Uwe Leifeld

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Uwe Leifeld
birthday July 24, 1966
place of birth MunsterGermany
size 178 cm
position striker
Years station
1971-1983 DJK SV Borussia 07 Münster
1983-1986 Prussia Munster
Years station Games (goals) 1
1986-1991 VfL Bochum 149 (46)
1991-1993 FC Schalke 04 30 0(2)
1993-1996 Prussia Munster 57 (16)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1986-1987 Germany U-21 4 0(2)
1 Only league games are given.

Uwe Leifeld (born July 24, 1966 in Münster ) is a former German soccer player .


Uwe Leifeld grew up in Münster as the son of a master butcher. At the age of five, he started playing football at DJK SV Borussia 07 Münster in 1971 . In 1983, Ernst Mareczek, then coach of the Prussian Münster league team , discovered the talented young striker. On the side he did an apprenticeship as a baker after graduating from secondary school, but according to his own statement only "so that I had time to play football in the afternoon".

In 1984 he was in the Prussian first team for the first time and developed into a dangerous scorer in the following season. In the summer of 1985, Leifeld moved to VfL Bochum at the age of 18 . At the side of the then striker Stefan Kuntz , the newcomer scored only two goals in his first Bundesliga season, but the ninth place in the final table should remain the best placement of his professional career.

In the years that followed, Leifeld's goals helped keep VfL, who was always in danger of relegation, in class. It owes its “cult” status at VfL above all to two decisive games: On May 28, 1988, VfL Bochum played against Eintracht Frankfurt for the first time in 20 years in the DFB Cup final . Leifeld scored a regular goal against goalkeeper Uli Stein , but the referee did not recognize it due to an alleged offside position. Bochum lost with 0: 1. Two years later, on May 27, 1990, Leifeld scored the equalizer to make it 1-1 in the second relegation game against 1. FC Saarbrücken shortly before the end. Bochum stayed in the Bundesliga.

Despite attractive offers from Cologne and Lyon, the down-to-earth Leifeld remained loyal to VfL. In preparation for the 1990 World Cup , team boss Franz Beckenbauer also became aware of the striker. But he was not granted more than a one-time seat on the national team bench: Shortly before the World Cup, Leifeld suffered a serious knee injury and missed the tournament. Instead, Frank Mill drove to Italy and became world champion (albeit without his own commitment).

After six seasons in Bochum, Leifeld moved to FC Schalke 04 in 1991 . But since he was still suffering from his knee injury, he could not build on his heyday there and never got beyond the role of the joker. When he was not even 27, he finally had to end his professional career in 1993. Leifeld returned to his hometown and played for Preußen Münster in the regional league for three years before finally giving up his boots in 1996.

Uwe Leifeld has two daughters. Between 1994 and 2008 he ran a magazine shop in Münster's city center with a lottery and toto acceptance point, where he also sold football fan articles. He had to end his short career as a youth coach of the Prussians for lack of time. Leifeld's plan to open a football hall in Münster failed.

At the annual general meeting of VfL Bochum on August 27, 2007, Leifeld was introduced as a new employee in the office. Today he heads the Scouting department at VfL.


  • Hubert Dahlkamp, ​​Dietrich Schulze-Marmeling: 100 years of Prussia Münster. Verlag Die Werkstatt, Göttingen, 2006, ISBN 978-3-89533-519-8 .

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Notes and individual references

  1. Information without the orienteering season 93/94.