|Full name||Matthias Herget|
|Date of birth||14 November 1955|
|Place of birth||Annaberg-Buchholz, East Germany|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|1965–1973||Rot-Weiß Bismarck Gelsenkirchen|
|1973–1976||SC Gelsenkirchen 07|
|1976–1978||West Germany Amateur||13||(2)|
|1983||West Germany U21||3||(3)|
|1997–1998||1. FC Bocholt|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Annaberg-Buchholz, East Germany, Herget started playing professionally with VfL Bochum, appearing in two Bundesliga seasons. In the 1978 summer, he moved to the second division and joined Rot-Weiss Essen, appearing almost exclusively as a midfielder during his spell, and scoring 36 league goals in his last three seasons combined.
Herget continued in the second level in the 1982–83 season, netting five goals in 35 games for Bayer 05 Uerdingen as the team promoted to the top flight after finishing third. He continued to be an undisputed starter in the following years, also managing to score in every season during his seven-year stint, which included a best-ever third position for the club in 1985–86; additionally, he played the full 90 minutes in the final of the 1985 German Cup, winning the first and only trophy of his career after defeating FC Bayern Munich 2–1.
After having helped the Krefeld outfit once again retain its division status in 1988–89, 33-year-old Herget signed with FC Schalke 04, retiring at the end of the season. After becoming a manager, he was in charge of several lowly clubs, including SSV Buer, Eisbachtaler Sportfreunde 1919 e. V. and 1. FC Bocholt.
Herget made his debut for West Germany on 26 October 1983, replacing Hans-Peter Briegel for the last ten minutes of a 5–1 home win against Turkey for the UEFA Euro 1984 qualifiers. He was part of the squad that finished second at the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, but only appeared once, in the 0–2 group stage loss against Denmark at Estadio Corregidora in Querétaro.
Still under manager Franz Beckenbauer, Herget became first-choice, also being selected for Euro 1988, which was played on home soil. He paired 1. FC Köln's Jürgen Kohler during the tournament as the national team reached the semifinals, and eventually gained a total of 39 caps.
- Score and results list West Germany's goal tally first.
|1.||30 April 1985||Strahov Stadium, Prague||Czechoslovakia||4–0||5–1||1986 World Cup qualification|
|2.||25 September 1985||Råsunda Stadion, Stockholm||Sweden||2–0||2–2||1986 World Cup qualification|
|3.||5 February 1986||Stadio Partenio-Adriano Lombardi, Avellino||Italy||1–1||2–1||Friendly|
|4.||14 May 1986||Westfalenstadion, Dortmund||Netherlands||3–1||3–1||Friendly|
- Arnhold, Matthias (23 April 2015). "Matthias Herget - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
- Matthias Herget – FIFA competition record
- Arnhold, Matthias (23 April 2015). "Matthias Herget - International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 7 May 2015.