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Bernd Schuster
Bernd Schuster (2007).JPG
Personal information
Full name Bernhard Schuster
Date of birth 22 December 1959 (1959-12-22) (age 50)
Place of birth Augsburg, West Germany
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1971–1976 SV Hammerschmiede Augsburg
1976–1978 FC Augsburg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1980 1. FC Köln 61 (10)
1980–1988 FC Barcelona 170 (63)
1988–1990 Real Madrid 62 (13)
1990–1993 Atlético Madrid 85 (11)
1993–1996 Bayer Leverkusen 59 (8)
1996–1997 UNAM Pumas 10 (0)
Total 446 (105)
National team
1977–1979 West Germany U-18 10 (2)
1980 West Germany U-21 1 (0)
1980–1984 West Germany 22 (4)
Teams managed
1997–1998 Fortuna Köln
1998–1999 1. FC Köln
2001–2003 Xerez CD
2003–2004 Shakhtar Donetsk
2004–2005 Levante
2005–2007 Getafe
2007–2008 Real Madrid
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Bernhard Schuster (born 22 December 1959 in Augsburg) is a German football coach and former player.


Club career

Schuster started his professional career with 1. FC Köln at age 18 in 1978 after a number of promising performances with the West German Under-18 National team. Schuster left Köln after the 1980 European campaign to sign with Spain's FC Barcelona, where he flourished. During his career, he played for clubs such as Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen. At his final team, the Mexican side Pumas de la UNAM he appeared in ten matches in spring 1997.


FC Barcelona

Schuster was an important part of the FC Barcelona team during the 1980s, leading the game from midfield and scoring many goals. His club president Josep Lluís Núñez and some trainers like Helenio Herrera, Udo Lattek, Terry Venables and Luis Aragonés had difficult relations with him[1]. He won, however, the European Silver Ball in 1980 and Bronze Ball in 1981 and 1985. At age 21, in 1981, he received a bad injury on his right knee by Athletic Bilbao defender Andoni Goikoetxea.

Real Madrid

His move to Real Madrid was controversial due to the strong rivalry between Barcelona and Madrid. Bernd Schusters style complemented the group of home-grown Madrid players known as la Quinta del Buitre who led the team to a dominance of the Spanish Championship through the 1980s.

Atlético Madrid

Bernd Schuster signed with Atlético Madrid in the fall of 1990 and helped improve the performance of Atletico's traditional games based on backpasses. His long precise passes helped restore Atlético Madrid as a prominent club.

Bayer Leverkusen

In 1993 Bernd returned home to Germany to play for three seasons with Bayer Leverkusen. Despite his contributions, the club was unable to capture Bundesliga and German Cup titles but his performances inspired much of the country to push for a place for him in the 1994 World Cup squad. In the national TV-Station ARD "Goal of the year" election Schuster won the first 3 places in 1994 [1].

In the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll to name the finest European players of the last five decades, Bernd Schuster finished 40th.

National career

He was part of the West German side that won the 1980 UEFA European Football Championship in Italy, appearing in two of Germany's four matches. His performances there helped him earn the Silver Ball Trophy honour as the Europe's second best player in 1980 behind Golden Ball winner, and Germany team-mate Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. Overall Schuster won twenty-two caps for the West German national team and retired from the German national team at the age of 24, due to his repeated disagreements with the German Football Association, then national team manager Jupp Derwall, and teammates including Paul Breitner[1]. His refusal to take part in a match against Albania in order to be home for the birth of his second son David caused a sporting scandal at the time [1].

According to Schuster himself, his premature retirement from the German National Team was due to a major disagreement with the managements of both Barcelona and the German National Team on either side of a friendly match against Brazil.[2]


Fortuna Köln

After his retirement as a player in 1997, Schuster successfully managed a small club in Cologne, SC Fortuna Köln in 2. Fußball-Bundesliga.

FC Köln

Following this, he managed his former club 1. FC Köln, also in the 2. Fußball-Bundesliga, but was unable to get the club promoted and so left. In 2000, he applied for the manager job at Scottish club Dundee FC but the Dundee chairman rejected his application.

Xerez CD

In 2001 he received an offer from the small club Xerez CD in Southern Spain and he managed the team, very successfully, for two seasons; the second and thirth best seasons in the history of the club. However, he could not promote the team to Primera Division.

Shakhtar Donetsk

Upon receiving no good offers from Spain, he accepted a deal to coach the Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk where he established a club record number of consecutive victories. However, the team did not win the championship and did not reach the final round of the Champions League with a match against Lokomotiv Moscow. Schuster was fired one week before his team played and won the Ukrainian Cup in 2004.


He went back to Spain in summer 2004 to coach Levante UD and made a good start with the small club from Valencia. The president fired him with a 5-point advantage over the relegation places just five games from the end of the season. Levante could not win a game and fell to Segunda División (Spanish second division) again.


In summer 2005, Getafe CF, a small side from Madrid, had their best season in team history. Schuster coached Getafe in their second successful season under his guidance and the team did even better, 7th in La Liga. Getafe have also secured entry to the 2007-08 UEFA Cup as a result of reaching the final of the Copa del Rey after overcoming a 5-2 first leg defeat against Barcelona, beating them 4-0 in the second leg.

Real Madrid

Real Madrid players celebrating their win in the Spanish Supercopa in the 2007-2008 season

Schuster was then appointed manager of Real Madrid on 9 July 2007.[3] He was required to buy-out his existing contract with Getafe for €480,000, which he paid for out of his own pocket. He made a successful start with Real taking them to top of the La Liga standings. As manager beautiful football returned again to the Santiago Bernabeu stadium with Real Madrid having the strongest offence, not beaten at home from the start of the league and defeating their arch rival Barcelona at their home ground Camp Nou with a goal scored by Julio Baptista thus increasing their lead to seven points between them and the second place (Barcelona). The team also qualified to the second round of the UEFA Champions League leading their group which also contained Olympiacos, Werder Bremen and S.S. Lazio. He improved Real Madrid's style of play significantly. He managed to switch from the unattractive defensive football during the reign of Fabio Capello to fast paced, attacking football. After losing 2-1 to AS Roma in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League which meant the elimination of Real Madrid, many doubted that Schuster would continue to be Madrid's coach, but the club denied such allegations.

On 4 May 2008, Schuster guided Real Madrid to their 31st title with 3 games to spare.[4] On 18 May 2008, Schuster's Real Madrid achieved the highest point total (85 points) a record that was set by rivals Barcelona. He then went on to win the 2008 Spanish Super Cup.[5]

On 9 December 2008 Schuster stepped down [6] as manager after a 4-3 defeat to Sevilla FC, and speaking out publicly about his team standing no chance of beating Barcelona in the El Clásico derby match.[7] He was replaced by Juande Ramos, former Sevilla FC and Tottenham Hotspur coach.


On 05 December 2009 he announced he will sell his former club Xerez[8] and the former Real Madrid coach is interested to managing Xerez starting from January and has already contacted the club's chairman Joaquin Morales[9]. The German coach previously worked at Xerez CD from 2001 to 2003[10].

Managerial stats

Last updated 24 September 2008

Nat Team From To Record
G W D L Win % GF GA +/-
Germany SC Fortuna Köln 1997 1998 34 11 13 10 32.35% 53 53 0
Germany 1. FC Köln 1998 1999 34 12 9 13 35.29% 46 53 -7
Spain Xerez CD 2001 2003 81 34 22 25 41.98% 89 89 0
Ukraine FC Shakhtar Donetsk 2003 2004 23 15 4 4 65.22% 41 18 +23
Spain Levante UD 2004 2005 34 9 8 17 26.47% 36 50 -14
Spain Getafe CF 2005 2007 76 29 19 28 38.16% 93 82 +11
Spain Real Madrid 2007 2008 53 35 6 12 66.04% 114 63 +51
Total Career 323 139 79 105 43.03% 449 386 +63

Personal life

During his heyday as a player Schuster and his wife, Gaby, were celebrities in Germany. Gaby had a controversial reputation, worsened when she took over the job as her husband's manager. She was soon labelled by the press as being "Bernd's dragon-like boss" without whom he would never even sign a bill in a restaurant. During the Schusters' residence in Spain, Gaby was also notorious for her often public comments directed towards FC Barcelona coach Udo Lattek and national coach Jupp Derwall when her husband played for them. Gaby and Bernd Schuster are still married and have four children. Gaby is a sports manager but she has not been Bernd Schuster's manager for some years. Since 2008 Bernd Schuster lives separated from his wife and has a new girlfriend.[11]


As player

As coach



External links

Preceded by
Lorenz-Günter Köstner
1 FC Koln manager
Succeeded by
Ewald Lienen
Preceded by
Máximo Hernández
Xerez CD manager
Succeeded by
Carlos Orúe
Preceded by
Manuel Preciado
Levante UD manager
Succeeded by
Juan Ramón López Caro
Preceded by
Quique Sanchez Flores
Getafe CF manager
Succeeded by
Michael Laudrup
Preceded by
Fabio Capello
Real Madrid CF manager
Succeeded by
Juande Ramos

Simple English

Bernd Schuster
File:Bernd Schuster (2007).JPG
Personal information
Full name Bernhard Schuster
Date of birth 22 December 1959 (1959-12-22) (age 51)
Place of birth    Augsburg, West Germany
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Club information
Current club Beşiiktaş
Senior clubs
Years Club
Real Madrid
Atlético Madrid
Bayer Leverkusen
Universidad Nacional
National team
1980-1984 Germany
Teams managed
Fortuna Köln
Shakhtar Donetsk
Real Madrid

Bernd Schuster (born 22 December 1959) is a former German football player. He has played for Germany national team.

Club career statistics


Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
1980/81BarcelonaLa Liga2311
1988/89Real MadridLa Liga337
1990/91Atlético MadridLa Liga294
1993/94Bayer LeverkusenBundesliga285
1996/97Universidad NacionalPrimera División90
CountryGermany 12018
Spain 31687
Mexico 90
Total 445105

International career statistics

Germany national team



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