Horst Buhtz

Horst Buhtz
Personal information
Date of birth (1923-09-21)21 September 1923
Place of birth Magdeburg, Germany
Date of death 22 March 2015(2015-03-22) (aged 91)
Place of death Langenfeld, Germany
Playing position Winger
Youth career
1937–1939 Fortuna Magdeburg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1937–1947 Fortuna Magdeburg
1947–1950 Kickers Offenbach 80 (36)
1950–1952 VfB Mühlburg 63 (33)
1952–1957 Torino 127 (34)
1957–1959 FC Young Fellows 40 (26)
1959–1962 AC Bellinzona
Teams managed
1957–1959 FC Young Fellows
1959–1961 AC Bellinzona
1962–1963 Sportfreunde Saarbrücken
1963–1966 Borussia Neunkirchen
1966–1968 Hannover 96
1968–1974 Wuppertaler SV
1974–1976 Beşiktaş J.K.
1976 Borussia Dortmund
1976–1978 1. FC Nuremberg
1978–1981 Bayer Uerdingen
1981–1982 Alemannia Aachen
1983–1984 Stuttgarter Kickers
1987 Fortuna Köln

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 January 2009.

Horst Buhtz (21 September 1923 – 22 March 2015) was a German football manager and former football player who played as a midfielder.

Club career

Buhtz began his playing career at Fortuna Magdeburg where he played for the senior team aged 16, after a special permit had been obtained.[1] After the war, Buhtz left the Soviet occupation zone and went to play for Kickers Offenbach, winning a South German championship with the team in 1949. In 1950 he was part of the Offenbach team that lost to VfB Stuttgart in the German football championship final. Between 1950 and 1952 he played for VfB Mühlburg in the Oberliga Süd, then the highest level of football in the area. In his five years in that league, Buhtz managed to score 69 goals in 143 matches.

In 1952, Buhtz became the second German to play in Italy's Serie A – the first had been 1860 Munich's Ludwig Janda. For five years, "il tedesco" (the German), as the fans called him, would play for AC Torino, earning as much as 150,000 DM per season, an amount of money that a player in Germany "would have had to play a decade for".[2]

Buhtz was one of the stars of the newly formed Torino team that had to rebuilt after 18 players had died in the Superga air disaster in 1949. Buhtz quickly became a regular and scored about 20 goals per season. In 1957 he left Torino for Switzerland, where he was player-manager for FC Young Fellows in Zurich and AC Bellinzona.

As Buhtz was similar in playing style to Fritz Walter and the German FA disapproved of professional players, especially if they were playing abroad, Buhtz never played in a match for Germany.

Managerial career

After his playing career, Buhtz became a full-time manager. This development was already on the horizon when he was player-manager in Switzerland. Between 1962 and 1985, Buhtz went on to manage 13 clubs in Germany and Turkey.

Saarbrücken and Neunkirchen

He began his managing career at Oberliga Südwest club Sportfreunde Saarbrücken and led them to a respectable 6th place. After the season, he signed a contract with Borussia Neunkirchen who had finished second in the 1962–63 season and were controversially omitted from the newly formed Bundesliga. Buhtz' team won the Regionalliga Süd in 1964 and they were thus promoted to the Bundesliga. After finishing mid-table in their first season, the team was relegated following a 17th place in 1966.

Hannover 96

Following the relegation, Buhtz left the club and took over as manager of Hannover 96, another Bundesliga side. With Hannover, Buhtz reached a 9th place in 1967 but was fired on 12 February 1968. Buhtz' work at Hannover had suffered from the fact that in October 1967 the club had already signed a new manager for the 1968–69 season.[3]

Wuppertaler SV

In July, Buhtz became manager of Regionalliga West side Wuppertaler SV, the club he would manage for the following six years. However, the relationship got off to a rocky start, when Buhtz was not present for the start of training on 9 July 1968, despite having set the date himself.[4] Under Buhtz the club constantly improved, eventually winning the league and qualifying for the Bundesliga promotion play-offs, in which Wuppertal won all eight of their matches,[5] a feat unmatched in all eleven seasons featuring that playoff format. After promotion, Buhtz extended his contract until 1 July 1975.[6] In their first year, Wuppertal finished on a sensational fourth place and qualified for the UEFA Cup, where they would go on to succumb to a first-round aggragate defeat by Polish side Ruch Chorzów. In the second year, however, the team could no longer keep up their performance, only barely avoiding relegation with a 2–2 draw at VfB Stuttgart on the final day of the season. The third year started out even worse, and Buhtz was sacked ten games into the season on 20 October 1974 after a 4–1 loss at Hamburger SV. Despite that, Buhtz's only win of the 1974–75 campaign became a memorable one, as WSV managed to defeat the defending German champions and European Cup winners Bayern Munich who were having a disappointing domestic campaign despite eventually managing to defend their European Cup title.[7] After Buhtz's departure, Wuppertal still only managed one more victory and were relegated with the second-worst record in Bundesliga history to date.

Beşiktaş and Dortmund

At the end of the year Buhtz went to Turkey and took over Beşiktaş J.K. with a contract running until June 1975. With Beşiktaş he finished 5th in the league, but the club won the Turkish Cup for the first time. Originally, Buhtz had intended to return to the Bundesliga in July 1975, but instead stayed on as Beşiktaş manager.[8] However, in January 1976, Buhtz was sacked and in February took over as manager of then 2nd Bundesliga Nord side Borussia Dortmund. This was not intended as a long-time assignment and in April that year Buhtz signed a 2-year contract as manager of 1. FC Nuremberg, starting in June.[9] Buhtz led Dortmund to a second place in the league, allowing them to take part in the promotion play-offs against the second-placed team of 2nd Bundesliga Süd: 1. FC Nuremberg. In view of the fact that Buhtz had already signed a contract with Nuremberg for the next season, he was sacked before the play-offs.

1. FC Nuremberg and Bayer Uerdingen

At Nuremberg, Buhtz reached only a 5th place in 2nd Bundesliga Süd in 1976–77, but in the following season the club finished second and qualified for the play-offs on the 37th day of the season. However, like in Dortmund, Buhtz was sacked before the play-offs began.[10] His next station was 2nd Bundesliga Süd side Bayer 05 Uerdingen where he took over in October 1978. Again he finished second in the league, and this time was not sacked before the play-offs, but instead celebrated promotion to the Bundesliga in 1979. However, Uerdingen did not play a great role in the Bundesliga. They finished 15th in 1979–80 and an 18th place in 1980–81 meant relegation. Two matchdays before the end of the season, Buhtz was sacked.

Alemannia Aachen, Stuttgarter Kickers and Fortuna Köln

In December 1981, Buhtz was the fourth manager brought in at Alemannia Aachen.[11] Aachen were in 8th position when Buhtz took over, but he could not noticeably improve their position and finished 9th. In the following season Aachen started well, but after a slump in results, the club lost touch with the promotion ranks and Buhtz was sacked. In January 1983, 2nd Bundesliga side Stuttgarter Kickers signed Buhtz on a contract running until June of that year.[12] Buhtz won his first match, but in the long run he could not get the club out of their 2nd Bundesliga dejection. After a catastrophic beginning of the 1983–84 season with only 1 win in 13 matches, Buhtz was dismissed on 22 October 1984.[13] After his spell in Stuttgart, where Buhtz had worked with future stars such as Jürgen Klinsmann or Guido Buchwald, he all but retired, only taking over at 2nd Bundesliga side Fortuna Köln for a few months in the 1986–87 season.


Buhtz lived in the town of Langenfeld, Rhineland, between Cologne and Düsseldorf. His original club of Fortuna Magdeburg made him an honorary president in 1992. He died at the age of 91 on 22 March 2015.[14]


  1. Ralf Piorr (15 February 2008). "Klinsi stand heulend vor mir" (in German). 11Freunde.de. Retrieved 2009-01-06. Mit einer Ausnahmegenehmigung spielte ich bereits als 16-jähriger bei den Senioren von Fortuna Magdeburg.
  2. Ralf Piorr (15 February 2008). "Klinsi stand heulend vor mir" (in German). 11Freunde.de. Retrieved 2009-01-06. 150.000 DM im Jahr.
  3. "'Sündenbock' Buhtz". Hamburger Abendblatt (in German). Hamburg, Germany. 13 February 1968. p. 14. OCLC 85355780. Retrieved 6 January 2009.
  4. "Vergeßlicher Trainer". Hamburger Abendblatt (in German). Hamburg, Germany. 15 July 1968. p. 9. OCLC 85355780. Retrieved 6 January 2009.
  5. "Bundesliga-Aufstiegsrunde 1971/72" (in German). f-archiv.de. Retrieved 2009-01-06.
  6. "Fussball in Kürze". Hamburger Abendblatt (in German). Hamburg, Germany. 26 June 1972. p. 17. OCLC 85355780. Retrieved 6 January 2009.
  7. "Wuppertal hat neuen Trainer". Hamburger Abendblatt (in German). Hamburg, Germany. 21 October 1974. p. 13. OCLC 85355780. Retrieved 6 January 2009.
  8. "Kurz notiert". Hamburger Abendblatt (in German). Hamburg, Germany. 7 June 1975. p. 9. OCLC 85355780. Retrieved 6 January 2009. Entschädigung für Trainer Horst Buhtz, der ursprünglich am 1. Juli seine Tätigkeit in der Domstadt aufnehmen sollte, jetzt aber lieber ein weiteres Jahr in der Türkei bleiben will.
  9. "Trainerwechsel". Hamburger Abendblatt (in German). Hamburg, Germany. 17 April 1976. p. 8. OCLC 85355780. Retrieved 6 January 2009. Horst Buhtz ... unterschrieb beim deutschen Fußball-Rekordmeister 1. FC Nürnberg einen Zweijahresvertrag.
  10. "Endspurt um Aufstieg in die Bundesliga". Hamburger Abendblatt (in German). Hamburg, Germany. dpa. 26 May 1978. p. 13. OCLC 85355780. Retrieved 6 January 2009.
  11. "Der vierte Trainer". Hamburger Abendblatt (in German). Hamburg, Germany. sid. 22 December 1981. p. 15. OCLC 85355780. Retrieved 6 January 2009.
  12. "Buhtz unterschrieb". Hamburger Abendblatt (in German). Hamburg, Germany. sid. 28 January 1983. p. 16. OCLC 85355780. Retrieved 6 January 2009.
  13. "Kurz notiert". Hamburger Abendblatt (in German). Hamburg, Germany. 23 October 1984. p. 9. OCLC 85355780. Retrieved 6 January 2009.
  14. http://www.spiegel.de/sport/fussball/horst-buhtz-ist-tot-a-1024945.html
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