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Ulf Kirsten
German footballer

Ulf Kirsten

Ulf Kirsten
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Quick Facts

Intro German footballer
Is Sports official Athlete Football player Association football player Association football manager
From Germany Germany
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 4 December 1965, Riesa, Meissen, Saxony, Germany
Age 57 years
Star sign Sagittarius
Height: 175
Weight: 75
The details (from wikipedia)


Ulf Kirsten (born 4 December 1965 in Riesa, East Germany) is a former German football striker, the first player in history to reach a total 100 caps playing with two different national teams. His biggest success was the win of the 1992–93 DFB-Pokal. His nickname was der Schwatte (dialect for "der Schwarze", the black one).

Club career

Dynamo Dresden

On club level, Kirsten played for only two teams: from 1983 to 1990 he was with Dynamo Dresden. In the East German Oberliga he made 154 matches and scored 57 goals for Dresden.

Kirsten had an unusual build, measuring only 172 cm (5'8"), but weighing 81 kg (179 lbs). He had an unusually low centre of gravity which enabled him to protect the ball in the box against much bigger defenders and turn around quickly for close-range shots. This playing style was often compared to that of Gerd Müller. In addition, despite his small height, Kirsten was also a feared header.

Bayer Leverkusen

He was one of the first East German footballers to enter the Bundesliga after the German reunification. In the German Bundesliga he played 350 matches for Bayer Leverkusen and scored 182 goals (ranked # 5 in the All-Time-Scorer-List). Kirsten established himself as one of the most dangerous strikers in the Bundesliga, but Bayer regularly ended as runner-up to either Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund. He stayed there until his retirement in 2003. He also played in the 2002 UEFA Champions League Final. In the 1999–2000 season, Kirsten won the EFFIFU award for being the most efficient striker in the league.

Off the pitch, Kirsten was famous for his strong beard growth, which earned him a sponsorship by Braun, who used him to advertise their electrical shavers.

International career

Kirsten's 100 caps are almost evenly split: 49 for East Germany and 51 for the re-unified Germany in a career which spanned 15 years from 1985 until 2000, with the reunified team being formed in late 1990.

He scored a total of 34 international goals, 14 of them for East Germany. His only major tournaments came late in his career; Kirsten played for his country at the 1994 and 1998 World Cups and Euro 2000.

Managerial record

As of 25 May 2012
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Bayer Leverkusen II 1 July 2005 30 June 2011 7002209000000000000♠209 7001720000000000000♠72 7001500000000000000♠50 7001870000000000000♠87 7002292000000000000♠292 7002313000000000000♠313 −21 07001344500000000000♠34.45
Total 7002209000000000000♠209 7001720000000000000♠72 7001500000000000000♠50 7001870000000000000♠87 7002292000000000000♠292 7002313000000000000♠313 −21 07001344500000000000♠34.45

Personal life

His son Benjamin is a goalkeeper and used to play for Dynamo Dresden and NEC.



Dynamo Dresden
  • DDR-Oberliga (2): 1988–89, 1989–90
  • FDGB-Pokal (2): 1984–85, 1989–90
Bayer Leverkusen
  • DFB-Pokal (1): 1992–93


  • East German Footballer of the Year (1): 1989–90
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