|Date of birth||(1966-07-14) 14 July 1966 (age 52)|
|Place of birth||Prague, Czechoslovakia|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|1997–2001||FK Chmel Blšany||93||(13)|
|2001–2003||FK Chmel Blšany|
|2003–2004||FK Viktoria Žižkov|
|2004–2005||SC Xaverov Horní Počernice|
|2005–2006||SK Union Čelákovice|
|2006–2009||FK Dukla Prague|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Günter Bittengel (born 14 July 1966) is a Czech football coach and former player. He played in the Czechoslovak First League and went on to play in the Czech First League after the dissolution of Czechoslovakia. As a result, he also represented both Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic at international level.
During his playing career, Bittengel made over 100 league appearances for Dukla Prague in six seasons at the club. He was part of the Dukla team which won the 1989–90 Czechoslovak Cup. Bittengel then went to Germany to play for Bayer Uerdingen. During his time in Germany he played 153 league matches, scoring a total of 20 goals.
Later in his career, Bittengel returned to the Czech Republic and played for FK Chmel Blšany, where he was the captain. Bittengel, Jan Šimák and Pavel Pergl scored the first-ever top-flight goals for Blšany, each finding the net in a 3–1 win away at Teplice in August 1998.
Bittengel played for the Czechoslovakia national under-21 football team between 1986 and 1988, scoring three times in 14 appearances. He progressed to the senior side, making his début for Czechoslovakia senior team in 1987. He played his fourth and final match for Czechoslovakia in 1991, but would go on to play for the newly independent Czech Republic in a 1995 match against Finland, his only appearance.
As a manager, Bittengel's first Czech First League position was at FK Chmel Blšany, who he led between 2001 and 2003. He took charge of Blšany in the winter break of the 2001–02 Gambrinus liga, after the team had lost seven consecutive matches under boss Miroslav Beránek. Blšany remained in the top league throughout Bittengel's tenure, but suffered a run of five consecutive defeats at the beginning of the 2003–04 season. In October 2003, with the club still last in the table, having taken just two points from the opening ten matches, Bittengel was replaced by Michal Bílek.
He took over at FK Viktoria Žižkov in the winter break of the 2003–04 Gambrinus liga, with the club second from bottom in the league. The club were relegated at the end of the season and Bittengel left Žižkov to join SC Xaverov Horní Počernice, a team which had just been relegated to the Bohemian Football League, on a one-year contract.
Bittengel joined FK Dukla Prague in July 2006, while the team was in the Prague Championship. He led Dukla until December 2009, when Luboš Kozel was brought in to lead the team and Bittengel moved to a new role as sporting director.
- Dukla Prague
Czechoslovak Cup: 1989–90
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- "Bittengel, Günter" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 27 December 2010.
- "Bittengel dostal druhou šanci" [Bittengel got a second chance] (in Czech). idnes.cz. 4 June 2000. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- "Football". Radio Prague. 3 August 1998. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- Günter Bittengel at FAČR (in Czech) Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- "Chmel turn to Bittengel". UEFA.com. 12 December 2001. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- "Blšany jsou stále bez bodu" [Blšany are still without a point] (in Czech). idnes.cz. 23 August 2003. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- "Blsany sack coach Bittengel". Radio Prague. 6 October 2003. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- "Nemec leaves Sparta Prague for Zizkov". ESPN. 21 January 2004. Retrieved 14 June 2013. [permanent dead link]
- "Fotbalisty Xaverova povede Bittengel" [Bittengel will lead Xaverov footballers] (in Czech). idnes.cz. 19 June 2004. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- "Bittengel vede Duklu. Přijde i Jiří Němec?" [Bittengel leads Dukla. Will Jiří Němec also come?] (in Czech). idnes.cz. 19 July 2006. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- "Fotbalisté pražské Dukly změnili trenéra: Bittengla vystřídal Kozel" [Dukla Prague footballers changed the manager: Bittengel was replaced by Kozel] (in Czech). idnes.cz. 14 December 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
- Günter Bittengel at Hall of Fame Dukla Praha (in Czech)