Guido Buchwald

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Guido Buchwald
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Buchwald with Urawa in 2004.
Personal information
Full name Guido Ulrich Buchwald
Date of birth (1961-01-24) 24 January 1961 (age 60)
Place of birth West Berlin, West Germany
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Stuttgarter Kickers (Director of football)
Youth career
1969–1977 SV Wannweil
1977–1978 TSV Pliezhausen
1978–1979 Stuttgarter Kickers
Senior career*
1979–1983 Stuttgarter Kickers 146 (18)
1983–1994 VfB Stuttgart 325 (28)
1994–1997 Urawa Reds 127 (11)
1997–1999 Karlsruher SC 40 (3)
National team
1980 West Germany U-21 1 (0)
1983–1984 West Germany Olympic 9 (1)
1984–1994 Germany 76 (4)
Teams managed
2004–2006 Urawa Reds
2007 Alemannia Aachen
2012 Stuttgarter Kickers (interim)
Men's football
Representing Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
UEFA European Championship
Runner-up 1992 Sweden
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Guido Ulrich Buchwald (born 24 January 1961) is a German former professional football player. Throughout his career he played as a defender. He is currently director of football of Stuttgarter Kickers. [1]


The best game of Buchwald's career was the final of the 1990 FIFA World Cup victory for West Germany against Argentina where he effectively marked Diego Maradona for almost the entire match, earning him the nickname "Diego". [2] He was also part of Germany's disappointing 1994 FIFA World Cup campaign and collected in his career 76 caps. [3]


Buchwald began his professional football career in 1983 with VfB Stuttgart. He played 325 games in the German Bundesliga for this club, scoring 28 goals. [4] The low-point of his career was in 1986 when coach Franz Beckenbauer did not include him in his team for the World Cup in Mexico. He was however part of the squad which won the World Cup in Italy four years later.

The same year Stuttgart lost the final of the German Cup against Bayern Munich and in 1989 the final of the UEFA Cup was also lost, but they managed to win two German championships (1984, 1992).

His personal highlight in his Bundesliga career was on the last day of play in the 1991–92 season, when he scored the deciding goal against Bayer Leverkusen that won Stuttgart the match and the Championship – just six minutes before the games' end.

In 1994, he signed with the Japanese team Urawa Red Diamonds before returning to Germany in 1998 to help Karlsruher SC avoid relegation. He could not save the team and after one more season playing in the second division he retired but stayed with the club as a director of sports.

After retirement

After a stop with the Stuttgarter Kickers (again as director of sports) he went back to Japan where he was managing his old club. He led his team to the "closing" championship. In 2005, won the title on Emperor's Cup. In 2006, he won the title on both J-League and Emperor's Cup.

Buchwald then returned to Germany to become manager of Alemannia Aachen. After five months on duty he was fired by club management on 26 November 2007.

On 1 November 2010, Buchwald returned to the Stuttgarter Kickers as a member of the board responsible for the first team. He took over as interim manager in November 2012 after the sacking of Dirk Schuster, before relinquishing this duty a month later when Gerd Dais was appointed.

Career statistics


Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueNational CupLeague CupTotal
Stuttgarter Kickers 1979–80 2. Bundesliga 331
1980–81 388
1981–82 385
1982–83 374
VfB Stuttgart 1983–84 Bundesliga 343
1984–85 154
1985–86 321
1986–87 332
1987–88 301
1988–89 301
1989–90 285
1990–91 213
1991–92 375
1992–93 331
1993–94 322
Urawa Reds 1994 J1 League 2023020252
1995 51430-544
1996 24340120403
1997 3220060382
Karlsruhe 1997–98 Bundesliga90
1998–99 2. Bundesliga313
Career total63860


Appearances and goals by national team and year
National teamYearAppsGoals
Germany 198430


As of 11 May 2012
Karlsruher SC 16 October 199924 October 19992002000.00
Urawa Reds [5] 1 January 200431 December 200698581921059.18
Alemannia Aachen 1 July 200726 November 200714545035.71


As a player

VfB Stuttgart [6]

Germany [6]


As a manager

Urawa Red Diamonds [11]


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