|€ 15 million
|December 18, 1968
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Mario Basler is a former football professional and coach who also played several international matches for Germany. As an enfant terrible of the Bundesliga, he also remained known to the general public about his career as an active player. Most recently, he published an autobiography and also went on a reading tour.
Basler was born in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, where he initially played for the local VfL Neustadt / Weinstrasse as a junior soccer ball for 10 years. In 1984 he moved to the youth team of 1. FC Kaiserslautern, where he moved up to the professional squad for the 1987/88 season. After two seasons in the Palatinate with only one assignment in the Bundesliga, Mario Basler moved to the 2nd Bundesliga at Rot-Weiss Essen. Here he finally came into regular use and his career as a professional footballer picked up speed.
From Rot-Weiss Essen he switched to Hertha BSC after two seasons, which at that time also only played in the 2nd Bundesliga. Werder Bremen became aware of him through his consistently good performances and bought him in 1993 for DM 2 million. Here he also won his first title in professional football a year later with the DFB Cup. A season later – together with Heiko Herrlich – he scored 20 goals for Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga.
When he met frequently in the following year despite Werder’s weaker performance, he was signed by FC Bayern Munich in 1996. Here he was also cup winner and twice German champion. However, the end of his engagement with the record champions was anything but happy. After an alleged brawl in a pizzeria, which is said to have taken place during his time in rehab, he was suspended by FC Bayern Munich. The club also commented on this decision saying that this incident was not Mario Basler’s only mistake.
But Basler was lucky: 1. FC Kaiserslautern immediately showed interest in his former player. After four more or less successful seasons at his youth club, he ended his career with Al-Rayyan in Qatar. Since then he has played for various amateur clubs in Germany, most recently even for TuS Rüssingen in 2016, where he even played in goal.
His career in the national team lasted from 1994 to 1998, in which he came to 30 appearances and only 2 goals. At the 1996 European Championships was part of the squad, as well as at the 1994 World Cup, where he did a job, unlike at the European Championships.
Following his career as a player, he worked as a trainer with Jahn Regensburg, TuS Koblenz, Eintracht Trier and Rot-Weiß Oberhausen. Most recently, however, he shifted his activities more and more to appearances on TV, whether on soccer talk shows or entertainment programs. He also held several readings with his biography as content, as well as many other anecdotes from his not poor life.
Mario Basler’s greatest sporting success was winning the German Championship in 1997 and 1999 with FC Bayern Munich. Mario Basler also became European champion with the German national team in 1996, but remained without commitment throughout the tournament. With Werder Bremen he won the DFB Cup in 1994, which he also managed in 1998 with Bayern Munich.
He also won the Goal of the Month award six times, which is decided by the audience of the sports show. In the 1994/95 season, he became top scorer in the Bundesliga. In 1999 Mario Basler reached the final of the Champions League with FC Bayern Munich, in which he himself achieved early leadership for his club. With two late goals, Manchester United were beaten at the end of the day.
Mario Basler was and is known for his loose mouth. He doesn’t take a leaf out of his mouth and likes to hand out. Among other things, he has provided the following quotes in the past decades:
“Then I said that to him verbally.”
“I greet my mom, dad and especially my parents.”
“Nonsense, we never gamble for money. Not more than 3,000 DM. ”
“I always said I don’t care who plays. The main thing is that I play. ”
“No camera could catch me as fast as I ran today.”
Once in one season he got three directly converted corner kicks for his former club Werder Bremen – an absolute rarity in professional football.
In 2015 he took part in the RTL dance show “Stepping Out” with his girlfriend at the time.
In 2016 he participated in a season of “Celebrity Big Brother”, in which he finished third.
In 2019 he opened the MB30 bar in Cala Ratjada on Mallorca.
His biography was published in September 2019 and bears the title “I’m actually a great guy”, not least based on his nickname “Super Mario”, which in turn is inspired by the character of a computer game.