Horst Heldt

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Horst Heldt
2016-02-01 Horst Heldt.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1969-12-09) 9 December 1969 (age 48)
Place of birth Königswinter, West Germany
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1975–1986 SV Königswinter
1986–1987 FV Bad Honnef
1987–1990 1. FC Köln
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1995 1. FC Köln 130 (13)
1995–1999 TSV 1860 München 111 (11)
1999–2001 Eintracht Frankfurt 64 (9)
2001–2002 Sturm Graz 33 (1)
2002–2006 VfB Stuttgart 54 (3)
2005 VfB Stuttgart II 1 (0)
Total 393 (37)
National team
1999 Germany 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Horst Heldt (born 9 December 1969) is a German former footballer who played as a midfielder. He is known for his stints as general manager of Bundesliga clubs VfB Stuttgart and Schalke 04.

Playing career[edit]

Heldt was born in Königswinter. He played at 1. FC Köln from 1990 until 1995, before transferring to TSV 1860 München. After four years there, he went to Eintracht Frankfurt in 1999. After the club was relegated in 2001, he played for Austrian side Sturm Graz. In January 2003, Heldt returned to Germany, to VfB Stuttgart.

He always played as a midfielder. His tally of Bundesliga matches is 359.[2] Heldt also played for the German national team twice in 1999.[3]

Management career[edit]

After only being a substitute and not getting any playing time at VfB Stuttgart in the first half of the 2005–06 season under coach Giovanni Trapattoni, Heldt decided to end his active career on 3 January 2006 to take over the post of general manager of the club.

As manager, Heldt supported the sacking of Trapattoni and the hiring of new coach Armin Veh. Due to Heldt, Veh's initial stop-gap contract was extended into the 2006–07 season which became Stuttgart's most successful ever, winning the championship and qualifying for the German Cup final.

On 3 July 2010, he moved to Schalke 04.[4] After the sacking of Felix Magath, Heldt became responsible for sport and communications on the managing board of Schalke.[5] Heldt decided to step down at the end of the 2015–16 season.

Heldt has been working for Hannover 96 since March 2017. In summer, Hannover was promited to the Bundesliga.


  1. ^ "Heldt, Horst" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 9 December 2009. 
  2. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (12 April 2018). "Horst Heldt - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". RSSSF. Retrieved 12 April 2018. 
  3. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (12 April 2018). "Horst Heldt - International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 12 April 2018. 
  4. ^ "Agreement on Heldt transfer". vfb.de. 3 July 2010. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Schalke part company with Felix Magath". Schalke 04. 16 March 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 

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