Bernd Schuster

Bernd Schuster

Schuster in 2007
Personal information
Full name Bernhard Schuster
Date of birth (1959-12-22) 22 December 1959
Place of birth Augsburg, West Germany
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
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 Barcelona 170 (63)
1988–1990 Real Madrid 61 (13)
1990–1993 Atlético Madrid 85 (11)
1993–1996 Bayer Leverkusen 59 (8)
1996–1997 UNAM Pumas 9 (0)
Total 445 (105)
National team
1977–1979 West Germany U18 10 (2)
1980 West Germany U21 1 (0)
1979[1]–1984 West Germany 21 (4)
Teams managed
1997–1998 Fortuna Köln
1998–1999 1. FC Köln
2001–2003 Xerez
2003–2004 Shakhtar Donetsk
2004–2005 Levante
2005–2007 Getafe
2007–2008 Real Madrid
2010–2011 Beşiktaş
2013–2014 Málaga

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Bernhard "Bernd" Schuster (German pronunciation: [ˈbɛʁnhaʁt ˈbɛʁnt ˈʃʊstɐ]; born 22 December 1959) is a German football manager most recently in charge of Spanish La Liga side Málaga and a former player, who played as a midfielder. His contract with Málaga CF was terminated in May 2014 leaving him a free agent. His nickname is "der Blonde Engel" (the Blond Angel).

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 Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen.[2] 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.[3] 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 Schuster's 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

Schuster signed with Atlético Madrid in autumn 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, Schuster 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 three places in 1994.[3] In the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll to name the finest European players of the last five decades, Schuster finished 40th.

Schuster before the match to Beşiktaş with CSKA Sofia, 2 December 2010, Sofia, Bulgaria.

International 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 21 caps for the West German national team[4] Bernd Schuster - International Appearances 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.[3]

His refusal to take part in a match against Albania to be home for the birth of his second son David caused a sporting scandal at the time.[3] According to Schuster, 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.[5]


Fortuna Köln

Schuster was the manager of Fortuna Köln between 1 July 1997 and 30 June 1998.[6]

1. FC Köln

Schuster was manager of 1. FC Köln from 1 July 1998 to 30 June 1999.[7] Schuster was unable to get the club promoted. In 2000, he applied for the manager job at Scottish club Dundee FC, but the Dundee chairman rejected his application.

Xerez CD

Schuster became manager of Xerez CD on 26 June 2001.[8] Schuster managed the team successfully for two seasons. The second and third best seasons in the history of the club. However, he could not get the club promoted to La Liga.

Shakhtar Donetsk

In June 2003, he accepted a deal to coach Shakhtar Donetsk starting on 1 July 2003.[9] Schuster 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 sacked on 5 May 2004,[10] one week before his team played and won the Ukrainian Cup final in 2004.


He went back to Spain in summer 2004 to coach Levante UD.[11] Schuster was sacked on 1 May 2005.[12] The sacking came with a 5-point advantage over the relegation zone with five matches remaining. However, Levante could not win a game and fell to the Segunda División again.


Schuster went to Getafe CF in the summer of 2005.[13] Schuster led them to their best season in team history under his guidance. Schuster coached Getafe in their second successful season and the team did even better, seventh in La Liga. Getafe 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 semi-final 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 2007–08 season

Schuster was appointed manager of Real Madrid on 9 July 2007.[14] As manager, he made a successful start with Real Madrid, taking them to top of the La Liga standings. Attacking football returned again to the Santiago Bernabéu stadium with 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, increasing their lead to seven points between them and second place (Barcelona).

The team qualified to the second round of the UEFA Champions League leading their group which contained Olympiacos, Werder Bremen and S.S. Lazio. He changed Real Madrid's style of play, switching from the 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 the allegations. On 4 May 2008, Schuster guided Real Madrid to their 31st title with three games to spare.[15]

On 18 May 2008, Schuster's Real Madrid achieved the highest point total (85 points) a record that was set by rivals Barcelona. He went on to win the 2008 Spanish Super Cup.[16] Although enjoying a successful season with Madrid, Schuster had frequent confrontations with the media. Sometimes refusing to answer questions, making controversial or sarcastic statements and walking out of press conferences.[17][18] On 9 December 2008, Schuster stepped down[19] as manager after a 4–3 defeat to Sevilla FC, and speaking out publicly about his team standing no chance of beating Barcelona (Coached by Pep Guardiola at the time) in the El Clásico derby match.[20] He was replaced by Juande Ramos.


On 10 June 2010, Turkish club Beşiktaş announced that Schuster had agreed to become the club's new manager on a two-year contract.[21] Among his first signings for the club were Portuguese winger Ricardo Quaresma, Roberto Hilbert and former Real midfielder Guti, who was coached by Schuster at Madrid. Later he bolstered the squad with three additional Portuguese stars Simão Sabrosa, Hugo Almeida and Manuel Fernandes. Schuster resigned on 15 March 2011 from Beşiktaş after the bad results, having frequent confrontations with the media, making controversial statements and walking out of press conferences.[22] He was criticised by the Turkish media for trying to implement a reckless attacking style of play.


Schuster became head coach at Málaga on 12 June 2013.[23] In May 2014 his contract was terminated after he failed to achieve a top-half position in the league.[24]


Club career statistics


Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFB Ligapokal Europe Total
1978–791. FC KölnBundesliga241
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
1980–81BarcelonaLa Liga231140--002711
1988–89Real MadridLa Liga33792--80509
1990–91Atlético MadridLa Liga29471--00365
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFB Ligapokal Europe Total
1993–94Bayer LeverkusenBundesliga285
Mexico League Cup League Cup North America Total
1996–97Universidad NacionalPrimera División90
Country Germany 12018
Spain 316875916825316436120
Mexico 90
Total 445105

International statistics

Germany national team

Managerial statistics

As of 16 May 2014
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win % Ref.
Fortuna Köln 1 July 1997[6] 30 June 1998[6] 35 11 13 11 55 59 −4 31.43
1. FC Köln 1 July 1998[7] 30 June 1999[7] 35 12 9 14 46 54 −8 34.29 [26]
Xerez 26 June 2001[8] 30 June 2003[9] 89 38 22 29 102 101 +1 42.70
Shakhtar Donetsk 1 July 2003[9] 5 May 2004[10] 43 30 6 7 82 28 +54 69.77
Levante 1 July 2004[11] 1 May 2005[12] 36 9 9 18 37 52 −15 25.00
Getafe 20 June 2005[13] 9 July 2007[14] 89 35 21 33 119 101 +18 39.33
Real Madrid 9 July 2007[14] 9 December 2008[19] 75 44 9 22 157 100 +57 58.67
Beşiktaş 10 June 2010[21] 15 March 2011[22] 45 24 8 13 80 50 +30 53.33
Málaga 12 June 2013[23] 16 May 2014 40 12 11 17 43 50 −7 30.00
Total 487 215 108 164 721 595 +126 44.15

Personal life

During his time 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. During the Schusters' stay in Spain, she 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. The couple have four children. In 2008, Schuster separated from Gaby Schuster. In 2012, he remarried with a Spanish lawyer, Elena Blasco.[27]


As player


FC Barcelona
Real Madrid
Atlético Madrid


West Germany


As coach


Real Madrid



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  9. 1 2 3 "Schuster übernimmt Donezk". kicker (in German). 13 June 2003. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  10. 1 2 "Schuster bei Donezk gefeuert". kicker (in German). 5 May 2004. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  11. 1 2 "Schuster trainiert Aufsteiger Levante". kicker (in German). 18 June 2004. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  12. 1 2 "Levante entlässt Schuster". kicker (in German). 1 May 2005. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  13. 1 2 "Schuster neuer Trainer in Getafe". kicker (in German). 20 June 2005. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
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  15. "Real Madrid win their 31st La Liga title in PamplonaLeague Champions!". 4 May 2008. Retrieved 20 August 2009.
  16. "Real Madrid win Super Cup with 4–2 win over Valencia". 25 August 2008. Retrieved 20 August 2009.
  17. "Schuster hasn't lost Real's dressing room says captain Raul". 17 November 2008. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  18. Baskett, Simon (6 March 2008). "Too slow, too predictable – the Spanish style is past its sell-by date". Reuters. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  19. 1 2 "Bernd Schuster resigns; Juande Ramos steps in as coach". Real Madrid C.F. 9 December 2008. Retrieved 9 December 2008.
  20. Rogers, Iain (9 December 2008). "Real's Schuster downbeat before Barcelona clash". Reuters. Retrieved 9 December 2008.
  21. 1 2 "Besiktas signs Bernd Schuster as coach". USA Today. 10 June 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2010.
  22. 1 2 "Schuster istifa etti" [Schuster resigns] (in Turkish). 15 March 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2011.
  23. 1 2 "Bernd Schuster wird neuer Trainer beim FC Malaga". Die Welt (in German). 12 June 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  24. "Liga - Schuster to leave Malaga after disappointing campaign". 28 May 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  25. "Bernd Schuster". National Football Teams. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
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  27. "Schuster se casa con la salmantina Elena Blasco en la Catedral Vieja". (in Spanish). 26 May 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2015.

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