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Vogts with Azerbaijan in 2014
Personal information
Full name Hans-Hubert Vogts
Date of birth (1946-12-30) 30 December 1946 (age 77)
Place of birth Büttgen, Germany
Height 1.68 m
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)
Honours
Men's football
Representing  West Germany (as player)
FIFA World Cup
Third 1970
Winner 1974
UEFA European Championship
Winner 1972
Runner-up 1976
Representing  Germany (as manager)
UEFA European Championship
Runner-up 1992
Winner 1996
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Hans-Hubert "Berti" Vogts (German pronunciation: [ˈbɛʁtiː ˈfoːkts]; born 30 December 1946) is a German former professional 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.

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 transfer in 1965 to Borussia Mönchengladbach. A right back, his tenacity earned him the nickname "Der Terrier".

He was one of the key players, along with Rainer Bonhof, Herbert Wimmer, 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.

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

International career

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Vogts (left) shadowing Johan Cruyff in the 1974 FIFA World Cup Final

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 twenty 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

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Vogts in May 2006

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. He was promoted to manager of Germany in August 1990, succeeding Franz Beckenbauer.

After winning the 1990 FIFA World Cup Final the month before, Beckenbauer famously said that the reunified Germany will "probably be unbeatable for years", 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 finish and winning the next Euros in 1996, two World Cup quarter-final defeats in 1994 and 1998 are also on his sheet. He stepped down as manager in September 1998.

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 qualification for the Champions League, he was sacked.

Kuwait

Three months later, in August 2001, he became manager of the Kuwait national team.

Scotland

Vogts resigned his position with Kuwait in January 2002, after six months in the post, to assume a similar position with the Scotland national team. In qualifying for UEFA Euro 2004, Vogts took Scotland to a play off place, finishing second in their group to Germany. In the playoffs, 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. A 1–1 draw with Moldova in October 2004 essentially put paid to Scotland's hopes of qualifying for the 2006 World Cup. Vogts resigned on 1 November, with a year and a half remaining on his contract, citing "disgraceful abuse". Nine days after Vogts resigned, Scotland dropped to a record low of 77th place in the FIFA World Rankings.

Nigeria

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. Vogts resigned from his position in February 2008.

Azerbaijan

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Vogts at a training session in February 2014

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

In October 2014, he resigned from his position as Azerbaijan manager, after a 6–0 defeat against Croatia. Azerbaijan had lost all of their first three matches in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group H. 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.

United States

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

Career statistics

Club

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League DFB-Pokal Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1965–66 Bundesliga 34 0 2 0 36 0
1966–67 34 1 1 0 35 1
1967–68 34 6 3 0 37 6
1968–69 34 8 2 0 36 8
1969–70 34 5 3 1 37 6
1970–71 34 1 4 0 4 2 42 3
1971–72 19 1 2 0 4 0 25 1
1972–73 34 3 9 0 12 2 55 5
1973–74 27 3 3 0 7 1 37 4
1974–75 34 0 2 0 12 2 48 2
1975–76 34 1 4 1 6 0 44 2
1976–77 27 1 1 0 9 1 37 2
1977–78 34 2 5 0 8 0 47 2
1978–79 6 0 1 0 3 0 10 0
Career total 419 32 42 2 65 8 526 42

Managerial statistics

Team From To Record
G W D L Win % Ref.
Germany 9 August 1990 7 September 1998 &&&&&&&&&&&&0102.&&&&&0102 &&&&&&&&&&&&&066.&&&&&066 &&&&&&&&&&&&&024.&&&&&024 &&&&&&&&&&&&&012.&&&&&012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&064.71000064.71
Bayer Leverkusen 14 November 2000 21 May 2001 &&&&&&&&&&&&&025.&&&&&025 &&&&&&&&&&&&&011.&&&&&011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&011.&&&&&011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&044.&&&&&044.00
Kuwait 12 August 2001 28 February 2002 &&&&&&&&&&&&&011.&&&&&011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&018.18000018.18
Scotland 1 March 2002 2 November 2004 &&&&&&&&&&&&&031.&&&&&031 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 &&&&&&&&&&&&&016.&&&&&016 &&&&&&&&&&&&&025.81000025.81
Nigeria 15 January 2007 20 February 2008 &&&&&&&&&&&&&015.&&&&&015 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&046.67000046.67
Azerbaijan 1 April 2008 17 October 2014 &&&&&&&&&&&&&071.&&&&&071 &&&&&&&&&&&&&015.&&&&&015 &&&&&&&&&&&&&022.&&&&&022 &&&&&&&&&&&&&034.&&&&&034 &&&&&&&&&&&&&021.13000021.13
Total &&&&&&&&&&&&0255.&&&&&0255 &&&&&&&&&&&&0109.&&&&&0109 &&&&&&&&&&&&&065.&&&&&065 &&&&&&&&&&&&&081.&&&&&081 &&&&&&&&&&&&&042.75000042.75

Honours

Player

Borussia Mönchengladbach

West Germany

Individual

  • kicker Bundesliga Team of the Season: 1965–66, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77
  • Footballer of the Year (Germany): 1971, 1979
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1974, 1978

Manager

Germany

Individual

  • World Soccer Magazine World Manager of the Year: 1996

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