Oliver Bierhoff

Oliver Bierhoff in August 2006

Oliver Bierhoff ( born May 1, 1968 in Karlsruhe ) is a former German football player and since July 2004 manager of the German national football team. The aerially strong striker won with the German national team, the 1996 European Championships and in 1998 was top scorer in the Italian Serie A.

  • 2.1 Controversy over statements on homosexuality in football

Playing career


Beer Hoff's first youth club was the Essenes SG 99/ 06 release. Later he played, among others, along with Jens Lehmann, with whom he maintains a friendship until today, when Schwarz-Weiß Essen in the youth department. In 1985 he moved to the successful A- Youth Bayer Uerdingen (now KFC Uerdingen 05), where he played from 1986 as a professional in the 1st Bundesliga. After sporting streaky years at Hamburger SV and Borussia Moenchengladbach Bierhoff moved to Austria in 1990 to SV Austria Salzburg, where he set a club record with 23 hits season.

Breakthrough in Italy

After just one season in Salzburg Bierhoff was bought by Inter Milan, but lent the same in the Italian Serie B Ascoli Calcio on. After four years, he had scored 48 goals so far, in 1995 he joined the Serie A Udinese Calcio, where he achieved his breakthrough in a total of 86 competitive games get him 57 results. In the 1997/98 season he was top scorer with 27 goals in Serie A in 1998 Bierhoff was voted Footballer of the Year in Germany due to these successes. In the same year he was obliged by AC Milan, where in 1999 he was Italian champion. Bierhoff stayed for three years at Milan and scored a total of 37 goals.

In 2001 he moved to AS Monaco and finally ended his career as an active soccer player in 2003 at AC Chievo Verona.

In total he scored 103 goals in Serie A, one of the best Torquoten for a foreigner who has ever played in Italy. Bierhoff scored the most headed goals in the Italian Serie A.


In 1987 Bierhoff part with the Bundeswehr 's national team at the Military World Championship in Italy and finished second. From 1988 to 1990, he played ten games for the U-21 national team. Bierhoff was 27 years his debut in the national team when he came off the bench on 21 February 1996 in the match against Portugal ( 2-1 ).

Four months after his debut, he made ​​it into the squad for the European Football Championship in England in 1996 under national coach Berti Vogts. In the final against the Czech Republic, he came on with the score at 0-1 in the 69th minute. Just four minutes later, he managed to equalize per headed goal. In the subsequent extension he scored the first golden goal of the gentlemen in the tournament's history Germany to the title.

In qualifying for the 1998 World Cup Bierhoff succeeded in the game against Northern Ireland the fastest hat-trick in the history of the Association, when he came off the bench with the score at 0-1 in the 69th minute and scored three goals to make it 3-1 Full within six minutes. With the Football World Cup 1998 in France he scored three goals, but resigned with the team in the quarterfinals against Croatia by a 0:3 defeat from the tournament.

At the European Championships in 2000 in the Netherlands and Belgium, he led the national team first as captain. In a ( at the request of former DFB president Egidius Braun in the square of his home club SV Breinig discharged ) public training after the first group match, he retired but while warming up a hamstring to and fell for the rest of the tournament from.

In 2002 he participated with the national team at the World Cup in Japan and South Korea, where he was vice-champion. The final match against Brazil on 30 June 2002, which was lost 0-2, was also his last game for the national team.

Bierhoff was in 70 A- international matches the jersey of the German national team, scoring 37 goals, including 12 by substitutions, by which he is the player with the most goals after Substitutes.

Team manager of the national

After Bierhoff together with Oliver Welke commented some games of the UEFA Champions League for the TV channel Sat.1, he performed with entering the service of Jürgen Klinsmann as head coach of the German national team on 29 July 2004 the post of team manager of the national team. This site was created specifically for Bierhoff and gave it in this manner not previously. Also, under coach Joachim Loew he retained the post of manager.

Beer Hoff's appearance as team manager of the national team was controversial from the beginning. To date him by fans and the media be partly attributed to arrogance and condescension. He was also accused that he had not terminated parallel to his contract with the DFB some private advertising contracts and thus sideline immediately.

2007, a dispute between Bierhoff and Rudi Völler through the media was held. Voeller struggled with some rough expressions against beer Hoff's statements criticizing the work of the Bundesliga clubs and recommended that these should be based on the philosophy of training the national team.

After the lost European Championship final against Spain in 2008 ( 0-1) Michael Ballack was still on the field to Bierhoff and insulted him with apparently obscene words because Bierhoff had asked him, with a thank - transparent to the fans in the curve to. go Observers interpreted this as an expression of criticism of the work beer Hoffs, which was titled among the players as an event manager.

In February 2010, the contracts of Bierhoff and Joachim Loew should be extended with the DFB, Theo Zwanziger talks with were canceled after a failed negotiation and postponed until further notice. This was due to the demands of Löw and Bierhoff, did not want to go into the twenties. So Bierhoff had called for, inter alia, the right of veto for a possible renewal of the national coach post. On 20 July 2010 Bierhoff together with Joachim Löw announced his contract extension until 2012. On 15 March 2011, the DFB announced that the coaching staff to Joachim Löw and Oliver Bierhoff also have their contracts extended by a further two years until 31 July 2014.

Controversy surrounding statements about homosexuality in football

On 25 March 2011, Bierhoff said in an interview with the Bild newspaper critical of a broadcast episode of the TV series Tatort, which dealt with the topic of homosexuality in football. In the broadcast fell among other phrases like "You know, half the team is supposedly gay, including the coaching staff. That's quite a sort of national sport, to spread it. " Bierhoff evaluated the statements in the film" as an attack on [ ... ] the family of the national team. " He is alleged to have indirectly determined the football must be protected against homosexual influences.

The gay and lesbian football network Queer Football fan commented, in an open letter, Bierhoff have given the homophobia in football his face. The violent reaction of beer Hoffs and the use of the concept of family as a supposed opposition to homosexuality is revealing, it said in the statement.

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The father of Oliver Bierhoff, Rolf Bierhoff, was goalkeeper for the SG Düren 99, at the same time also played Karl -Heinz Quick Inger. His father also worked for several years as a board member of the Rhenish-Westphalian electricity plant AG. Oliver Beer Hoffs grandfather Edward Bierhoff was Oberkreisdirektor in the former district of Düren. Nicole Bierhoff Oliver Beer Hoff's older sister. Oliver Bierhoff grew up in Düren and food. In the meantime, he lived with his family in food, when he played at the Essen Sports Community 99/ 06 and the ETB black and white food and also sang with the Essen Cathedral Boys' Choir. His high school, he also grew from there at Humboldt High School.

In 2002, Bierhoff has successfully completed in addition to his professional career a degree in economics at the University of Hagen after 26 semesters as Diplom-Kaufmann. The topic of his thesis was: The determination of the offer price of shares ahead of a stock market launch - A comparative economic analysis on the example of the IPO of football clubs. Since 22 June 2001 Bierhoff is married to Klara Szalantzy. The couple has a daughter.

Bierhoff founded in March 2007 together with the sports scientist and former sports manager Marc Kosicke the project B GmbH, whose corporate purpose is the marketing of athletes, in particular football coaches is. The customers of the company include, among others, in addition to beer Hoff himself Holger Stanislawski, Jürgen Klopp, Michael Oenning and Bruno Labbadia.

On 3 March 2010 the Cologne-based consultancy agency Sport First, whose Managing Director is the former national goalkeeper Toni Schumacher, Oliver Bierhoff sued due to open commission payments.

Bierhoff 's citizens since 2003, the municipality of Berg am Starnberger See and has registered on July 25, 2013 in the Golden Book of the municipality.

Atomic Pro

In August 2010, Oliver Bierhoff pointed against a German abandonment of nuclear energy to themselves through the joint signing of the Energy Policy Appeal, a lobby initiative of the four major power companies. In the criticism Bierhoff came here because he has signed the form printed in various newspapers full-page newspaper ad on behalf of his role as manager of the national team. The DFB later distanced himself from this, however, energy policy appeal. Bierhoff had expressed his opinion merely stating the Job Title Manager of the football team, and not on behalf of the DFB.