Guido Buchwald

Guido Buchwald

Buchwald with Urawa in 2004.
Personal information
Full name Guido Ulrich Buchwald
Date of birth (1961-01-24) 24 January 1961
Place of birth West Berlin, West Germany
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position 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*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1983 Stuttgarter Kickers 146 (18)
1983–1994 VfB Stuttgart 325 (28)
1994–1997 Urawa Reds 127 (11)
1997–1999 Karlsruher SC 40 (3)
Total 638 (60)
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)

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

Guido Ulrich Buchwald (born 24 January 1961) is a German former football defender who is currently director of football of Stuttgarter Kickers.[1]

The best game of Buchwald's career was probably the final of the 1990 FIFA World Cup where he effectively marked the skilled footballer Diego Maradona, earning him the nickname "Diego". He was also part of Germany's disappointing 1994 FIFA World Cup squad and collected in his career 76 caps.[2]


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.[3] 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 FC 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 Karlsruhe 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

Club statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFB Ligapokal Total
1979–80Stuttgarter Kickers2. Bundesliga331
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Total
1994Urawa RedsJ1 League2023020252
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFB Ligapokal Total
1998–992. Bundesliga313
Country Germany 51149
Japan 1271110020015711
Total 63860

National team statistics

Germany national team

Coaching statistics

As of 11 May 2012
Team From To Record
Karlsruher SC 16 October 1999 24 October 1999 2 0 0 2 00.00
Urawa Reds[4] 1 January 2004 31 December 2006 98 58 19 21 59.18
Alemannia Aachen 1 July 2007 26 November 2007 14 5 4 5 35.71
Total 114 63 23 28 55.26

Honors and awards

Individual honors as player

Individual honors as coach

Team honors as player

Team honors as coach


  1. "Buchwald, Guido" (in German). Retrieved 23 January 2011.
  2. Arnhold, Matthias (23 July 2015). "Guido Buchwald - International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  3. Arnhold, Matthias (23 July 2015). "Guido Buchwald - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  4. J.League Data Site(Japanese)
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