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Berti Vogts

Written by Sebastien on 25 February 2013. Posted in World Cup Legends


Berti Vogts is a well-known name of soccer from West Germany. He has born on 30 December 1946 and his place of birth is Buttgen. He started his career from his home town club VFR Buttgen in 1954 at the age of seven and stayed there till 1965. Attributed for his dogged personality and being a relentless tackler, he was nicknamed as “der terrier” (translated as “the Terrier”). Each time he played as it would be his last game.

Once he was 18, he was signed up as a professional by Borussia Monchengladbach, the only club he had planned to play for. He played 419 games for the West Germany club, scored 33 goals on a total. Moreover, he helped the club gain further reputation by helping them win the German Bundesliga Championship no less than five times; the UEFA Cup was won twice and lastly the German Cup was won only once. He was also chosen as the league player of the year, twice in 1975 and 1979.

In 1979 he retired from soccer and joined Germany’s under-21 national coaching staff until 1990. Then, he was promoted to manager position of national team. 1994 and 1998 world cup campaigns ended in quarter final for the Germans and Berti Vogts was the person who led his team to victory.

After 1998 World Cup, he resigned as Germany coach and joined Kuwait national team. He spent six month with Kuwait Team as first coach. After resigning from coach position of Kuwait he joined FIFA technical staff and for the years from 2002 to 2004 he was assigned the coach position of Scotland national team.

In 2007 he signed a four year contract and appointed as manager of Nigeria but due to poor performance he resigned after a year. Then he joined Azerbaijan national team as manager in 2008 on a two year contract. He extended his contract until the end of qualifying of Euro 2012.

In 1974 Germany World Cup he was one of the best players for Germany national team throughout the whole tournament.

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