Richard Kohn

Richard Kohn (27 February 1888 16 June 1963) was an Austrian football player and later coach of FC Bayern Munich, FC Barcelona and Feyenoord Rotterdam. He was Jewish, born in Vienna. His nickname was Dombi or Little Dombi, meaning little eminence. He was also known as John Little(s), Jack Domby[1] and Ricardo Domby.

Richard Kohn
Personal information
Date of birth (1888-02-27)27 February 1888
Place of birth Vienna, Austria-Hungary
Date of death June 16, 1963(1963-06-16) (aged 75)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Wiener AC
Wiener AF
National team
1908–1912 Austria 6 (2)
Teams managed
19xx – 1924 Hertha BSC
1924–1925 HŠK Građanski
First Vienna
1926–1927 FC Barcelona
1927–1927 KS Warszawianka
1928–1930 1860 Munich
1930–1931 VfR Mannheim
1931–1933 Bayern Munich
1933–1934 FC Barcelona
1934 FC Basel
1935–1939 Feyenoord
FC Barcelona
FC Zurich
1951–1952 Feyenoord
1955–1956 Feyenoord
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Career as player

Before World War I he played for Wiener AC and Wiener AF and Wiener Amateur SV. Kohn was renowned for his good technique. He had seven appearances for the Austrian national team (1907–1912) and scored two times.[2]

Career as coach

Little is known about the early years of his career. In the 1920s he managed Građanski Zagreb and Sportfreunde Stuttgart and Hertha BSC from 1924 to 1925.[3] He then went to First Vienna FC[4][5] which he left for Barcelona for a first stint from February 1926 to 1927. He afterwards left TSV 1860 Munich for VfR Mannheim for a year. Upon leaving for FC Bayern Munich, convincing the gifted player Oskar Rohr to follow him there. With Rohr and Conny Heidkamp he formed a strong team in Munich and in 1932 won the German championship with Bayern in a final victory against Eintracht Frankfurt.

After the Nazis rise to power, the Jewish Kohn left Germany initially for the Grasshopper Club in Zurich for Barcelona,[6] and later went to Switzerland where he coached Basel. From 1935 to 1939, 1951 to 1952, and 1955 to 1956[7] he managed Feyenoord Rotterdam, winning the Dutch league in 1935–36 and 1937–38. He acted as a coach and physio, and was known for magical potions, which helped to cure injured players.[8]


  1. "Jack Domby (1926-27 i 1933-34)".
  2. "Länderspielstatistik von 1901 bis heute". Österreichischer Fußballbund. 17 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-12.
  3. Michael Jahn, Hertha BSC Eine Liebe in Berlin, page 409
  4. El Mundo Deportivo, 7 February 1926
  5. La Vanguardia, 10 February 1926
  6. El Mundo Deportivo, 11 August 1933 release
  7. Retrieved July 14, 2019

Further reading

  • Andreas Wittner: "Richard Little Dombi – Kleine Eminenz, vom Himmel gesandt". In: Schulze-Marmeling, Dietrich (Hrsg.): "Strategen des Spiels – Die legendären Fußballtrainer", Verlag Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2005, ISBN 3-89533-475-8, S.54–63

See also

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