Rudi Völler

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Rudi Völler
Rudi Völler (2014)
Surname Rudolf Völler
birthday April 13, 1960
place of birth HanauGermany
size 180 cm
position striker
Years station
1968-1975 TSV 1860 Hanau
1975-1977 Kickers Offenbach
Years station Games (goals) 1
1977-1980 Kickers Offenbach 73 (19)
1980-1982 TSV 1860 Munich 70 (46)
1982-1987 Werder Bremen 137 (97)
1987-1992 AS Roma 142 (45)
1992-1994 Olympique Marseille 58 (24)
1994-1996 Bayer 04 Leverkusen 62 (26)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1979-1982 Germany U-21 19 (10)
1980 Germany B 3 0(0)
1982-1994 Germany 90 (47)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
2000-2004 Germany ( Team Principal )
2000 Bayer 04 Leverkusen (interim)
2004 AS Roma
2005 Bayer 04 Leverkusen (interim)
1 Only league games are given.

Rudolf "Rudi" Völler (born April 13, 1960 in Hanau ) is a former German soccer player , coach and current official. In his career from 1977 to 1996 he was active as a player in the Federal Republic of Germany, France and Italy . From 1982 to 1994 he also played in 90 games for the German national team and became world champion with them in 1990 and was briefly their team captain in 1992 . He also won the 1993 Champions League with Olympique Marseille .

From 2000 to 2004 he was team leader of the German national team, which became vice world champion in 2002 under his leadership . In 2004 he briefly coached AS Roma . Since July 2018, Völler has been the sports director of Bayer 04 Leverkusen Fußball GmbH in the Bundesliga . Before that, from 1996 to 2000 as well as from the beginning of 2005 he held the duties of sports director in the club and worked twice as interim trainer for the club. This makes him the only person who was both a player and a coach and member of the management team in the club.



Rudi Völler was born in Hanau in 1960 as one of two sons of Kurt and Ilse Völler. The father was a trained lathe operator , later worked as a warehouse foreman and was a youth supervisor at the local football club TSV 1860 Hanau , where he was also active as a player. The mother also worked as a seamstress and cleaning lady. His father took him to training for the first time when he was eight.

Völler only wanted to play in the storm from the start and quickly turned out to be a talent. From the C-youth he played in the storm of the TSV and from then on scored 40 to 50 goals per season. At the age of 15 he was discovered by the Offenbach talent scout Hermann Nuber .

He attended secondary school and a so-called Sunday school in Hanau . After graduating from secondary school , Kickers Offenbach wanted to hire him , but Völler first completed vocational training as an office clerk . As a trainee , he worked at the Kickers office and later at LÖBRO , which manufactured cardan shafts for cars and trucks .

Offenbach and 1860 Munich

At the age of 16 Völler trained for the first time with the professional team of the then second division Kickers Offenbach. As a 17-year-old, he made his first team debut in November 1977. That season he completed five more league games and scored his first professional goal for the Kickers in January 1978.

Before the 1978/79 season he signed his first professional contract with the Kickers. He played in Offenbach am Main until the end of the 1979/80 season and ended up with a total of 74 games with 18 goals.

In 1980 Völler moved to the first division club TSV 1860 Munich for a transfer of over 700,000 DM . In his first first division season he scored nine goals in 33 games, but TSV 1860 was relegated to the 2nd Bundesliga. Although Völler was top scorer with 37 goals in the 1981/82 season , the direct resurgence was missed by one point. Due to great financial burdens, the DFB withdrew the TSV's license, resulting in a forced relegation to the third- tier Bayernliga . Völler then moved to the ambitious first division club Werder Bremen , who had finished the previous season as a promoted team in fifth place. He was to become the successor of the former national player Erwin Kostedde at Bremen as a center forward .

Werder Bremen

In the 1982/83 season Werder Bremen was level on points with the champions Hamburger SV runner-up and Völler in his first season in Bremen Bundesliga top scorer.

In the seasons 1984/85 and 1985/86 more runners-up with Werder Bremen followed, in 1986 again because of the worse goal difference. He was so badly fouled in the penultimate game of the Hinserie in the game at Bayern Munich by Klaus Augenthaler that he missed almost the entire second half of the season and could only be substituted on the penultimate match day of the season against Bayern.

In his last season at the Weser, he scored 22 times in 30 games. He has a total of 97 first division goals in 137 games in the Werder jersey.


In 1987 he moved from SV Werder Bremen to AS Roma in Serie A , in which he and his club reached third place in the 1987/88 season. With AS Roma he won the Italian Cup in 1991 and reached the final of the UEFA Cup in the same year , in which his team was defeated by Inter Milan . In 1992 Völler and AS Roma made it to the quarter-finals of the European Cup Winners' Cup , in which the team was eliminated against the eventual finalists AS Monaco , who then lost to Völler's former club Werder Bremen in the final.

In the 1992/93 season he moved to Olympique Marseille , where he - as the first German soccer player ever - won the first edition of the Champions League in 1993 , formerly the European Cup. Völler was substituted in the 78th minute by Jean-Christophe Thomas in the final, which the French won 1-0 against AC Milan.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen

In 1994 he returned to Germany. He made 62 Bundesliga appearances for Bayer 04 Leverkusen and scored 26 goals before finally ending his active career in 1996, after which he worked as the club's sports director until 2000.

National team

From 1979 to 1982 he played 19 games for the U-21 national team and scored 10 goals. In 1982 he was U-21 vice European champion and scored the goal for the German team in the 1: 3 defeat in the first final in Sheffield against England. In the second leg won 3-2 in Bremen, he was not used. He also played three games for the B national team in 1980 .

In the spring of 1982 national coach Jupp Derwall nominated Völler as the only second division player in the provisional 40-player squad for the World Cup in Spain . Ultimately, Derwall preferred the established strikers Klaus Fischer and Horst Hrubesch . On November 17, 1982 Völler finally made his debut in the 0-1 defeat in Northern Ireland in the German national team when he came on for Lothar Matthäus .

At the European Championship 1984 , which was disappointing for the German selection , many of his teammates did not even come close to reaching their performance limit. Völler, on the other hand, scored the only two goals for his team in the three preliminary round games after which Germany were eliminated. Thus, he was one of the few German players who could at least partially book the EM as a success.

Despite a long break from injury in the previous season, Völler was nominated for the 1986 World Cup and reached the final with the German team. With three goals this time, he was the top German goalscorer in the tournament, just like at the European Championship two years earlier. He scored two of his goals after substitutions and was the most successful substitute for the German team at World Cups until the 2014 World Cup, before he was replaced by André Schürrle , who scored three joker goals in this tournament. At the European Championship in 1988 he was used in all four games and scored both goals in the game against Spain for a 2-0 win.

Two years later, in 1990, Völler became world champion with the German national team: In the 1-0 win against Argentina in the final in Rome , it was Völler who was fouled in the penalty area before Andreas Brehme converted the subsequent penalty to 1-0.

When Lothar Matthäus injured his knee in 1992 and was unable to take part in the European Championships in the same year , Völler became captain of the national team. In the tournament, however, he broke his arm in the first game against the CIS and could not be used in the other games. At the 1994 World Cup he scored two goals in the round of 16 against Belgium (final score 3: 2). The quarter-finals against Bulgaria , after which Germany were eliminated, was his last game in the national team.

For the national team he played 90 times and scored 47 goals. This number of hits makes him, together with Jürgen Klinsmann, the fourth most successful goal scorer in the German national team behind Miroslav Klose (71), Gerd Müller (68) and Lukas Podolski (49). He played 15 World Cup games, scoring eight goals and eight European Championship games, in which he scored four goals.

Soccer coach and manager

Rudi Völler 2009

On July 2, 2000, shortly after the European Championship , at which the German national team under Erich Ribbeck as defending champion was eliminated in the preliminary round as bottom group, Völler became team boss of the DFB selection.

Originally, Völler was to hold the post for a year (until 2001) until Christoph Daum's contract with Bayer 04 Leverkusen expired and he was able to take over the post. When Daum was no longer considered for the office of national coach due to proven drug use, Völler was hired for an unlimited period. In autumn 2000, after Daum's dismissal, he was also interim coach at Bayer 04 Leverkusen for almost a month.

Völler achieved his greatest success in 2002: Contrary to many predictions by experts who had predicted an early end, he made it to the final with the German national team at the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan . Germany lost to Brazil 2-0.

Made headlines Voeller on September 6, 2003 : After a disappointing 0: 0 of the German national team in a European Championship qualifier in Iceland against the "Brazilians of the North Atlantic" (quote Gerhard Delling ) he expressed in a live interview with the ARD moderator Waldemar Hartmann expressed his displeasure after being asked about the poor performance of his team. In front of the camera, he attacked in particular the moderator Delling and the expert Günter Netzer because of what he thought was inappropriate and negative reporting. Hartmann, who refused to accept this, was also reprimanded by Völler. Völler accused him that Hartmann had “ drank three wheat beers ” and was therefore able to “easily” report negatively about the German team. Völler later apologized publicly for his choice of words, but stuck to his fundamental criticism of what he saw as disapproving reports.

Völler's “angry speech” came about mainly because Völler had arrived in the studio a little earlier than usual and so heard the preliminary reports from Netzer and Delling, who had declared the game to be a “[absolute new] low point”. ARD presenter Hartmann later explained this in an interview: Normally the coaches always have a “cool down phase” after the game, “[a] about that was more of a district sports facility in Reykjavik . He came up three steps and down three steps straight into the studio. And for the first time he was able to hear what Günter Netzer and Gerhard Delling had to say about the game. "

After the German national team had already been eliminated in the preliminary round at the 2004 European Championships , Völler announced his resignation as head of the German national team on June 24, 2004.

On August 30, 2004 Völler was the new coach at the Italian football club AS Roma . On September 25, 2004, however, he resigned due to the lack of sporting success.

Since January 18, 2005, Völler has again acted as sports director of Bayer 04 Leverkusen. On September 16, 2005, he succeeded Klaus Augenthaler as transition coach for three Bundesliga games. On October 9, 2005 he gave up the coaching position to Michael Skibbe and has since worked again as a sports director.

In April 2014 Völler was fined 8,000 euros after the 2-1 defeat at Hamburger SV because he had accused referee Dankert of partiality: “The 13th man at HSV was Mr Dankert. If HSV requests that Mr. Dankert whistle one of the last games, they will definitely not be relegated. "

On February 24, 2016, Völler was again sentenced by the DFB to pay a fine of 10,000 euros after accusing referee Felix Zwayer of partiality after the 1-0 defeat against Borussia Dortmund . In the game, a quick free kick by Dortmund's Matthias Ginter from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was accommodated in the Leverkusen goal. The problem, however, was that the free kick was taken six meters from the location of the offense (foul), which, according to the chairman of the DFB Referees Committee, Herbert Fandel , was technically in order, but still represents a controversial decision. As a result, however , Leverkusen's coach Roger Schmidt protested so violently that Zwayer referred him to the stands. However, Zwayer did not inform Schmidt of this decision directly, but had it conveyed to Schmidt via Leverkusen's captain Stefan Kießling . However, Schmidt refused to go to the stands and let Kießling tell him that he would only go if Zwayer informs him personally of the decision. Zwayer then interrupted the game for around nine minutes and sent the teams into the dressing room. Only when Schmidt took a seat in the stands did the game start again. The unconventional and indirect way of pronouncing Schmidt the reprimand, like the interruption of the game, was technically correct, but unusual and neither Schmidt nor Völler was known to be anchored in the rules. In the subsequent Sky interview with Sebastian Hellmann, Völler was furious about Zwayer, for example, he considers the decision to interrupt the game "as if something terrible had happened" to be "totally exaggerated"; In addition, he would have liked Zwayer Schmidt to have explained the reference to the grandstand "sensibly", regardless of whether this was in the regulations or not. A potential penalty kick for Leverkusen after a handball by a Dortmund player was denied by referee Zwayer, for which he later apologized. Völler, irritated by reporter Hellmann, who disregarded Völler's views in the interview, then uttered the sentence about the missing penalty, for which he was prosecuted by the DFB: “But he [Felix Zwayer] returned the favor. That's why he didn't whistle for the penalty [pro Leverkusen]. "

On July 1, 2018, Völler took over the duties of Managing Director Sport at Bayer 04 Leverkusen Fußball GmbH at the side of Managing Director Fernando Carro .


His 73 goals in the first 100 games for Werder Bremen represent a Bundesliga record.


As a player

As a team boss

  • Vice World Champion: 2002 with Germany


Völler at the entry in Hanau's Golden Book


Völler has been married to an Italian for the second time since 1995. From this relationship he has two sons and another son and daughter from his first marriage. His son Marco plays in the basketball league for the Fraport Skyliners and his son Kevin Völler-Adducci plays for the soccer club FC Büderich in the regional league Niederrhein.


During the 1990 World Cup, he was spat at several times by the Dutch international Frank Rijkaard . Due to his subsequent complaint to the referee, Völler was subsequently sent off along with Rijkaard.

During his active time, Völler was nicknamed Aunt Käthe because of his Minipli perm . The long-drawn-out Ruuuuuuuuudi cries in German football stadiums as well as (during and after the 2002 World Cup) the song by the band La Rocca with the title There is only one 'Rudi Völler to the melody of Guantanamera ', which even became the 2002 sentence, were also legendary . In 2001 he was sung about as national coach by the Cologne dialect band Höhner in the title Tante Käthe . The then stadium announcer of the Bremen Weserstadion, Christian Günther , published the single Was ist only los Rudi? .

In the German version of the video game The Lord of the Rings Online, there is a non-player character named Rhudy Völler , who oversees and guides the snowball fight of the annual winter July festival, probably intended as a homage to Rudi Völler's achievements as a trainer.

Völler was criticized in the press for promoting the controversial energy provider Teldafax . Since summer 2011 Völler can be seen as an advertising figure for savings banks.


  • Wolfgang Schoen: Legends - Rudi Völler . tvschoenfilm, 2006.


Web links

Commons : Rudi Völler  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  2. ARD Euro Review 1992 ( Memento from June 12, 2008 in the Internet Archive )
  3. ^ Roberto Mamrud: Rudolf "Rudi" Völler - Goals in International Matches . RSSSF . November 2, 2002. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  4. Record shooters of the German national team on ( Memento from July 5, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  5. : Weissbier-Waldi is eternally grateful to Völler , accessed on October 10, 2017
  6. "Cheese, Guru, Wheat Beer" - Ten years ago: Rudi Völler's outburst., September 5, 2013, accessed on May 29, 2018 .
  7. DFB sentenced Völler to a fine for criticism of the referee. Spiegelonline, April 16, 2014, accessed April 27, 2018 .
  8. a b € 10,000 fine for Rudi Völler ,, accessed on October 24, 2016
  9. Bundesliga scandal in Leverkusen: Against Dortmund: Roger Schmidt interrupts the game in Leverkusen., February 21, 2016, accessed April 27, 2018 .
  10. a b Bundesliga scandal in Leverkusen: DFB determined against Schmidt and Völler., May 22, 2016, accessed April 27, 2018 .
  11. Coach provokes an interruption in the game in Leverkusen., February 21, 2016, accessed April 27, 2018 .
  12. Bayer's negative series lasts - Sokratis injured: Zwayer steals the show from Aubameyang., February 21, 2016, accessed on April 27, 2018 .
  13. a b c youtube video Sky interview with Rudi Völler
  14. Rudi Völler gives an angry interview: Leverkusen-Vulkan talks into a rage after a scandal game. focusonline, February 22, 2016, accessed on April 27, 2018 .
  15. a b Zwayer apologizes for not given a penalty., February 21, 2016, accessed on April 27, 2018 .
  16. Gomez leaves Müller standing - Völler is the best. Who has the best odds after playing 100 games with a club? kicker online . Retrieved March 30, 2016
  17. Marco Völler moves to Frankfurt | FRAPORT SKYLINERS. Accessed December 9, 2017 .
  18. Kevin Völler-Adducci in the database by , accessed on 30 March 2016th
  19. ^ "We were Blues Brothers" , 11 friends from November 13, 2011, accessed on June 24, 2016
  20. Quest overview Yule Festival at LOTRO. , accessed January 5, 2018.
  21. Service flop. Switching is not a piece of cake with Teldafax. Focus Online , March 8, 2011, accessed March 30, 2016.
  22. ^ Sönke Iwersen, Jürgen Flauger: Electricity provider. Bayer Leverkusen is examining separation from Teldafax. , March 18, 2011, accessed March 30, 2016.
  23. Wolfgang Schoen: Legenden (2006) on ( Memento from November 3, 2013 in the Internet Archive )