Berti Vogts

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Hans- Hubert " Berti " Vogts (born 30 December 1946 in Büttgen; nickname Terrier ) is a former German football player and current football coach.

Berti Vogts played within 14 years, 419 times in the Bundesliga for Borussia Mönchengladbach. No other player was more common for this club active in the Bundesliga. As team captain, he led the Borussia 1975 and 1979 respectively for the UEFA Cup victory and was the winning all five championships of the association part of the team; with the national team, he was 96 - times used and was European champion in 1972 and world champion in 1974.

He coached the national teams of Germany, Kuwait, Scotland, Nigeria and is currently coach of Azerbaijan. His greatest success as a coach was winning the European Championship in 1996. He is the last coach who won a title with the German national soccer team.

Playing career

Club career

Vogts began his footballing career at VfR Büttgen, for whom he played from 1954 to 1965. He then moved to Borussia Mönchengladbach and remained there until 1979. Overall, he played for this club 419 Bundesliga games and five times German champion, once DFB Cup winner and two UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, where he scored 33 goals as a defender. During his 64 European matches, he scored eight goals.

Because of his fighting spirit and because he always attacked his opponents, Vogts was also called the terrier. He is considered a workout oriented player who came with great diligence to the world class.


In the German national football team Vogts played from the 1967 until 1978. His first international match was lost 0-1 European Championship qualifier in Belgrade against Yugoslavia on 3 May 1967. Previously, he had three U-23 caps and nine youth internationals disputed. He completed a total of 96 A- international matches in which he scored one goal ( at 8-0 against Malta on 28 February 1976), making it one of the ten players with the most stakes in the national team. He came in 85 % of the discharged Internationals used only Franz Beckenbauer reached by players with at least 80 international matches a higher quota. He stood in 95 games on the grid and was changed only three times. He was also 20 times captaincy.

The highlight of his international career is considered winning the Football World Cup 1974 in Germany. In the 1972 European Championship won he belonged to the squad, but did not due to injury used. In 1976 the national final of the European Championship, but lost on penalties. His international career ended on 21 June 1978, the lost with 2:3 WRC intermediate round match against Austria in Argentina, where he scored an own goal. During the tournament, in which he led the German team as captain, Vogts said to have uttered against the ruling military junta in Argentina, the country rule and order. He did not see political prisoners.

Coaching career

After his active football career Vogts was initially 1979-1990 junior and youth trainer at the DFB before he served from 1986 to 1990 under team boss Franz Beckenbauer with responsibility for the national team coaching staff. From 1990 to 1998 he was national coach. He stood in 102 games ( 66 wins, 24 draws, 12 losses ) on the sidelines. Although Vogts reached by Helmut Schön most wins as national coach, but also sat by Schön most games as national coach on the bench, if you do not count the time of empire coach Sepp Herberger. He reached as national coach with both old scoring ( 2 points per game ) as well as with new standings ( 3 points) according to the current national coach Joachim Löw, the second best rate of any national coach (1.53 and 2.18 points per game ). During his tenure, often very controversial, was his greatest success in eight years as national coach - apart from three successfully contested tournament qualifications - of winning the title at the European Football Championship in England in 1996. In addition, Germany was under his direction European vice-champion at the European Championships in Sweden in 1992 and won in 1993 in the U.S., the little remaining in memory U.S. Cup ( Teams: Brazil, USA, UK ), which in that year the character of a preparation tournament for the World Cup In 1994. At the World Championships in 1994 in the U.S. and in France in 1998 led by the Vogts teams each reached the quarter-finals.

The as a player quite popular Vogts as national coach in the media and football supporters always a difficult position causes of this were seen among other things in a sometimes perceived as inept handling of the media or even in limited skills in the management of temperamentally difficult players. Following the unexpected resignation as a tournament favorite at the 1994 World Cup quarter- final against Bulgaria and publicly transmitted factionalism within the team, such as the players' wives or the former national goalkeeper Bodo Illgner, should it claims to be only a phone call with then- Chancellor Helmut carbon and the solidarity of the DFB president Egidius Braun have held the resignation. By winning the title at the European Championships in 1996 his popularity reached as national coach then peaked, but declined after leaving Germany in the quarterfinals of the 1998 World Cup again rapidly. Vogts ' aspirations, but to stay in office in order to operate a required rebuilding the national team or even can, ( 2-1 against Malta, 1-1 against Romania ) were found after a sobering verlaufenen course on the island of Malta in early September 1998 as not be recoverable.

After Vogts ' resignation as coach in September 1998, he was on 9 November 2000 Head coach of Bayer 04 Leverkusen. There he reached but despite good team ( among others Robert Kovač, Jens Nowotny, Carsten Ramelow, Michael Ballack, Bernd Schneider, Zé Roberto, Ulf Kirsten and Oliver Neuville ), or temporary standings at season's end only the fourth place in the Bundesliga and went on 21 May 2001. Thereafter, an approximately six-month deployment of 12 August 2001 to 28 February 2002 National coach of Kuwait took place (ten games). After him the Scottish Football Association appointed on 1 March 2002 as the first nichtschottischen coach to coach of Scotland, where he was to perform a Rebuild the Scottish team with young players. However, due to the absence of established players, he failed to qualify for Euro 2004. According to a bad start in the qualifying round for the 2006 World Cup Vogts had on 1 November 2004, after 32 games, including two games against Germany in the qualifiers for Euro 2004, . go Vogt founded in public when his activity as national coach not with out dependents sporting success ( both before and after his term of office not very successful ) Scottish national team. He said, rather, for many sports journalists surprising that. Due to ongoing harassment and abuse intrusive Scottish football fans who had even touched his privacy, the need for the continuation of his work calm and rational atmosphere would not have been given

In January 2007, Vogts signed a contract with the Nigerian Football Federation. On 1 March 2007 he took over the post of national coach. The aim was to lead the team to the 2010 World Cup. As a wizard he undertook Thomas Hassler and Uli Stein. On 24 March 2007, the Nigerian national team won their first game under the German trio with a 1-0 win over Uganda. At the Africa Cup 2008 his team reached the finals and only slightly different in the quarter-final against Ghana. Again and again criticized Vogts the Nigerian Association for outstanding bonuses and salaries for himself and his players. On 20 February 2008 Vogts left the office of the head coach of Nigeria down after 15 games.

On 4 April 2008 he signed as coach of the Azerbaijani national team signed a contract with a term until 2009. According successful results of the contract with the AFFA has been extended until the end of the qualifying round of Euro 2012. He met both in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup and in qualifying for Euro 2012 on the German team. He is the first German coach, who took six times with a different team against Germany. On 11 November 2011, he sat in the Game against Albania for the 200th time as a coach on the bench, including 41 times for Azerbaijan. Only five national coaches have more internationals. End of October 2011 had Vogts initially announced his departure from Azerbaijan, but on November 30th he extended his contract until 2014. In December 2013 he extended his contract by two years and leads Azerbaijan in qualifying for Euro 2016.


Vogts lost at the age of twelve years, his parents and then lived in financially very humble with his aunt, where he spent the remainder of his youth. He made a 19 -year-old a lesson in metal processing ( toolmaker ). After his apprenticeship he began to play at Borussia Moenchengladbach football. Some observers think the coach Hennes Weisweiler had then been a few years for him something of a father figure. Details can be found in Hans -Hubert Vogts - biography " Berti Vogts " by Hans Blickensdörfer and in his autobiography " Small but mighty ".

Vogts is divorced and has a son. End of February 2007 Vogts was elected for six years in the parish council of his home town of St. Dionysius in Kleinenbroich.


1994 Stefan Raab singing on his show Viva Sion during the coverage of the FIFA World Cup live a mocking rap song about the then reigning and participating with his national team at the World Cup, national coach Berti Vogts. Soon he released this song as Stefan Raab & the loonies under the title Böörti Böörti Vogts; The song peaked at number four on the German charts in July 1994.

On the Single Bavaria has lost (1995 ) the band Norbert and the cowards exists another song about Vogts entitled pity Berti Vogts.

In the Tatort episode 403 of the NDR ( greed, Original Air Date: January 10, 1999) Vogt had a brief appearance, in which he returns to his neighbors the set of the little Axel before the door rabbit. Another guest appearance he graduated in 1977 in the episode 8 of Didi as goalkeeper against his will from the series of nonstop nonsense with Dieter Hallervorden.

Achievements and honors

As a player

  • World Cup 1974
  • European Champion 1972
  • Vice European Champion 1976
  • UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1975, 1979
  • German Champion 1970, 1971, 1975, 1976, 1977
  • German Cup winner 1973
  • Footballer of the Year in Germany in 1971, 1979

As coach

  • Vice European Champion 1992
  • European Champion 1996

DFB Team

  • 1990 World Cup champion