Karsten Heine

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Karsten Heine
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-R0619-0024, promotion game, 1st FC Union Berlin - FC Hansa Rostock 1-1.jpg
Heine (left) in 1976 in a duel
with Jörg Kampf from Rostock
birthday April 6, 1955
place of birth East BerlinGDR
size 176 cm
position midfield
Years station
1963-1969 GSG Köpenick
1969-1973 1. FC Union Berlin
Years station Games (goals) 1
1973-1982 1. FC Union Berlin 191 (19)
1983-1985 BSG Stahl Brandenburg 68 0(7)
1985-1986 1. FC Union Berlin 6 0(1)
1987 BSG WBK Berlin
Stations as a trainer
Years station
1987 BSG WBK Berlin (player-coach)
1988-1990 1. FC Union Berlin
1990-1991 Hertha BSC (assistant coach)
1991 Hertha BSC
1991-1993 Hertha BSC (co and amateur trainer)
1994-1995 Hertha BSC
1996-1997 1. FC Union Berlin
1997-1999 SV Babelsberg 03
2004-2007 Hertha BSC II
2007 Hertha BSC
2007-2009 Hertha BSC II
2009 Hertha BSC
2009-2013 Hertha BSC II
2013-2016 Chemnitzer FC
2019– VSG Altglienicke
1 Only league games are given.

Karsten Heine (born April 6, 1955 in Berlin ) is a former German soccer player and current coach .

Active career

Heine started playing soccer at the local GSG Köpenick in 1963 . From there he moved to the youth team of 1. FC Union Berlin in 1969 , where he made it to the first men's team four years later when he played against FC Carl Zeiss Jena on the last day of the 1972/73 season . In the following seasons in the GDR league , he developed into a regular player in the "Iron" and was able to celebrate his return to the league in 1976 .

Heine and the team stayed there for four years, playing 99 of 104 possible league games. From the 1980/81 season, the Unioner appeared again in the GDR league, but missed the immediate re-promotion. The return was successful in the following season, but Heine was only involved in seven missions. For the new league season 1982/83, Heine was nominated as a midfielder, but was no longer used because he was drafted into the army for three months as a reservist in September 1982.

Then Heine did not return to 1. FC Union, but joined the GDR league club BSG Stahl Brandenburg . There he was used at the beginning of the second half of the 1982/83 season alternately as a midfielder or striker and was missing until the end of the season in only one point game. In the 1983/84 season , Heine was the set midfield director and played all point games and all eight games in the promotion round to the league. After steel was successful in relegation in the following year, he returned after 22 league games at the beginning of the 1985/86 season again to 1. FC Union Berlin, who played again in the GDR league. Due to an injury, he only played six point games for the Köpenicker and finally ended his career as a football player in December 1986. With 42 games in the league promotion round (16 for Brandenburg, the rest for Union), Heine holds a record that will remain unbroken after the abolition of this mode and the fall of the GDR.

Stations as a trainer

Heine (middle row, third from left) as coach of 1. FC Union in 1988

Heine's first position as a coach was from January 1987 at the BSG WBK Berlin (today SV Bau Union Berlin ), where he worked for a year as a player coach and achieved promotion from the district to the district class. Before the beginning of the second half of the league season in 1987/88 , he then returned to 1. FC Union to take over the post of head coach from Karl Schäffner . Under his leadership, the team managed to stay in the league literally at the last minute. The team then missed this one year later and had to start again in the league in 1989/90. Since the following season in the league was also unsuccessful and Union lost more and more of the league leaders FC forward Frankfurt , he was released early in April 1990.

He then joined the Bundesliga club Hertha BSC as an assistant coach at the beginning of the 1990/91 season . Heine had a catastrophic season with Hertha, which resulted in relegation from the Bundesliga. He himself looked after the team for the last games of the season after Werner Fuchs , Pál Csernai and Peter Neururer could not prevent relegation. In the following season, Heine moved back to the position of assistant coach. He kept this until October 1993, when he had to give up the sporting management together with the then head coach Günter Sebert . He also looked after the club's amateur team, with which he achieved a sensation in the 1992/93 season in the DFB Cup competition when they reached the finals in Berlin's Olympic Stadium and narrowly failed 1-0 at Bayer 04 Leverkusen .

In March 1994 he was reappointed head coach of Hertha after the latter had suffered relegation problems in the 2nd Bundesliga . Heine was able to keep the class and also survived the following season with the Berliners in the second division. When he was in danger of relegation again with Hertha in the 1995/96 season, he was replaced by Jürgen Röber after the end of the first half of the season. Already four months later he returned (for the last time for the time being) to the Unionern to train the team in the Regionalliga Nordost . His second term in Koepenick was overshadowed by the severe financial difficulties that led the club to the brink of bankruptcy. So many good players like Marko Rehmer , Ervin Skela or Jörg Schwanke left the club one after the other , until Heine finally resigned in September 1997.

One month later he took over the coaching position at the regional league competitor SV Babelsberg 03 . He was soon followed by former colleagues who also left the crisis-ridden 1. FC Union for Babelsberg, including Jörg Schwanke, Nico Patschinski and Tom Persich and his assistant coach Frank Vogel. But there were also financial problems in Babelsberg and when it looked like in the 1999/2000 season that qualification for the new two-track regional league could not be achieved, Heine and his assistant Vogel had to leave.

After that, Heine initially withdrew from the coaching business and worked a. a. as a scout for a player agency. At the beginning of the second half of the 2003/04 season he returned to Hertha and took over the second team in the NOFV-Oberliga Nord . With Hertha II, he was promoted to the regional league and won the Berlin State Cup . Then he was able to assert himself in the third division for two years and trained players like Ashkan Dejagah , the Boateng brothers Kevin-Prince and Jérôme or Patrick Ebert .

In April 2007 he was promoted to the position of head coach of the first team for the third time after the Bundesliga team under his predecessor Falko Götz got into relegation worries. He managed the hoped-for relegation and then went back to the amateur team, which had been relegated to the league under his representative Jochem Ziegert . After a year, Hertha II managed to return to the regional league with Heine.

On September 28, 2009, after Lucien Favre's dismissal and until Friedhelm Funkel was signed , Heine took over the interim coaching position for the Hertha first team for just under a week.

On October 8, 2013, Heine signed a contract with Chemnitzer FC until 2015 , where he succeeded the resigned Gerd Schädlich . In March 2015, the contract was extended to June 30, 2017. On November 24, 2015, Heine informed Chemnitzer FC that he had suffered an acute hearing loss. After that, Heine was on sick leave. On March 2, 2016, Karsten Heine was given leave of absence from Chemnitzer FC. His successor was Sven Köhler .

After a long break, Karsten Heine took over the coaching position for the regional soccer division VSG Altglienicke for the 2019/2020 season .


Heine is married and has three sons. Oliver Heine was also a soccer player a. a. at Heine's former Klub Union and at Köpenicker SC . Today he works as a trainer in the youth division of Hertha BSC.


as a player:

  • Promotion in the GDR-Oberliga : 1976 (with 1. FC Union Berlin) and 1984 (with BSG Stahl Brandenburg)
  • 106 appearances (9 goals) in the GDR Oberliga for 1. FC Union

as a trainer:


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Horst Bläsig: Hope dies last. In: Berliner Morgenpost . Berliner Morgenpost GmbH, April 14, 2004, accessed on July 30, 2016 .
  2. ^ A b Hans Günter Burghausen: Uwe Reinders is number six. In: Berliner Zeitung . Berliner Verlag GmbH, March 24, 1994, accessed on March 13, 2009 .
  3. Michael Jahn: Existential fear compels action. In: Berliner Zeitung . Berliner Verlag GmbH, October 9, 1999, accessed on March 15, 2009 .
  4. Michael Jahn: The first successor. In: Berliner Zeitung . Berliner Verlag GmbH, August 1, 2003, accessed on March 15, 2009 .
  5. Michael Kölmel: Little Hertha is growing up. In: Berliner Zeitung . Berliner Verlag GmbH, June 5, 2004, accessed on March 15, 2009 .
  6. New trainer in Altglienicke. June 2, 2019, accessed June 3, 2019 .