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Matthias Herget

Matthias Herget
Personal information
Full name Matthias Herget
Date of birth (1955-11-14) 14 November 1955
Place of birth Annaberg-Buchholz, East Germany
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Sweeper
Youth career
1965–1973 Rot-Weiß Bismarck Gelsenkirchen
1973–1976 SC Gelsenkirchen 07
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1978 Bochum 64 (2)
1978–1982 Rot-Weiss Essen 142 (38)
1982–1989 Bayer Uerdingen 208 (29)
1989–1990 Schalke 04 19 (0)
Total 433 (69)
National team
1976–1978 West Germany Amateur 13 (2)
1983 West Germany U21 3 (3)
1983–1988 West Germany 39 (4)
Teams managed
1997–1998 1. FC Bocholt

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

† Appearances (goals)

Matthias Herget (born 14 November 1955) is a retired German footballer who played as a sweeper.

He amassed Bundesliga totals of 237 games and 26 goals[1] over the course of eight seasons, mainly in representation of Bayer Uerdingen, of which he was also a longtime captain.

Herget gained 39 caps for West Germany, representing the nation in one World Cup and one European Championship.


  • Club career 1
  • International career 2
    • International goals 2.1
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Club career

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.

International career

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.[2]

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.[3]

International goals

Score and results list West Germany's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
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


  1. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (23 April 2015). "Matthias Herget - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 7 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Matthias Herget – FIFA competition record
  3. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (23 April 2015). "Matthias Herget - International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 7 May 2015. 

External links

  • Matthias Herget at (German)
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  • Matthias Herget at (German)
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