|Surname||Wynton Whai Alan Rufer|
|birthday||December 29, 1962|
|place of birth||Wellington , New Zealand|
|Years||station||Games (goals) 1|
|1980||Stop Out SC||5(2)|
|1981||Wellington Diamond United||19(7)|
|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(4)|
|1998||North Shore United|
|1999-2002||Football Kingz||48 (12)|
|1980-1997||New Zealand||23 (12)|
|Stations as a trainer|
|1998||North Shore United|
|1999||New Zealand U-16|
|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.
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.
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 .
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 .
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.
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 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.
- DFB Cup : 1991 , 1994
- German champion : 1993
- New Zealand champion : 1981
- Chatham Cup : 1997
- European Cup Winners' Cup : 1992
- UEFA Champions League top scorer : 1993/94
- DFB Cup top scorer in 1989/90 , 1993/94
- Wynton Rufer in the database of National-Football-Teams.com (English)
- Wynton Rufer Soccer School
- Wynton Rufer in the database of fussballdaten.de
- FC Zurich player statistics
- The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website - Wynton Rufer
- Interview with Rufer , 11Freunde.de from August 2, 2008.
- Matthias Arnhold: Wynton Alan Whai Rufer - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga . RSSSF . February 23, 2017. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
- Roberto Mamrud: Wynton Alan Whai Rufer - Goals in International Matches . RSSSF . February 23, 2017. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
- ultimatenzsoccer.com: The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website - Caps and Goals
- Jörg Runde: Rufer is the girl for everything at the Auckland Kingz ; Die Welt from January 15, 2001; Retrieved May 20, 2014.
- Rufer trains Papua New Guinea ; Sport1.de, May 20, 2014.
- WYNRS - Wynton Rufer - Wynton Rufer School of Excellence ( Memento from January 14, 2015 in the Internet Archive )
- Wynton and Caleb Rufer in an interview "We need the German winning mentality"
- Soccer: Father tough act to follow
- fifa.com: "The youngest Rufer offspring goes his way"
- nzfootball.co: "Myanmar fight back earns draw" ( Memento from September 10, 2015 in the Internet Archive )
- Wynton Rufer after a heart attack ; eurosport.de, accessed on January 15, 2019.
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Rufer, Wynton Whai Alan (full name); Kiwi (nickname)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||New Zealand soccer player|
|DATE OF BIRTH||December 29, 1962|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Wellington , New Zealand|