Andreas Köpke

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Andreas Köpke
20180602 FIFA Friendly Match Austria vs. Germany Andreas Köpke 850 0604.jpg
Köpke in 2018
Personal information
Date of birth (1962-03-12) 12 March 1962 (age 59)[1]
Place of birth Kiel, West Germany
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
1967–1979 Holstein Kiel
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1983 Holstein Kiel 72 (0)
1983–1984 SC Charlottenburg 38 (0)
1984–1986 Hertha BSC 71 (0)
1986–1994 1. FC Nürnberg 235 (2)
1994–1996 Eintracht Frankfurt 66 (0)
1996–1999 Marseille 64 (0)
1999–2001 1. FC Nürnberg 74 (0)
Total 620 (2)
National team
1987–1988 West Germany Olympic 8 (0)
1990–1998 Germany 59 (0)
Teams managed
2004–2021 Germany (Goalkeeping coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Andreas "Andy" Köpke (German pronunciation: [ʔanˈdʁeːas ˈkœpkə], born 12 March 1962) is a German former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper.[2] After being selected for the Germany national team squads that won the 1990 FIFA World Cup and reached the quarter-finals of the 1994 FIFA World Cup, he succeeded Bodo Illgner to become Germany's first-choice goalkeeper at UEFA Euro 1996 (which Germany won) and the 1998 FIFA World Cup.


Köpke began his professional club career at Holstein Kiel in the summer of 1979.

Having been chosen as the best player in Germany in 1993, his biggest achievement came in 1996, winning the European Championship and playing a pivotal role in Germany's campaign. In the last group match he saved Gianfranco Zola's penalty for Italy and also saved Gareth Southgate's penalty in the semi-final shootout victory against England in the semi-final.[3] Due to his success with the German team he was voted FIFA goalkeeper of the year.[4]

Köpke was also Germany's first-choice goalkeeper during their 1998 FIFA World Cup campaign, which ended in a 3–0 loss to Croatia in the quarter-finals. Having already made his decision to retire at the end of the World Cup prior to the tournament, Köpke was true to his word; his retirement paved the way for another great German keeper, Oliver Kahn. In total, Köpke played 59 matches for his country.[5]

He retired from goalkeeping at 1. FC Nürnberg at the end of the 2000–01 2. Bundesliga season. He also played at Eintracht Frankfurt to where he transferred to from 1. FC Nürnberg in the summer of 1994, for the amount of €516,200, returning to 1. FC Nürnberg five years later in January 1999 via Olympique Marseille.[6] Up to this day Köpke is still very much involved in German football. He currently is the goalkeeping coach of the Germany national team. He also acted as an ambassador to the city of Nuremberg, as it prepared for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. In July 2021, he announced that he would leave his position at the national team, following the UEFA Euro 2020.[7]



1. FC Nürnberg



Goalkeeping coach[edit]



  1. ^ "Germany - A. Köpke - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway". Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Köpke, Andreas" (in German). Retrieved 7 August 2011.
  3. ^ (25 April 2016). "UEFA EURO 2016 - History –". Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  4. ^ Gomes, Alaric (14 March 2012). "Kopke to help raise bar for goalies". Gulf News. Retrieved 23 August 2020.
  5. ^ Matthias Arnhold (2 November 2002). "Andreas Köpke – International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  6. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (26 July 2012). "Andreas Köpke – Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  7. ^ Müller, Jan Christian (6 July 2021). "Andreas Köpke nimmt Abschied vom DFB-Team". Frankfurter Rundschau (in German). Retrieved 11 July 2021.
  8. ^ "A. Köpke". Soccerway. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  9. ^ "Bundesliga Historie 1987/88" (in German). kicker.
  10. ^ "Bundesliga Historie 1992/93" (in German). kicker.
  11. ^ "Bundesliga Historie 1994/95" (in German). kicker.

External links[edit]