30. Dezember 1946, Büttgen
1965-1979 Borussia Mönchengladbach
419 appearances, 33 goals (Bundesliga)
Deutscher Meister: 1970, 1971, 1975, 1976, 1977
Deutscher Pokalsieger: 1973
UEFA Pokal Sieger: 1975, 1979
96 caps (1 goal)
In their most successful era in the 1970s, Borussia Mönchengladbach were only ever referred to as the Fohlen-Elf, the Foals XI. One of their best and most dependable players, however, was a 'terrier'. Hans-Hubert 'Berti' Vogts earned this extra nickname through his zeal for work, his assiduousness and his knack for getting his teeth into the opposition. In a team full of blithe free spirits, he was the embodiment of diligence.
As the counterpart to his many attack-minded teammates, Vogts took care of the defensive stability. In the early years of his outstanding career, then, he was almost left to his own devices. The thrilling, gung-ho brand of football practised by the Foals had threatened to die out in the late 1960s, as trophies cannot be won with large gaps in the defence. With his tireless and tenacious approach, however, Vogts gradually earned respect. The more influential he became inside the club, the more Gladbach's play developed a healthier, more success-driven balance. It was no coincidence that Vogts was voted Germany's "Footballer of the Year" after Borussia had won their second league title in succession in 1971. He won the award a second time at the end of his career in 1979.
By then, he had long become the key constant in the unassuming Mönchengladbach universe. While the Netzers, Stielikes and Bonhofs of this world went on to join clubs abroad, Vogts remained loyal to his home region and kept the club on track for success. He led Borussia to a total of five Bundesliga titles, one DFB Cup and two UEFA Cups, serving many years as captain. His international career was equally impressive. After winning the European Championship and World Cup, and at the end of the Beckenbauer era, he became captain of Germany, too. An indispensable part of the team, he made a total of 96 international appearances.
Vogts, who was orphaned at an early age, is regarded as the prototype of the footballer who had to work hard to achieve much of what he did. His journey from humble beginnings to world-class player serves as a shining example for youth coaches seeking to sensitise young talents to the fact that they have to show more commitment than others if they are to realise their career dream. Ideally with the carefree attitude of a foal and the tenacity of a terrier.