Jimmy Hartwig

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Jimmy Hartwig
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Jimmy Hartwig
Surname William Georg Hartwig
birthday 5th October 1954
place of birth Offenbach am MainGermany
size 186 cm
position Defense , midfield
Years station Games (goals) 1
1973-1974 Kickers Offenbach
1973 →  VfL Osnabrück  (loan) 29 0(8)
1974-1988 TSV 1860 Munich 121 (26)
1978-1984 Hamburger SV 182 (52)
1984-10 / 1985 1. FC Cologne 24 0(5)
10 / 1985-1986 SV Austria Salzburg 15 0(2)
1986-1988 FC 08 Homburg 4 0(0)
1993 Blue and white Friedrichstadt
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1979 Germany 2 0(0)
1983 Olympic team 8 0(1)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
1989 FC Augsburg
1990 Chemie Böhlen / FC Sachsen Leipzig
1992-1993 SV Soltau
2002 Phoenix Durmersheim
1 Only league games are given.

William Georg "Jimmy" Hartwig-Almer (born October 5, 1954 in Offenbach am Main ) is a former German football player , coach and theater actor .

Private life

The son of an American soldier and an Offenbach woman started his Bundesliga career in 1972 in his home club Kickers Offenbach after completing his apprenticeship as a mechanical engineer . In 1974 he moved to TSV 1860 Munich , which was promoted to the Bundesliga in 1977. From 1978 to 1984 he reached three German championships at HSV, a UEFA Cup final, once the national champions' cup, two A national games, six B national games and eight Olympic selection games. After two years with 1. FC Köln , one year with Casino Salzburg and one year with FC 08 Homburg, he ended his active career as a professional player in 1988. After acquiring the coach A license from the DFB, he first became a coach at FC Augsburg and then became the first West German coach at FC Sachsen Leipzig .

When cancer was diagnosed for the first time in 1991 and the second time in 1993, Jimmy Hartwig initially concentrated on the fight against the disease and wrote his first biography I want to do so much more ... My childhood, my career, my illness , the Published in 1994 by Gustav Lübbe Verlag. He founded the first football school for young people in St. Peter-Ording and Bad Griesbach.

In 1997 he started his television career with German sports television (now Sport1 ), where, among other things , he hosted the first German call-in-show Mittendrin .

Since 2002 he has been active as a stage actor. At first he appeared as Herr Mäch - alongside Ben Becker at the German National Theater in Weimar in Bert Brechts Baal . In 2005 he had another appearance in Weimar as Duke Suffolk in Margareta. Eddy. Dirty rich . In 2007 he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. From 2008 an autobiographical piece was published with the name Eine Legende auf dem Couch with him and Thomas Thieme. In 2009 he held the title role as Woyzeck in Büchner I Leipzig I Revolte at the Centraltheater Leipzig , in 2014 the lead role as Uwe in Albert Ostermaier's Spiel ohne Ball at the Grand théâtre de la ville de Luxembourg . In the 2017/2018 season, Jimmy Hartwig played a guest role as Der Baron in Roxy and her wonder team at the Musiktheater Augsburg. In 2010, B&S Siebenhaar Verlag published his second biography, I stayed a fighter. My victories, my crises, my life .

Today (as of 2019), Jimmy Hartwig works as an AOK health ambassador with health prevention, was the initiator of the Munich Nations Cup and integration ambassador of the German Football Association . He is also a member of the DFB “Social Responsibility” commission and the Board of Trustees of the Social Foundation of the Bavarian Football Association. For his great commitment he was awarded the Bavarian State Medal for Social Merit in May 2019 . Jimmy Hartwig is married for the fourth time, has three children, including the actor Daniel Hartwig , and lives with his family in Inning am Ammersee .

Football career

Jimmy Hartwig in 1990 as the trainer of Chemie Böhlen , on the right his assistant trainer Achim Steffens

Hartwig began his career in 1972 on the Bieberer Berg with Kickers Offenbach . In 1973 he was loaned to VfL Osnabrück. In 1974 he moved to TSV 1860 Munich, with whom he was promoted to the Bundesliga in 1977. From 1978 to 1984 he played for Hamburger SV, with whom he was three times German champion and won the European Cup. In this team he was used in defensive midfield. In 1984 he moved to 1. FC Köln and in 1987 came to FC Homburg via Austria Salzburg, where he had to end his career in 1988 due to a knee injury. Hartwig played twice for the German national soccer team.

Success as a player



(each with Hamburger SV)

(with 1. FC Köln)


Theater actor

In 2002 he was seen alongside Ben Becker and Blixa Bargeld as Kaufmann Mäch in Bertolt Brechts Baal at the German National Theater Weimar under the direction of Thomas Thieme .

In 2005 he played the Duke of Suffolk in Margaretha. Eddy. Dirty Rich by Tom Lanoye and Luk Perceval at the Nationaltheater Weimar under the direction of Thomas Thieme.

In 2008, the scenic play Die Legende auf der Couch with Jimmy Hartwig as himself and Thomas Thieme as the main actor took place as part of the Movimentos (festival weeks of the Autostadt Wolfsburg). The project is based on Hartwig's 1994 biography I want to do so much and on motifs by the author Thomas Potzger and met with great approval from critics.

In 2009, Georg Büchner's Woyzeck with Jimmy Hartwig in the title role, directed by Thomas Thieme, premiered at the Centraltheater Leipzig . Maike Schiller wrote about this performance: “His concentration is almost tangible, his voice also carries the rank. Anyone who hoped for embarrassment will be disappointed. As strange as it may sound: Jimmy Hartwig does his job. Not spectacular, but not bad either. "

In 2014 he played the main role as the tragic figure "Uwe" in the world premiere of the play Spiel ohne Ball by Albert Ostermaier . Albert Ostermaier about Jimmy Hartwig: “He puts an incredibly great soul into everything, shows sensitivity and vulnerability. Even if he lacks the training of an actor, he develops an irrepressible strength and charisma on stage. He's not about the vanity of being in the spotlight. He simply has the need to tell something. "

In 2017/2018 Jimmy Hartwig played a guest role as "Der Baron" in Roxy and her wonder team at the Musiktheater Augsburg.

Theater works

Movie and TV

From 1997 to 1999 he hosted the program “Mittendrin” on DSF (German Sport Television).

He also took part in the second season of I'm a Star - Get Me Out of Here in 2004 , which he finished fourth.

In 2011, Jimmy Hartwig was on the reality show The Perfect Celebrity Dinner . The episode from the series The Perfect Celebrity Dinner in a Dressing Gown was broadcast on July 9, 2011 on VOX .

Stefan Panzner: Real life: Jimmy Hartwig - getting stuck is not an option . Documentary, 2020, 28:57 min.


  • 1980: Mama Calypso


  • "I still want to do so much ..." My childhood, my career, my illness. Bergisch Gladbach 1994, ISBN 3-404-61309-0
  • “I remained a fighter.” My victories, my crises, my life. Siebenhaar-Verlag, Berlin 2010, ISBN 3-936962-86-3

Web links

Commons : Jimmy Hartwig  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Jimmy Hartwig has cancer again , welt.de, September 10, 2017
  2. Musiktheater Augsburg , report on sueddeutsche.de
  3. Munich Nations Cups
  4. Integration Ambassador , report on dfb.de.
  5. DFB Commission for Social Responsibility
  6. ^ Social Foundation of the Bavarian Football Association
  7. ^ State Medal for Social Merit , report on bfv.de.
  8. ^ Titus Arnu: Jimmy Hartwig. Accessed December 31, 2019 .
  9. Lucas Vogelsang : Home earth. A world tour through Germany . Construction Verlag, Berlin 2017, ISBN 978-3-351-03671-3 , p. 40.
  10. Jimmy Hartwig's club career , accessed on October 22, 2017
  11. ^ Matthias Arnhold: William Georg 'Jimmy' Hartwig - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga . RSSSF . May 11, 2017. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  12. ^ Matthias Arnhold: William Georg 'Jimmy' Hartwig - International Appearances . RSSSF . May 11, 2017. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  13. Maike Schiller: The strength of a bull, the soul of a little boy . In: Hamburger Abendblatt from October 17, 2009.
  14. Play without the ball
  15. Game without a ball , report on Abendzeitung-muenchen.de
  16. Football songs at FC45