Heiko Herrlich

Heiko Herrlich as a guest student at the 1 FC Cologne

Heiko Herrlich ( born December 3, 1971 in Mannheim ) is a former German football player and current coach. He played from 1989 to 2004 258 times in the Bundesliga for Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Borussia Moenchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund and scored 76 goals.

Career as a player


Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Gorgeous 04 Leverkusen was added to the 1989/90 season in the first team from Bayer. His debut in Germany's highest football class he gave for the work of self on Matchday 5, 23 August 1989 against Karlsruher SC. Ten minutes before the end, coach Juergen Gelsdorf for Marek Lesniak joined him. The match ended 1-1 draw. In his first year as a pro Gorgeous admittedly came on 16 league inserts, but was only on as a substitute 15 times. On a total of 373 minutes of play, the striker came here. His only appearance in the starting lineup of the Red - Black, the then 18 -year-old on the 32nd Gameday at the 0-2 defeat against Fortuna Dusseldorf. Blame for the few missions was that Bayer, mainly focused on the qualities of the duos Demandt / Lesniak. The following season Herrlich came forward to more missions and achieved his first professional hit. In the 2-2 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt on 24 November 1990, he scored three minutes from time to compensate, thus continuing the final result of the game fixed. For the season 1991/92 then came Gorgeous to its most league operations within one season in the jersey of Leverkusen. In 28 missions he scored three goals. However, he was never a regular player. 24 times he was on or replaced. A year later, his situation did not change, and glory was more spectators than active because it still Andreas Thom could displace from the starting line neither Ulf Kirsten. In the DFB Cup, the team reached the final in the season 1992/93. In this the amateurs of Hertha BSC were defeated 1-0. It was the first national title Herrlich. However, he was not used in the final game.

Borussia Mönchengladbach

In order to more finals contest, Herrlich changed in the summer of 1993 to Borussia Mönchengladbach. In his first year there, he was able to convince and had eight hits along with Max Martin and Karl Heinz Pflipsen second best scorer of the foal. Only Martin Dahlin was better to four goals. With 65 gates placed the men in this season's second-best offensive division in the league. With 68 hits only champions FC Bayern Munich was better. Nevertheless, it held to a disappointing tenth place. A year later, Herrlich was also best scorer of his team. With 20 goals scored, he also claimed the title of the scorer, which he shared with Mario Basler out of Werder Bremen. The team improved to 5th place and qualified for the UEFA Cup. Also in the DFB Cup Wonderfully cared for stir: In six games to the finals of the attacker and scored six goals. Both in the quarterfinals in a 3-2 win against FC Schalke 04, and in the semifinals in a 1-0 success after extra time against 1 FC Kaiserslautern Wonderfully scored the decisive goal of his team. In the final against VfL Wolfsburg he contributed one goal to make it 3-0. After he was a spectator in 1993, Herrlich claimed the title for the second time and stood over the full season on the court. These services were of course other teams not hidden, and so the chapter Mönchengladbach for Heiko Herrlich was terminated after two years.

Borussia Dortmund

In 1995 Wonderfully wanted despite an ongoing contract switch prematurely from Mönchengladbach to Dortmund, citing an alleged oral promise of the then Mönchengladbach manager Rolf Rüssmann. However, this denied having made such a commitment. Wonderfully then refused to training with his employer and held instead in the meantime at SC Fortuna Köln fit. However, he desisted when he was alerted to the issue of unresolved insurance issues. Mönchengladbach insisted on contract, and there was a labor court hearing in which the judge the player recalled his contractual obligation, but without yet to make a judgment. Herrlich, refused to continue the work in Mönchengladbach. Through the mediation of the DFB finally Mönchengladbach and Dortmund agreed on a transfer and the highest intra- German transfer fee, which was paid by that time, about eleven million marks.

In his first year as Dortmund, the club was dogged by injury problems. Wonderfully came to only 16 appearances, but had thus only two less than Karl Heinz Riedle, who played most of the games as a striker. With seven goals Herrlich was on par with Riedle best attacker of the BVB. The midfielder Andreas Möller and Michael Zorc, however, were more successful. Despite the personnel losses the team defended the German Championship, and glory could celebrate his first championship.

In 2002 he became German champion again and won the 1997 Champions League and the Intercontinental Cup with the Dortmundern.


In 1995, he was five times the jersey of the national team and scored one goal.

His debut for the DFB he gave on 29 March 1995 against Georgia. At 2-0 he got the full 90 minutes on the court and made ​​with Jürgen Klinsmann in attack the national team. After the match, Klinsmann said the following to the debut Herrlich ". The man next Heiko Herrlich has toiled on his debut, but was a bit unlucky in the final " A month later, in a 1-1 draw against Wales, Herrlich scored in the 42. minute equalizer. In the second leg, on 11 October 1995 graduated from the former Dortmunder his last game for the DFB - Elf. All five missions had Herrlich could win the cup in qualifying matches for Euro 1996 in England, in Germany. Because of injuries, he missed the appointment to the tournament squad.


In the fall of 2000, a malignant brain tumor ( germinoma in the midbrain ) was observed in Herrlich, which could be successfully controlled by radiotherapy. In 2001 Wonderfully made ​​his comeback in the Bundesliga, but did not attain the form of bygone days and ended in 2004 after further injury his career as a professional football player.


  • UEFA Champions League: 1997
  • World Cup: 1997
  • German champion: 1996, 2002
  • DFB Cup: 1993, 1995
  • Scorer in the Bundesliga: 1995

Career as a coach

In 2005 Wonderfully DFB earned his coaching license and has since A youth coach at Borussia Dortmund. He won as a coach with the A- youth of Borussia Dortmund in 2007 after a 8-7 against Ruhr rivals FC Schalke 04 the Westphalia Cup.

On 1 July 2007 Heiko Herrlich took over the function of the U- 17 team coach within the DFB. With the U-17 he was at the World Cup 2007 in South Korea by third parties, the hitherto best performance by a DFB -U -17 ( or U -16) national team since the 1985 finals in China. In August 2008, he took over as coach the U-19 juniors. The beginning of 2009 Herrlich was regarded as the successor of Dieter Eilts, to train the U- 21 team. Delightfully this offer refused on the grounds of wanting to focus on the U-19.

As of 27 October 2009 was Herrlich head coach at VfL Bochum. On 29 April 2010, two days before the penultimate round of the 2009/10 season, VfL Bochum parted from him. For the season 2011/12 Herrlich took over as coach in SpVgg Unterhaching, in which only after September 1, 2011, he headed the training due to existing contracts. On 25 May 2012, he resigned as coach of SpVgg Unterhaching back to 30 June 2012.

For the 2013/14 season Herrlich took over the U-17 team of FC Bayern Munich.

Social Commitment

Superbly involved as an ambassador for the Football World Cup 2006, the people with disabilities in Germany.