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Where are they now? Germany’s Euro 96 squad

Germany emerged victorious at Euro ’96 when an Oliver Bierhoff golden goal ended the sudden death final against Czech Republic at Wembley.

It was the first major tournament win for Germany as a reunified nation, with World Cup glory in 1990 coming as ‘West Germany’ a few short months before the process was completed.

A handful of the 1996 team had been in that World Cup squad and there was a strong blend of experience and youth that saw the Germans – led by 1974 World Cup winner Berti Vogts – top their group, see off a vibrant Croatia side in the quarter-finals and hold their nerve against hosts England in the last four, before facing off against the Czechs in the final.

Here’s a look at where every member of Germany’s Euro ’96 winning squad is now…

Andreas Kopke

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Germany caps: 59
Germany career: 1990 – 1998

Andreas Kopke joined Marseille after Euro ’96 and remained Germany number one until retiring from international duty after the 1998 World Cup, while he continued his club career until 2001.

He has remained involved with the national team and is currently Germany’s goalkeeper coach.

Stefan Reuter

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Germany caps: 69
Germany career: 1987 – 1998

Stefan Reuter enjoyed his best club success during a 12-year spell at Borussia Dortmund, winning three Bundesliga titles and the Champions League, retiring there in 2004 aged 37.

He has held front office roles at both 1860 Munich and Dortmund and has been managing director of sport at Augsburg since 2013.

Marco Bode

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Germany caps: 40
Germany career: 1995 – 2002

A one-club player who spent his entire career at Werder Bremen, winger Marco Bode also went to Euro 2000 and the 2002 World Cup with Germany.

Bode became a member of the board at Bremen in 2012 and was appointed chairman two years later – a role he continues to hold.

Steffen Freund

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Germany caps: 21
Germany career: 1995 – 1998

Steffen Freund helped Borussia Dortmund win the Champions League in 1997 before becoming a cult favourite in England with Tottenham.

Despite starting a coaching career that took him back to Spurs as an assistant, he has focused on media work since 2015 and works as a commentator and pundit covering the Bundesliga in German and English

Thomas Helmer

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Germany caps: 68
Germany career: 1990 – 1998

After leaving Bayern Munich in 1999, ex-Borussia Dortmund defender Thomas Helmer finished his playing career with Sunderland in 2000.

His post-playing career has mainly been geared towards media work in Germany, although he has also done ambassadorial work for charity.

Matthias Sammer

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Germany caps: 51
Germany career: 1990 – 1997

Germany’s famed sweeper received the Ballon d’Or in 1996 in the wake of winning the European Championship, and helped Borussia Dortmund lift the Champions League the following year.

Matthias Sammer has coached at Dortmund and Stuttgart, before becoming DFB technical director in 2006 and later sporting director at Bayern Munich in 2012 until 2016. More recently he has returned to Dortmund as a part-time adviser.

Andreas Moller

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Germany caps: 85
Germany career: 1988 – 1999

Euro ’96 was the fourth of five major tournaments in which Andreas Moller represented Germany. Like many of his Euro ’96 teammates, he was later part of Borussia Dortmund’s 1997 Champions League winning side.

Moller was an assistant coach with Hungary at Euro 2016 and in 2019 was appointed academy director at boyhood club Eintracht Frankfurt.

Mehmet Scholl

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Germany caps: 36
Germany career: 1995 – 2002

For all his success in a 15-year career, Mehmet Scholl bizarrely never played in a World Cup for Germany, largely because of injuries.

He retired at Bayern in 2007 at the age of 36 and embarked on a coaching career that peaked with two spells in charge of the club’s second team. But his professional life since 2013 has been as a media figure.

Fredi Bobic

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Germany caps: 37
Germany career: 1994 – 2004

Fredi Bobic was Bundesliga top scorer with Stuttgart in 1995/96 and went on to play for Borussia Dortmund, Bolton, Hannover, Hertha and Rijeka.

The former striker has been a front office executive at various clubs since his 2006 retirement. After sporting director stints at Stuttgart and Eintracht Frankfurt, he has just been appointed in that role by Hertha.

Thomas Hassler

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Germany caps: 101
Germany career: 1988 – 2000

After his displays at the 1990 World Cup secured him a move to Serie A, Thomas Hassler was playing for Karlsruhe at the time of Euro ’96 and eventually retired in 2004 following spells with three other clubs.

He has been an assistant coach for Nigeria, Koln and in Iran, before taking up the reins as head coach a lower league Berlin club Preussen in 2019.

Stefan Kuntz

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Germany caps: 23
Germany career: 1993 – 1997

Stefan Kuntz was the oldest outfield player in Germany’s Euro ’96 squad but was a latecomer to the international scene, making his debut aged 31.

He became a head coach in as early as 1999, with his most high profile job at Karlsruhe before a lower league comeback to playing. Since 2016, Kuntz has been in charge of Germany’s Under-21 team.

Oliver Kahn

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Germany caps: 86
Germany career: 1994 – 2006

Oliver Kahn was a sub at tournaments in 1994, 1996 and 1998 and didn’t become Germany number one until after the latter. But he was soon one of the best goalkeepers in the world and was twice in the Ballon d’Or top three.

Kahn played his last game for Bayern Munich in 2008 shortly before turning 39 and has remained close to the club. He was appointed to the board in 2019 and will soon succeed Karl Heinz Rummenigge as chief executive.

Mario Basler

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Germany caps: 30
Germany career: 1994 – 1998

Mario Basler earned a move from Werder Bremen to Bayern Munich in 1996 and, although he stopped playing at the highest level in 2004, has continued to sporadically turn out in Germany’s lower leagues past his 50th birthday.

The outspoken winger has also held a number of coaching jobs at provincial German clubs. Most recently he has been an adviser to TSG Eisenberg.

Markus Babbel

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Germany caps: 51
Germany career: 1995 – 2000

Markus Babbel had a £5m move from Bayern Munich to Manchester United lined up after Euro ’96, but it fell through and he eventually made it to England when he joined Liverpool in 2000.

An illness causing muscle weakness limited a playing career that eventually ended in 2007, leading to a career in management at clubs in Germany, Switzerland and, most recently, Australia’s A-League until 2020.

Jurgen Kohler

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Germany caps: 105
Germany career: 1986 – 1998

After fours year with Juventus in the early 1990s, Jurgen Kohler returned to Germany to join Borussia Dortmund in 1995, where he won the Champions League in 1997 and retired in 2002.

His coaching career started immediately with Germany’s Under-21 team and has mostly been at lower league clubs, leaving his last job as the Under-19 coach at Viktoria Koln in 2020.

Germany caps: 1
Germany career: 1995 – 1996

Rene Schneider was the youngest member of Germany’s Euro ’96 and didn’t add to the single international cap he had at the time the tournament began.

The defender had an unsuccessful spell at Borussia Dortmund before rejoining previous club Hansa Rostock and later Hamburg. He was sporting director at Hansa until 2017 and is chairman of a club that bears his name.

Christian Ziege

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Germany caps: 72
Germany career: 1993 – 2004

Christian Ziege played for Bayern Munich, AC Milan, Middlesbrough, Liverpool, Tottenham and Borussia Monchengladbach in a 15-year career.

He had several roles at Gladbach soon after retiring in 2005, including sporting director, and later coached a number of Germany’s junior national teams. He is now head coach and sporting director at Pinzgau Saalfelden.

Jurgen Klinsmann

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Germany caps: 108
Germany career: 1987 – 1998

Jurgen Klinsmann was Germany captain that lifted the European Championship trophy. He was at Bayern Munich at the time but finished his playing career with spells at Sampdoria and Tottenham by 1998.

As a coach, he has been in charge of the Germany and United States national teams, as well as a spell at Bayern Munich. He has also often worked as a pundit, while his last coaching job at Hertha ended in 2020.

Germany caps: 41
Germany career: 1990 – 1999

Ex-Bayern Munich midfielder Thomas Strunz finished his playing career in 2001 after a couple of injury hit seasons and went on to become general manager at Wolfsburg within a few years.

Strunz was later sporting director at Rot-Weiss Essen from 2008 to 2009, but is most famous as a pundit and media figure on German television.

Oliver Bierhoff

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Germany caps: 70
Germany career: 1996 – 2002

Even though he was a late bloomer and had spent much of the preceding few seasons playing second tier football in Italy, Oliver Bierhoff was Germany’s hero at Euro ’96, scoring twice in the final.

The striker never returned home to play for a German club, retiring with Chievo in 2003, but he was appointed general manager of Die Mannschaft in 2004 and was repositioned as technical director in a 2018 restructure.

Dieter Eilts

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Germany caps: 31
Germany career: 1993 – 1997

It was a case of right player, right time for Germany and Dieter Eilts at Euro ’96, with the then 31-year-old making almost half of his total international appearances in 1996 alone as a key player at the tournament.

He spent his whole playing career at Werder Bremen and started coaching Germany’s junior national teams. He later returned to Bremen in 2012 and was head of the club’s academy until 2018.

Germany caps: 1
Germany career: 1996

Third choice goalkeeper Oliver Reck was Werder Bremen’s number one for over a decade and finished his career with Schalke in 2003.

He has worked as a head coach at Schalke, Duisburg, Fortuna Dusseldorf and Kickers Offenbach, starting his current job in charge of lower league club Jeddeloh in Lower Saxony in 2019.

Germany caps: 3
Germany career: 1994 – 1996

Squads at Euro ’96 were limited to 22 players but a number of injuries ahead of the final saw Germany granted permission to call up a replacement to boost their numbers. Jens Todt was the one who got that call.

The midfielder retired in 2003 and in his post-playing career has primarily held sporting director roles. His last was at Hamburg until 2018.

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