|Full name||Bernhard Schuster|
|Date of birth||22 December 1959|
|Place of birth||Augsburg, West Germany|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|1971–1976||SV Hammerschmiede Augsburg|
|1978–1980||1. FC Köln||61||(10)|
|1977–1979||West Germany U-18||10||(2)|
|1980||West Germany U-21||1||(0)|
|1998–1999||1. FC Köln|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Bernhard "Bernd" Schuster (German pronunciation: [ˈbɛɐ̯n.haɐ̯t ˈbɛɐ̯nt ˈʃʊs.tɐ]; born 22 December 1959 in Augsburg, Bavaria) is a German football manager and former player. His nickname is "der Blonde Engel" (the Blond Angel).
Club career 
Schuster started his professional career with 1. FC Köln at age 18 in 1978 after a number of promising performances with the West German Under-18 National team. 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 Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen. At his final team, the Mexican side Pumas de la UNAM he appeared in ten matches in spring 1997.
FC Barcelona 
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 Núñez and some trainers like Helenio Herrera, Udo Lattek, Terry Venables and Luis Aragonés had difficult relations with him. He won, however, the European Silver Ball in 1980 and Bronze Ball in 1981 and 1985. At age 21, in 1981, he received a bad injury on his right knee by Athletic Bilbao defender Andoni Goikoetxea.
Real Madrid 
His move to Real Madrid was controversial due to the strong rivalry between Barcelona and Madrid. Bernd Schuster's style complemented the group of home-grown Madrid players known as la Quinta del Buitre who led the team to a dominance of the Spanish Championship through the 1980s.
Atlético Madrid 
Bernd Schuster signed with Atlético Madrid in autumn 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.
Bayer Leverkusen 
In 1993 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 but 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 three places in 1994. In the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll to name the finest European players of the last five decades, Bernd Schuster finished 40th.
International career 
He was part of the West German side that won the 1980 UEFA European Football Championship in 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. Overall Schuster won 22 caps for the West German national team and retired from the German national team 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 Breitner.
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. According to Schuster himself, his premature retirement from the German National Team was due to a major disagreement with the managements of both Barcelona and the German National Team on either side of a friendly match against Brazil.
Fortuna Köln 
1. FC Köln 
Schuster was manager of 1. FC Köln from 1 July 1998 to 30 June 1999. Schuster was unable to get the club promoted and so left. In 2000, he applied for the manager job at Scottish club Dundee FC but the Dundee chairman rejected his application.
Xerez CD 
Schuster became manager of Xerez CD on 26 June 2001. Schuster managed the team, very successfully, for two seasons; the second and third best seasons in the history of the club. However, he could not get the club promoted to La Liga.
Shakhtar Donetsk 
In June 2003, he accepted a deal to coach Shakhtar Donetsk starting on 1 July 2003. Shuster 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 sacked on 5 May 2004. The sacking came one week before his team played the Ukrainian Cup final and won the Ukrainian Cup in 2004.
He went back to Spain in summer 2004 to coach Levante UD. Schuster was sacked on 1 May 2005. The sacking came with a 5-point advantage over the relegation zone with five matches remaining. Levante could not win a game and fell to Segunda División (Spanish second division) again.
Schuster went to Getafe CF in the summer of 2005. Schuster led them to their best season in team history under his guidance. Schuster coached Getafe in their second successful season and the team did even better, seventh 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 Rey after overcoming a 5–2 first leg defeat against Barcelona, beating them 4–0 in the second leg.
Return to Real Madrid 
Schuster was appointed manager of Real Madrid on 9 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. As manager, he made a successful start with Real Madrid, taking them to top of the La Liga standings. Attacking football returned again to the Santiago Bernabéu stadium with Madrid having the strongest offence, not beaten at home from the start of the league and defeating their arch rival Barcelona at their home ground Camp Nou, increasing their lead to seven points between them and second place (Barcelona).
The team qualified to the second round of the UEFA Champions League leading their group which contained Olympiacos, Werder Bremen and S.S. Lazio. He improved Real Madrid's style of play significantly.[neutrality is disputed] He managed to switch from the unattractive defensive football during the reign of Fabio Capello to fast paced, attacking football.[neutrality is disputed] After losing 2–1 to AS Roma in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League which meant the elimination of Real Madrid, many doubted that Schuster would continue to be Madrid's coach, but the club denied the allegations. On 4 May 2008, Schuster guided Real Madrid to their 31st title with three games to spare.
On 18 May 2008, Schuster's Real Madrid achieved the highest point total (85 points) a record that was set by rivals Barcelona. He went on to win the 2008 Spanish Super Cup. Although enjoying a successful season with Madrid, Schuster had frequent confrontations with the media. Sometimes refusing to answer questions, making controversial or sarcastic statements and walking out of press conferences. On 9 December 2008, Schuster stepped down as manager after a 4–3 defeat to Sevilla FC, and speaking out publicly about his team standing no chance of beating Barcelona in the El Clásico derby match. He was replaced by Juande Ramos.
On 10 June 2010, Turkish club Beşiktaş announced that Schuster had agreed to become the club's new manager on a two-year contract. Among his first signings for the club were Portuguese winger Ricardo Quaresma, Roberto Hilbert and former Real midfielder Guti, who was coached by Schuster at Madrid. Later he bolstered the squad with three additional Portuguese stars, namely Simão Sabrosa, Hugo Almeida and Manuel Fernandes. Schuster resigned on 15 March 2011 from Beşiktaş after the bad results, having frequent confrontations with the media, making controversial statements and walking out of press conferences. He was criticized by the Turkish media for trying to implement a reckless attacking style of play.
Club career statistics 
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|1978–79||1. FC Köln||Bundesliga||24||1|
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Copa de la Liga||Europe||Total|
|1988–89||Real Madrid||La Liga||33||7||9||2||-||-||8||0||50||9|
|1990–91||Atlético Madrid||La Liga||29||4||7||1||-||-||0||0||36||5|
|Mexico||League||Cup||League Cup||North America||Total|
|1996–97||Universidad Nacional||Primera División||9||0|
International statistics 
|Germany national team|
Managerial statistics 
As of 6 February 2013[update]
|Fortuna Köln||1 July 1997||30 June 1998||35||11||13||11||55||59||−4||31.43|
|1. FC Köln||1 July 1998||30 June 1999||35||12||9||14||46||54||−8||34.29|
|Xerez CD||26 June 2001||30 June 2003||89||38||22||29||102||101||+1||42.70|
|Shakhtar Donetsk||1 July 2003||5 May 2004||43||30||6||7||82||28||+54||69.77|
|Levante UD||1 July 2004||1 May 2005||36||9||9||18||37||52||−15||25.00|
|Getafe CF||20 June 2005||9 July 2007||89||35||21||33||119||101||+18||39.33|
|Real Madrid||9 July 2007||9 December 2008||75||44||9||22||157||100||+57||58.67|
|Beşiktaş||10 June 2010||15 March 2011||45||24||8||13||80||50||+30||53.33|
Personal life 
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. During the Schusters' residence in Spain, Gaby was also notorious for her often public comments directed towards FC Barcelona coach Udo Lattek and 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. Since 2008, Bernd Schuster lives separated from his wife and has a new girlfriend.
As player 
- FC Barcelona
As coach 
- La Liga: Don Balón Award for Best Foreign Player 1985, 1991
- European Footballer of the Year: Silver Ball 1980 - Bronze Ball 1981 and 1985
- La Liga: Miguel Muñoz Trophy for Best Coach of the Year 2006
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- "Schuster hasn't lost Real's dressing room says captain Raul". news352.lu. 17 November 2008. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
- Baskett, Simon (6 March 2008). "Too slow, too predictable — the Spanish style is past its sell-by date". Reuters. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
- "Bernd Schuster resigns; Juande Ramos steps in as coach". Real Madrid C.F. 9 December 2008. Retrieved 9 December 2008.
- Rogers, Iain (9 December 20089). "Real's Schuster downbeat before Barcelona clash". Reuters. Retrieved 9 December 2008.
- "Besiktas signs Bernd Schuster as coach". USA Today. 10 June 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2010.
- "Schuster istifa etti" [Schuster resigns] (in Turkish). ntvspor.net. 15 March 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2011.
- Bernd Schuster at National-Football-Teams.com
- "Schuster: Seine Neue (30) ist schwanger" (in German). bild.de. 20 May 2008. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
|1. FC Köln manager
|Xerez CD manager
|Levante UD manager
Juan Ramón López Caro
Quique Sanchez Flores
|Getafe CF manager
|Real Madrid CF manager
|Beşiktaş J.K. manager
|Awards and achievements|
|Miguel Muñoz Trophy