Hans Meyer (soccer coach)

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Hans Meyer
Hans Meyer in 2007 as a coach at 1. FC Nürnberg
Surname Hans-Joachim Meyer
birthday November 3, 1942
place of birth BriesenGerman Empire
position Defense
Years station
Motor Dietlas
Motor Suhl
Years station Games (goals) 1
1963-1970 FC Carl Zeiss Jena 30 (1)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
1971-1983 FC Carl Zeiss Jena
1984-1987 FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt
1988-1993 FC Karl-Marx-Stadt / Chemnitzer FC
1993-1994 FC Carl Zeiss Jena
1995 1. FC Union Berlin
1996-1999 FC Twente Enschede
1999-2003 Borussia Monchengladbach
2004 Hertha BSC
2005-2008 1. FC Nuremberg
2008-2009 Borussia Monchengladbach
1 Only league games are given.

Hans-Joachim Meyer (born November 3, 1942 in Briesen near Bilin , Reichsgau Sudetenland ) is a former German football player and coach . He has been a member of the executive board at Borussia Mönchengladbach since 2011 .


Childhood and youth

Meyers family was after the end of World War II in Czechoslovakia home sold and moved to Roßleben in Thuringia over. He started playing football as a teenager at BSG Motor Dietlas and joined BSG Motor Suhl in 1956 when he went to Suhl to train as a machine fitter .

Player career

As a perspective player, Meyer was delegated in 1963 at the age of 21 to SC Motor Jena, who had become GDR champion for the first time, and at the same time began studying to become a sports and history teacher. At the sports club he was first used in the reserve team, with which he rose in 1967 to the second-rate GDR league . In the season of the second Jena championship 1967/68 Meyer came to only one league use. Only in the following series he was accepted into the league team. In the league season 1968/69 , Hans Meyer, playing as a defender, played the most with over 20 games. In the third championship year of the Jenensians 1969/70 Meyer was called up only twice. At the end of this season he ended his active career, in which he came to a total of 30 league appearances and scored one goal.


Hans Meyer (left) in his last season (1983/84) at Carl Zeiss Jena

Hans Meyer obtained his trainer diploma at the DHfK . On July 1, 1971, he took over FC Carl Zeiss Jena as the youngest coach in the GDR league, after having previously been Georg Buschner's assistant coach . With the Jenensern he was three times FDGB Cup winners (1972, 1974, 1980) and reached the final of the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1981 (1: 2 against Dinamo Tbilisi ). When, in 1983, the Jena team was on the penultimate place in the league table after eight games without a win, Meyer was dismissed after 12 years of coaching at FC Carl Zeiss. He then trained from 1984 to 1987 Rot-Weiß Erfurt , FC Karl-Marx-Stadt (today: Chemnitzer FC) (1988 to June 1993), again Jena (October 1993 to August 1994), 1. FC Union Berlin (1995 ) and the Dutch first division club FC Twente Enschede (January 1996 to September 1999).

In September 1999 Meyer became coach of the then second division Borussia Mönchengladbach . Meyer led Borussia back to the first division in 2001 . He was thus the first football coach from the East German federal states to be promoted to the Bundesliga with a club from the west. Meyer left Borussia Mönchengladbach at his own request in March 2003 because there were differences of opinion with some members of the press. After his separation, Meyer became a talent scout in Mönchengladbach. In December 2003, Hertha BSC , then threatened with relegation, lured him back to the coaching bench. With Meyer, Hertha came 12th in the table at the end of the season. In June 2004 Meyer ended his coaching activity at Hertha BSC, although he had received an offer to extend his contract. He continued to act as a scout for the club for some time.

Hans Meyer in 2007 as coach of 1. FC Nürnberg; in conversation with referee Günter Perl

On November 9, 2005, he took over the position of head coach at the then bottom of the table in the Bundesliga, 1. FC Nuremberg . Within a very short time he led the Franks to a non-relegation place, secured relegation on matchday 32 and in the end even reached 8th place . As a result, Meyer's contract was initially extended for an unlimited period - with the possibility of termination by both sides at any time. In February 2007 he received a contract until 2009. In the 2006/07 season , 1. FC Nürnberg reached 6th place in the 1st Bundesliga under Meyer's leadership and won the DFB Cup on May 26, 2007 . After falling to a relegation place in the 2007/08 season , Meyer was on leave on February 11, 2008 due to continued unsuccessfulness. With the relegation, the 1. FC Nürnberg stopped the monthly salary payments in the amount of 140,000 euros, since Meyer should always have excluded from training again in the second division. However, this insisted on the further payment, which would have resulted in around 1.7 million euros by mid-2009. An attempt at arbitration at the German Football Association initially failed, as did a conciliation appointment at the Nuremberg Labor Court . On October 18, 2008 it was announced that 1. FC Nürnberg and Hans Meyer had settled all existing disputes amicably. The legal dispute pending at the Nuremberg Labor Court was thus officially ended. Nothing was known about the details of their understanding and the content of the settlement.

On the same day Meyer returned to his former club Borussia Mönchengladbach as head coach . He signed a contract with the then bottom of the table until the end of June 2010. To prevent relegation, he rebuilt the team. Shortly after taking office, he deleted several players from the squad. During the winter break he also signed new players, such as Tomáš Galásek , whom he had already brought to Nuremberg. In the end, he managed to stay in the league with only 31 points with 15th place, which is a new record. Despite relegation, Hans Meyer asked on May 28, 2009 to terminate his one-year contract early. The association complied with this request.

Two years later, on June 15, 2011, Meyer was elected by the supervisory board as the fourth member of the presidium to join the board of Borussia Mönchengladbach. In addition to Rainer Bonhof, he was supposed to support the sporting component at Borussia Mönchengladbach.


The Ministry for State Security led Hans Meyer from 1971 to 1978 under the code name "Hans Schaxel" as a social worker for security . As such, he is said to have provided information about the players he trained. Meyer's written declaration of commitment is not available; he himself denies having worked as an unofficial employee .

Dealing with the media

Hans Meyer 1990

To questions from media representatives, Hans Meyer usually reacts distantly and often sarcastically , but not without self-irony . He responded to praise once with the sentence: “In football you can quickly build a memorial, but you pee on it just as quickly.” For the football magazine 11 Freunde , Hans Meyer was a constant conversation partner from February 2011 to 2018 in the interview section “Walking You assume - Hans Meyer's Truths ”, in which the former coach was asked about current football topics. The former Zeit section On a cigarette with Helmut Schmidt , in which the former Federal Chancellor was asked current political questions, is parodied .


  • Hans Meyer is the only coach to have won both the FDGB Cup (1972, 1974, 1980) and the DFB Cup (2007).
  • Hans Meyer is a member of the German Academy for Football Culture and supports the German Football Culture Prize several times as a jury member .
  • At the German Football Culture Prize 2007, his statement “Football is always the same with beautiful regularity” was awarded the football slogan of the year .
  • Before the writers' World Cup in Sweden in 2007, he briefly coached the German national team of authors .


As a player

As a trainer




Web links

Commons : Hans Meyer  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. The Paths of the Dinosaur
  2. ^ Agreement between 1. FC Nürnberg and Hans Meyer
  3. Meyer takes action . In: Spiegel Online, November 4, 2008
  4. Meyer terminates contract on notification on www.borussia.de, May 28, 2009
  5. ^ Hans Meyer fourth member of the executive committee . Borussia VfL 1900 Mönchengladbach GmbH. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
  6. See Der Spiegel 30/2001: Not a process for us - Hans Meyer's Stasi files , viewed on April 30, 2011.
  7. ↑ Halo , no thanks! at faz.net from March 31, 2006
  8. ^ "Hans Meyer - Sentences of a Feingeistes" at sueddeutsche.de from February 12, 2008
  9. Issue # 111 02/2011 . 11freunde.de. Retrieved May 23, 2013.
  10. https://www.fussball-kultur.org/adresse/address/hans-meyer
  11. ^ Hans Meyer , German Academy for Football Culture
  12. ^ Hall of Fame Football Say of the Year
  13. The German national team of authors and the guest performance in Saudi Arabia ( Memento from February 17, 2011 in the Internet Archive )