Joachim Streich

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Joachim Streich
Joachim Streich 1974.gif
Joachim Streich won the cup in 1978
birthday April 13, 1951
place of birth WismarGDR
size 173 cm
position Storm
Years station
1957-1963 Structure of Wismar
1963-1967 TSG Wismar
1967-1969 Hansa Rostock
Years station Games (goals) 1
1969-1975 Hansa Rostock 141 0(58)
1975-1985 1. FC Magdeburg 237 (171)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1969-1984 GDR 98 0(53)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
1985-1990 1. FC Magdeburg
1990-1991 Eintracht Braunschweig
1991-1992 1. FC Magdeburg
1996-1997 FSV Zwickau
1 Only league games are given.

Joachim Streich (born April 13, 1951 in Wismar , Mecklenburg ) is a former German soccer player. He played in the top division of the GDR , the major league for Hansa Rostock and 1. FC Magdeburg . He is the owner of several GDR records that can no longer be surpassed: top league record scorer with 229 goals, record national player with 98 international A matches, record A international scorer with 53 goals .

Football career

Selection teams

Streich began playing football at the age of six at BSG Aufbau Wismar, which was merged with TSG Wismar in 1961 . In 1967, at the age of 16, he went on his own initiative to the football focus of the region, the FC Hansa Rostock, without the usual delegation procedure . There he played first in the junior league and in 1968 was accepted as a GDR junior champion in the squad of the GDR junior national team. Streich played his first international junior game on August 9, 1968 in a junior tournament in Hungary against the Cuban team, which the GDR won 2-0. As a right winger, Streich scored the 2-0. By 1969 he had completed 15 international junior matches. At the 1969 UEFA youth tournament, Streich took second place with the GDR selection.

He was 18 years old when he played his first game for the senior team . In the friendly against Iraq (1-1) on December 8, 1969, he was substituted in for Jürgen Sparwasser on the right side of the storm in the second half . After that, he had to wait almost two years for his next international match and then had a regular place in the national team. In the meantime he had played six international matches with the youth team. In 1971/72 Streich was part of the GDR's Olympic selection . He was used in eight qualifying and final round games, scored six goals and won the bronze medal of the Olympic football tournament in 1972 with the team. 1974 Streich stood with the senior team in the final tournament of the World Cup. There he played four games and scored two goals, but missed the 1-0 victory of the GDR over the Federal Republic (1-0) for tactical reasons . On September 12, 1984 Streich came to his 100th appearance in the GDR national team in the international match against England (1-0 win for England) at Wembley Stadium . Streich played his last and 102nd international game in the GDR World Cup qualifier against Yugoslavia (2: 3) on October 20, 1984. 15 years later, four games of the 1972 Olympic tournament were revoked by the FIFA rules on international matches (1999) so that, according to the FIFA version, Streich only played 98 international matches. The DFB continues to count these games as official internationals.


FC Hansa Rostock

At the age of 17 he was used in the men's area; on February 23, 1969 he was in the GDR league game against Energie Cottbus in the second team of FC Hansa. At the beginning of the 1969/70 season Streich was included in the squad of the league team from Hansa Rostock. After his first league game on August 23, 1969 (Dynamo Dresden - FC Hansa 2-0), he then played, mostly as a right winger, all other league point games of the season, plus all Rostock games in the trade fair cup . With eight goals he was the top scorer of his team in his first league season. In the following years Streich's regular place was unchallenged, in the seasons 1971/72 and 1972/73 he was, now a regular center forward, in each case the top scorer in Rostock. He played his last season for FC Hansa in 1974/75 . His departure was spectacular, as he sealed Rostock's relegation from the league with a missed penalty in the last game of the season. As a national player, Streich did not want to play second class, and he intended to join FC Carl Zeiss Jena after 141 league games with 58 goals, 18 national and four European cup games for FC Hansa . However, the GDR Football Association did not allow this and presented Streich with the choice of staying in Rostock or switching to 1. FC Magdeburg.

1. FC Magdeburg

Although against his will and despite initial difficulties in finding accommodation and finding a job for his wife, Streich managed the athletic transition in Magdeburg seamlessly. Already in his first Magdeburg league season 1975/76 he was again top scorer of his team with 13 goals together with Sparwasser. Overall, Streich scored ten times the most goals for the FCM, in 1976/77 , 1978/79 , 1980/81 and 1982/83 he was the top scorer in the league. In the 1978/79 season, the center forward scored six goals in a 10-2 win against BSG Chemie Böhlen on matchday 26. In 1977/78 , 1978/79 and 1982/83 Streich won the GDR soccer cup with 1. FC Magdeburg . In the 1983 final against FC Karl-Marx-Stadt, he scored two goals in a 4-0 win. In 1979 and 1983 he was named Footballer of the Year by the trade journal Die Neue Fußballwoche . Streich was never injured in the long term, so he was part of the regular squad every season until the end of his active career. He played in the attacking formation of the FCM in all positions, but was usually called up as a center forward. When he said goodbye as a soccer player in the summer of 1985, he had still played 24 of 26 possible point games in the past season and was again Magdeburg's top scorer with 18 goals. Streich played 237 times in the league for FCM within ten years and was called up in 38 national and European cup games. Streich scored 216 goals in the competitive games with the first team.


Originally trained as a switchgear fitter, Streich completed his studies to become a certified sports teacher while he was still active . Since the FCM had achieved disappointing results in the league in the last few years before Streich's departure, apart from the cup success in 1983, the club management of FCM Streich urged Streich to take over the coaching post of the league team immediately after the end of his active time. Streich finally became rather unwilling at the beginning of the 1985/86 season immediately after his resignation as active head coach of 1. FC Magdeburg. He carried out this activity until the end of the 1989/90 season, but could not continue the successful times of earlier years. Under his leadership, the FCM achieved seventh place in 1987/88, the worst result since 1970 (eighth at the time). Only in his last season, 1989/90, did he successfully leave Magdeburg with third place.

As the first league coach in the GDR, Streich used the opportunity to become a coach at a football club in the West after the fall of the Wall in 1989. In summer 1990, before the reunification, he went to Braunschweig , the twin city of Magdeburg, and became coach of the then second division club Eintracht Braunschweig . However, after Eintracht had come close to the relegation zone towards the end of the season, Streich was dismissed eleven game days before the end of the season. In August 1991 he took over the coaching position at 1. FC Magdeburg again. This now played after missing qualification for one of the two national leagues in the amateur league Northeast . When it became clear that the FCM would not reach the 2nd Bundesliga again, Streich was released prematurely on March 22, 1992. Streich then acted as president of SV Fortuna Magdeburg for a few years and tried his hand at coaching the second division FSV Zwickau again in 1996/97 . Although he and his team still managed to stay in the league after a big comeback, Streich finally ended his coaching career after this season.

Life without football

After his only partially successful coaching career, Streich took on a job in the Ministry of Social Affairs in Saxony-Anhalt . He later worked for a while for the sporting goods manufacturer Nike , after which he got a job in the Magdeburg branch of the Sportscheck company . The kicker sports magazine hired him as a columnist .


Eric Beatty, columnist for World Soccer magazine, 1982:

“This prank is a phenomenon, for me the real footballer of Europe. For more than a dozen years he has asserted himself against the toughest competition, scores his goals despite special security, continues to be successful, although the game is getting faster and the rooms are getting narrower. "(Munzinger-Archiv, Intern. Sportarchiv 13-14 / 97)

Jürgen Nöldner , fellow striker at FC Vorwärts Berlin / Frankfurt , 1996:

"Streich was the incarnation of the real center forward. Smart and clever at the end with a feel for mini-chance." (DFB-Journal 4/96)






  • Record national player of the GDR (98 games)
  • Record goalscorer for the GDR national team (53 goals)
  • Record goalscorer in the GDR Oberliga (229 goals)
  • most goals in a GDR Oberliga game (6 goals)


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