Uli Stein (soccer player)

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Uli Stein
Uli Stein (2015) .jpg
Uli Stein (2015)
Surname Ulrich Stein
birthday October 23, 1954
place of birth HamburgGermany
size 186 cm
position goalkeeper
Years station
0000-1973 FC Nienburg
Years station Games (goals) 1
1973-1976 1. FC Wunstorf 0
1976-1980 Arminia Bielefeld 134 (0)
1980-1987 Hamburger SV 209 (0)
1987-1994 Eintracht Frankfurt 224 (0)
1994-1995 Hamburger SV 19 (0)
1995-1997 Arminia Bielefeld 59 (0)
1999-2000 VfL Pinneberg 1 (0)
2001-2002 Kickers Emden 1 (0)
2003-2004 VfB Fichte Bielefeld 3 (0)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1976-1988 Germany amateurs 5 (0)
1981 Germany B 2 (0)
1983-1986 Germany 6 (0)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
1994 1. FC Langen
2000-2001 TuS Celle FC
2007-2008 Nigeria (goalkeeping coach)
2008-2014 Azerbaijan (goalkeeping coach)
1 Only league games are given.
Uli Stein (2012)
Uli Stein (2009)

Ulrich "Uli" Stein (born October 23, 1954 in Hamburg ) is a former German soccer player and today's goalkeeping coach .


Club career

Uli Stein played as a goalkeeper from 1978 to 1997 512 times in the Bundesliga , 133 times in the 2nd Bundesliga and 57 times in various European Cup competitions. With 645 appearances in the two upper divisions, he is the player with the most appearances in German professional football.

His professional career began in 1976 with Arminia Bielefeld , after which he moved to Hamburger SV (1980–1987). From 1987 to 1994 he played for Eintracht Frankfurt , but returned to HSV for the 1994/95 season after his involvement with Eintracht had ended prematurely on April 10, 1994 and he was a voluntary coach of 1. FC for a short time Langen had jumped into the Offenbach district league. The following year he played again for Arminia Bielefeld in the 2nd Bundesliga, made promotion and ended his career in professional football after the 1996/97 season. In the 2001/02 season he made a game for Kickers Emden in the Oberliga Niedersachsen-Bremen, and in 2003/04 Stein celebrated a brief comeback in the Oberliga when he helped out for three games at VfB Fichte Bielefeld at the age of 49 .

He won the DFB Cup in 1987 with HSV and became German champions in 1982 and 1983 . One of the highlights of his career was winning the European Cup in 1983 . With Eintracht Frankfurt he won the DFB Cup in 1988 and defended the 1987 title as a player. This made him the first goalkeeper to do so with two different clubs.

During his time at Hamburger SV, he was also three times German runner-up (1981, 1984 and 1987) and reached both the final of the UEFA Cup in 1982 and the World Cup final in 1983 with the team .

At 42 years of age, 5 months and 19 days, Stein is the oldest goalkeeper who has ever played in the Bundesliga and, after Klaus Fichtel, the second oldest player ever used.

National team

In the national team he played six times for the DFB from 1983 to 1986 and was part of the German squad at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico .

At the World Cup in Mexico, Stein was sent home prematurely by DFB boss Hermann Neuberger after he had called team boss Franz Beckenbauer - based on Beckenbauer's rather wooden soup commercial of the 1960s - as a " soup fool ". This meant the end of his career in the national team. Therefore, as one of the most successful and best goalkeepers of his time, he only made six international matches for the German national team . Before the 1990 World Cup, Franz Beckenbauer called Uli Stein to explore the possibilities of a comeback in the national team. However, due to resistance from the then DFB President Neuberger, Uli Stein did not return.


In addition to his athletic performance, Stein also stood out for his many uncontrolled actions. During the game of Hamburger SV at FC Augsburg in the second main round of the 1986/87 DFB Cup on October 24, 1986, Uli Stein had to leave the pitch after a red card because he had called the referee wanker and asshole. He said goodbye to the Augsburg fans by demonstratively showing the stinky finger .

Before the 1987/88 season, the stone who played for HSV in the DFB Supercup was punished again with the red card for punching Bayern striker Jürgen Wegmann after he conceded 2-1 . Because of this "rockfall" that was later referred to in the media, he was dismissed from HSV and moved to Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt.

There, in turn, Uli Stein made acquaintance on the first day of the 1988/89 season with the tightened rule change for "unsporting". After conceding the 0: 1 goal at Bayern Munich (final score 0: 3), he refused to return to the goal he was guarding. The referee Kurt Wittke then warned him with the yellow card and a short time later, after Stein had applauded him sneering, with the red card in the 76th minute.

In 1993 he caused a stir in the media with his book “Halftime”, in which he also reviewed the 1986 World Cup from his point of view.

Stein played his last professional football game in April 1997 towards the end of the 1996/97 season with Arminia Bielefeld against Hamburger SV, of all places, where he had celebrated his greatest successes.

In 2018, Stein failed in court with an attempt to ban the publication of his picture on national player trading cards. The freedom of the press in relation to people from contemporary history should be valued higher than the personality rights of the person depicted.


  • Kicker Goalkeeper of the Year: 1989

Post-career activity

In April and July 2006, Stein took part in the PartyPoker.com Football & Poker Legends Cup with other ex-soccer players from all over Europe. He came with the German team to the semi-finals against Denmark and reached third place. He was also briefly coach of the traditional Lower Saxony club TuS Celle FC and helped the league club Kickers Emden for a game against BV Cloppenburg because all of the Kickers goalkeepers were injured. Stein contributed to the 3-0 home win for the East Frisians.

In March 2007 Uli Stein became goalkeeping coach of the Nigerian national soccer team . After Berti Vogts resigned from his position as head coach with the Nigerian team in February 2008, he also made his post available. In April 2008, Stein, again at the side of Berti Vogts, took the goalkeeping coach position in the national soccer team of Azerbaijan . He initially signed a contract until the end of 2009, but then stayed until 2014.

Stein has been a brand ambassador for his former club Eintracht Frankfurt since 2017 .


Stein has been the sponsor of the Bethel children's hospice for terminally ill children since 2010 .


  • Uli Stein: Half time. A balance sheet without coverage. Verlag Georg Simader in Verlag Droemer Knaur, Frankfurt am Main 1993, ISBN 3-927515-35-3 .

Web links

Commons : Ulrich Stein  - Collection of images, videos and audio files
  • Uli Stein in the database of weltfussball.de
  • Uli Stein in the database of fussballdaten.de

Individual evidence

  1. Sports image. from May 18, 1994, p. 20 f.
  2. ^ Matthias Arnhold: Uli Stein - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga . Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. February 19, 2015. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
  3. Reference to Transfermarkt.de , accessed on February 15, 2016.
  4. ^ Matthias Arnhold: Ulrich "Uli" Stein - International Appearances . Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. February 19, 2015. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
  5. Video: The ups and downs of his career Program description , Blickpunkt Sport , ARD Mediathek, September 29, 2019
  6. Boxing goalkeeper Uli Stein: "My hand slipped" , Spiegel Online , August 1, 2006
  7. Supercup 1987 HSV vs. Bayern punch Uli Stein on youtube
  8. Frankfurt: Launiger spring reception in the Palmengarten: Stein: "That was the golden punch" , kicker.de , March 15, 2018
  9. Supercup 1987: Premiere with a punch , bundesliga.com, 2014, accessed on October 23, 2019
  10. Bayern Munich - Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 , dfb.de , accessed on October 23, 2019
  11. Uli Stein - a goalkeeper rebel turns 60, picture 9/18 Unbending , kicker.de , October 23, 2014
  12. Uli Stein - The accounting , Focus 37/1993
  13. ^ Fichtel at 43, Stein it 42 active in: Karlheinz Mrazek, Matthias Greulich: Fifty Years of the Bundesliga , Stiebner Verlag, 2012, p. 53 [1]
  14. Reporting on the judgment on juraforum.de , accessed on August 9, 2018
  15. ^ Message from the Eintracht Frankfurt association on the association's homepage
  16. Children's Hospice Bethel - Uli Stein