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Hans-Hubert "Berti" Vogts ( , born on 30 December 1946 in Kaarstmarker, near Neussmarker, Germanymarker) is a Germanmarker football manager and former player. He is currently manager of the Azerbaijan national team.

Club career

Vogts joined the boys' football team of local sports club VfR Büttgen in 1954 when he was seven, staying with them until his 1965 transfer to Borussia Mönchengladbach. A right-side defender, his tenacity earned him the nickname "Der Terrier".

He was one of the key figures during Borussia's golden years in the 1970s, when it won the Bundesliga five times, the German Cup once, and the UEFA Cup twice.

Vogts made 419 Bundesliga appearances for Mönchengladbach, scoring 32 times and also appeared 64 times for the club in European competition, scoring 8 goals. Vogts remained with Mönchengladbach until he retired from playing in 1979.

International career

Vogts played 9 international boys' games for West Germany, made 3 appearances for the under-23s team, and has 96 senior cap, making him one of Germany's most capped players. He was captain for 20 of the senior games, scored one international goal and was also a member of the German national team that won the 1974 World Cup. Nicknamed “Der Terrier” for always fighting for every ball as it was his last, Vogts was a big favourite with his home crowd. Vogts famously marked, and subdued, Johan Cruyff, in the final of the 1974 World Cup in Munich, Germany.

Management career

After his playing career ended, he became a coach for West Germany's under-20 national team, and continued in that role until 1990. Starting in 1986, he became an assistant manager of the senior national side. In 1990, he was promoted to manager of the national team as successor of World Cup-winning Franz Beckenbauer. After the final match Beckenbauer famously said that the reunified Germany will "probably be unbeatable for years", a statement which turned out to be a burden for Vogts during the upcoming years. Although Vogts led the German national team to a EURO 92 runner-up place and a EURO 96 win, two disappointing World Cup quarter-final defeats in 1994 and 1998 are also on his sheet. After two unsatisfying friendly matches he stepped down as manager in September 1998.

After some time out of managing, he was appointed manager of Bayer Leverkusen in November 2000. The following May, despite earning Bayer Leverkusen UEFA Champions League qualification, he was fired. He became manager of the Kuwait national team in August 2001.

After six months with Kuwait, Vogts resigned to assume the position of manager of the Scottish national team.

Scotland performed badly during his two and half year tenure, and suffered a series of heavy defeats, including 6–0 to the Netherlands, 5–0 to France, 4–0 to Wales, 4–1 to South Korea and 3–0 to Hungary, as well as a humiliating 2-2 draw with the lowly Faroe Islands. This caused the team to drop to a record low in the FIFA World Rankings.

An October 2004 draw with Moldova essentially put paid to Scotland's hopes of qualifying for the 2006 World Cup, and Vogts resigned the following month, with a year and a half remaining on his contract, citing "disgraceful abuse". He later vowed never to return to football management following this "abuse" though he did not rule out a return to football on a coaching basis.

Despite previously asserting he would never manage again, in January 2007 Vogts was appointed manager of Nigeria and signed a four-year contract. After a 13-month spell, he resigned following a poor performance at the 2008 African Nations Cup. In April 2008 he was appointed coach of Azerbaijan on a two-year contract.

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1965–66 Borussia Mönchengladbach Bundesliga 34 0
1966–67 34 1
1967–68 34 6
1968–69 34 8
1969–70 34 5
1970–71 34 1
1971–72 19 1
1972–73 34 3
1973–74 27 3
1974–75 34 0
1975–76 34 1
1976–77 27 1
1977–78 34 2
1978–79 6 0
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