Walter Junghans

Junghans in the goal of FC Schalke 04 ( 1986)

Walter Junghans ( born October 26, 1958 in Hamburg ) is a former German football goalkeeper.

Career as a player


The emerged from the youth of SC Victoria Hamburg and 18 times used as a youth national team Junghans attracted attention as a promising goalkeeper talent. Of the numerous offers from the Bundesliga clubs, he decided in 1977 for FC Bayern Munich, where he expected to be able to replace the 14 years old goalkeeper Sepp Maier at times.

Sepp Maier joked at the time about him: "With me as a goalkeeper in the Junghans is to Althans ", but suffered on July 14, 1979 by a serious car accident injuries forced Maier on the End of career and Junghans was the season 1979/80 goalkeeper and at the end of this season German master.

His league debut came on 11 August 1979 ( 1st Round ) 3-1 home win over the league - newcomer Bayer 04 Leverkusen. His first goal, he suffered through a transformed by Dietmar Demuth penalty in the 62nd minute. On 24 April 1982 the 29th matchday of the 1981/82 season, Junghans was the 67th and last time in the Munich goal in the pre-decisive end game for the German championship, the Hamburger SV after 1:3 deficit to 4: 3 won. With the commitment of the Belgian goalkeeper Jean -Marie Pfaff Junghans was no longer used and changed in the current season for FC Schalke 04, for the first time he stood on 5 November 1982 at the gate. After the 1982/83 season Junghans had to descend with Schalke in the second league. 1984 succeeded in the climb back to the top flight, where he played until 1987 for the " Royal Blues ".

This was followed by the move to Hertha BSC. With the Berliners Junghans rose in 1988 in the 2nd league, played in the next two years, all second-division games and celebrated in 1990 the return to the Bundesliga. After a weak season Hertha got the last one, with 84 goals conceded, again. After two unsuccessful comeback attempts Junghans end of December 1993 was suspended along with Theo Gries and Uli Bayerschmidt from training and match use. At this time, Hertha put sporty as financially in a relegation battle. A short-term move to Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Bundesliga season 1993/94 was for Junghans without match practice, so he continued to SC Fortuna Köln moved, for he 30 times in goal from 1994 to 1996 before he became a goalkeeping coach there.

Overall denied Junghans:

  • 205 first division matches
  • 211 second-division games
  • 018 DFB Cup games (4 x Bayern, Schalke x 4, 8 x Hertha, 2 x Cologne)
  • 017 European Cup games ( with Bayern )
  • 002 play-offs (2 x Schalke against Bayer 05 Uerdingen with 1:3 and 1:1 of the fate / down in / out of the Bundesliga)


After 18 sessions in the U-18 national team ( debut on 28 September 1976 in Nybro in a 2-2 draw against Sweden) followed 1979, the appeal in the B national team, for whom he on October 16 in Koblenz at 9: 0 victory over the senior team of Luxembourg - for " Toni" Schmacher substitute - made ​​his debut. This was followed by games against Italy (2-1), Austria (3-0 ), Poland ( 2:1 ), Portugal ( 2-0) and Ireland "A" ( 3:0).

He was a 1980 second only to "Toni" Schumacher and Eike Immel before the squad at the German national football team, the European Football Championship was in Italy, but came to no use. Junghans played twice for the Olympic selection: November 20, 1983 in Tel Aviv, as they won 1-0 in the Olympic qualifiers against Israel, and on July 17, 1984 in Koblenz, as they defeated China 6-2. He also took part in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles as a second goalie.

Career as a coach

1996/1997 he was goalkeeping coach at SC Fortuna Köln where he kept the team in the last five games of the season as interim coach before the descent. The post of Torwart-/Co-Trainers he had since then at the 1 FC Cologne ( 1998-1999 ), Benfica ( 1999-2001 ) and at Athletic Bilbao ( 2001-2005 ) holds.

In the season 2006/ 07 Junghans returned after 15 years of abstinence Bundesliga back as an assistant coach Jupp Heynckes ' at Borussia Mönchengladbach in the German first division, but was released a few days after Heynckes ' resignation on 5 February 2007.

In the season 2007/ 08 Walter Junghans returned at the behest of manager Uli Hoeness after 25 years at his old stamping ground back and was incorporated by Sepp Maier at Bayern Munich as his successor. Sepp Maier went there in 2008 as a goalkeeper coach back. Jürgen Klinsmann announced in spring 2008 that Walter Junghans sole from the 2008/ 09 Goalkeeper Coach will be in his new coaching staff. In the summer of 2010, the Dutchman Frans Hoek was goalkeeper coach of FC Bayern, Junghans care since the gatekeepers of the second team of the club. After leaving Hoek during the leave of absence from Louis van Gaal 10 April 2011 Junghans took over temporarily return to the goalkeeper training at Bayern, after the arrival of Toni Tapalovic as goalkeeper coach for the 2011/12 season came Junghans back into the junior level.

In his coaching career Junghans worked alongside Heynckes and Hitzfeld also with Bernd Schuster and briefly with José Mourinho together.


  • European Champion 1980
  • German Champion 1980, 1981
  • DFB Cup winners 1982


Walter Junghans, since 2007, the team of "Bayern All-Stars ", one of the ex-colleagues and jetzigem Bayern chief scout, Wolfgang Dremmler, trained former selection, famous Bayern Munich footballer, active as a goalkeeper.