Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has added a year to his age. The German tactician, born in Mannheim in Germany, turns 67 today.

Rohr was a former defender during his playing days, featured for the likes of Bayern Munich, Waldhof Mannheim, Kickers Offenbach all German teams and Bordeaux of France.

While he was relatively unknown during his playing days, Rohr has made a name for himself in his coaching career that has span 30 years.

Adored at Ligue One club Girondins de Bordeaux where he played the larger chunk of his career, featured in 352 times over 12 years between 1977 – 1989, before managing the team in three different spells.

Rohr started his coaching career at Bordeaux in 1990 albeit in a brief spell. He returned in 1991/1992 season to take charge of the club in his second spell. Bordeaux was in the second division that time, Rorh was saddled with the responsibility of leading them back to the first division.

He didn’t disappoint as Les Groindins won the French Ligue two title thereby getting promoted to the top flight. He was however replaced in July of the same year heading into the 1992/1993 season.

Rohr final spell at Bordeaux was in the 1995/1996 season where he led the Groindins to the UEFA Cup final. He took over in February 1996 from Serbia’s Slavoljub Muslin. Bordeaux’s run to the final saw them famously seeing off Italian giants AC Milan in the quarter-final by three-nil. They will fall at the last hurdle losing 5-1 aggregate scoreline to Bayern Munich over two legs, 0–2 away and 1–3 at home.


The Franco-German later went on to manage other French sides like Creteil, Nice, Nantes, Switzerland’s Young Boys, Ajaccio before sojourning to the shores of Africa to take over the helms of affairs first at Tunisian club Etoile du Sahel.

He moved to Africa to embark on a new adventure. The Gabonese national team was the first country Rohr managed in the African continent, he was with them for two years. He further managed the Menas of Niger and the Stallions of Burkina Faso.

He is presently the coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, a team he has been in charge since 2016 till date.

Happy birthday to Gernot Rohr.