Kohler in 2005
|Full name||Jürgen Kohler|
|Date of birth||6 October 1965|
|Place of birth||Lambsheim, West Germany|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Viktoria Köln U-19 (manager)|
|1975–1981||TB Jahn Lambsheim|
|1987–1989||1. FC Köln||57||(2)|
|1983–1984||West Germany U-18||8||(1)|
|1985–1987||West Germany U-21||11||(0)|
|2012||Bonner SC U-19|
|2013–2015||SpVgg EGC Wirges|
|2018–||Viktoria Köln U-19|
|2019||Viktoria Köln (caretaker)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Kohler enjoyed a lengthy career at the highest level with exactly 500 top flight league matches, playing primarily as a centre back in the German Bundesliga, and in the Italian Serie A, achieving notable success both at domestic and international level with FC Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus.
Kohler's professional career began at Waldhof Mannheim, where he made his Bundesliga debut as a substitute against 1. FC Kaiserslautern in April 1984. His first professional goal came in a 5–2 defeat of FC Schalke 04 on 26 January 1985.
In 1991, Kohler transferred to Italian club Juventus. After being named Serie A's best foreign player for 1992, he went on to be part of the team that won the 1992–93 UEFA Cup against Borussia Dortmund, as well as a league and cup double in the 1994–95 season.
Returning to Germany to play for Dortmund in 1995, Kohler won another league championship in 1996 and helped the club to the 1997 UEFA Champions League Final. In a reversal of Kohler's previous continental final, Dortmund defeated his former club Juventus to become European Champions for the first time. As a result of this success, Kohler was named German Footballer of the Year for 1997. In the 2001–02 season, the last of his career, Kohler won his third Bundesliga title with Dortmund and reached the final of the UEFA Cup.
In his final professional appearance, the 2002 UEFA Cup Final against Feyenoord, Kohler was sent off for a foul on Jon Dahl Tomasson in the 31st minute of the match. After losing possession to Tomasson on the edge of Dortmund's penalty area, Kohler tripped the Danish forward inside the area to concede a penalty kick and was given a straight red card by referee Vítor Melo Pereira. Pierre van Hooijdonk scored the opening goal from the resulting penalty and BVB went on to lose the match 3–2.
At international level, Kohler made over 100 appearances for the German national team, playing at three FIFA World Cups and three UEFA European Championships, winning the 1990 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 1996.
Regarded as one of the best defenders of his generation, Kohler was a physically strong centre-back, who was famed for his defensive perception, anticipation, quick reactions, marking, and prowess in the air, which also made him a goal threat during set-pieces; he was also known for his composure when in possession, and his ability to play the ball out of defence.
On 17 December 2005, he was appointed the coach of MSV Duisburg.
On 28 August 2008, Kohler signed a three-year contract as manager of German 3. Liga club VfR Aalen. However, on 16 November 2008, he retired due to a heart condition from the coaching job. He continued to work as director of sports for Aalen, but was sacked on 5 May 2009.
In April 2013, he started to work as director of sports for his former club SV Waldhof Mannheim.
|1. FC Köln||1987–88||Bundesliga||30||3|
|1.||4 June 1996||Carl-Benz-Stadion, Mannheim||Liechtenstein||6–0||9–1||Friendly|
|2.||18 February 1998||Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat||Oman||2–0||2–0||Friendly|