Sepp Herberger

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Sepp Herberger
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Personal information
Full name Josef Herberger
Date of birth (1897-03-28)28 March 1897
Place of birth Mannheim, German Empire
Date of death 28 April 1977(1977-04-28) (aged 80)
Place of death Weinheim Hohensachen, Germany
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1914–1921 Waldhof Mannheim 127 (101)
1921–1926 VfR Mannheim 66 (55)
1926–1930 Tennis Borussia Berlin 43 (30)
Total 236 (186)
National team
1921–1925 Germany 3 (2)
Teams managed
1930–1932 Tennis Borussia Berlin
1932–1936 Germany (assistant coach)
1936–1942 Germany
1945–1946 Eintracht Frankfurt
1950–1964 West Germany

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Josef "Sepp" Herberger (March 28, 1897 in Mannheim, Germany – April 28, 1977 in Weinheim-Hohensachsen, Germany) was a German football player and manager. He is most famous for being the manager of the West German national team which won the 1954 FIFA World CupThe Miracle of Bern. Previously he had also coached the Breslau Eleven, one of the greatest teams in German football history.

Herberger played three times for the German football team between 1921 and 1925 before becoming assistant to Dr. Otto Nerz in 1932. Herberger succeeded him as national coach after Germany's uninspired loss to Norway at the 1936 Olympics. After the war he had a short club spell with Eintracht Frankfurt. He remained national coach until 1964, when he was succeeded by Helmut Schön. He died of pneumonia in Mannheim aged 80.


Herberger joined the Nazi Party in 1933.[1] His nomination to the Germany's Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 caused a lot of criticism because of his Nazi past.[2]

References in popular culture[edit]

Three of these sayings are quoted in the beginning of the 1998 film Run Lola Run. The first is at the very beginning of the film ("Nach dem Spiel ist vor dem Spiel"). Then after a series of intentionally confusing and seemingly innocuous statements and character introductions, a simple minded security guard utters the phrase "Der Ball ist rund und das Spiel dauert 90 Minuten.", which is a commonly used amalgamation of two separate famous quotes.

The 2003 film, The Miracle of Bern, following Herberger and his team's path to victory in the 1954 world cup, also features a number of these quotations including the amalgamation of two of the above, "The ball is round and the game lasts for 90 minutes" (Der Ball ist rund und das Spiel dauert 90 Minuten).

Coaching record[edit]

As of 22 January 2014
Team From To Record
G W D L Win % Ref.
Germany 1936 1942 70 42 13 15 60.00
West Germany 1950 1964 97 52 14 31 53.61
total record 167 94 27 46 56.29 [3]


As a player[edit]

VfR Mannheim

As a manager[edit]




  1. ^ "German Federation Admits to Nazi Past". The New York Times. September 20, 2005. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ "'Hall of Fame' Sparks Controversy: Germany Launches Valhalla of Sporting Legends". Der Spiegel. May 6, 2008. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Nationaltrainer" (in German). DFB. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Uruguay Juan López
FIFA World Cup winning managers
Succeeded by
Brazil Vicente Feola