Helmut Benthaus

Helmut Benthaus
Personal information
Full name Helmut Benthaus
Date of birth (1935-06-05) 5 June 1935
Place of birth Herne, Germany
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954–1961 Westfalia Herne 167 (19)
1961–1963 TSV 1860 München 18 (1)
1963–1965 1. FC Köln 52 (3)
1965–1971 FC Basel 23 (2)
National team
1958–1960 West Germany 8 (0)
Teams managed
1965–1982 FC Basel
1982–1985 VfB Stuttgart
1985–1987 FC Basel

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

Helmut Benthaus (born 5 June 1935 in Herne) is a German retired football player and former coach.[1] He spent his best playing days at Westfalia Herne and his best coaching days at FC Basel.

Playing career

Helmut Benthaus started his professional career at Westfalia Herne in 1958. In 1959 he won the Oberliga West title but left just a year later to join 1860 Munich before moving to 1. FC Köln. He won the Oberliga West again in 1963 with Köln, then the German Bundesliga in 1964. In 1965 he joined Swiss club FC Basel as player-manager. He retired from playing in 1971 aged 36.

He played for the West German national team on eight occasions between 1958 and 1960.

Coaching career

Benthaus coached FC Basel for 17 years between 1965 and 1982. He won the Swiss Championship seven times and the Swiss Cup twice. He coached Basel's legendary team of the 1970s that won the Championship in 1970, 1972, 1973 and 1977 as well as the Cup in 1975. The squad included Karl Odermatt and Ottmar Hitzfeld. After Basel he joined German club VfB Stuttgart in 1982. There he won the Bundesliga in 1984. He left in 1985 and rejoined Basel. However, this spell was much less successful and he retired in 1987.


  1. "Helmut Benthaus" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
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