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Wolfgang Rolff

Wolfgang Rolff
Rolff with Werder Bremen in 2009.
Personal information
Date of birth (1959-12-26) 26 December 1959
Place of birth Lamstedt, West Germany
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Eintracht Frankfurt (assistant manager)
Youth career
TSV Lamstedt
OSC Bremerhaven
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1980 OSC Bremerhaven 35 (6)
1980–1982 SC Fortuna Köln 75 (17)
1982–1986 Hamburger SV 129 (24)
1986–1989 Bayer 04 Leverkusen 99 (9)
1989–1990 RC Strasbourg 30 (4)
1990–1991 Bayer 05 Uerdingen 20 (0)
1991–1994 Karlsruher SC 94 (14)
1994–1995 1. FC Köln 14 (0)
1995–1996 SC Fortuna Köln 16 (2)
National team
1983–1989 West Germany 37 (0)
Teams managed
1997 Hamburger SV (assistant)
1997–1998 SV Meppen
1998 VfB Stuttgart (assistant)
1998 VfB Stuttgart (caretaker)
2000–2001 Bayer 04 Leverkusen (assistant)
2001–2002 Kuwait (assistant)
2004–2013 SV Werder Bremen (assistant)
2013 SV Werder Bremen (caretaker)
2014–2015 Eintracht Frankfurt (assistant)
2015- Al-Salmiya SC

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

† Appearances (goals)

Wolfgang Rolff (born 26 December 1959) is a German football manager and former player.[1]


  • Playing career 1
  • Coaching career 2
  • Coaching record 3
  • Honours 4
  • References 5

Playing career

Wolfgang Rolff played in 356 Bundesliga matches (47 goals) for Hamburger SV, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Bayer 05 Uerdingen, Karlsruher SC and 1. FC Köln. He further took part in 126 2nd Bundesliga matches (23 goals) for OSC Bremerhaven and SC Fortuna Köln, having a spell in France with RC Strasbourg for whom he scored 4 goals in 30 games in Ligue 2. In his years with his clubs he won the German Bundesliga title with Hamburg in 1983 and was part of the Hamburg side that clinched the European Cup against Juventus in Athens the same summer, five years later he won the UEFA Cup with Bayer 04 Leverkusen in 1988.

Reputed as a tireless midfielder, Rolff debuted for West Germany in 1983 and was part of the 1984 UEFA European Football Championship and the 1988 UEFA European Football Championship squad of his nation. On both occasions he featured twice each in games of West Germany, making also two appearances for the West Germans in their runner-up campaign at the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico.[2] In total he played in 37 caps until 1989.

Coaching career

His former Hamburg team-mate Felix Magath appointed Rolff as assistant at Hamburger SV in 1997. In 1998 Rolff took sole charge of SV Meppen for six months until the club's relegation from the 2. Bundesliga. He went on working as assistant to his former Karlsruhe manager Winfried Schäfer at VfB Stuttgart and was, shortly after, named caretaker manager of Die Schwaben. In 2000–01, he worked in the coaching staff of former Germany coach Berti Vogts during Vogts' reign as manager of Bayer 04 Leverkusen, also one of Rolff's ex-clubs. Subsequent to Vogts' departure from Leverkusen in 2001, Rolff worked as assistant to Vogts after Vogts had been hired to guide Kuwait. Rolff did not follow Vogts to Scotland, indeed, and was in July 2004 employed by SV Werder Bremen as assistant manager.[3] After the sacking of Thomas Schaaf, Rolff, along with Matthias Hönerbach, was interim head coach from 15 May 2013[4] until 27 May 2013, when Robin Dutt became the new head coach.[5]

Coaching record

As of 15 October 2014
Team From To Record
M W D L GF GA GD Win % Ref.
SV Meppen 17 December 1997[6] 30 June 1998[6] 17 3 3 11 15 34 −19 17.65 [7]
VfB Stuttgart 4 December 1998[8] 31 December 1998[8] 3 1 1 1 5 6 −1 33.33 [8][9]
Werder Bremen 15 May 2013[4] 27 May 2013[5] 1 0 0 1 2 3 −1 00.00 [10]
Total 21 4 4 13 22 43 −21 19.05



  1. ^ "Wolfgang Rolff" (in German). Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Wolfgang Rolff – FIFA competition record
  3. ^ "Wolfgang Rolff" (in German). Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Thomas Schaaf and Werder Bremen part ways".  
  5. ^ a b "DFB erteilt Freigabe – Dutt neuer Werder-Trainer". Die Welt (in German). 27 May 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "SV Meppen » Manager history". kicker. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "SV Meppen". (in German). kicker. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c "VfB Stuttgart". (in German). kicker. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "VfB Stuttgart". (in German). kicker. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Werder Bremen". (in German). kicker. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
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