Sunday, January 14, 2007

Berti Vogts As Super Eagles Coach

Berti Vogts is the former Germane and Scotish national team coach and when mentioned in the circles of football heroes, he can easily be said to be a big name. This is what Nigerian football fans across the world has been clamouring for. In the past when coaches are about to be changed we werew fond of going for anything in white skin (no racial prejudice meant). This was the height of inferiority complex and an act that pepertually kemt us in state i call mind slavery. We needed this kind of outcry to save ourselves from ourselves. I am satisfied that atlast the NFA has gone for a coach we all believe is worth his onions. Wether he finally gets the job or not shouldn't matter as for me we have won by nmaking the NFA begin to look for real world class coaches not just unknown riffraffs eager to make a name for themselves and hoping to use the Super Eagles as a spring board. Who is this man Vogts?

*Hans Hubert ("Berti") Vogts (born 30 December 1946 in Büttgen) is a former German international football player and manager.
[edit] Playing career
Vogts joined the boys' football team of local sports club VfR Büttgen in 1954 when he was seven, staying with them until his 1965 transfer to Borussia Mönchengladbach. A right-side defender, his tenacity earned him the nickname "Der Terrier". He was one of the key figures during Borussia's golden years in the 1970s, when it won the Bundesliga five times, the German Cup once, and the UEFA Cup twice. Vogts made 419 Bundesliga appearances for Mönchengladbach, scoring 33 times. He also appeared 64 times for the club in European competition, scoring 8 goals. Vogts remained with Mönchengladbach until he retired from playing in 1979.
He was also a member of the German national team that won the 1974 World Cup. Overall he played 9 international boys' games for West Germany, made 3 appearances for the under-23s team, and has 96 senior caps, making him one of Germany's most capped players. He was captain for 20 of the senior games, and scored one international goal.

[edit] Management career
After his playing career ended, he became a coach for Germany's under-20 national team, and continued in that role until 1990. Starting in 1986, he became an assistant manager of the senior national side. In 1990, he was promoted to manager of the national team, leading Germany to a EURO 96 win. He stepped down as manager in 1998 after Germany's shock quarter-final exit at the World Cup finals in France. After some time out of managing, he was appointed manager of Bayer Leverkusen in November 2000. The following May, despite earning Bayer Leverkusen UEFA Champions League qualification, he was fired. He became manager of the Kuwait national team in August 2001.
After six months with Kuwait, Vogts resigned to assume the position of manager of the Scottish national team. During his 2½-year tenure there, the Scots' international record was poor, with home defeats by Norway and Hungary, and a humiliating 2-2 draw with the team of the tiny Faroe Islands. Although some football pundits[attribution needed] credited much of the squad's performance to the low quality of the player pool from which Vogts had to draw, he nonetheless took the brunt of press criticism. An October 2004 draw with Moldova essentially put paid to Scotland's hopes of qualifying for the 2006 World Cup, and Vogts came under renewed pressure to quit. He resigned the following month, with a year and a half remaining on his contract, citing "disgraceful abuse" from the fans and the media. He later vowed never to return to football management following this "abuse" although has not ruled out a return to football on a coaching basis. Worse was to come for Vogts when Walter Smith took charge of Scotland on 2 December 2004 and the team saw an immediate turn around in fortune; many high profile players including David Weir and Barry Ferguson spoke to the press saying that the team under Vogts suffered from "lack of direction" and "poor man management".[citation needed]
He has recently been linked with the Nigerian national team, the Super Eagles. According to recent BBC news reports, Berti Vogts is the leading name among those interviewed for the position of the Super Eagles' boss. If successful, he will not have much problems managing Nigerian footballing talents who ply their trade in Europe. This has been a major problem with indigenous national team coaches in Nigeria.


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