Fritz KORBACH from Strasky and Hutch

Fritz KORBACH was a German professional football player and manager. He was particularly well known in the Netherlands, where he served eleven different teams. As a player, Korbach was active for Dutch amateur clubs ZSC Patria and SV Baarn and then an assistant manager. The football instructor had his first post as manager at the FC Wageningen,in 1973. At the end of his first season (1973-74), he led Wageningen in winning the playoffs and securing promotion to the Eredivisie. Wageningen's first season ever in the Eredivisie was not successful; the club relegated in 1975. At 1 February 1977, it was announced that Korbach would start as PEC Zwolle's new manager. Given his experience at both Dutch tiers, and his ideas on scouting and youth programs, he was the most fit of the twelve candidates. After one of the first matches in the 1977-78 season, Korbach attracted the anger of Heracles Almelo-coach Hennie Hollink, who threw a glass of lemonade in the face of Korbach, and slapped Korbach's face afterwards.They reconciled a few days later. After this incident, Korbach's team became the champion of the Eerste Divisie and promoted to the Eredivisie. In its debut in the highest class of the Netherlands the team reached the eighth place. After five seasons with PEC Zwolle KORBACH managed several teams : FC Volendam, FC Twente, SC Cambuur, Go Ahead Eagles, SC Heerenveen, De Graafschap, Heracles Almelo, Sparta Rotterdam (where his management spell famously lasted only two days), Rohda Raalte and Harkemase Boys. 

One remarkable example of his youth programm skillness, in 1993 when he arrived at SC Cambuur he gave quickly Jaap STAM's first professional appearance and made him a starter for the two years he spend at this club. Korbach became well known for leading mediocre Eerste Divisie sides to the Eredivisie. This sudden change in achievements has become known in the Netherlands as the 'Korbach-effect'. If Korbach's teams always practiced a hard football, the german manager was also known for some incidents. In 1991 with Heerenveen, Fritz Korbach showed his darkside :  in a February 1991 interview, Korbach called player Bryan Roy ("een kleine rotneger"; "a putrid little negro") and Romário ("die koffieboon van PSV", "that coffee bean of PSV". Early 2011, Throat Cancer was detected at Korbach at an advanced stage. In the summer of that year, the diagnosis followed that he had only few months to live. On August 14, 2011, he died from the consequences of a heart attack. But Why this title : Fritz KORBACH from Strasky and Hutch ? Because he was the perfect David Soul's look-a-like wasn't he ?

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