Uli Stielike

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Uli Stielike
Uli Stielike 2012 1.jpg
Uli Stielike in 2012
Personal information
Full name Ulrich Stielike
Date of birth (1954-11-15) 15 November 1954 (age 60)
Place of birth Ketsch, West Germany
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder / Sweeper
Club information
Current team
South Korea (manager)
Youth career
1962–1972 SpVgg Ketsch
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1977 Borussia Mönchengladbach 109 (12)
1977–1985 Real Madrid 215 (41)
1985–1988 Neuchâtel Xamax 66 (0)
Total 390 (53)
National team
1972–1973 West Germany Youth 16 (0)
1973–1975 West Germany Amateur 10 (3)
1975–1984 West Germany 42 (3)
Teams managed
1989–1991 Switzerland
1992–1994 Neuchâtel Xamax
1994–1995 SV Waldhof Mannheim
1996 UD Almería
1998–2000 Germany (assistant)
2000–2006 Germany (U19 / U20 / U21)
2006–2008 Ivory Coast
2008 FC Sion
2008–2010 Al-Arabi
2010–2012 Al-Sailiya
2013–2014 Al-Arabi
2014– South Korea
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ulrich "Uli" Stielike, affectionately known as 'The Stopper', (born 15 November 1954) is a former German footballer who is the current manager of South Korea national football team. Usually a central midfielder or sweeper, Stielike was well known for his stamina and footballing intelligence.[1] Stielike is one of a small handful of players (Rainer Bonhof and Manfred Kaltz are others) to have played in all 3 European club finals (the European Cup/Champions League, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and UEFA Cup), the World Cup Final and the European Championship Final.

Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Stielike was a West Germany youth international for hometown club SpVgg Ketsch when he got signed by UEFA Cup runner-up Borussia Mönchengladbach in 1973, first coming to action as a full back for the then two times German Bundesliga champion. Playing in defending midfield for his club, afterwards, he was part of the Mönchengladbach team that won the Bundesliga titles in 1975, 1976 and 1977, the UEFA Cup in 1975 and gained a runner-up medal in the European Cup in 1977 following a 1–3 against Liverpool F.C. in Rome.

Ahead of the 1977–78 season, Stielike moved on to join Real Madrid to become a reliable fan-favourite in his eight years with Los merengues. His first three seasons at Santiago Bernabéu all ended in Real winning La Liga. In 1980 and 1982, he was part of the side winning Copa del Rey, in 1985 he added the Copa de la Liga, and finished off his Madrid years with the UEFA Cup triumph of the same summer.

Following representatives votes of Spanish paper Don Balón, Stielike was four times 'Best Foreign Player' in La Liga between 1978 and 1981.

In 1985, Stielike joined Neuchâtel Xamax and won two Swiss Super League trophies in 1987 and 1988 with the club.

Stielike retired from his playing career in 1988.

International career[edit]

Stielike was capped in 42 internationals with West Germany from 1975 to 1984[2] with whom he won 1980 UEFA European Football Championship and the runner-up medal at the 1982 FIFA World Cup.[3] Stielike did not feature for his country in the 1978 FIFA World Cup after the German Football Association under Hermann Neuberger had temporarily decided to force their coaches not to select players playing their club football outside the Bundesliga. A central figure for the defence of Real Madrid in the late 1970s and the early 1980s, Stielike could just partially live up to those expectations in his duties for West Germany. Early hopes had been that he could be the ideal successor of legendary sweeper Franz Beckenbauer, with whom he played in a few internationals in the 1970s. Stielike played in the now legendary semi-final match of the 1982 world cup, which ended in a 3–3 draw, resulting in penalties. A poignant scene in the penalty shooutout showed the young Pierre Littbarski consoling a tearful Stielike, who missed a penalty, burying his head in Littbarski's shirt, as West Germany's goalkeeper, Harold Schumacher saved Didier Six's penalty to even the score, with the Germans eventually winning 5–4 on penalties. To date, Stielike is the only German player to have missed a penalty in the penalty shootout of a major international tournament. West Germany lost 3–1 to Italy in the 1982 World Cup final.

Stielike's final appearance for his country took place against Argentina (1–3) in September 1984 in Beckenbauer's first match in charge of West Germany. Over those years Stielike scored three, the latest in a 3–2 win over Bulgaria in Varna in February 1984. Shortly after that, he was part of Jupp Derwall's squad for the 1984 UEFA European Football Championship.

Managerial career[edit]

After retirement from his playing career, Stielike was the coach of the Switzerland national football team from 1989 to 1991 as successor of Paul Wolfisberg and predecessor of Roy Hodgson.

From 1994 to 1996, Stielike also had managerial spells at club level with UD Almería in Spain and SV Waldhof Mannheim in the 2nd Bundesliga, Germany.

In 1998, Stielike had been interviewed by Egidius Braun, the then chairman of the German Football Association, following a vacancy occurred through the resignation of Berti Vogts from the head coaching job of Germany in 1998. He believed Braun would offer him the succession of Vogts, consequently heading into an interview with Kicker (Sports magazine) in this (mistaken) belief. After further talks with Braun had proved Stielike wrong and let him just end up as assistant coach, Stielike had to take some remarks (e.g. concerning Andreas Möller) back.[specify]

From 9 September 1998 to 7 May 2000, Stielike had been the assistant to then Germany coach Erich Ribbeck. Shortly before 2000 UEFA European Football Championship, which ended in a disaster for the Germans, Stielike stepped down from his role as assistant due to differences in some respects with Ribbeck. He was replaced by Horst Hrubesch for the tournament.

Stielike spent six years working with different youth teams (i.e. the U21 side until 2004) of Germany and manager of Germany national under-20 football team of 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship and 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship.

On 14 September 2006, Stielike penned a contract with to take over the Ivory Coast national football team in succession of Frenchman Henri Michel, subsequent to the elimination of the team at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Stielike stepped down as Les Éléphants coach on 7 January 2008 due to his son's alarming ill health.[4] On 1 February, Michael Stielike, 23, died after failing to receive a lung transplant, with his health gradually deteriorating until he was eventually put on life support.[5]

On 31 May 2008, he agreed to coach Swiss side FC Sion,[6][7] but was fired on 3 November 2008. On 5 January 2009 he then signed a contract with Al-Arabi Sports Club.[8]

On 5 September 2014, Stielike was named as the newly appointed manager of South Korea national football team. His contract is through the 2018 World Cup. In his first game at the charge, South Korea defeated Paraguay 2–0 in a friendly match.

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 18 November 2014.
Team Nat From To Record
M W D L GF GA GD Win % Ref.
South Korea South Korea 7 September 2014 Present 4 2 0 2 4 4 +0 50.00


As a player[edit]


Borussia Mönchengladbach
Real Madrid
Neuchâtel Xamax



  1. ^ Radnedge, Keir. (2004). The Complete Encyclopedia of Football. London, United Kingdom.[page needed]
  2. ^ Ulrich 'Uli' Stielike – International Appearances. Rsssf.com (16 October 2004). Retrieved on 2014-08-18.
  3. ^ FIFA Player Statistics: Uli STIELIKE. FIFA.com (12 August 2014). Retrieved on 2014-08-18.
  4. ^ Ivory Coast have temporarily replaced coach Uli Stielike. New York Times. 8 January 2008.
  5. ^ Latest News. Fifa.com.
  6. ^ L'invité: Uli Stielike. rts.ch. 14 November 2009
  7. ^ 20 minutes – Ulrich Stielike reprend Sion – Football. 20min.ch. Retrieved on 18 August 2014.
  8. ^ Happy Birthday to you!. FIFA.com. 15 November 2009