Winfried Schäfer

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Winfried Schäfer
Winfried Schaefer at THA-OMA.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1950-01-10) 10 January 1950 (age 67)
Place of birth Mayen, West Germany
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1970 Borussia Mönchengladbach 43 (4)
1970–1975 Kickers Offenbach 160 (37)
1975–1977 Karlsruher SC 68 (10)
1977–1985 Borussia Mönchengladbach 167 (11)
Total 438 (62)
Teams managed
1982–1985 Borussia Mönchengladbach II
1985–1986 Borussia Mönchengladbach (scout)
1986–1998 Karlsruher SC
1998 VfB Stuttgart
1999–2000 Tennis Borussia Berlin
2001–2004 Cameroon
2005–2007 Al-Ahli
2007–2009 Al-Ain
2010–2011 FK Baku
2011–2013 Thailand
2013 Muangthong United (interim)
2013–2016 Jamaica
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Winfried "Winnie" Schäfer (born 10 January 1950) is a German football manager and former player.

Playing career[edit]

Winfried Schäfer played 403 Bundesliga matches and scored 46 goals in the (West) German top-flight.[1]

He won the 1970 Bundesliga title and 1970 DFB-Pokal with two different clubs – because the West German Cup final was played after the 1970 FIFA World Cup and his move from Mönchengladbach to Offenbach.

Personal life[edit]

Schäfer is married, has two children, and has lived with his family for more than 25 years in Ettlingen near Karlsruhe. In 2004 Schäfer was elected with the most votes to the municipal council of Ettlingen. He ran for the newly founded association "For Ettlingen". Because of his frequent work-related stays abroad, he held the mandate but barely. In the municipal election held on 7 June 2009, he did not run.

Coaching career[edit]

Borussia Mönchengladbach II[edit]

Karlsruher SC[edit]

As a manager, he led Karlsruher SC to the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup in the 1993–94 season.

VfB Stuttgart[edit]

Tennis Borussia Berlin[edit]


Schäfer won the African Nations Cup in 2002 with Cameroon.


In 2006, he won the UAE national championship with Al-Ahli Football Club. He worked then from 2007 to 2009 for UAE League side Al-Ain FC.

FK Baku[edit]

On 10 June 2010, Schäfer signed a two-year contract with FK Baku. On 18 January 2011 his contract was ended.[2]


In June 2011, Schäfer was hired as Thailand manager on a three-year contract. In June 2013, Schäfer and Football Association of Thailand mutually agreed to cancel the contract.


In July 2013, it was announced that Schäfer will become the new coach of Jamaica on an initial 4-month contract.[3] Schäfer will be assisted by Jamaican Vin Blaine.[4] In June 2015 at the Copa América, Jamaica put in an incredible performance, being drawn in the same group as regional powers Argentina and Uruguay, who both defeated Jamaica by a single goal. Shortly after, on July 22, 2015 Schäfer's team reached the Final of the Gold Cup after beating tournament favourites the United States.[5]

In February 2017 he was one of a number of managers on the shortlist for the vacant Rwanda national team manager role.[6]


  1. ^ Matthias Arnhold (22 May 2014). "Winfried Schäfer – Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  2. ^; Schäfer nicht mehr Trainer in Baku
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  5. ^ ESPN staff (22 July 2015). "Jamaica shocks United States 2–1 in Gold Cup semifinals". Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (14 February 2017). "Samson Siasia and Winfried Schafer on Rwanda coach shortlist". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 

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