Bernd Schuster

Bernd Schuster in 2007

Bernd Schuster ( born December 22, 1959 in Augsburg ) is a German football coach and former player. 1980, it was European champion.

Playing career


Schuster began his football career in 1971 at SV forge Augsburg and moved in 1976 to FC Augsburg. In 1978 he made ​​his debut in the Bundesliga at the 1 FC Köln, in which he is playing for convincing secured a place in the defensive midfield.

In his first season he reached with the " Billy Goats " In 1979 the semi-finals of the European Cup of Champions, where the team was eliminated against Nottingham Forest. The following year, the team reached the final of the DFB - Pokal in 1980, which was lost to Fortuna Dusseldorf 1-2. After 61 league games and scoring ten goals for the Cologne Schuster joined in the summer of 1980 to Spain for FC Barcelona.

After eight successful years with the Catalans, where he was champion and three times Cup winners once and once won the European Cup Winners' Cup, Schuster signed for arch rivals Real Madrid. In 1990 he moved to city rivals Atlético Madrid. In addition to the Spaniard Miquel Soler Schuster, making it one of the two players who have played in all three big Spanish clubs.

In 1993 he returned to Leverkusen in the Bundesliga, where he remained until 1996. In 1994, Schuster took the first three places in the election for goal of the year in the ARD sports show. The first-placed gate was also the gate of the decade. After a season with the Pumas in Mexico City Schuster finished his career in 1997.


Schuster made ​​his debut in May 1979 in a 3-1 win against Ireland in the German national soccer team. At the World Championship in Italy in 1980 he won the title with the German national football team and was awarded as the best player of the tournament. 1982 did not take Schuster injury at the World Cup finals, in which the German team was runner-up. He later fell out with Federal Jupp, outfitted. At the age of 24 he resigned from the national team and never played again for Germany. In retrospect, it was announced that the former team manager of the national team, Franz Beckenbauer, wanted to move shoemaker to the World Cup 1986 in Mexico to make a comeback. But this was failed because Shank's wife and manager Gaby had demanded a sum of one million DM for participation of her husband, who did not want to raise the DFB. Schuster denied until February 1984 21 caps for the DFB, in which he scored four goals.

Coaching career

After his playing career, he was coach of the 1997 SC Fortuna Köln. After a year he transferred to the 1st FC Cologne. He missed the intended target, the promotion back to the 1st Bundesliga, and was replaced after one year by Ewald Lienen.

In the years 1999 to 2001 he was part of the technical staff of FC Barcelona. He then signed a two -year contract with Deportivo Xerez in the Spanish second division. In the summer 2003, he moved to Shakhtar Donetsk, where he was released on 5 May 2004. For the season 2004 /05 he took over as coach at UD Levante in Spain's top league, the Primera División; He was released there because of lack of sporting success on 1 May 2005. Then, on 20 June 2005, he signed a contract with the Spanish side Getafe until 2008. With Getafe he reached the Spanish Cup competition of the season 2006/ 07 the final, with the team in the semi-final a spectacular 4-0 win over FC Barcelona managed.

After premature termination of his contract Schuster moved in summer 2007 to Real Madrid; he signed there for three seasons. To kick off the season he pissed against FC Sevilla to a 0-1 and a varied 3:5 rather tight but unexpectedly the Supercopa de España. In his first season he won but with the people of Madrid, the Spanish championship and defended the title from the previous year. In the summer, again very thin success followed in the Supercopa de España 2008. According to a 2:3 defeat in the first leg against Valencia, early deficit and initially ten, later even only nine players turned his team with late goals and a 4-2 victory, nor the result, and Schuster won his second title. After a mixed season so far in the 2008 /09 season that left almost seem impossible but one -time title defense, Schuster was released on December 9, 2008 by Real Madrid. On 10 June 2010 he signed a two -year contract with Besiktas Istanbul, but the contract was terminated early after a series of sporting failures already on March 15, 2011.

For the 2013/14 season Schuster succeeds Manuel Pellegrini at FC Malaga. He signed a five-year contract until 30 June 2018.


As a player

  • European Championship: 1980
  • DFB Cup finalists: 1980
  • Spanish Champion: 1985, 1989, 1990
  • Spanish Cup winners: 1981, 1983, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992
  • European Cup Winners' Cup: 1982
  • Spanish Vice-Champion: 1982, 1986, 1987, 1991
  • Best foreign player in La Liga: 1985, 1991
  • Goal of the decade of the 1990s

As a coach

  • Miguel Muñoz Trophy 2006/ 07
  • Spanish champions Real Madrid 2007/ 08
  • Spanish Supercup winner with Real Madrid 2007/ 08


Bernd Schuster was married until 2011 with Gaby (* 1953) and has with her four adult children. Since his involvement as a coach in Spain, the two live apart. In September 2008, Schuster was a father again. His partner Elena (born 1978 ) gave birth to a daughter.

Sometimes occurs Schuster as an expert on football broadcasts on, such as in Europa League transfers in and ran in the talk show double pass.

Bernd Schuster is part of the religion of Christian Science.