Toni Schumacher (soccer player, 1954)

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Toni Schumacher
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Toni Schumacher (1982)
Surname Harald Anton Schumacher
birthday March 6, 1954
place of birth DürenGermany
size 186 cm
position goal
Years station
1962-1972 Black and white Düren
Years station Games (goals) 1
1972-1987 1. FC Cologne 422 (0)
1987-1988 FC Schalke 04 33 (0)
1988-1991 Fenerbahçe Istanbul 89 (0)
1991 FC Bayern Munich 8 (0)
1995-1996 Borussia Dortmund 1 (0)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1971-1972 DFB youth selection 6 (0)
1978-1979 Germany B 3 (0)
1979-1986 Germany 76 (0)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
1992-1993 FC Schalke 04 (goalkeeping coach)
1993-1994 FC Bayern Munich (goalkeeping coach)
1995-1998 Borussia Dortmund (goalkeeping coach)
1998-1999 SC Fortuna Cologne
2001-2003 Bayer 04 Leverkusen (goalkeeping coach)
1 Only league games are given.
Signature of Toni Schumacher

Harald Anton "Toni" Schumacher (born March 6, 1954 in Düren ) is a former German goalkeeper . He was the goalkeeper of 1. FC Köln from 1974 to 1987 , after he had accepted his first position there in the men's area in 1972. After his time in Cologne he played for one season at FC Schalke 04 and then moved to Turkey for Fenerbahçe Istanbul for three years . At the end of 1991 he helped out at Bayern Munich for several weeks before he worked as a goalkeeping coach for various clubs . In 1996 he played for Borussia Dortmund again in the Bundesliga at the age of 42 . At SC Fortuna Köln , he had his only position as head coach from 1998 to 1999 . From 2012 to 2019, Schumacher was Vice President of 1. FC Köln and was responsible for the sporting area.

Schumacher was considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world in the 1980s . He was European champion with the German national team and twice vice world champion. He was also twice German and once Turkish champions and won the DFB Cup three times. In 1982 he attracted a lot of attention when Frenchman Patrick Battiston was injured on the night of Seville . The publication of his book Anpfiff in 1987 caused a scandal in the Federal Republic of Germany and marked the end of his time in Cologne and in the national team. In 1984 and 1986 Schumacher was voted Germany's Footballer of the Year . In addition, FIFA named him the second best player at the 1986 World Cup with the Silver Ball .



At the age of eight, Schumacher was taken by a boy from the neighborhood to train Black and White Düren . He initially played as a striker and at the age of twelve, on the advice of his coach and his mother, stood in goal because he had spent too much as a field player. He finally made the leap into the squad of the senior youth national team .

In 1972 he was in the semi-finals of the Middle Rhine Championship with Black and White Düren. The team lost 1-0 to the reigning youth champions 1. FC Köln . The Cologne head coach Josef Röhrig noticed the goalkeeping talent and he won Schumacher for the professional squad of FC. In order to be able to finish his apprenticeship as a coppersmith , Schumacher had long resisted poaching attempts.

Club career

1. FC Cologne

In his first season as a professional, Schumacher was a substitute goalkeeper without a role in the Bundesliga . When regular goalkeeper Gerhard Welz was injured in the following season, Schumacher made his debut at the age of 19 on September 8, 1973 (6th matchday) in the Bundesliga match against VfL Bochum (2-2). He took his chance and was Cologne's new number one from the 1974/75 season. In the 1970s, 1. FC Köln around playmaker Wolfgang Overath was always one of the top five in the league without winning a major title. Schumacher continued to develop as a goalkeeper and was one of the most promising German talents. After winning the German Cup in 1976/77 ended Overath his career, but coach Hennes Weisweiler led FC 1977/78 with players like Dieter Müller , Heinz fleas and Harald Konopka for Double from Championship and Cup victory . Between 1977 and 1983 Schumacher played 213 Bundesliga games in a row before an internal suspension due to a dispute with coach Rinus Michels stopped this series. Despite his sometimes uncomfortable manner, the goalkeeper was considered one of the best in the Bundesliga and was voted Germany's Footballer of the Year in 1984 and 1986 . In 1987 he published his revelatory book Anpfiff , whereupon he was suspended from the national team and also from Cologne .

After 422 Bundesliga games, 67 European Cup games and 55 games in the DFB Cup, Schumacher's active era in Cologne ended after 15 years.

Schalke 04

In the summer of 1987 he moved to Bundesliga club FC Schalke 04 , with whom he was relegated in 1988 as bottom of the table. The team had to accept 84 goals in the season. Schumacher missed one of 34 games during the season and hit 80 times behind him.

Fenerbahçe Istanbul, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund

After relegation to Schalke, he signed a contract with the Turkish club Fenerbahçe Istanbul . In Turkey he developed the status of the crowd's favorite and led the team to the championship as captain in the first season.

After three years, the now 37-year-old returned to Germany in 1991 and was signed by FC Bayern Munich in October 1991 to replace the injured goalkeepers Raimond Aumann and Sven Scheuer . Under coach Sören Lerby , he played eight times between October and December.

In early 1992, Schumacher declared his career over. His final Bundesliga appearance was on May 18, 1996 for Borussia Dortmund , where he worked as a goalkeeper coach and, in an emergency, as a substitute goalkeeper. Schumacher was substituted on for Wolfgang de Beer by coach Ottmar Hitzfeld in the 88th minute in the 3-2 home win over SC Freiburg in the last game of the season, when BVB was already the champions . As a player, he won his second German championship .

Career in the national team

1979 to 1982

After appearances for the A youth national team and the B national team , Schumacher celebrated his premiere in the senior national team in a 3-1 win over Iceland on May 26, 1979 , when he was ordered into goal for Sepp Maier at the second half . After Maier's career in the national team in 1979, national coach Jupp Derwall actually intended Norbert Nigbur to be the regular goalkeeper for the 1980 European Championship . After his injury, Schumacher moved up and the Federal Republic won the European Championship. In the final, Schumacher played with a broken metacarpal bone. Schumacher established himself as the new goalkeeper after seven games and winning the title.

For winning the tournament, he was awarded the Silver Laurel Leaf by Federal President Karl Carstens .

Night of Seville 1982

At the 1982 World Cup in Spain , the Federal Republic of Germany was runner-up, with Schumacher holding negative attention for a long time. In the semifinals against France , the so-called " Night of Seville ", he went extremely energetic against Patrick Battiston ; an action that was seen worldwide as a brutal, apparently deliberate foul, which the well-positioned referee did not punish as such. Battiston lost two teeth, broke a cervical vertebra and had to be carried off the court with a concussion. After the game, Schumacher generated international criticism with the remark that he wanted to pay Battiston his jacket crowns . From then on he was considered the epitome of the “ugly German” in France - an image that he was only able to correct years later. At a later date, Schumacher made it clear that the statement was to be understood as an expression of his relief, as he had feared Battiston was in a coma. Schumacher had literally said: "If it's just the jacket crowns, I'll be happy to pay him."

On the occasion of the excitement surrounding Battiston's injury, French President François Mitterrand and German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt issued a joint press release. Schumacher later asked publicly and personally at Battiston to apologize for the incident, which the French also accepted. In a later interview, Schumacher said his intention was not to foul Battiston but to catch the ball. He did not go to the injured Battiston because he was surrounded by angry French teammates and he did not want to let the situation escalate. Later he said in exuberance the sentence about the jacket crowns, which he regrets today. He also regrets not having gone to Battiston's hospital. In the subsequent penalty shootout of this encounter, Schumacher saved two penalties and thus contributed significantly to reaching the final.

1982 to 1986

Four years later at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico , Schumacher was in goal at his second World Cup and temporarily took over the role of team captain for the ailing Karl-Heinz Rummenigge . In the quarter-finals against hosts Mexico , there was a penalty shoot-out, in which Schumacher saved two penalties. In the semifinals, the Federal Republic met France and Battiston, who had also been nominated for the tournament. There were no further incidents and Schumacher made a flawless game. Germany reached the final again, in which Schumacher made a serious mistake in Argentina's opening goal. Despite his poor play and defeat in the final, Schumacher was voted the best goalkeeper of the tournament and the second best player after Diego Maradona due to his overall outstanding performance . Schumacher had announced the end of his international playing career, but he revised this decision after the tournament - he wanted to continue his career in the goal of the DFB-Elf.

After the publication of his book Anpfiff , the team boss Franz Beckenbauer suspended him from the national team. The international match on October 15, 1986 against Spain (2-2) in Hanover was his last appearance. In a later interview, Schumacher said that Beckenbauer had initially encouraged him. He suspected that Beckenbauer should have acted under pressure from DFB President Hermann Neuberger . At the kick-off , Schumacher accused that doping was part of everyday life in the Bundesliga. He even tried Captagon in training. He also criticized, without giving a name, that national players at the 1982 World Cup had spent the nights drinking alcohol and playing poker. His successors in the national team were Eike Immel and Bodo Illgner .

Career as a (goalkeeping) coach

Toni Schumacher (2013)
Schumacher at the reception for 1. FC Cologne in the town hall after the promotion to the Bundesliga in 2014

After his active career, Schumacher took over the role of goalkeeping coach of the first team of his former club Schalke 04 at the beginning of the 1992/93 season. For the 1993/94 season he worked in the same position at Bayern Munich and from 1994 to 1998 at Borussia Dortmund . There he was substituted on in the last game of the 1995/96 season shortly before the end and thus celebrated his second German championship as a player. In both Munich and Dortmund he was able to contribute to German championship titles, and in 1997 even to winning the Champions League .

In the summer of 1998 he replaced his former teammate Bernd Schuster as head coach at the second division club SC Fortuna Köln . There he was dismissed by the president of his club, Jean Loering , on December 15, 1999, halfway through the game against SV Waldhof Mannheim when the score was 0: 2 against Fortuna . In January 2001, under head coach Berti Vogts , Schumacher became part of an unusually extensive assistant coaching staff at Bayer 04 Leverkusen , which also included Pierre Littbarski , Peter Hermann and Wolfgang Rolff . He stayed with the club as a goalkeeper coach under Klaus Toppmöller . He was part of the coaching staff in the 2001/02 season, in which Bayer Leverkusen was the only German team besides FC Bayern Munich to come under the two best teams in the championship, in the cup and in a European competition . Schumacher left the club after the 2002/03 season because he could not get along with Klaus Augenthaler , who had taken over the club two game days before the end of the season and saved it from relegation.

Final Ambassador Schumacher and Höhner -Schlagzeuger Janus Fröhlich take women for the final in Cologne DFB director in May 2013 the DFB Cup Steffi Jones counter

Between 2003 and 2012 Schumacher retired from club football and was, among other things, managing director and partner of the sports marketing agency Sports First in Cologne . He was also seen at major tournaments as an expert in the first and for the ZDF .

On April 23, 2012, Schumacher was elected Vice President of 1. FC Köln together with Werner Spinner as President and Markus Ritterbach as Vice President with 91.4% of the valid votes in an extraordinary general meeting. During his tenure within the Presidium, he was primarily responsible for the sporting area. His term of office ended at the beginning of September 2019. Since 2011 he has been the ambassador of the city of Cologne for the final of the DFB Women's Cup, which has been moved from Berlin to Cologne .


When Schumacher's book Anpfiff, Revelations about German football appeared in March 1987 , the goalkeeper was sure to hit the headlines. Originally he wanted to draw a kind of interim balance sheet for his career so far, but the work turned into a general accounting. The most violent reactions caused the massive doping allegations . He also attacked some of his former teammates with sometimes insulting remarks. As a result, the preliminary balance developed into a final conclusion of Schumacher's football career in Germany. Not least because of the huge media hype, the book became a bestseller - the daily newspaper relishly referred to it as the “Catholic forerunner of the Satanic Verses”, alluding to Schumacher's religious affiliation. In total, the book has been translated into 15 languages ​​and sold more than one and a half million times. In Germany alone it found around 300,000 buyers. Looking back, Schumacher also stands by the publication. He always stressed that he would write the book again at any time. Regarding the negative consequences for him, he added: "Better a kink in the career than in the backbone." Another book entitled Throw-in: Truths about football and my life was published in 2017. Here he speaks u. a. about his polyneuropathy and the scars he got in games, etc. a. against Klaus Toppmöller from 1. FC Kaiserslautern.

Private life

From 16 years of marriage with his first wife, Schumacher has a son (* 1978) and a daughter (* 1981). Both children were kidnapped in the 1980s. While an attentive teacher thwarted a stranger's attempt to pick up the six-year-old son from school, the daughter was dragged into a car at the Geißbockheim, but was soon found unharmed a few kilometers away.

The marriage was separated in 1992 after Schumacher met his future second wife. He lives with her and their daughter (* 2003) in Cologne-Sürth .


  • Schumacher's nickname "Toni" is sometimes derived from the legendary Cologne goalkeeper Toni Schumacher , who won the German championship with 1. FC Köln in 1963/64 . In his book Anpfiff he writes that the nickname derives from his middle name Anton and from the goalkeeper of the 1954 world championship team , Toni Turek . Above all, there was defender Harald Konopka when he played for 1. FC Köln , so misunderstandings could have arisen if a teammate had called out "Harald". That's why his team-mate Heinz Simmet is said to have given him the nickname "Toni".
  • Toni Schumacher is the Bundesliga record player for 1. FC Köln with 422 games to date.
  • After Rudi Kargus, Schumacher is the Bundesliga keeper with the most penalties saved (18, Kargus 23).
  • His penalty bets with the players of FC Bayern Munich, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Paul Breitner were known . With a penalty against him, he bet that neither Rummenigge (for 500 DM ) nor Breitner (for 200 DM) would convert the penalty. The players always had their money with them.
  • Besides Andreas Reinke , he is the only goalkeeper who has won German championships with two different clubs and was also used in these seasons ( 1. FC Cologne , 1977/78 ; Borussia Dortmund , 1995/96 ).
  • In his two-minute short stint for Borussia Dortmund on May 18, 1996, Schumacher was 42 years, two months and 13 days old and was the third oldest player to be used in a competitive game in the Bundesliga. It also makes him the oldest player to become German champions.
  • On May 10, 1991, Die Zeit printed an interview with Schumacher. The interview was conducted by the journalist André Müller, who became known for his relentless interviews with famous personalities. In the conversation, Müller confronted Schumacher with excerpts from Peter Handke's story The fear of the goalkeeper at the penalty kick . Schumacher's answers led the feature pages of other newspapers to the conclusion that he had criticized Handke's text - but in fact he did not know the story. A central point of the conversation are Schumacher's numerous injuries and the iron discipline with which he continued to play injured, the injury he inflicted on his opponent Patrick Battiston, and the pain of his ostracism after the book kick-off .
  • The German punk rock band Kniefabrik dedicated a song to Schumacher.




Film & television

  • 2011: Guest role with Danni Lowinski , episode “Wintermärchen” on May 23rd.

Web links

Commons : Toni Schumacher  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Harald Schumacher: Kick off: Revelations about German football , 1987, ISBN 3-426-26298-3 ; Chapter "From Harald to» Toni «"
  2. Statistics on
  3. - Bundesliga 1995/1996, 34th matchday, last accessed on May 28, 2012.
  4. Do you feel that, Toni Schumacher? Pain is imagination. In: 11 Freunde , last accessed on July 22, 2017.
  5. Federal Archives: Sports Awards (Silver Laurel): Awarding of the Silver Laurel Leaf to the German national football team (European championship 1980), signature BArch B 122/29165.
  6. Lead wolves of the Bundesliga Harald Schumacher
  7. - World Cup history (9): 1982 "I come to heaven", last accessed on May 28, 2012.
  8. - World Cup history (9): 1982 "I come to heaven", last accessed on May 28, 2012.
  9. Schumacher had to pay dearly for "a few hormones" June 17, 2007 ( Memento from November 23, 2015 in the Internet Archive )
  10. [1]
  11. Official biography on the FC Köln website
  12. ISBN 3-426-26298-3 .
  13. Whoever writes will be written off October 4, 2001
  14. Harald Schumacher January 5, 2010
  15. Schumacher, Toni: Einwurf: Truths about football and my life, Munich, 2017, p. 221; 226-227
  16. Kicker No. 84 of October 18, 2010, pp. 85/86.
  17. Bayern Magazin Interview with Armin Radtke ( Memento from October 29, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  18. ^ Note in: Echt - Das Stadionmagazin, Issue 59 of May 18, 2013, p. 86.
  19. Schumacher: "Nobody has become a master that quickly" ,, September 26, 2013
  20. I'm the idiot: André Müller speaks to the football goalkeeper Toni Schumacher , Die Zeit No. 20/1991, May 10, 1991
  21. ^ André Müller: Toni Schumacher . In: “You really are a damned crow” - last conversations and encounters . 2nd Edition. FA Herbig Verlagsbuchhandlung, Munich 1991, ISBN 978-3-7844-3273-1 , p. 34-45 .
  22. - Toni Schumacher - Goalkeeper in the office last accessed on May 28, 2012.