|Estimated value:||€35 million|
|Country of origin:||Germany|
|Source of Wealth:||footballer|
The successful, former German soccer professional, Günter Theodor Netzer, was born on September 14, 1944 in Mönchengladbach. To this day, he is one of the best midfielders in Bundesliga history. Günter Netzer played for Borussia Mönchengladbach for ten years and for Real Madrid for three years. In the 70s he was a star and attracted attention. Günter Netzer not only proved footballer qualities. In the years following his football career, he was very successful as a manager at Hamburger SV and as a sports presenter. Today he is a successful media entrepreneur. He has been married to Elvira Lang Netzer since 1987. They have one daughter together, Alana Netzer.
Günter Netzer’s passion for football started early. Already at the age of 9 he played for Borussia Mönchengladbach. In the ten years that followed, he went through several youth selection teams with the ‘foals’, which was (and still is) the name of the Gladbach football team. In 1963, at the age of 19, Günter Netzer got his first professional contract with Borussia Mönchengladbach. He is quickly recognized as an exceptional talent. Netzer gets a regular place and is promoted to the Bundesliga in 1965 with the ‘Fohlen-Elf’. With his teammates Berti Vogts, Herbert Laumen, Jupp Heynckes and Wolfgang Kleff, the Gladbachers will be FC Bayern Munich’s fiercest opponents in the Bundesliga. He quickly becomes a central figure in the team. Netzer was a strategist and shaped the offensive game. Günter Netzer still has a deep friendship with the then coach Hennes Weisweiler.
In the years that followed, Günter Netzer became a soccer star. He was the captain of the team and a great support for coach Weisweiler. Günter Netzer had a lot of freedom with the coach, but he also had to deliver successes. So did he. Every pass was right, every strategy worked. In 1970 Borussia became German champions for the first time and in 1971 they even managed to defend their title – as the first club in the history of the Bundesliga. Günter Netzer played in the national team from 1965 to 1975. He completed 37 international matches. In 1972 he and his team became European champions and in 1974 world champions in their own country. Günter Netzer quickly became an extravagant figure. He loved fast cars and the extravagant life. A biography of Günter Netzer was published as early as 1971. ‘Günter Netzer: Rebel on the Ball’ by Peter Bizer.
German champion in 1970 and 1971, German cup winner in 1973, European champion in 1972, world champion in 1974, footballer of the year and goal of the year in 1972 and 1973. The 1970s were very successful. Günter Netzer moved to Real Madrid in 1973. Even this change went down in football history. Real Madrid paid a total of DM 800,000 to terminate the contract. At the time, this was an unthinkable sum. Günter Netzer was the first German player at Real Madrid and received an annual salary of 295,000 DM, which was high for the time. Netzer was also successful with this team. They were Spanish Cup winners in 1974 and 1975 and Spanish champions in 1975 and 1976. After 85 league games, he moved from Real Madrid to Switzerland in 1976, to Grashopper Club Zurich. In 1977, Günter Netzer ended his active football career at the age of 33. Günter Netzer returned to Germany. From 1978 to 1986 he was manager at Hamburger SV. As a result of numerous restructuring measures, HSV became German champions three times. 1979, 1982 and 1983. Günter Netzer was manager at FC Schalke 04 from 1991 to 1992. Günter Netzer has lived in Switzerland since 1985. From 1998 to 2010, Günter Netzer worked for ARD as a popular sports presenter alongside Gerhard Delling. Both received the Grimme Prize in 2000 and the Media Prize for Language Culture in 2008. In 2004 Günter Netzer published his first biography “From the Depth of Space. My life.” Günter Netzer is a successful media entrepreneur today. He founded an advertising agency in Zurich and traded in television rights. He is Executive Director of the Swiss sports rights agency Infront Sports & Media AG. He also regularly writes in a column for the Bild newspaper.
“Header was always something similar to handball for me.”
When asked what happens if South Korea wins against the Netherlands, Günter Netzer says: “There is no such thing in football.”
“Most games that ended 1-0 were won.”
“The head thinks, the foot steers!”
Borussia fans named their mascot, a foal, “Jünter”. It is named after Günter Netzer.
From 1971 to 1973, Günter Netzer ran a popular nightclub in Mönchengladbach called ‘Lovers’ Lane’ alongside his successful football career.
Already in 1972 Günter Netzer drove a Ferrari. Exclusive sports cars were his lifelong passion.
The stadium newspaper of Borussia Mönchengladbach was founded in 1965 by Günter Netzer.
|Estimated value:||€35 million|