Berti Vogts

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Berti Vogts
Berti Vogts 1.JPG
Berti Vogts (2014)
Surname Hans-Hubert Vogts
birthday December 30, 1946
place of birth BüttgenGermany
size 168 cm
position Defense
Years station
1954-1965 VfR Büttgen
Years station Games (goals) 1
1965-1979 Borussia M'gladbach 419 (33)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1967-1978 Germany 96 0(1)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
1979-1990 Germany U21
1990-1998 Germany
2000-2001 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
2001-2002 Kuwait
2002-2004 Scotland
2007-2008 Nigeria
2008-2014 Azerbaijan
1 Only league games are given.

Hans-Hubert "Berti" Vogts (born December 30, 1946 in Büttgen , today in Kaarst ; nickname Terrier ) is a former German soccer player and today's soccer coach .

Berti Vogts played 419 times in the Bundesliga for Borussia Mönchengladbach within 14 years . No other player was more active for this club in the Bundesliga. As captain he led the Borussia in 1975 and 1979 respectively for the UEFA Cup -Sieg and was in winning all five championships of the Association of the crew; in the national team he was used 96 times and became European champion in 1972 and world champion in 1974 . At the 1978 World Cup, Vogts was the captain of the German team.

He coached the national teams of Germany , Kuwait , Scotland (he is the only non-Scot who has ever coached this national team), Nigeria and Azerbaijan . His greatest success as a coach was winning the European Championship in 1996 .

Player career

Club career

Vogts began his football career at VfR Büttgen , for whom he played from 1954 to 1965. He then moved to Borussia Mönchengladbach and stayed there until 1979. In the first round of the DFB Cup 1978/79 , Vogts suffered a broken leg and then had to end his career. In total, he played 419 Bundesliga games for Mönchengladbach , scoring 33 goals as a defender and was German champion five times , DFB Cup winner once and UEFA Cup winner twice . He scored eight goals in his 64 European Cup games.

Because he always attacked his opponents, the combative Vogts was also called "The Terrier ". He is considered a training-oriented player who achieved world class with great diligence.

National team

Vogts and Weisweiler, radio exhibition 1970 in Düsseldorf
Berti Vogts (left) during the game against the Netherlands (1974)

Vogts played in the German national soccer team from 1967 to 1978. His first international match was the 0-1 lost EM qualifier in Belgrade against Yugoslavia on May 3, 1967. Before that, he had played three U-23 internationals and nine youth internationals. He completed a total of 96 full international matches in which he scored one goal (in the 8-0 win against Malta on February 28, 1976). He was used in 85% of the international matches played, only Franz Beckenbauer achieved a higher quota of the players with at least 80 appearances. Vogts was on the grid in 95 games and was only substituted three times. He was also a 20 time- captain .

The highlight of his international career was winning the 1974 World Cup in Germany . When he won the European Championship in 1972 , he was part of the squad, but was not used due to injury. In 1976 the national team reached the final of the European Championship, but lost on penalties. His international career ended on June 21, 1978 when he lost 3-2 in the World Cup intermediate round match against Austria in Argentina , in which he scored an own goal. After the tournament in which he led the German team as captain, Vogts said of the ruling military junta : “Argentina is a country where order reigns. I haven't seen a single political prisoner . "

Coaching career

After his active football career, Vogts was initially a junior coach at the DFB from 1979 to 1990 , before he was part of the coaching staff responsible for the national team under team boss Franz Beckenbauer from 1986 to 1990 . From 1990 to 1998 he was national coach . He was on the sidelines in 102 games (66 wins, 24 draws, 12 defeats). Vogts achieved the most victories as national coach after Joachim Löw and Helmut Schön , but also sat most of the games as national coach after Löw and Schön, if you don't count Sepp Herberger's time as coach . As a national coach, he achieved the second-best rate of all national coaches (1.53 and 2.18 points per game) after the current national coach Joachim Löw, both with the old score (2 points per game) and with the new score (3 points). Often very controversial during his tenure, his greatest success in eight years as national coach - apart from three successfully contested tournament qualifications - was winning the title at the 1996 European Football Championship in England . Germany was also under his direction European runner-up in the European Championship 1992 in Sweden and won in 1993 in the USA the little left in remembrance US Cup (opponents: Brazil , USA , England ), which in that year the character of a preparation tournament for the football -World Cup 1994. At the World Championships in 1994 in the USA and 1998 in France , the national teams led by Vogts each reached the quarter-finals .

Vogts, who is quite popular as a player, always had a difficult time as a national coach with the media and football fans. a. his at times perceived as clumsy handling of the media or his limited ability to lead players with difficult characters. The fact that the very popular Franz Beckenbauer was his predecessor also made things difficult for him. After the unexpected elimination as a tournament favorite at the 1994 World Cup in the quarter-finals against Bulgaria and public quarrels within the team, e.g. B. to the players' wives or the then national goalkeeper Bodo Illgner , according to his own account, only a phone call with the then Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl and the solidarity of the DFB President Egidius Braun prevented him from resigning. When he won the title at the European Championship in 1996 , his popularity as a national coach reached its peak, but fell again rapidly after Germany left the quarter-finals of the 1998 World Cup . Vogts' efforts to remain in office in order to be able to carry out the necessary rebuilding of the national team himself, turned out to be after a sobering course on the island of Malta in early September 1998 (2: 1 against Malta, 1: 1 against Romania) no longer feasible.

After Vogts' resignation as national coach in September 1998, he became the head coach of Bayer 04 Leverkusen on November 9, 2000 . There, however, despite a good team (including Robert Kovač , Jens Nowotny , Carsten Ramelow , Michael Ballack , Bernd Schneider , Zé Roberto , Ulf Kirsten and Oliver Neuville ) and temporarily leading the table at the end of the season, he only reached fourth place in the Bundesliga and went on 21. May 2001. This was followed by an approximately six-month assignment from August 12, 2001 to February 28, 2002 as national coach of Kuwait (ten games). Finally, on March 1, 2002, the Scottish Football Association appointed him as the first non-Scottish coach to be the national coach of Scotland , where he was supposed to rebuild the Scottish team with young players. By renouncing established players, however, he missed qualifying for the 2004 European Championship . After a bad start to the qualifying round for the 2006 World Cup with only two points from three games, Vogts resigned on November 1, 2004 after 32 games, two of which were against Germany in qualifying for the 2004 European Championship . In public, Vogts justified the termination of his work as national coach with the lack of sporting success of the Scottish national team (not particularly successful before and after his tenure). Rather, he explained, surprisingly for many sports journalists, that the constant harassment and abuse of pushy Scottish football fans, who had even compromised his privacy, would no longer have given the calm and businesslike atmosphere necessary to continue his work.

In January 2007 Vogts signed a contract with the Nigerian Football Association . On March 1, 2007, he took over the office of national coach. The aim was to lead the team to the 2010 World Cup . He engaged Thomas Häßler and Uli Stein as assistants . On March 24, 2007, the Nigerian national team won their first game under the German trio 1-0 against Uganda . At the African Cup of Nations in 2008 , his team barely reached the finals and was eliminated in the quarter-finals against Ghana. Vogts repeatedly criticized the Nigerian Association for outstanding bonuses and salaries for himself and his players. On February 20, 2008, Vogts resigned as head coach of Nigeria after 15 games.

On April 4, 2008, he signed a contract as coach of the Azerbaijani national team, which ran until 2009. After successful results, the contract with AFFA was extended to the end of the qualifying round for the 2012 European Championship . He met the German team both in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup and in qualifying for the Euro 2012 . This makes him the first German coach to face Germany six times with another national team. On November 11, 2011, he was the national coach for the 200th time in the game against Albania , including 41 times for Azerbaijan. Only five national coaches have more international matches. At the end of October 2011 Vogts had initially announced his departure from Azerbaijan, but on November 30th he extended his contract until 2014.

Vogts in 2012

In December 2013, he extended his contract for another two years and led Azerbaijan to qualify for the European Championship 2016 . Vogts acted as a scout and technical advisor for the United States' national soccer team during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil , where the USA also met Germany in the preliminary round . Vogts ended his work as national coach of Azerbaijan on October 17, 2014 on his own initiative. The unsuccessful start to qualifying for EURO 2016 and the lack of prospects were the decisive factors. Since March 2015, Vogts has been working again as a consultant for the Americans and supported coach Jürgen Klinsmann, among other things, at the Copa América Centenario 2016 .


Vogts first lost his mother at the age of twelve, who died of leukemia . A year later, his father died of heart problems. Vogts then lived in financially very modest circumstances with his aunt, with whom he spent the rest of his youth. At the age of 19 he did an apprenticeship in metalworking ( toolmaker ). After completing his apprenticeship, he started playing football at Borussia Mönchengladbach. Some observers believe that the coach Hennes Weisweiler was then something of a father figure for him for a few years.

Vogts is divorced and has one son. He met his ex-wife the evening after the Frankfurt water battle. At the end of February 2007 he was elected to the church council of his home parish St. Dionysius in Kleinenbroich for six years .


In 1994, Stefan Raab sang live a mocking rap song about the then national coach Berti Vogts on his program “ Vivasion ” while reporting on the soccer World Cup in the USA . Shortly afterwards he published the song as Stefan Raab & die Bekloppten under the title Böörti Böörti Vogts ; In July 1994 it reached number four on the German charts .

On the single Bayern lost (1995) by the group Norbert & die Feiglinge there is another title about Vogts called pity with Berti Vogts .

Vogts made a guest appearance in 1977 in episode 8 of Didi as a reluctant goalkeeper from the series Nonstop Nonsens with Dieter Hallervorden . He had another brief appearance in Tatort episode 403 of the NDR ( Greed , first broadcast: January 10, 1999), in which he brought back the rabbit that little Axel had put in front of the door to his neighbor and thereby the entire family from death by a Gas explosion saves.

Titles, achievements and honors

Berti Vogts (bottom row, 3rd from right) after the 1974 World Cup final in Munich
Berti Vogts with the UEFA Cup, 1975

as a player

as a trainer

  • Vice European Champion: 1992
  • European Champion: 1996

DFB team

  • World Champion (as assistant coach): 1990



  1. End of a career
  2. HSV and Stering-Elf outside
  4. ^ Final whistle for professional footballer Berti Vogts - end of a career . In: Die Zeit , No. 33/1978.
  5. Peter Burkhardt: Cheers within earshot of the torture chambers . In: Süddeutsche Zeitung , June 25, 2008.
  6. Vogts before parting from the Caucasus ( Memento of January 24, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
  7. (link not available)
  8. "Ex-national coach Vogts extends in Azerbaijan" ( Memento from August 13, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  9. ^ Spiegel Online : Klinsmann hires Vogts as a consultant from March 31, 2014.
  10. Vogts leaves Azerbaijan. In: FOOTBALL EM-total, October 17, 2014, accessed on October 17, 2014 .
  11. ^ Meeting of the 96 European champions in Paris. In: June 17, 2016, accessed June 20, 2016 .
  12. From faux pas to the throne on of 2 July 1996, accessed January 28, 2015.
  13. Der sprachlose Berti on from September 7, 1998, accessed on January 28, 2015.
  14. "Water battle against Poland: Thanks to Müller in the 1974 World Cup final"

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