Wynton Rufer

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Wynton Rufer
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Surname Wynton Whai Alan Rufer
birthday December 29, 1962
place of birth WellingtonNew Zealand
size 181 cm
position striker
Years station Games (goals) 1
1980 Stop Out SC 5 0(2)
1981 Wellington Diamond United 19 0(7)
1981 Norwich City 0 0(0)
1982 Miramar Rangers 8 0(3)
1982-1986 FC Zurich 100 (43)
1987-1988 FC Aarau 55 (31)
1988-1989 Grasshoppers Zurich 36 (18)
1989-1994 Werder Bremen 174 (59)
1995-1996 JEF United Ichihara 49 (25)
1997 1. FC Kaiserslautern 14 0(4)
1997 Central United
1998 North Shore United
1999-2002 Football Kingz 48 (12)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1980-1997 New Zealand 23 (12)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
1998 North Shore United
1999 New Zealand U-16
1999-2002 Football Kingz
2014-2015 Papua New Guinea
1 Only league games are given.

Wynton Whai Alan "Kiwi" Rufer , CNZM (* 29. December 1962 in Wellington ) is a New Zealand -Schweizer football coach and former active professional football player . He was nicknamed "Kiwi" because of its origins - the kiwi is a national symbol in New Zealand.


Player career

Wynton Rufer, son of a Swiss and a Māori , grew up in New Zealand and started playing football at Wellington Diamond United . Soon he was called up to the New Zealand national team, where talent scouts from Norwich City became aware of him. Rufer was invited to a training game in England in the summer of 1981 and immediately received a professional contract. After six months in England, Rufer returned to New Zealand, he signed with Miramar Rangers . In July 1982 he received an offer from the Swiss first division club FC Zurich . He stayed there for four years and scored 43 goals in 100 games. In 1987 the striker signed with FC Aarau and a year later with Grasshopper Club Zurich . Ottmar Hitzfeld was his coach at both clubs . During this time Rufer received the Swiss passport and was also called up into the military.

Werder Bremen

From 1989 to 1994 Rufer played for Werder Bremen , where he scored 59 goals in 174 Bundesliga games, 10 of them from penalties. There, under coach Otto Rehhagel , he won the DFB Cup twice in 1991 and 1994 and the German championship in 1993 . On May 6, 1992, he won the European Cup Winners' Cup with Werder and scored the goal in the final against AS Monaco to make it 2-0.

The attacker scored a total of 20 goals for Werder in European club competitions and two in the DFB Cup. In 1993/94 Rufer was the top scorer of the UEFA Champions League with 8 goals together with Ronald Koeman .

Further stations

At the beginning of 1995 he played in Japan for JEF United . During the winter break in 1996/1997 he signed with 1. FC Kaiserslautern, who had been relegated to the 2nd Bundesliga . There he was trained by Otto Rehhagel, as in Bremen. For the Red Devils he scored four goals in 14 games and thus contributed to the rise of the FCK. Rufer then decided not to play in the Bundesliga and went back to New Zealand to end his career with North Shore United and the Auckland Kingz .

National team

Between 1980 and 1997 he played 23 internationals for the All Whites , the New Zealand national team, and took part in the 1982 World Cup in Spain, where he was used in all three games, u. a. against record world champions Brazil. He was also used in 15 unofficial national team games and scored a total of five goals.

Style of play

Rufer was known for his penalties. Most of the time he took his shot leg back and delayed the shot until the goalkeeper's jump direction was clear. Then he casually pushed the ball into the other corner. At the same time, he was also able, if a goalkeeper was waiting, to change the shooting technique at short notice and to shoot the ball hard at the goal.


In 1989, 1990 and 1992, Wynton Rufer was named Oceania's Footballer of the Year, respectively. At the beginning of this millennium, Wynton Rufer was named Oceania's best footballer of the 20th century.

Coaching career

Rufer has the A-trainer license , which he acquired in Germany. After returning to New Zealand in June 1997, he founded a football school for children and young people. He was temporarily player-coach for the Auckland Kingz. In May 2014, he became the coach of the national soccer team of Papua New Guinea .


Wynton Rufer is the son of a Swiss and a Māori . He has an older brother, Shane Rufer, who was also a professional soccer player and who also played in Switzerland from 1982 to 1991.

Wynton Rufer has been married to an Australian woman since December 7, 1986 and has two sons with his wife. They also play football actively, Caleb (* 1991) played for a while in Germany , in the youth team of SV Werder Bremen and the reserve team of SV Wehen Wiesbaden . The youngest son Joshua (* 1995) plays in his soccer school Wynton Rufer Soccer School of Excellence (WYRNS). His nephew Alex Rufer took part in the 2015 U-20 World Cup in New Zealand and played his first A international match for New Zealand on September 7th.

In January 2019, Wynton Rufer survived a heart attack in Auckland , thanks in part to resuscitation by passers-by.


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