- Bernd Schuster
Infobox Football biography
playername = Bernd Schuster
fullname = Bernhard Schuster
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1959|12|22
nickname = "Der blonde Engel" (The Blond Angel)
currentclub = Real Madrid (Manager)
youthyears = 1971–1976
youthclubs = FC Hammerschmiede Augsburg
years = 1978–1980
1. FC Köln FC Barcelona
Atlético Madrid Bayer Leverkusen
caps(goals) = 061 0(10)
nationalyears = 1977–1979
nationalteam = West Germany U-18
West Germany U-21
nationalcaps(goals) = 010 00(2)
manageryears = 1997–1998
Fortuna Köln 1. FC Köln Xerez CD Shakhtar Donetsk Levante UD Getafe CF
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 Núñezand some trainers like Helenio Herrera, Udo Lattek, Terry Venablesand Luis Aragoneshad difficult relations with himcite news | title = Don Bernardo, Vom Leben und Wirken des großen Exzentrikers Bernd Schuster | url = http://www.a-guide.de/redaktion/sport/schuster.htm | work = [http://a-guide.de a-guide] | publisher = postart werbemedien | date = 2004-??-??| accessdate = 2007-05-11] . At age 21, in 1981, he received a bad injury on his right knee by Athletic Bilbaodefender Andoni Goikoetxea and never reached the level of the early seasons. He won, however, the European Bronze Ball in 1981 and 1985.
His move to Real Madrid was controversial due to the strong rivalry between Barcelona and Madrid. His style complemented the group of home-grown Madrid players known as la
Quinta del Buitrewho led the team to a dominance of the Spanish Championship through the 1980s.
Schuster started his professional career with
1. FC Kölnat age 18 in 1978 after a number of promising performances with the West German Under-18 National team. He was part of the West German side that won the 1980 UEFA European Football Championshipin 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.
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 such as Real Madrid, Atlético Madridand Bayer Leverkusen. Inting in the UEFA Golden Jubilee Pollto name the finest European players of the last five decades, he finished 40th.
Schuster won twenty-two caps for the West German national team and retired from international football 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 Breitnercite news | title = Don Bernardo, Vom Leben und Wirken des großen Exzentrikers Bernd Schuster | url = http://www.a-guide.de/redaktion/sport/schuster.htm | work = [http://a-guide.de a-guide] | publisher = postart werbemedien | date = 2004-??-??| accessdate = 2007-05-11] . His refusal to take part in a match against Albania in order to be home for the birth of his second son David caused a sporting scandal at the time cite news | title = Don Bernardo, Vom Leben und Wirken des großen Exzentrikers Bernd Schuster | url = http://www.a-guide.de/redaktion/sport/schuster.htm | work = [http://a-guide.de a-guide] | publisher = postart werbemedien | date = 2004-??-??| accessdate = 2007-05-11] .
His final cap came against France in early 1984.
Bernd Schuster signed with
Atlético Madridin the fall of 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.
After three seasons, Bernd 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. 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 3 places in 1994 cite news | title = Don Bernardo, Vom Leben und Wirken des großen Exzentrikers Bernd Schuster | url = http://www.a-guide.de/redaktion/sport/schuster.htm | work = [http://a-guide.de a-guide] | publisher = postart werbemedien | date = 2004-??-??| accessdate = 2007-05-11] . At his final team, the Mexican side Pumas de la UNAM he appeared in ten matches in spring 1997.
After his retirement as a player in
1997, Schuster successfully managed a small club in Cologne, SC Fortuna Kölnin 2. Fußball-Bundesliga(Germany's second league division).
Following this, he managed his former club
1. FC Köln, also in the 2. Fußball-Bundesliga, but was unable to get the club promoted and so left. In 2000, he applied for the manager job at Scottish club Dundee FCbut the Dundee chairman rejected his application.
In 2001 he received an offer from the small club
Xerez CDin Southern Spain and he managed the team, very successfully, for two seasons; the best two seasons in the history of the club. However, he could not promote the team to Primera Division.
Upon receiving no good offers from Spain, he accepted a deal to coach the Ukrainian side
Shakhtar Donetskwhere he 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 fired one week before his team played and won the Ukrainian Cup in 2004.
He went back to Spain in summer 2004 to coach
Levante UDand made a good start with the small club from Valencia. The president fired him with a 5-point advantage over the relegation places just five games from the end of the season. Levante could not win a game and fell to Segunda División(Spanish second division) again.
In summer 2005,
Getafe CF, a small side from Madrid, had their best season in team history. Schuster coached Getafe in their second successful season under his guidance and the team did even better, 7th in La Liga. Getafe have also secured entry to the 2007-08 UEFA Cup as a result of reaching the final of the Copa del Reyafter overcoming a 5-2 first leg defeat against Barcelona, beating them 4-0 in the second leg.
Schuster was then appointed manager of Real Madrid on 9th July 2007. He was required to buy-out his existing contract with Getafe for €480'000, which he paid for out of his own pocket. He has since made a successful start with Real taking them to top of the La Liga standings. As manager beautiful football returned again to the
Santiago Bernabeustadium with Real Madrid having the strongest offense , not beaten at home from the start of the league and defeating their arch rival Barcelona at their home ground Camp Nouwith a goal scored by Julio Baptistathus increasing their lead to seven points between them and the second place (Barcelona). The team also qualified to the second round of the Uefa Champions Leagueleading their group which also contained Olympiakos, Werder Bremenand SS Lazio. He has improved Real Madrid's style of play significantly. He managed to switch from the unattractive defensive football during the reign of Capelloto fast paced, attacking football. After losing 2-1 to AS Romain the second leg of the Uefa Champions Leaguewhich meant the elimination of Real Madrid, many doubted that Schuster would continue to be Madrid's coach, but the club denied such allegations. Schuster continues to have the full confidence of President Ramon Calderonand the Board of Directors. On 4th May 2008, Schuster guided Real Madridto their 31st title with 3 games to spare. On 18th May 2008, Schuster's Real Madridachieved the highest point total (85 Points) a record that was set by rivals Barcelona.
September 24 2008"
During his heyday 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. She was soon labelled by the press as being "Bernd's dragon-like boss" without whom he would never even sign a bill in a restaurant.Fact|date=April 2007 During the Schusters' residence in Spain, Gaby was also notorious for her often public comments directed towards FC Barcelona coach
Udo Lattekand national coach Jupp Derwall when her husband played for them. Gaby and Bernd Schuster are still married and have four children. Gaby is a sports manager but she has not been Bernd Schuster's manager for some years. Nevertheless, Bernd Schuster has a new girlfriend and lives separated from his wife. [ [http://www.bild.de/BILD/sport/fussball/international/2008/05/20/bernd-schuster-trennung/gaby-freundin-schwanger-baby,geo=4589430.html Bernd Schuster: Trennung von Frau Gaby, seine Neue (30) ist schwanger - Bild.de ] ]
*As a Player:
* EURO European Championship: 1980 with Germany
Cup Winners' Cup: 1982
Copa del Rey: 1981, 1983, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992
* Spanish Championship: 1985, 1989, 1990
* European Golden Ball: Silver Ball 1980, Bronze Ball 1981 and 1985,
* [http://www.berndschuster.com/ Official web page] - includes personal, weekly interviews with Bernd Schuster.
* [http://www.angelfire.com/or/berndschuster/ Blond Angel total page] - Career info, video clips and a huge photo gallery of Bernd Schuster.
* [http://playeronplayer.ning.com/profile?Bernd%20Schuster Bernd Schuster at Player on Player] .
* [http://community.webshots.com/user/bernd8schuster big photo Gallery in Webshots] .
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