Jürgen Kohler

Jürgen Kohler
Personal information
Full name Jürgen Kohler
Date of birth (1965-10-06) 6 October 1965
Place of birth Lambsheim, West Germany
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
vlf alfter (manager)
Youth career
1975–1981 TB Jahn Lambsheim
1982–1983 SV Waldhof Mannheim
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1987 SV Waldhof Mannheim 95 (6)
1987–1989 1. FC Köln 57 (2)
1989–1991 Bayern Munich 55 (6)
1991–1995 Juventus 102 (8)
1995–2002 Borussia Dortmund 191 (14)
Total 500 (36)
National team
1983–1984 West Germany U-18 8 (1)
1985–1987 West Germany U-21 11 (0)
1986–1998 Germany 105 (2)
Teams managed
2002–2003 Germany U-21
2005–2006 MSV Duisburg
2008 VfR Aalen
2012 Bonner SC U-19
2013–2015 SpVgg EGC Wirges
2015–2016 SC Hauenstein[1]

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

Jürgen Kohler (born 6 October 1965 in Lambsheim) is a World Cup-winning German footballer and manager, who played as a centre-back. Kohler has retired from professional sports, but still occasionally plays for Alemannia Adendorf in the Kreisliga C (the 11th tier of German club football).[2] Since October 2013, he is in charge of Rheinlandliga team SpVgg EGC Wirges.

Playing career

He enjoyed a lengthy career at the highest level with exactly 500 top flight league matches,[3] playing primarily as a centre back in the German Bundesliga, and in the Italian Serie A, achieving notable success both at domestic and international level with FC Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus.

Kohler's professional career began at Waldhof Mannheim, where he made his Bundesliga debut as a substitute against 1. FC Kaiserslautern in April 1984. His first professional goal came in a 5–2 defeat of FC Schalke 04 on 26 January 1995.[4]

A two-year spell at 1. FC Köln preceded a transfer to Bayern Munich, with the Bavarian club winning the Bundesliga championship in his first season at the club.[5]

In 1991, Kohler transferred to Italian club Juventus. After being named Serie A's best foreign player for 1992,[6] he went on to be part of the team that won the 1992–93 UEFA Cup against Borussia Dortmund, as well as a league and cup double in the 1994–95 season.[5]

Returning to Germany to play for Dortmund in 1995, Kohler won another league championship in 1996 and helped the club to the 1997 UEFA Champions League Final. In a reversal of Kohler's previous continental final, Dortmund defeated his former club Juventus to become European Champions for the first time. As a result of this success, Kohler was named German Footballer of the Year for 1997. In the 2001–02 season, the last of his career, Kohler won his third Bundesliga title with Dortmund and reached the final of the UEFA Cup.[5]

In his final professional appearance, the 2002 UEFA Cup Final against Feyenoord, Kohler was sent off for a foul on Jon Dahl Tomasson in the 31st minute of the match.[7] After losing possession to Tomasson on the edge of Dortmund's penalty area, Kohler tripped the Danish forward inside the area to concede a penalty kick and was given a straight red card by referee Vítor Melo Pereira. Pierre van Hooijdonk scored the opening goal from the resulting penalty and BVB went on to lose the match 3–2.[8]

At international level, Kohler made over 100 appearances for the German national team, playing at three FIFA World Cups and three UEFA European Championships, winning the 1990 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 1996.[5]

Style of play

Regarded as one of the best defenders of his generation, Kohler was a physically strong centre-back, who was famed for his defensive perception, anticipation, quick reactions, marking, and prowess in the air, which also made him a goal threat during set-pieces; he was also known for his composure when in possession, and his ability to play the ball out of defence.[7]

Coaching career

After his playing career was over, he has managed the German under-21 side, and became sports director of Bayer Leverkusen on 31 March 2003, quitting this post on 29 June 2004.

On 17 December 2005, he was appointed the coach of MSV Duisburg.

In August 2006, he turned down the opportunity to coach the Ivory Coast national team.[9]

On 28 August 2008, Kohler signed a three-year contract as manager of German 3rd Liga club VfR Aalen. However, on 16 November 2008, he retired due to a heart condition from the coaching job. He continued to work as director of sports for Aalen, but was sacked on 5 May 2009.

In April 2013, he started to work as director of sports for his former club SV Waldhof Mannheim.

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
1983–84Waldhof MannheimBundesliga50
1989–90Bayern MunichBundesliga262
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1991–92JuventusSerie A273
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFB Ligapokal Europe Total
1995–96Borussia DortmundBundesliga295
Country Germany 39828
Italy 1028
Total 50036


Germany national team

International goals

Scores and results list Germany's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 4 June 1996 Carl-Benz-Stadion, Mannheim  Liechtenstein 6–0 9–1 Friendly
2. 18 February 1998 Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat  Oman 2–0 2–0 Friendly






  1. "Kohler wird trainer bei Oberligist Hauenstein" (in German). DFB. 23 March 2015.
  2. "Irre! Weltmeister Jürgen Kohler kickt jetzt in der Kreisliga C" (in German). bild.de. 15 July 2009. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  3. Matthias Arnhold (26 July 2012). "Jürgen Kohler – Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  4. "Der FC Schalke 04 in der Saison 1984/1985". FC Schalke 04 (in German). Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  5. 1 2 3 4 "Jürgen Kohler". UEFA. 31 August 2011.
  6. "Autogramme", Sport-Bild 24 February 1993, p.43
  7. 1 2 Stefano Bedeschi (7 October 2013). "Gli eroi in bianconero: Jürgen KOHLER" (in Italian). Tutto Juve. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  8. "Feyenoord fired by Van Hooijdonk". The Guardian. 9 May 2002.
  9. "Kohler lehnt Angebot der Elfenbeinküste ab" (in German). Welt Online. 30 August 2006. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  10. Jürgen Kohler at National-Football-Teams.com
  11. Roberto Mamrud (9 November 2002). "Jürgen Kohler – Century of International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
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