The midfielder learned to play football with his hometown club, sports association Porz. In the spring of 1969 discovered the youth coach of the 1st FC Cologne, Joseph Roehrig, talent with striking blond hair waving in the game a youth group selection in Hürther district Efferen.
Although he first completed a few good games at FC after joining, the breakthrough was denied him only once. One of the few highlights in the early 1970s was his goal in the final of the DFB - Pokal in 1973 against Borussia Mönchengladbach, the Cologne-based team defeated yet. Neumann was similar in playground Wolfgang Overath, but could not fulfill the hope of his successor in this position and threatened to end up as " eternal talent ".
After Neumann got his problems in the form of stomach ulcers, lengthy strains and growth disorders in the handle, the patience of the club paid off. The former youth international was with Heinz Flohe part of a central axis of the team and was also found in the plans of national coach Helmut Schön for the Football World Cup 1978 in Argentina again. In Munich Neumann then debuted in the same year in Dress of the national team that defeated England 2-1. However, more international matches should not follow.
Although the trained industrial always put his reputation as a golden boy and bon vivant proof and not everything subordinated to the football, he can look back on some successes in that time. He won the 1st FC Cologne the DFB Cup in 1977 and 1978 even the double of league and cup. But suffered his relationship with coach Hennes Weisweiler more obvious because of constant disagreements.
Two years later, Neumann then moved to around one million DM to Udinese Calcio in Italy. After the season he landed in choosing the best foreigners to fifth place. Despite the good he stated acquisition after a year on AC Bologna. After the descent with Bologna suffered, he made himself again on the search for a new club. After a failed trial with Arsenal and inconclusive negotiations with FC Basel and FC Nürnberg 1 Neumann returned to the 1 FC Cologne.
After winning in 1983 against SC Fortuna Köln again the DFB-Pokal, he went to Greece Olympiakos Piraeus and then to Switzerland for FC Chiasso 1984. Two years later he took over as player-coach and the sporting management of the team and led the team for three years in this constellation until he moved to FC Zurich. His breakthrough as a coach, he was finally at its next station, the Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem.
Together with the former Dutch international goalkeeper Jan Jongbloed as an assistant coach he worked with great success and took place in the Netherlands also his private home. After a brief employment with RSC Anderlecht and an interlude at Turkish İstanbulspor A.Ş. in 1997, he returned back to the Premier Division and supervised NAC Breda. In the first season the class could be held in the 1998 /99 decline, however, was unstoppable. Neumann then returned to Vitesse.
As of June 2005 Neumann was the coach of the second division side VVV -Venlo, who just missed the rise in the 2005/06 season. In June 2006 he was released there.
Since August 2012 Herbert Neumann writes the column page breaks for the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger. Under the title page change 2.0 Neumann wrote the first column together with Matthias Scherz, as the author, however, ended the occupation after he began an engagement as players of the regional division SC Fortuna Köln in December 2012. Content, set the column with the current events at the 1 FC Cologne apart, in February 2013, it was finally stopped.
- To 1969 Sports Association Porz
- 1969 - 1980 1.FC Köln
- 1980 - 1981 Udinese Calcio
- 1981 - 1982 FC Bologna
- 1982 - 1983 1.FC Köln
- 1983 - 1984 Olympiakos Piraeus
- 1984 - 1989 FC Chiasso
1 U-21 match
- DFB-Pokal 34 games, 13 goals
- Europe Champions Cup; European Cup Winners' Cup; UEFA Cup 25 matches, 4 goals ( 1 FC Köln )