The epic of Hans-Hubert Berti Vogts (Buttgen, Germany, 74 years old) continues and, at least, will remain in his possession for four more years, until Euro 2024, which will be played precisely in his country. Nor is it easy for him to be dethroned then. Only he has lifted the continental tournament as a player (1972) and coach (1996). In this edition, only one coach could match his brand, Didier Deschamps (he won the title on the field in 2000), but he was already eliminated in the round of 16 by Switzerland. The French coach is one of the three chosen who holds the honor of being world champion as a footballer and as a coach (1998 and 2018). The other two were the Brazilian Zagallo (1958 and 1962, as a player, and 1970, as a coach) and Beckenbauer (1974 and 1990).
Precisely in the shadow of Kaiser Franz grew up as Berti Vogts coach. The German had completed a great career as a single-club player at Borussia Moenchengladbach (1965-79). Right back by trade and a specialist in markings all over the field, he won five Bundesligas, two UEFA Cups, one Cup and reached the final of the European Cup (1977). With the national team he amassed 96 caps (one goal) and chained five major competitions: World 70 (third), Euro 72 (champion), World 74 (champion), Euro 76 (runner-up) and World 78 (eliminated in the second phase).
Although his name is rightly registered among the champions, Vogts did not really play any minute of the final phase of Euro 72, neither against Belgium (2-1) nor against the USSR (3-0). He was then 25 years old and Horst-Dieter Hottgess, 29, born in Moenchengladbach and whom he replaced at Borussia when he went to Werder Bremen, closed the door. Fleets of destiny.
Retired with a serious injury in 1978 at the age of 32, Vogts began his true career as a coach directly as a coach. He fired as head of the U21 between 1979 and 1990, and at the same time he was second to Franz Beckenbauer with the absolute in the period between the World Cup in Mexico 86 (finalist) and Italy 90 (champion). Immediately, he took over. One of his great challenges as soon as he took office was to incorporate players from the German Democratic Republic (east side), which had already been unified with the German Federal Republic (west side). Both formed a unique selection and politically it was considered a correct and popular measure. The problem was the competition and that the team came from two consecutive World Cup finals. Even so, players like Sammer, who would later be key in Euro 96, Doll, Thom, Kirsten …
His career as a coach ran from 1990 to 1998 with two Euro Cups and two World Cups. A total of 102 games with 67 wins (65.69%), 23 draws and only 12 losses. He is the fourth manager with the most meetings led behind Low (198), Herberger (162) and Schon (139). Finalist in Sweden 92, where he unexpectedly lost the final to Denmark, his great success was leading Germany to win Euro 96 at Wembley.
His alarming words as soon as he landed in England – “I have found my players in terrible shape” – were not confirmed on the pitch and, despite Matthaus’s resignation, he managed to build a great team, a mix of beginners. in a great competition with surviving veterans from the World Cup 90. In the final they defeated the Czech Republic with Bierhoff’s golden goal. The great leader of the team was Matthias Sammer, the footballer on the other side of the wall who had made his debut in 1990 and who that year would end up winning the Ballon d’Or.
Vogts left the national team after the poor results of the 98 World Cup and the Federation granted him a monthly pension of 6,000 marks as thanks to his long career as both a player and a coach. His career as a coach continued at Bayer Leverkusen (25 games), the only club he managed, to later link the teams of Kuwait, Scotland, Nigeria and Azerbaijan, where he spent six years, until retiring in 2014, about to turn 68. .
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