Karlheinz Förster

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Karlheinz Förster
Surname Karlheinz Helmut Förster
birthday July 25, 1958
place of birth MosbachGermany
size 178 cm
position Defender
Years station
TSV Badenia Unterschwarzach
SV Waldhof Mannheim
VfB Stuttgart
Years station Games (goals) 1
1976-1986 VfB Stuttgart 311 (22)
1986-1990 Olympique Marseille 103 0(6)
1989-1990 Olympique Marseille B 3 0(0)
1991-1992 TSV Badenia Unterschwarzach
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1976-1988 Germany amateurs 4 0(0)
1978 Germany B 2 0(0)
1978-1986 Germany 81 0(2)
1 Only league games are given.

Karlheinz Helmut Förster (born July 25, 1958 in Mosbach ) is a former German football player . It was considered one of the world's best pre-stoppers in the 1980s. His greatest international success was the European title in 1980 , and he was vice world champion with the German national team in 1982 and 1986. Today he works as an independent player consultant.


Förster emerged from the youth of SV Waldhof Mannheim . He played as a man hit or pre-stopper in 272 games (17 goals) from 1977 to 1986 for VfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga and was German champion in 1984 . Previously, he had spent two seasons with the Swabians (39 games, 5 goals) in the second division .

In 1986 he moved to Olympique Marseille . There he took French citizenship in 1989 in order not to occupy a foreign place on the team. In 1990 he ended his career after becoming French champion and cup winner in 1989 in 1989 and 1990 - in this last season, however, with only four league appearances .

At times he was nicknamed Treter with the Angel Face . His style of play was considered tough but fair. He received a red card only once in his career.

Between 1978 and 1986 he wore the jersey of the German national soccer team 81 times and scored two goals. Förster was team captain four times, and in 1982 he was Germany's footballer of the year. It was 1980 football European Championship and 1982 and 1986 runner-up. After the World Cup, Förster resigned as a national player. He delivered a remarkable performance as a 21-year-old opponent in the 1980 European Championship final against the Belgian attacking midfielder Jan Ceulemans , when he largely neutralized this.

Karlheinz and his older brother Bernd Förster were one of the few pairs of brothers who played in the Bundesliga and in the national team.

The common practice in the 1980s of ignoring injuries or treating them only with painkillers led to severe chronic pain in Förster's later years. A late consequence of this was that he had to have an ankle stiffened a few years ago.

After his active career he was a representative of a sporting goods manufacturer and worked for his old clubs as a manager, in 1995 at Waldhof Mannheim and from March 1998 to January 2001 for VfB Stuttgart. Today he works as a freelance game consultant and looks after players like Timo Werner , Niklas Süle , Daniel Didavi and Kevin Stöger .

Success as a player

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. One of the world's best defenders wore the VfB jersey
  2. The eleven toughest defenders
  3. "You thought the Pope was walking in"
  4. ^ Karlheinz Förster - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga. In: rsssf.com. November 29, 2012, accessed May 31, 2019 .
  5. From Förster to Köpke: Germans play Marseillaise ( Memento from February 10, 2013 in the web archive archive.today ) on www.dfb.de.
  6. ^ Karlheinz Förster - International Appearances. In: rsssf.com. April 30, 2015, accessed May 31, 2019 .
  7. uefa.com: UEFA EURO 2016 - history. In: de.uefa.com. March 28, 2016, accessed May 31, 2019 .
  8. Tenth operation: Forester atone for his ambition
  9. A “Eisenfuß” turns 50. In: sport.t-online.de. February 25, 2010, accessed May 31, 2019 .
  10. VfB legend Förster celebrates a milestone anniversary. In: swr.de. July 24, 2018, accessed May 31, 2019 .