Mehmet Scholl

Mehmet Scholl

Scholl in 2016
Personal information
Date of birth (1970-10-16) 16 October 1970
Place of birth Karlsruhe, West Germany
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Youth career
1976–1982 SV Nordwest Karlsruhe
1982–1989 Karlsruher SC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1991 Karlsruher SC (A) 28 (7)
1989–1992 Karlsruher SC 58 (11)
1992–2007 Bayern Munich 334 (87)
Total 420 (105)
National team
1991–1992 Germany U21 5 (3)
1992 Germany Olympic 1 (0)
1995–2002 Germany 36 (8)
Teams managed
2008–2009 Bayern Munich U13
2009–2010 Bayern Munich II
2012–2013 Bayern Munich II

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

Mehmet Scholl (born Mehmet Yüksel; 16 October 1970) is a German football manager and former player.

He played most of his career as an attacking midfielder for Bayern Munich. During his career he won the UEFA Cup in 1996 (scoring a goal in each leg of the final), the Euro 1996, and the UEFA Champions League in 2001, as well as eight German Championships (all with Bayern Munich). His success with Bayern makes him the record holder for Bundesliga titles, tied with his former teammates Oliver Kahn and Bastian Schweinsteiger. He retired at the end of the 2006–07 Bundesliga season as one of the most successful German football players of all time.

Scholl was the subject of the 2007 career retrospective documentary film Frei:Gespielt – Mehmet Scholl: Über das Spiel hinaus by directors Ferdinand Neumayr and Eduard Augustin.

Club career

Scholl played for SV Nordwest Karlsruhe (from 1976 to 1982) and Karlsruher SC (from 1982 to 1992) before joining Bayern Munich in July 1992. He stayed at Bayern for the rest of his career, wearing the number 7 shirt. Scholl retired from professional football after the 2006–07 season. In 15 seasons at Bayern he has played in 468 competitive matches for Bayern, scoring 116 goals - 88 of these appearances were in European cup competitions (18 goals).[1]

He was one of the Bundesliga's most successful players, winning the championship eight times. Aged 19, he made his Bundesliga debut on 21 April 1990, coming on for Karlsruher SC in the 78th minute of their away match against 1. FC Köln, and promptly scored his team's fifth goal in the 90th minute.[2] He has scored 98 goals (11 for Karlsruhe, 87 for Bayern) in 392 Bundesliga matches (58 for Karlsruhe, 334 for Bayern).[3] Scholl has been praised for his technical ability, his creative playmaking, his dribbling skills, and his free kicks. In early 2001, he was voted Player of the Year 2000 by the professional players of the First and Second Bundesliga, and in May 2005, fans voted him one of the eleven greatest Bayern players of all time.[4]

International career

Scholl played 36 matches for the German national team between 1995 and 2002, scoring eight goals.[5] He was part of Germany's winning team at Euro 96 where he played in the quarterfinal, semifinal, and final. In the 69th minute of the final when the Czech Republic was leading 1–0, he was substituted for the then relatively unknown Oliver Bierhoff who went on to score the two goals that turned the match around for Germany, catapulting Bierhoff to national and international fame.[6] Scholl also played in all three of Germany's games at Euro 2000, scoring Germany's only goal in the tournament against Romania.[7]

Scholl repeatedly suffered injuries throughout his career, preventing him from maintaining a regular spot on the national team and eventually prompting him to retire from the national team prior to the 2002 FIFA World Cup, making him one of Germany's most successful players never to have played in a World Cup.

Among German football fans, Scholl was one of the most popular footballers because of his character and his unique skills. Before the 2006 World Cup Campaign, more than 100,000 people signed an online petition, "Mehmet für Deutschland",[8] to persuade Jürgen Klinsmann to include Scholl in the German squad. Despite the public support, Scholl was not included.

International goals

Scores and results list Germany's goal tally first.[9]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 29 May 1996 Windsor Park, Belfast  Northern Ireland 1–1 1–1 Friendly
2. 4 June 1999 BayArena, Leverkusen  Moldova 5–0 6–1 Euro 2000 qualifier
3. 14 November 1999 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo  Norway 1–0 1–0 Friendly
4. 7 June 2000 Dreisamstadion, Freiburg  Liechtenstein 2–1 8–2 Friendly
5. 12 June 2000 Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Liège  Romania 1–1 1–1 Euro 2000
6. 16 August 2000 Niedersachsenstadion, Hanover  Spain 1–0 4–1 Friendly
7. 2–0
8. 15 November 2000 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen  Denmark 1–2 1–2 Friendly

Coaching career

On 27 April 2009, he was named as interim head coach for Bayern Munich II.[10] He replaced Hermann Gerland who became assistant coach under Jupp Heynckes and will continue to work as Under-13 head coach. In July 2009 he was appointed as permanent manager of Bayern II and left the team on 30 June 2010 for a year, working on his coaching licence.[11] Scholl returned to Bayern Munich II as head coach.[12] In January 2013, Scholl announced that he would leave the team at the end of the 2012–13 season because wants to focus on his job as TV pundit and that it conflicts with his work as coach.[13]

Personal life

Scholl was born in Karlsruhe, the second son of Ergin and Hella Yüksel, a Turkish father and a German mother. When he was five, his parents divorced, and his mother then married Hermann Scholl from whom Mehmet acquired his last name.

In May 2002 and October 2003, he released two successful mixtapes, featuring his favourite bands. The compilation's title "Mehmet Scholl kompiliert – Vor dem Spiel ist nach dem Spiel" is a reference to Sepp Herberger's famous expression "nach dem Spiel ist vor dem Spiel" ("after the game is before the game"). In an interview, Scholl said he chose this title because he listens to this music before the game, after the game, in the car on the way to the stadium, and in the car when leaving the stadium. The first volume includes songs by The Beta Band, Sportfreunde Stiller, Jimmy Eat World, and The Notwist (complete track list[14]) among others. The second volume includes songs by Oasis, Wir sind Helden, and The Flaming Lips (complete track list[15]) to name a few. Once a month, he co-presents the feature Mehmets Schollplatten[16] in the program Nachtmix of the Bayern 2 radio station, which is the culturally oriented channel of the federal public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk.

As a young player, Scholl was quoted with the words "hängt die Grünen, solange es noch Bäume gibt" ("hang the Greens while there still are trees"), seemingly expressing his dislike for the German Green Party. He was widely criticized for this quote because most people did not understand his point which was to point that in near future there might be no trees left, thereby giving his statement an ironic touch. Even though he made further ironic remarks in this interview ("One thing you'd never do?" "I'd never put a blind man at an advertising pillar and tell him that this is the wall he needs to walk down to get home."), some people did not get the jokes. However, he was sued by a Green politician for instigation to murder and eventually he donated 15,000 DM to charity. Afterwards, Scholl was asked by a journalist which party he would vote for, but he answered: "Of course, green, because I cannot let them down", which is a better pun in German ("Grün natürlich, ich kann sie ja nicht hängenlassen"). Perhaps, rendering Scholl into English thus; 'green naturally – I cannot leave them hanging' conveys a little more of his wit.[17]

Scholl is officially without religious confession, but is an avid follower of Buddhist principles.[17]

Since his retirement from football, he has taken up nine-pin bowling (Kegeln), a sport in which he already excelled as a youth.[18]

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 Other Europe Total
1989–90Karlsruher SCBundesliga310031
1992–93Bayern MunichBundesliga31720337
Total Germany 3929840121018818530129
Career total 3929840121018818530129


Country Season Competitive Friendlies Total Ref
Germany 1994–95 201030[9]
1995–96 306191[9]
1996–97 201030[9]
1997–98 [9]
1998–99 610061[9]
1999–2000 315283[9]
2000–01 303363[9]
2001–02 1010[9]
Career total 192176368[9]

Managerial statistics

As of 24 May 2013
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Bayern Munich II 27 April 2009[10] 30 June 2010[11] 41 8 10 23 35 61 −26 19.51
Bayern Munich II 1 July 2012[12] 30 June 2013[13] 38 21 10 7 71 31 +40 55.26
Totals 79 29 20 30 106 92 +14 36.71


Scholl's winner's medal from the 2000–01 UEFA Champions League, in the Bayern Munich museum.


Bayern Munich





  1. Marcel Haisma (31 July 2008). "Mehmet Scholl - Matches in European Cups". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. "1. FC Köln – Karlsruher SC, 21.04.1990". (in German). 31 July 2000. Retrieved 7 March 2008.
  3. Matthias Arnhold (31 October 2013). "Mehmet Scholl - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  4. "Fans name greatest Reds of all time". 1 June 2005. Retrieved 7 March 2008.
  5. "Spielerinfo Scholl". (in German). Retrieved 7 March 2008.
  6. "Spielbilanz". (in German). Retrieved 7 March 2008.
  7. Matthias Arnhold (19 December 2002). "Mehmet Scholl - International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  8. "Mehmet für Deutschland!" (in German). Retrieved 7 March 2008.
  9. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 "Mehmet Scholl". German Football Association (in German). Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  10. 1 2 ""Psychologische Barriere" muss aufgelöst werden". kicker (in German). 27 April 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  11. 1 2 "Bayerns Drittliga-Team: Gerland statt Scholl" [Bayern's 3rd League team: Gerland instead of Scholl] (in German). Abendzeitung. 1 March 2010. Retrieved 1 March 2010.
  12. 1 2 "Scholl kehrt zurück". kicker (in German). 18 December 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  13. 1 2 Andreas Burkert; Benedikt Warmbrunn (25 January 2013). "Mehmet Scholl gibt Amt als Bayern-Trainer ab". Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  14. Complete track list.
  15. Complete track list.
  16. "Achim 60 und Mehmet an den Plattentellern". (in German). 21 April 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  17. 1 2 "Von jetzt an gehe ich kegeln". (in German). 18 May 2007. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
  18. "Einfach normal sein". (in German). 6 March 2008. Archived from the original on 10 March 2008. Retrieved 7 March 2008.

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