Jürgen Kohler

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Jürgen Kohler
Jürgen Kohler 2005.jpg
Jürgen Kohler (2005)
birthday October 6, 1965
place of birth LambsheimGermany
size 186 cm
position Defender
Years station
1975-1981 TB Jahn Lambsheim
1982-1983 SV Waldhof Mannheim
Years station Games (goals) 1
1983-1987 SV Waldhof Mannheim 95 0(6)
1987-1989 1. FC Cologne 57 0(2)
1989-1991 FC Bayern Munich 55 0(6)
1991-1995 Juventus Turin 102 0(8)
1995-2002 Borussia Dortmund 191 (14)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1983-1984 Germany U18 8 0(1)
1985-1987 Germany U21 11 0(0)
1986-1998 Germany 105 0(2)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
2002-2003 Germany U21
2005-2006 MSV Duisburg
2008 VfR Aalen
2012 Bonner SC U19
2013-2015 SpVgg EGC Wirges
2015-2016 SC Hauenstein
2016-2017 VfL Alfter
2018– Viktoria Cologne U19
2019 Viktoria Cologne (interim)
1 Only league games are given.

Jürgen Kohler (born October 6, 1965 in Lambsheim ) is a former German soccer player who has worked as a coach since the end of his playing career . During his playing days he was world champion with the DFB-Elf in 1990 , with FC Bayern Munich , Juventus Turin and Borussia Dortmund , where he celebrated the greatest successes, he won the Champions League , the UEFA Cup and three German and one German championships Italian championship .

Career as a player


From the age of ten to sixteen, Kohler played in his place of birth with TB Jahn Lambsheim , before he moved to the youth department of Waldhof Mannheim in 1982 and received a professional contract at the age of 18. He made his Bundesliga debut on April 7, 1984 (28th match day) in a 2-0 home game against 1. FC Kaiserslautern when he came on for Thomas Remark in the 89th minute . In his first professional season he was only used five times, he increased his stakes and came to his first Bundesliga goal in his second season: On January 26, 1985 (13th matchday) he scored the goal to meanwhile 4-1 in a 5-2 home win the FC Schalke 04 . He was active for the Waldhöfer until 1987 and completed 95 league games (six goals) and six appearances in the DFB Cup (two goals).

From 1987 to 1989 he was active at 1. FC Köln . He made his first international appearance at club level on September 7, 1988 in the first round of the UEFA Cup in a 4-2 win in the away game at Royal Antwerp .

In 1989 “der Kokser” - Kohler's nickname - moved to FC Bayern Munich , stayed there for two years and in 1990 became German champions. In the two seasons he came to 55 Bundesliga games and nine appearances in the European Cup , in which he twice reached the semi-finals.

From 1991 to 1995 he played for the Italian first division club Juventus Turin , with whom he won the UEFA Cup in 1993 (against Borussia Dortmund) and the championship in 1995 . In 1992 he won the election for the best foreign player in Italy.

In 1995 he returned to Germany and played for Borussia Dortmund until 2002 . 191 league games, 12 appearances in the DFB Cup, 4 in the League Cup, 7 in the UEFA Cup and 33 in the Champions League as well as two championships, victory in the Champions League and winning the World Cup are the result of his seven years with Dortmund. There he quickly became a crowd favorite due to his combative style of play. The audience there called him “Jürgen Kohler - Football God ”. In 1997 he was voted Germany's Footballer of the Year . He played his last game on May 8, 2002 in the final of the UEFA Cup, which was lost 3-2 to Feyenoord Rotterdam ; Kohler also saw the red card after an "emergency brake" in the 31st minute .

National team

Kohler played eight times for the U-18 national team in 1983 and 1984 and scored one goal. He made his debut on October 18, 1983 in Schifferstadt in the 3-1 victory over the selection of Denmark; against which he scored his only goal for this national team two days later in Neustadt in a 5-0 win. He played his last game on April 10, 1984 in Kufstein in a 1-0 victory over Austria. For the U-21 national team , he played eleven times, the first time on February 23, 1985 in Lisbon in the 2-1 defeat against Portugal , and last time on April 28, 1987 in Venlo in the 3-1 defeat against the Netherlands .

On September 24, 1986 Kohler made his debut in Copenhagen in the senior team in a 2-0 victory over Denmark . Until his last international match, on July 4, 1998 in Lyon - in the 3-0 defeat against Croatia in the quarter-finals of the World Cup in France - he took part in both the 1990 and 1994 World Cups and the 1988 , 1992 and 1996 European Championships . At the European Championship in 1996, in which he led the German team as captain, he injured his knee after a few minutes in the first game against the Czech Republic and was out for the rest of the tournament. He also scored two goals in his 105 appearances: the first on June 4, 1996 in Mannheim in a test match in a 9-1 win over Liechtenstein , the second on February 18, 1998 in Muscat (also in a test match) in a 2-0 - Victory over Oman . After Franz Beckenbauer , Lothar Matthäus and Jürgen Klinsmann, Kohler was only the fourth German footballer to have played more than 100 international matches, and after his retirement he was third behind Matthäus and Klinsmann for a long time before he was overtaken by Miroslav Klose in 2010 . He is now in 7th place.





Career as a coach

Together with several other well-deserved national players, Jürgen Kohler received the opportunity from the DFB in 2000 to get his coaching license by taking part in a greatly shortened intensive course (two times two weeks) at the Hennef sports school . The training, which until then had to be completed regularly in six months at the Sport University in Cologne , was cut by more than half of the otherwise 560 teaching hours.

On October 11, 2001, the DFB announced that Kohler will be the new coach of the U21 national team from July 1, 2002, and will succeed Hannes Löhr .

On March 31, 2003, Kohler moved to Bayer 04 Leverkusen as sports director , which was now in acute danger of relegation after a highly successful 2001/02 season. Kohler's commitment brought a certain explosiveness with it, as Leverkusen was only overtaken by Borussia Dortmund on matchday 33 last season. A matchday earlier, after a dubious and controversial action by Kohler shortly before the end, Dortmund was awarded a penalty, which meant that Dortmund was able to reduce the gap on Leverkusen from five to two points. This was the only way that Dortmund was ultimately able to pull past the following week and go into the final matchday as the championship leader. Leverkusen also lost two other titles in the course of the now missed championship and collapsed completely in the following season, which ultimately led to the coaching staff being reorganized. In the course of this, Kohler was also brought in. He was hired as a motivator ( “I know what players think, what players feel,” he said at the press conference at the beginning of his tenure), even took a seat next to the coach on the bench and started his time with a triumphant 4-1 in Leverkusen. He remained the club's sports director until June 29, 2004.

From December 17, 2005 until his release on April 4, 2006, Kohler was the coach of MSV Duisburg . In August 2008 he became the trainer of the third division club VfR Aalen and thus the successor of the dismissed Edgar Schmitt . Kohler's goal was to lead the club into the 2nd Bundesliga . On November 15, 2008, he announced his resignation from the coaching office for health reasons, but remained with the club as sports director. The team was then looked after by the previous assistant coach Kosta Runjaic on an interim basis . Kohler's successor as coach was Petrik Sander , who kept Runjaic as an assistant coach. On May 5, 2009 Kohler and Sander resigned from their offices, Aalen was at a relegation place at this point.

Until the end of December 2011, Kohler trained the A-youth of the Grafschafter-SV and made it into the district league with them. After that, Kohler was introduced as the new coach of the U-19 Bundesliga team at Bonner SC . With the start of training on January 5, 2012, he took up his position in Bonn. After only a few weeks, at the beginning of March 2012, he gave up the position of the responsible head coach for the A-Juniors (U19). His previous assistants Alexander Halfen and Kourosch Hosseini are continuing this work. Kohler justified this step with heavy professional demands as a company representative and TV co-commentator.

On October 14, 2013, Kohler took over the Rhineland division SpVgg EGC Wirges . In his first season he rose with the team in the Oberliga Rheinland-Pfalz / Saar. On March 14, 2015, his immediate resignation as coach of this club was announced.

For the 2015/16 season Kohler was introduced as the new coach of the upper division SC Hauenstein . After just one season, he stopped working there to look after the Middle Rhine division VfL Alfter from the 2016/17 season .

In the summer of 2018, Kohler signed a two-year contract as head coach of the youth team at FC Viktoria Köln . In May 2019, as champion of the Mittelrhein Association League, he and his team made it to the A-Juniors-Bundesliga . Two days after the successful promotion, Kohler was appointed interim coach of the regional league team, with the aim of reaching promotion to the third division on the last day of the game . After he had achieved this goal, he took over the U19 team again. At the end of April 2020, the club announced that it had no longer extended Kohler's contract, which was expiring at the end of the season.


  • Champion of the Rhineland League: 2014 (SpVgg EGC Wirges)
  • Champion of the A-Youth Middle Rhine League: 2019 (FC Viktoria Köln U19)


In June 2009 Jürgen Kohler got a player pass to play as an amateur at the district league C club Alemannia Adendorf in the Rhein-Sieg district . He also trains the A-youth of SV Grafschaft, a club in his current place of residence. He is also the bearer of the silver bay leaf .

Jürgen Kohler is now a member of the Board of Trustees of the Youth Football Foundation. This foundation was founded in 2000 by himself, Jürgen Klinsmann and other national players as well as the lecturers of the football teacher special course.

Since January 2011 Kohler was on the advisory board of the women's soccer Bundesliga club SC 07 Bad Neuenahr . There he took on an advisory role in both marketing and sports. He also stood by the SG Bad Breisig in an advisory capacity . In April and May 2013 he was Günter Sebert's successor as volunteer sports director of the regional league team SV Waldhof Mannheim . Today he works as a company representative and investment advisor. Kohler has a daughter Laura from his first marriage to Esther Kohler. In his second marriage, Kohler is married to Silke Kohler and has three other children with her.

Web links

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Individual evidence

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  2. ^ Matthias Arnhold: Jürgen Kohler - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga . Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. July 26, 2012. Retrieved August 2, 2012.
  3. ^ Roberto Mamrud: Jürgen Kohler - Century of International Appearances . Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. September 11, 2002. Retrieved August 2, 2012.
  4. 1992 team of the tournament . In: Union of European Football Associations , October 17, 2011. Retrieved June 17, 2012. 
  5. luxury cars in front of the youth hostel ; Welt online, January 13, 2000
  6. cf. Kicker online
  7. cf. Kicker online
  8. 2001 - 2012 Largest association of the county Grafschaft ( Memento from February 9, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  9. Jürgen Kohler trains BSC U-19 ( Memento from February 25, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
  10. Report in "The West"
  11. Jürgen Kohler has to slow down ; General-Anzeiger Bonn, March 8, 2012
  12. A world champion on Strangheidgesweg ; General-Anzeiger Bonn from May 16, 2016
  13. Jürgen Kohler on FuPa ; accessed on November 11, 2018
  14. Viktoria Köln parted ways with head coach Patrick Glöckner. viktoria1904.de, May 13, 2019, accessed on May 13, 2019 .
  15. Contract with Jürgen Kohler expires , viktoria1904.de, accessed on April 23, 2020
  16. Jürgen Kohler plays for Alemannia Adendorf , General-Anzeiger Bonn, July 15, 2009
  17. ( page no longer available , search in web archives: world champion Jürgen Kohler plays for Adendorf again ; advertising paper Schaufenster, July 15, 2009 )@1@ 2Template: Toter Link / www.blickpunkt-meckenheim.de
  18. ^ SC 07 Bad Neuenahr: Obliers goes - Kohler comes ; Framba.de - Women's football, February 1, 2011 ( Memento from January 3, 2016 in the Internet Archive )
  19. cf. Die Rheinpfalz , edition of April 3, 2013, Sport.
  20. cf. Mannheimer Morgen , issue of May 25, 2013, Sport.
  21. Peter Ahrens: Footballer Careers: Knipser and Kneipiers , Spiegel-Online, August 25, 2013.