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Ulf Kirsten
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Personal information
Date of birth December 4, 1965 (1965-12-04) (age 44)
Place of birth    Riesa, East Germany
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7+12 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1983–1990
1990–2003
2003–2006
1983–2006
Dynamo Dresden
Bayer Leverkusen
Total'
154 0(57)
350 (182)
101 (39)
605 (278)   
National team
1985–1990
1990–2000
East Germany
Germany
049 0(14)
051 0(21)
Teams managed
2003–2005
2006–
Bayer 04 Leverkusen (assistant)
Bayer 04 Leverkusen II

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

Ulf Kirsten (born December 4, 1965 in Riesa, East Germany) is a former German football (soccer) 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 1993 German Cup. His nickname was der Schwatte. He is currently the manager for Bayer 04 Leverkusen II.

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Club career

On the 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 Dynamo 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 Gerd Müller. In addition, despite his small height, Kirsten was also a feared header.

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.

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. He scored a total of 35 international goals, of them 14 for the East. His only major tournaments came late in his career; Kirsten played for his country at the 1994 and 1998 World Cups and the Euro 2000.

Personal

His son Benny is currently the second choice goalkeeper for Dynamo Dresden[1].

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Simple English

Ulf Kirsten
Personal information
Full name Ulf Kirsten
Date of birth 4 December 1965 (1965-12-04) (age 45)
Place of birth    Riesa, East Germany
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7+12 in)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1983-1990
1990-2003
Dynamo Dresden
Bayer Leverkusen
National team
1985-1990
1992-2000
East Germany
Germany

Ulf Kirsten (born 4 December, 1965) is a former German football player. He has played for East Germany national team and Germany national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
East GermanyLeague
1983-84Dynamo DresdenDDR-Oberliga111
1984-85257
1985-86247
1986-872311
1987-88227
1988-892414
1989-902510
GermanyLeague
1990-91Bayer LeverkusenBundesliga3211
1991-922312
1992-933320
1993-942812
1994-952715
1995-96298
1996-972922
1997-982722
1998-993119
1999-002717
2000-012912
2001-023211
2002-0330
CountryEast Germany 15457
Germany 350181
Total 504238

International career statistics

[2]

East Germany national team
YearAppsGoals
198571
198692
198794
198880
1989114
199053
Total4914
Germany national team
YearAppsGoals
199230
199362
199443
199541
199610
199775
1998165
199951
200053
Total5120

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