German association football club that plays in Schweinfurt, Bavaria.-History:The club was founded on 5 May 1905 and played in the local leagues. The team attempted a merger with Turngemeinde Schweinfurt von 1848 which lasted from 1928 to 1930 before the two groups parted...

, with which he achieved the then amateur third division championship and promotion. From 1990 to 1992 he coached Viktoria Aschaffenburg
Viktoria Aschaffenburg
SV Viktoria 01 Aschaffenburg is a German football club based in Aschaffenburg, Bavaria.Even though Aschaffenburg is located in Bavaria, Viktoria Aschaffenburg historically played its football in the Hessenliga and the associated Hessian leagues, rather than the Fussball-Bayernliga , against clubs...

, also in the third division, where he won the championship in 1992.

After this he was hired by TSV 1860 Munich, a team that then had been dwelling for some years in the third division. He took the club inside two years to the first division and in 1997 qualified for the UEFA Cup
The UEFA Europa League is an annual association football cup competition organised by UEFA since 1971 for eligible European football clubs. It is the second most prestigious European club football contest after the UEFA Champions League...

, where 1860 was ousted in the first round by Austrian side Rapid Wien. In 2000 he led 1860 into the qualification for the Champions League
UEFA Champions League
The UEFA Champions League, known simply the Champions League and originally known as the European Champion Clubs' Cup or European Cup, is an annual international club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations since 1955 for the top football clubs in Europe. It...

, where the team lost against Leeds United with 1-2 and 0-1. In the ensuing UEFA Cup campaign 1860 was stopped by Italian club AC Parma: after a respectable 2-2 draw away, 1860 lost the home leg 0-2. In the season a sweltering conflict with club president Wildmoser cam to a head after the team lost in the derby against Bayern Munich 1-5 and Lorant was let go.

Notable players during his tenure with 1860 were the German internationals Thomas Häßler
Thomas Häßler
Thomas Jürgen "Icke" Häßler is a former German football midfielder and is currently a coach for 1. FC Köln. He was formerly a coach for the Nigeria national team....

 and Martin Max
Martin Max
Martin Max is a retired Polish-born German footballer, who played as a striker.One of the oldest winners of the Bundesliga's top scorer crown, at the age of 32 and 34, he represented four teams in his country of adoption.-Club career:...

 who played there from 1999 in the autumn of their careers. Max became twice top scorer of the Bundesliga in this phase. German international Jens Jeremies was discovered at the club during Lorant's tenure. Foreign internationals were amongst others Abédi Pelé
Abédi Pelé
Abedi Ayew, known professionally as Abedi Pele is a former Ghana International football player and captain. Having been given the nickname "Pelé" in recognition of his superior ability that evoked comparisons to Brazilian great Pelé, he found fame in France's Ligue 1 with Lille OSC and Olympique...

 from Ghana, Harald Cerny
Harald Cerny
Harald Cerny is a former Austrian football right midfielder. He played mostly for TSV 1860 München.-Club career:After coming through the youth ranks at Admira Wacker, Cerny began his professional career at German giants FC Bayern Munich in 1992–93, making his top division debut on 27 October 1992,...

 from Austria, Miroslav Stevic
Miroslav Stevic
Miroslav Stević is a retired Serbian football player. He played in the defensive midfielder position.-Club:...

 from Serbia as well as the Australians Paul Agostino
Paul Agostino
Paul Agostino is an retired Australian football player who played as a striker. He played the majority of his club football outside Australia, most notably with 1860 Munich in Germany for ten years...

 and Ned Zelic. Horst Heldt
Horst Heldt
Horst Heldt is a former German football player, now general manager at Bundesliga side FC Schalke 04.- Career as player :...

, Olaf Bodden
Olaf Bodden
Olaf Bodden is a former German football striker.-Career:He had to terminate his active career in 1997 after he got Infectious mononucleosis and then Chronic fatigue syndrome . With the TSV 1860 Munich he scored 25 goals in 67 matches and is presently the record goal scorer of Hansa Rostock in the 2...

, Manfred Schwabl
Manfred Schwabl
Manfred Schwabl is a retired German football player.-Honours:* Bundesliga champion: 1986, 1990.* Bundesliga runner-up: 1991, 1993.* DFB-Pokal winner: 1986.* DFB-Pokal finalist: 1985.-External links:...

 and Bernd Trares
Bernhard Trares
Bernhard Trares is a retired German professional footballer, who played mainly as a central defender.-Playing career:...

 were further players of note in this era.

In the ensuing years Lorant coached SpVgg Unterhaching
SpVgg Unterhaching
Spielvereinigung Unterhaching is a German sports club in Unterhaching, a semi-rural municipality on the southern outskirts of the Bavarian capital Munich....

 and LR Ahlen in Germany, Fenerbahçe, Sivasspor
Sivasspor is a Turkish sports club based in Sivas, Turkey formed in the year 1967. They play in the Turkish Süper Lig. Their manager is currently Riza Calimbay. They finished 15th in the 2010–11 Süper Lig. Their current captain is Hayrettin Yerlikaya....

, Kayseri Erciyesspor
Kayseri Erciyesspor
Kayseri Erciyesspor is a Turkish sports club based in Kayseri from the year 1932. Kayseri Erciyesspor currently plays in TFF 1. League. On 2004, Kayserispor switched names with Erciyesspor...

 and Kasımpaşa SK in Turkey, Apoel FC
APOEL F.C. is a professional football club based in Lefkosia , Cyprus and they are one of the founding members of the Cyprus Football Association. APOEL is one of the most popular football teams in Cyprus and they are the most successful with an overall tally of 21 championships, 19 cups and 12...

 in Nicosia in Cyprus, Saipa Teheran in Iran, Incheon United
Incheon United
Incheon United is a professional Korean football team currently playing in the K-League. The team's home town is Incheon, the third biggest city in the country, and the team's home stadium is the Incheon Munhak Stadium, one of the ten venues built in Korea for the 2002 FIFA World...

 in South Korea, Liaoning Hongyun in China and DAC Dunajská Streda in Slovakia. Most of these engagements ended up being very short term and the sides were often struggling to retain the class. With Apoel in Cyprus, where Lorant spent two months in 2005, he became runner-up in the championship, however, the club hoped that he would take them to the title.

In March 2010 he was appointed sports manager of fourth division side Tennis Borussia Berlin
Tennis Borussia Berlin
Tennis Borussia Berlin is a German football club based in Berlin-Westend.- History :The team was founded in 1902 and takes its name from its origins as a tennis and ping-pong club. "Borussia" is a Latinised version of Prussia. In 1903 the club took up football and quickly developed a rivalry with...

, however, the club folded in May.
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