Toni Schumacher

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Toni Schumacher
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Schumacher in 2013
Personal information
Full nameHarald Anton Schumacher
Date of birth (1954-03-06) 6 March 1954 (age 67)
Place of birth Düren, West Germany
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
1. FC Köln (Vice president)
Youth career
1962–1972 Schwarz-Weiß Düren
Senior career*
1972–1987 1. FC Köln 422 (0)
1987–1988 Schalke 04 33 (0)
1988–1991 Fenerbahçe 84 (0)
1991–1992 Bayern Munich 8 (0)
1995–1996 Borussia Dortmund 1 (0)
National team
1979–1986 West Germany 76 (0)
Teams managed
1992–1993 Schalke 04 (goalkeeping coach)
1993–1994 Bayern Munich (goalkeeping coach)
1995–1998 Borussia Dortmund (goalkeeping coach)
1998–1999 SC Fortuna Köln
2001–2003 Bayer 04 Leverkusen (goalkeeping coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Harald Anton "Toni" Schumacher (born 6 March 1954) is a German former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. At club level, he won a Bundesliga title and three DFB-Pokal titles with 1. FC Köln. At international level, he represented West Germany. Schumacher won the 1980 European Championship and lost two World Cup finals, in 1982 and 1986. In the 1982 FIFA World Cup semi-final, he controversially collided with and seriously injured French defender Patrick Battiston. Schumacher was voted German Footballer of the Year in 1984 and 1986. Since April 2012, he has served as vice president at 1. FC Köln. [1]


Club career

Schumacher made his first-team debut with 1. FC Köln at the age of 19. He played for the club from 1972 to 1987, including in 213 consecutive Bundesliga matches from 1977 to 1983. For most of those years, until well into the mid-1980s, he was widely considered one of the world's top goalkeepers, and he was the automatic first-choice goalkeeper for his country. He backstopped Köln to the double in 1978, winning the Bundesliga title (ahead of Borussia Mönchengladbach on goal difference) and the DFB-Pokal (defeated Fortuna Düsseldorf). The year before he had led Köln to a DFB-Pokal victory (against Hertha BSC in the final), the club's first major trophy win in nine years. He appeared in two other DFB-Pokal finals, in 1980 (lost to Fortuna Düsseldorf) and 1983 (defeated Fortuna Köln). Schumacher was voted German Footballer of the Year twice, in 1984 and 1986, by the nation's football journalists.

International career

Schumacher played 76 international matches for West Germany between 1979 and 1986, including 15 World Cup qualifying matches and 14 World Cup matches. He won the 1980 European Championship (defeated Belgium 2–1 in the final) and lost two World Cup finals, in 1982 (to Italy, 3–1) and 1986 (to Argentina, 3–2). In the 1982 tournament, in the controversial semi-final against France, he saved two penalty kicks in the post-extra time shootout, which West Germany ultimately won. In the 1986 quarter-final against tournament hosts, Mexico, he saved two of the three shootout penalties he faced, enabling West Germany to advance.

Controversy at 1982 World Cup

Schumacher was involved in a collision with a French defender, substitute Patrick Battiston, in the semi-final of the 1982 World Cup. Battiston and Schumacher were both sprinting towards a long through ball pass from Michel Platini. Battiston managed to reach the ball first and flicked it up and to the side of the approaching Schumacher. Schumacher leapt into the air as the ball sailed past him, ultimately wide of the goal. Schumacher, still in the air, collided with Battiston. The resulting contact left Battiston unconscious, later slipping into a coma. Schumacher has always denied any foul intention regarding the incident, saying that he was simply going for the ball, as a goalkeeper is entitled to do. Others have alleged that he intentionally collided with Battiston. [2] Battiston also lost two teeth and had three cracked ribs. [3] He received oxygen on the pitch. [4] Michel Platini later said that he thought Battiston had died, because "he had no pulse and looked pale". [5] The Dutch referee Charles Corver did not award a penalty for the incident. Schumacher proceeded to take the goal kick and play resumed. [6] West Germany would eventually go on to win the game on penalty kicks after the match was tied at 3–3.

Schumacher caused more controversy after the game with his response to news that Battiston had lost two teeth: "If that's all that's wrong, tell him I'll pay for the crowns." [7]

Schumacher did visit Battiston in the hospital, and though the Frenchman felt his apology at the time as insincere, Battiston admitted that he had forgiven him by the time the two countries faced each other four years later in yet another World Cup semifinal. [8] That match ended in a 2–0 victory for West Germany. [9]

A French newspaper poll asked which was the least popular man in France, and Schumacher beat Adolf Hitler into second. [10]

When West Germany and France met again in World Cup 1986, Battiston said that the incident was "forgiven and forgotten". However, he said that he was wary of getting "close to Schumacher" and said that he would hold a distance of at least 40 meters from the West German goalkeeper. Schumacher would mostly refrain from commenting on the incident. [6]

Coaching career

As coach of SC Fortuna Köln he was sacked at half time by club chairman Jean Löring when his club was 0–2 behind against Waldhof Mannheim in December 1999. [11]


In 1987, Schumacher's autobiography Anpfiff ("kick-off") was published in various countries, including France, where there was interest in Schumacher's comments on the Battiston incident. Schumacher maintained that his actions did not constitute a foul and that he was only trying to get the ball. He said that he did not go over to check on Battiston's condition because several French players were standing around Battiston and making threatening gestures in his direction.[ citation needed ]

The book also included accounts of alleged improprieties by German football players, including substance abuse. This resulted in Schumacher's exclusion from the German national team and his long-term Bundesliga club, 1. FC Köln.


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
West Germany captain
Succeeded by
Klaus Allofs