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Reinhard Saftig
Personal information
Date of birth January 23, 1952 (1952-01-23) (age 57)
Place of birth    Uersfeld, Germany
Playing position Manager
Teams managed
1983
1986-1988
1989
1989-1991
1991-1993
1994
1994-1995
1997-1998
FC Bayern Munich (caretaker)
Borussia Dortmund
Hannover 96
VfL Bochum
Bayer Leverkusen
Kocaelispor
Galatasaray
1. FSV Mainz 05


* Appearances (Goals)

Reinhard Saftig (January 23, 1952 in Uersfeld) is a German football manager.

Saftig has served as head coach of Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Hannover 96, VfL Bochum, and Bayer Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga.

Career

He began his head coaching career as the short-term manager of Bayern Munich, as a replacement for Pal Csernai. Saftig was in this role for 45 days only (May 17 to June 30, 1983).

He then took over in Borussia Dortmund in the latter-half of the 1985/86 season and secured Borussia's stay in the top flight in three intense relegation play-offs against 2. Bundesliga side SC Fortuna Köln. The following season was much stronger and resulted in Borussia Dortmund qualifying for the UEFA Cup after finishing 4th.

In 1991, Saftig arrived at the scene of a fatal highway accident involving Maurice Banach, a former player in the A-Youth squad of Borussia Dortmund, before the emergency services arrived. Banach had played for Saftig during his time with the youth squad.

During the 1992/93 season, Saftig led Bayer Leverkusen to the final of the German Cup. After his untimely firing by the club, Leverkusen would go on to clinch the Cup, defeating Hertha Berlin Amateurs in the final.

In 1994, he briefly took over the reins of Turkish club Kocaelispor before switching to Galatasaray. Since June 22, 2005, Saftig has served as commercial manager for Arminia Bielefeld. Prior to this position, he had worked as chief scout for Borussia Dortmund.

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