Thomas Hörster

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Thomas Hörster
Personal information
Full name Thomas Hörster
Date of birth (1956-11-27) 27 November 1956 (age 60)
Place of birth Essen, West Germany
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1977 Schwarz-Weiß Essen 72 (8)
1977–1991 Bayer Leverkusen 404 (26)
Total 476 (34)
National team
1986–1987 West Germany 4 (0)
1987–1988 West Germany Olympic 12 (0)
Teams managed
1992–2001 Bayer Leverkusen (youth)
2001 Bayer Leverkusen (caretaker)
2001–2003 Bayer Leverkusen II
2003 Bayer Leverkusen
2003–2007 Bayer Leverkusen (youth)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Thomas Hörster (born 27 November 1956) is a German retired footballer who played as a defender.[1]

Club career[edit]

Born in Essen, Hörster spent his first three seasons as a professional with local Schwarz-Weiß Essen, in the second division. For 1977–78 he signed with another club in the league, Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

After winning promotion to the Bundesliga in 1979, Hörster was an essential defensive unit for Bayer in the following 13 seasons, his lowest input being 24 games in the 1981–82 campaign. In 1987–88 he appeared in a total of 35 official matches, including nine in the team's victorious run in the UEFA Cup – one goal against FK Austria Wien in a 5–1 home win (also the aggregate score)[2]– even though he did not appear in any of the two matches of the final against RCD Español.

Hörster retired in June 1991 at the age of 34, with top flight totals of 332 games and 16 goals. He remained closely associated with Leverkusen in the following years, working as manager (youth teams, reserves, caretaker) and scout.[3] On 16 February 2003, he was appointed main squad manager, leaving his position on 12 May.[4]

International career[edit]

Hörster won four caps for West Germany, his debut coming on 24 September 1986 in a 2–0 friendly win in Denmark. All of his three other appearances were also in exhibition games.

Hörster was part of the West Germany Olympic team at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, helping the side win the bronze medal.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hörster, Thomas" (in German). kicker. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Leverkusen 5–1 Austria Wien". UEFA.com. 29 September 1987. Retrieved 22 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Thomas Hörster: Vom „Hasenfuß“ zum „harten Hund“" [Thomas Hörster: From „Chickenshit“ to „Hard Dog“] (in German). Handelsblatt. 17 February 2003. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Trainer Hörster vor dem Rauswurf" [Coach Hörster gets the boot] (in German). Der Spiegel. 12 May 2003. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 

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