Winfried Schaefer

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Winnie Schäfer (2018)
Surname Winfried Anton Schäfer
birthday January 10, 1950
place of birth MayenGermany
size 175 cm
position midfield
Years station
0000-1968 TuS Mayen
Years station Games (goals) 1
1968-1970 Borussia M'gladbach 43 0(4)
1970-1975 Kickers Offenbach 160 (37)
1975-1977 Karlsruher SC 68 (10)
1977-1985 Borussia M'gladbach 167 (11)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1968 Germany youth 6 0(0)
1969-1973 Germany U-23 6 0(1)
1972-1976 Germany B 4 0(0)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
1986-1998 Karlsruher SC
1998 VfB Stuttgart
1999-2000 Tennis Borussia Berlin
2001-2004 Cameroon
2005-2007 Al-Ahli Dubai
2007-2009 Al Ain Club
2010-2011 FK Baku
2011-2013 Thailand
2013 Muangthong United (interim)
2013-2016 Jamaica
2017-2019 Esteghlal Tehran
2019– Baniyas SC
1 Only league games are given.

Winfried Anton Schäfer , known by his nickname Winnie Schäfer (born January 10, 1950 in Mayen ), is a German football coach and former football player . He coached the first soccer team of Karlsruher SC for twelve years , which was a successful time. Most recently, he was head coach of the Iranian first division club Esteghlal Tehran .



From his youth until 1968, Schäfer played for the Rhineland-Palatinate club TuS Mayen. From 1968 to 1985 he was a professional footballer at Borussia Mönchengladbach , Kickers Offenbach and Karlsruher SC in the Bundesliga .

In the early summer of 1970, the midfielder under coach Hennes Weisweiler became German champions with Borussia Mönchengladbach. In the same year he also won the DFB Cup with Kickers Offenbach: due to the early timing of the 1970 World Cup in Mexico , the 1970 DFB Cup competition was postponed from the round of 16 to August after the World Cup tournament. Schäfer had already moved to Offenbach at this point and was able to celebrate the double win that year after winning the final against 1. FC Köln . Nine years later he won the UEFA Cup when he returned to Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Schäfer made 403 Bundesliga appearances and scored 46 goals.


1986 Schäfer started to work as a trainer. He was signed by Karlsruher SC , where he stayed until 1998. He looked after future stars such as Oliver Kahn , Jens Nowotny , Oliver Kreuzer , Michael Sternkopf and Mehmet Scholl . His tenure was one of the longest in German professional football and marks the most successful period in the recent club history for the KSC: After rising in 1987, the club played in the Bundesliga for eleven years , reaching sixth place three times in the mid-1990s and thus UEFA -Cup .

Further coaching positions at VfB Stuttgart and Tennis Borussia Berlin followed until 2000 , but Schäfer was unable to build on his previous successes as a club coach. At VfB Stuttgart he was released from the VfB Board of Directors after five months at the end of 1998 due to unsuccessfulness.

From April 1, 1999 ( 1998/99 season / 24th matchday) to the end of the 1999/00 season he coached the second division tennis Borussia Berlin. With the then most expensive second division squad of all time, the promotion to the Bundesliga should be successful. Soon the team was in a relegation battle again and only secured relegation on the last day of the game. Schäfer was accused of not knowing the opponents and not being able to hold the team together. Despite ongoing protests within the team and among the fans, Schäfer was not dismissed. a. because the association could hardly have afforded the agreed settlement of four million Deutschmarks. Schäfer was called "Konfusio" by the players. A few days after the end of the season, the DFB withdrew the club's license due to financial inconsistencies surrounding the main sponsor Göttingen Group . Schäfer wanted to sue the labor court for compensation of four million D-Marks. The dispute dragged on until well after the 2000/01 regional league season , in which the club was relegated to the lower league in the northeast .

Stations abroad

From November 2001 Schäfer was the coach of the national soccer team of Cameroon , was African champion in 2002 and took part in the 2002 World Cup with the team . He also made it to the final of the Confed Cup with Cameroon in 2003 . The team lost this after a golden goal against France , after the team had previously beaten the reigning world champions Brazil . The collaboration ended on November 18, 2004, a few hours after a 3-0 defeat by the German national soccer team . Decisive for the separation was u. a. the differences that have persisted for months due to allegedly outstanding salary and bonus payments.

From March 2005 to February 2007, Schäfer coached the Al-Ahli club in Dubai , with whom he became champions of the United Arab Emirates in his first season : In May 2006, he led the team to a 4-1 playoff final against defending champions Al Wahda from Abu Dhabi , making it the club's first championship in 26 years. In February 2007 Schäfer was given leave of absence as coach of Al-Ahli after five defeats in a row, his contract would have run until the end of the season. From December 2007 Schäfer was the trainer of the Al Ain Club . With Al Ain he won the Etisalat Emirates Cup, the President Cup and the UAE Super Cup in 2009. Those responsible for the club then extended the contract with Schäfer until 2010, and in December 2009 the club and Schäfer agreed to terminate the contract prematurely after the first defeat in the current competition.

In June 2010, Schäfer signed a two-year contract with the Azerbaijani club FK Baku . The engagement was ended in January 2011 "by mutual agreement". Decisive for this was the elimination from qualifying for the Europa League in his first competitive games with Baku, which only happened because Schäfer had used Joël Epalle in the first leg, who had just moved to Baku, who had not been reported by the club in time. Baku won both games, but was eliminated anyway because the first leg was rated 0: 3 and the second leg was only 2: 1. Schäfer later stated that as a result it was difficult to motivate his players.

From June 2011 on, Schäfer was the coach of the Thai national soccer team . His contract with the association was terminated in June 2013 by mutual agreement. He initially stayed in Thailand and coached Muangthong United before becoming coach of the Jamaican national team in July 2013 . With this he succeeded in winning the soccer Caribbean championship in 2014 and in the following year as the first Caribbean team ever to participate in the final of the continental championship of North America, the CONCACAF Gold Cup , which was lost to record champions Mexico . The victory in the semi-finals against the US team under Jürgen Klinsmann was Jamaica's greatest success since qualifying for the 1998 World Cup . In addition, Jamaica took part under Schäfer for the first time in the Copa America , to which they had been invited as a visiting team. By winning the Caribbean Championship in 2014, he also qualified for the Copa América Centenario 2016 . After Schäfer's Jamaican national team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and Schäfer pulled the cable from a Jamaican journalist's camera after his team lost 2-0 to Haiti , he was suspended and dismissed.

In October 2017, Schäfer signed a two-year contract with the Iranian first division club Esteghlal Tehran , who had previously released coach Alireza Mansourian. The club from the capital finished 11th out of 16 teams in the Persian Gulf Pro League after eight match days .


Schäfer is married, has two children and has lived with his family in Ettlingen near Karlsruhe for more than 25 years . In 2004, Schäfer was elected to the Ettlingen municipal council with the most votes . He ran for the newly founded voter association " For Ettlingen ", which immediately became the second largest parliamentary group. However, due to his frequent, work-related stays abroad, he hardly carried out the mandate. In the local elections on June 7, 2009, he no longer ran.

Achievements and Awards

As a player

  • 1970 : German champion with Borussia Mönchengladbach
  • 1970 : DFB Cup winner with Kickers Offenbach
  • 1979 : UEFA Cup winner with Borussia Mönchengladbach

As a trainer

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Matthias Arnhold: Winfried Schäfer - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga . Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. May 22, 2014. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
  2. Where do you go to Tennis Borussia Berlin ?: Always down the drain. In: Retrieved June 2, 2016 .
  3. Despite huge fan protests, Tennis Borussia continues to hold on to coach Winfried Schäfer for the time being: departure under escort. In: Berliner Zeitung. Retrieved June 2, 2016 .
  4. Udo Muras: Croesus Tennis Borussia Berlin learns modesty . In: Welt Online . May 15, 2000 ( [accessed June 2, 2016]).
  5. Monday June 18, 2001, 2:07 pm: Winfried Schäfer rejects TeBe - settlement offer. In: Retrieved June 2, 2016 .
  6. Report on the contract extension ( Memento of the original from January 11, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  7. Winfried Schäfer no longer a trainer in Baku. ( Memento of the original from March 26, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Zeit Online from January 18, 2011 (accessed January 18, 2011). @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  8. Winfried Schäfer no longer coach of FK Baku. ( Memento of the original from October 19, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  9. ^ “Schäfer becomes national coach in Thailand” , (accessed on June 22, 2011).
  10. Winfried Schäfer turns his back on Thailand. (accessed June 4, 2013).
  11. Who is New National Coach Winfried Schafer? From Retrieved January 16, 2015.
  12. Schäfer loses final with Jamaica. Sportschau .de, July 27, 2015, accessed on July 27, 2015 .
  13. Jamaica football coach legend Winfried Schäfer suspended . In: TAG24 . ( [accessed on October 3, 2017]).
  14. New job! What Winni Schäfer deserves in Tehran . In: . ( [accessed on October 3, 2017]).
  15. Persian Gulf Pro League table . ( [accessed on October 3, 2017]).
  16. Schäfer triumphs again . Report on from April 4, 2009