Oliver Neuville

Neuville after training in Mönchengladbach (2008)

Oliver Patric Neuville ( born May 1, 1973 in Locarno, Switzerland ) is a former German football player and current coach.

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Oliver Neuville was the son of coming from Aachen footballer Jupp Neuville and his of Calabria ( Italy) originating mother Carmen in Locarno ( Italian-speaking Switzerland ) born. From the age of 18 he owned alongside the German an Italian passport. He now owns only the German nationality. His surname comes from his Belgian grandfather. Neuville has two sons and lives in Mönchengladbach- Wind Mountain.

Playing career


Footballing beginnings in Switzerland and Spain

His career as a footballer began Neuville in 1979 at FC Gambarogno. He played as a striker. In 1991, he joined the NLB FC Locarno and 1992 in the NLA to Servette Geneva. With this club he was Swiss champion in 1994. In this championship season Neuville scored 16 goals for his club. Only Giovane Élber Grasshoppers Zurich and Nestor Subiat FC Lugano could score more goals that season. In summer 1995, Neuville should move to Bayern Munich, the transfer has already been announced on the part of Bavaria after the agreement with Neuville in February 1995. However, the transfer did not take place because the two clubs could not agree on a transfer fee.

In 1996 he moved for one year to CD Tenerife, where he was trained among others by Jupp Heynckes. He completed 33 games, scoring five goals.

Careers at Hansa Rostock

Neuville moved in 1997 to Hansa Rostock in the German Bundesliga. He made his debut on 27 September 1997 ( 8 Round ) in the 1-1 draw against Bayer 04 Leverkusen. After Neuville was not previously in seven league and a cup match in the squad, he came off the bench in this game in the 70th minute for Sławomir Mayak. In the next three games against 1.FC Köln (1:2), MSV Duisburg ( 1-0) and FC Schalke 04 ( 4:1), he scored a goal each.

He was promoted during this season for the starting player, the striker before the end of January turned out to early April 1998. His comeback he was the 2-2 against eventual champions 1.FC Kaiserslautern on 18 April 1998 ( 31 Matchday), where he also managed the same score. At the end of the season Neuville scored eight goals in 17 games for Rostock, and sixth -placed as they narrowly missed out on the UEFA Cup.

Even in his second season at Hansa Rostock he was a regular; He played 33 times and scored 14 goals. Despite the class obtaining only just arrived he was first nominated for the German national team, where he debuted in 1998.

Transferred to Bayer 04 Leverkusen

For the 1999/2000 season he went to Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Be debut Neuville a 0-0 draw at MSV Duisburg. Also in Leverkusen, he was a regular player, but was first converted into a left winger and even later, the left midfielder. However, this was reversed in the next season, and so Oliver Neuville acted again as a center forward.

Borussia Mönchengladbach

From the 2004/05 season, the striker played for Borussia Mönchengladbach. There he was able to push through at once sporty and established himself as a regular player. In a preseason game against Galatasaray Istanbul on 28 July 2006, he scored a remarkable Hackentor, which was chosen by the viewers of the sports show on the Goal of the Month and later to the goal of the year 2006.

He was captain of the team since 2007, which made ​​the chances of promotion to the Bundesliga at the end of the season 2007/ 08. In January 2009, his team mate Filip Daems was elected as the new captain. Neuville's contract with Borussia Mönchengladbach expired on 30 June 2010 and Neuville told to end his career.

In Mönchengladbach, a task was provided in the youth development program of the Association for Neuville.

Arminia Bielefeld

However, a month after the end of the season he revised the decision to end career and hired the second division club Arminia Bielefeld, for which he, on 12 September 2010 ( 3rd Round ) met for the first time in the 1-3 defeat against Hertha BSC. In early December Neuville agreed with Arminia Bielefeld on the termination of his contract on January 31, 2011 and his immediate release, after he had been almost exclusively used by the coaching change by Christian Ewald Lienen goat on as a substitute. At the same time he ended his active career as a footballer.


Initially, Oliver Neuville, if one hides the nationalities, the choice of four national teams: Germany, Italy ( the father's origin) ( origin of the mother ), Switzerland ( born and raised in Switzerland) and Belgium ( home of the grandfather ). Neuville opted for Germany. At first he needed for understanding in a circle of German national team an interpreter.

On September 2, 1998 Neuville stood against Malta (2-1) for the first time for Germany on the court. In 2002 he took part with the DFB team at the World Cup in South Korea and Japan, and became vice - world champion. He scored the decisive goal in a 1-0 win over Paraguay in the second round.

Also during the 2006 World Cup in Germany he was employed. Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann joined him in all games as a wild card. In the group match against Poland on 14 June, he scored after coming on the game-winning 1-0 in stoppage time of the second half. He also scored the first penalty in the penalty shootout of the quarterfinal match against Argentina.

Oliver Neuville was nominated by Joachim Loew on 16 May 2008 for the extended German squad for the 2008 European Football Championship and included in the final squad of 23 players on 28 May 2008. However, he was only in the group match against Austria for seven minutes used. This was also his last international game. With 36 substitutions, it is the most common substitute German national team.

Coaching career

After his final career end Neuville started at his former club Borussia Mönchengladbach year-long internship in the youth department under the coach of the second team, Sven Demandt, and also was part of the coaching staff of the U-23 team. He also received in November 2011, the B coaching license after a course in sports Hennef. In June 2013 it was announced that Oliver Neuville opposite Mark Roch and behind head coach Horst Steffen assistant coach of the U-19 team of Borussia is.


  • Swiss Champion 1994
  • German Vice Champion 2000 and 2002
  • DFB Cup Finalist 2002
  • Champions League finalists 2002
  • Promotion to the 1st League 2008
  • Vice World Champion 2002
  • Third at the 2006 FIFA World Cup
  • Vice European Champion 2008
  • Scorer of the month July 2006
  • Scorer of 2006


  • Carrier of the Silver bay leaf