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Jörg Berger
Personal information
Date of birth 13 October 1944 (1944-10-13) (age 65)
Place of birth    Gotenhafen, Germany
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Arminia Bielefeld (Head Coach)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1964–1970 1.FC Lok Leipzig    
Teams managed
Lok Leipzig II
Carl Zeiss Jena
Hallescher FC Chemie
East Germany U-19
East Germany U-21
SV Darmstadt 98
SSV Ulm 1846
Fortuna Düsseldorf
KSV Hessen Kassel
Hannover 96
SC Freiburg
Eintracht Frankfurt
1. FC Köln
FC Schalke 04
FC Basel
Karlsruher SC
Eintracht Frankfurt
Alemannia Aachen
Hansa Rostock
Arminia Bielefeld

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Jörg Berger (born October 13, 1944 in Gdynia, Poland, under German occupation used as Kriegsmarine-Arsenal and named Gotenhafen) is a German football manager and former player, most recently managing Arminia Bielefeld.



As an active he played for 1.FC Lok Leipzig.

Coaching Career

In 1970 Berger was forced to retire due to a muscle injury and started his managing career after the studying at the DHfK Leipzig. Berger was a reputable manager in East Germany who was planned to manage the East Germany national football team as successor of long time manager Georg Buschner some day.

Berger managed the youth team of the GDR. In 1979, he used a match in Yugoslavia to flee to West Germany. He signed with Second Bundesliga side SV Darmstadt 98. As a GDR refugee he suffered many threats by the East German secret police Stasi. He survived being poisoned whilst managing KSV Hessen Kassel in the mid-1980s. Evidence of the threats to his life were not available until 1990 when Germany was reunified, after which he was able to search his Stasi files.

Jörg Berger is renowned as a great motivator, helping clubs threatened with relegation, but with little chance to build up teams over a longer period. Berger became the ’’fireman’’ of the Bundesliga after he twice failed to gain promotion to the Bundesliga with KSV Hessen Kassel, ending up in fourth position in the Second division of the Bundesliga (1984 and 1985). His greatest achievements were two third positions with Eintracht Frankfurt in 1990 and with FC Schalke 04 in 1996. He was replaced as manager of Schalke by Huub Stevens in October 1996 shortly before they won the UEFA Cup in 1997.

Berger’s last big success was reaching the DFB-Pokal final with Alemannia Aachen, a side from the Second division of the Bundesliga. However his contract was cancelled, by mutual agreement, after they lost to the then current champions (SV Werder Bremen) and failed to gain promotion to the Bundesliga.

From November 17, 2004 until August 14, 2005 he was the manager of FC Hansa Rostock. He was fired after a 1-4 defeat by TSV 1860 München. On 18 May 2009 was named as the new Head Coach from DSC Arminia Bielefeld[1]. His contract ran until 30 June 2009[2]. He left the club on this date[3].

Private life

Berger is the father of three children. In 2002 he had to interrupt his time as Alemannia Aachen manager due to an operation on an intestinal tumour. In 2005 he was operated on again, this time on liver metastasis.


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