Berti Vogts

Hans-Hubert "Berti" Vogts (German pronunciation: [ˈbɛɐ̯tiː ˈfoːkts]; born 30 December 1946) is a former German footballer who played as a defender. He played for Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Bundesliga his whole professional club career and won the FIFA World Cup with West Germany in 1974. He later managed the national teams of Germany (winning Euro 96), Scotland, Nigeria and Azerbaijan.

Berti Vogts
Vogts with Azerbaijan in 2014
Personal information
Full name Hans-Hubert Vogts
Date of birth (1946-12-30) 30 December 1946
Place of birth Büttgen, Germany
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1954–1965 VfR Büttgen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1979 Borussia Mönchengladbach 419 (32)
National team
1967–1978 West Germany 96 (1)
Teams managed
1979–1990 West Germany U21
1986–1990 West Germany (assistant)
1990–1998 Germany
2000–2001 Bayer Leverkusen
2001–2002 Kuwait
2002–2004 Scotland
2007–2008 Nigeria
2008–2014 Azerbaijan
2015–2016 United States (technical advisor)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club career

Vogts joined the boys' football team of local sports club VfR Büttgen in 1954 at the age of seven, staying with them until his 1965 transfer to Borussia Mönchengladbach. A right back, his tenacity earned him the nickname "Der Terrier".[1]

He was one of the key players, along with Rainer Bonhof, Uli Stielike, Allan Simonsen and Jupp Heynckes, during Borussia's golden years in the 1970s, when it won the Bundesliga five times, the German Cup once, and the UEFA Cup twice. Vogts also played in the 1977 European Cup Final defeat by Liverpool.[2]

Vogts made 419 Bundesliga appearances for Mönchengladbach, scoring 32 times and also appeared 64 times for the club in European competition, scoring 8 goals. Vogts remained with Mönchengladbach, until he retired from playing in 1979.

International career

Vogts played nine international boys' games for West Germany, made three appearances for the under-23s team, and has 96 senior caps, making him one of Germany's most capped players. He was captain for 20 of the senior games, scored one international goal and was also a member of the German national team that won the 1974 World Cup.

Nicknamed "Der Terrier" for always fighting for every ball as if it were his last, Vogts was a big favourite with his home crowd. Vogts famously marked, and subdued, Johan Cruyff, in the final of the 1974 World Cup in Munich, West Germany, won by West Germany 2–1.

During the match between West Germany and Austria on 21 June 1978, in the second round of the 1978 FIFA World Cup, he scored an own goal, allowing Austria to beat West Germany for the first time in 47 years, and preventing West Germany from moving on to the next round. In Austria, this match is fondly known as the Miracle of Córdoba.

Managerial career

West Germany and Germany

After his playing career ended, Vogts became coach of the West Germany under 21 national team, and continued in that role until 1990. Starting in 1986, he became an assistant manager of the senior national side. In 1990, he was promoted to manager of Germany, succeeding Franz Beckenbauer.

After the 1990 FIFA World Cup Final, Beckenbauer famously said that the reunified Germany will "probably be unbeatable for years",[3] a statement which turned out to be a burden for Vogts during the upcoming years. Although Vogts led the German national team to a Euro 1992 runner up place and a Euro 1996 win, two World Cup quarter final defeats in 1994 and 1998 are also on his sheet. He stepped down as manager in September 1998.[4]

Bayer Leverkusen

In November 2000, after some time out of managing, he was appointed manager of Bayer Leverkusen. The following May, despite earning Bayer Leverkusen Champions League qualification, he was sacked.


In August 2001, three months later, he became manager of the Kuwait national team.


In January 2002, after six months with Kuwait, Vogts resigned to assume the position of Scotland national football team manager.[5] In UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying, Vogts took Scotland to a play off place, finishing second in their group to Germany. In the play offs Scotland were drawn against the Netherlands and Vogts led them to a 1–0 victory at Hampden Park, but the Netherlands beat Scotland 6–0 in the return leg.

The Scottish press became notably more hostile towards Vogts following a series of defeats in friendly matches. An October 2004 draw with Moldova essentially put paid to Scotland's hopes of qualifying for the 2006 World Cup, and Vogts resigned the following month. This was within a year and a half remaining on his contract, citing "disgraceful abuse".[6] Nine days after Vogts resigned, Scotland dropped to 77th place in the FIFA World Rankings, a record low.[7]


In January 2007, Vogts was appointed manager of Nigeria, and signed a four-year contract. Nigeria were eliminated in the quarter finals of the 2008 African Nations Cup, which was their worst performance in the competition since 1982.[8][9] Vogts resigned from his position in February 2008.[10]


In April 2008, he was appointed manager of Azerbaijan, on a two-year contract.[11] In December 2009, he extended his contract with AFFA until the end of UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying, after successful results.[12][13] In March 2014, Vogts was appointed by Jürgen Klinsmann as a special advisor to the United States, for the 2014 World Cup.[14]

In October 2014, he resigned from his position as Azerbaijan manager,[15] after a 6–0 defeat against Croatia.[16][17] Azerbaijan had lost all of their first three matches in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group H.[17] Under Vogts, Azerbaijan had some poor results, not being able to win against second string sides, forcing Vogts to face major criticism from local supporters and the media.[18][19]

United States

In March 2015, Vogts was appointed by the United States national team as a technical advisor.[20][21] After the dismissal of Jürgen Klinsmann, Vogts' employment also ended.[22]

Career statistics

Club career statistics


Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
1965–66Borussia MönchengladbachBundesliga34020360
Total Germany 4193242265852642
Career total 4193242265852642

Managerial statistics

As of 17 October 2014
Team From To Record
GWDLWin %Ref.
Germany 9 August 1990 7 September 1998 102 66 24 12 064.71 [25]
Bayer Leverkusen 14 November 2000[26] 21 May 2001[26] 25 11 3 11 044.00 [26]
Kuwait 12 August 2001 28 February 2002 11 2 6 3 018.18
Scotland 1 March 2002 2 November 2004 31 8 7 16 025.81
Nigeria 15 January 2007 20 February 2008 15 7 3 5 046.67
Azerbaijan 1 April 2008 17 October 2014 71 15 22 34 021.13
Total 255 109 65 81 042.75



Borussia Mönchengladbach
West Germany




  1. "Vogts: Africans can reach semis". 6 August 2007. Retrieved 3 May 2009.
  2. "Spielstatistik FC Liverpool – Borussia Mönchengladbach" (in German). Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  3. "SPIEGEL Interview with Franz Beckenbauer: "Football Has an Incredible Power Beyond Sport"". SPIEGEL Online. 29 May 2006. Retrieved 3 November 2008.
  4. "Another Day, Another Coach Gone:Now It's Vogts". New York Times. 9 September 1998. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  5. "Vogts to be Scotland boss". BBC Sport. 21 January 2002. Retrieved 2 September 2007.
  6. "Vogts resigns from Scotland job". BBC Sport. 1 November 2004. Retrieved 2 September 2007.
  7. "Scotland hit new low in rankings". BBC Sport. 10 November 2004. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  8. Okeleji, Oluwashina (4 February 2008). "Vogts future looks under threat". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  9. Mungazi, Farayi (6 February 2008). "Nigeria FA silent on Vogts future". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  10. "Berti Vogts ends Nigeria reign". BBC Sport. 20 February 2008. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  11. "Vogts accepts Azeri challenge". 4 April 2008. Retrieved 8 April 2008.
  12. "Berti Vogts extended his contract with the Azerbaijan national team". 14 December 2009. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  13. "Berti Vogts signs new contract as Azerbaijan coach". 14 December 2009. Archived from the original on 9 October 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  14. Creditor, Avi (30 March 2014). "Klinsmann appoints Berti Vogts USMNT special advisor; Vasquez off coaching staff". Time Inc. A Time Warner Company. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  15. "Berti Vogts: I have no future in Azerbaijan". 14 October 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  16. Ismayilov, Emil (17 October 2014). "Berti Vogts resigns as head coach of Azerbaijan's national soccer team". Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  17. "Vogts quits Azerbaijan helm". 17 October 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  18. Кто тут "карлик"?. (in Russian). Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  19. "Futbolumuz sürətlə inkişaf edir!!!". Archived from the original on 31 March 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  20. "Former Scotland manager Vogts appointed to role in United States national team". The Herald. Herald & Times Group. 27 March 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  21. "US Soccer appoints Euro 1996-winning coach Berti Vogts as USMNT technical advisor". Major League Soccer. 26 March 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  22. "Berti Vogts wird 70 – Gratulation!". ZDF (in German). 30 December 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  23. "Berti VOGTS". Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  24. "Berti Vogts" (in German). Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  25. "Nationaltrainer" (in German). DFB. Archived from the original on 3 January 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  26. "Bayer 04 Leverkusen". (in German). kicker. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  27. "Bundesliga Historie 1965/66" (in German). kicker.
  28. "Bundesliga Historie 1967/68" (in German). kicker.
  29. "Bundesliga Historie 1968/69" (in German). kicker.
  30. "Bundesliga Historie 1969/70" (in German). kicker.
  31. "Bundesliga Historie 1970/71" (in German). kicker.
  32. "Bundesliga Historie 1972/73" (in German). kicker.
  33. "Bundesliga Historie 1974/75" (in German). kicker.
  34. "Bundesliga Historie 1975/76" (in German). kicker.
  35. "Bundesliga Historie 1976/77" (in German). kicker.
This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.