Hans-Hubert "Berti" Vogts (German pronunciation: [ˈbɛɐ̯tiː ˈfoːkts]; born 30 December 1946 in Büttgen) is a former German footballer. 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 Germany (winning Euro 96 with them), Scotland, Nigeria and Azerbaijan national team.

He is currently a technical advisor to United States head coach Jürgen Klinsmann.

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-side defender, his tenacity earned him the nickname "Der Terrier".[2]

He was one of the key figures throughout Borussia's golden years in the 1970s, when it won the Bundesliga five times, the German Cup once, and the UEFA Cup twice. Vogts additionally played in the 1977 European Cup Final defeat by Liverpool.[3]

Vogts made 419 Bundesliga appearances for Mönchengladbach, scoring 32 times and additionally 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 had been captain for 20 of the senior games, scored one international goal and was additionally 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.

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 Cordoba.

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 had been 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",[4] a statement which turned out to be a burden for Vogts throughout 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 additionally on his sheet. He stepped down as manager in September 1998.[5]

Bayer Leverkusen

After a few time out of managing, he had been appointed manager of Bayer Leverkusen in November 2000. The following May, notwithstanding earning Bayer Leverkusen Champions League qualification, he had been sacked.

Kuwait

He became manager of the Kuwait national team in August 2001.

Scotland

After six months with Kuwait, Vogts resigned to assume the position of Scotland national football team manager.[6] 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, with a year and a half remaining on his contract, citing "disgraceful abuse".[7] Nine days after Vogts resigned, Scotland dropped to 77th place in the FIFA World Rankings, a record low.[8]

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 after 1982.[9][10] Vogts resigned from his position in February 2008[2]

Azerbaijan

In April 2008, he had been appointed manager of Azerbaijan on a two-year contract.[2] He extended his contract with AFFA until the end of UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying after successful results.[2][2] Vogts was appointed by Jürgen Klinsmann as a special advisor to the United States for the 2014 World Cup.[2]

In October 2014, he resigned from his position as Azerbaijan manager,[2] after a 6–0 defeat against Croatia.[2][18] Azerbaijan had lost all of their first three matches in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group H.[18] Under Vogts, Azerbaijan had a few poor results, not being able to win second-string sides, forcing Vogts to face major criticism, protest and demonstration from local supporters and the media.[2][2]

In March 2015, Vogts was appointed by the United States national team as a technical advisor.[3][3]

Career statistics

Club career statistics

[3][3]

Club performanceLeagueCupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeagueAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
GermanyLeagueDFB-PokalOtherEuropeTotal
1965–66Borussia MönchengladbachBundesliga34020360
1966–6734110351
1967–6834630376
1968–6934820368
1969–7034531376
1970–713414042423
1971–721912040251
1972–7334390122555
1973–742733071374
1974–7534020122482
1975–763414160442
1976–772711091372
1977–783425080472
1978–79601030100
TotalGermany4193242265852642
Career total4193242265852642

Managerial statistics

As of 17 October 2014.
TeamFromToRecord
GWDLWin %Ref.
Germany9 August 19907 September 199810266241264.71[3]
Bayer Leverkusen14 November 2000[26]21 May 2001[26]251131144.00[26]
Kuwait12 August 200128 February 20021126318.18
Scotland1 March 20022 November 200431871625.81
Nigeria15 January 200720 February 20081573546.67
Azerbaijan1 April 200817 October 20147115223421.13
Total255109658142.75

Honours

Player

Borussia Mönchengladbach
West Germany
Individual

Manager

Germany
Individual