Axel Wittke

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Axel Wittke
Personal information
Date of birth (1960-03-25) 25 March 1960 (age 54)
Place of birth East Germany
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Right Midfielder
Club information
Current team
1. Suhler SV (Manager)
Youth career
0000–1968 BSG Aufbau Börde Magdeburg
1968–1980 1. FC Magdeburg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1988 1. FC Magdeburg 149 (13)
1988–1990 1. FC Union Berlin 37 (3)
1990–1991 Eisenhüttenstädter FC Stahl 24 (1)
1991–1994 FC Carl Zeiss Jena 100 (10)
1994–1996 VfB Leipzig 25 (1)
Total 335 (28)
National team
East Germany U-21 3 (1)
East Germany Olympic 7 (0)
Teams managed
2008–2009 1. Suhler SV
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Axel Wittke (born 25 March 1960) is a former football player who has played both in the DDR-Oberliga and the 2. Fußball-Bundesliga. In 1983, he won the FDGB-Pokal, the East German cup with 1. FC Magdeburg. He played for his country at youth level and was part of the Olympic Games squad that failed to qualify for the 1988 Summer Olympics.[1]

Playing career[edit]

1. FC Magdeburg[edit]

Wittke began his playing career at BSG Aufbau Börde Magdeburg, but already joined 1. FC Magdeburg's youth department in 1968, at age 8. Here he went through all youth teams, and won four call-ups for East Germany's youth national team. In 1978 Wittke was part of 1. FC Magdeburg's Oberliga squad for the first time and debuted in a cup match against BSG Stahl Thale on 14 October 1978. After that, however, he had to wait 16 more months for his first Oberliga appearance. During this time he continued to play in the youth team. On day 14 of the 1979-80 season he replaced unavailable team mate Klaus Decker as right midfielder in a match against BSG Wismut Aue on 23 February 1980. Wittke finished the season with ten appearances, making his breakthrough in the 1982-83 season when he played in 20 of 26 Oberliga matches. By then he had played in three matches in East Germany's Under 21/23 national team. On 4 June 1983, Wittke celebrated his biggest success as a footballer when he won the FDGB-Pokal, scoring the second goal in Magdeburg's 4-0 victory over FC Karl-Marx-Stadt.[2] In the 1984-85 season Wittke played in 23 matches, a personal record for season appearances. In 1987 he took part in three qualifying matches for the 1988 Summer Olympics. When he left 1. FC Magdeburg in 1988, he had played in 149 Oberliga matches, 21 FDGB-Pokal matches and 4 European Cup matches for the club.

1. FC Union[edit]

Wittke moved to 1. FC Union Berlin in the summer of 1988, but as his former club did not release him, he was banned for 6 months. Only in December 1988 did he give his debut for his new club in a match against SG Dynamo Dresden, a 1-3 loss. Wittke did score the equaliser for Berlin, but then missed a penalty. In his first season, he played in 14 matches, but could not prevent Berlin's relegation. In one year in the second-tier DDR-Liga, Wittke played in 23 of 34 matches, but his team missed out on promotion to the Oberliga.

Eisenhüttenstadt, Jena und Leipzig[edit]

Wittke then moved back to the Oberliga, joining Eisenhüttenstädter FC Stahl for the 1990-91 season who had been playing in the Oberliga since the previous season. Stahl only finished 9th and missed qualifying for the 2nd Bundesliga, despite Wittke playing in 24 of 26 Oberliga matches. For this reason, Wittke joined FC Carl Zeiss Jena who had qualified for 2nd Bundesliga. He quickly became a regular and played in 100 2nd Bundesliga matches between 1991 and 1994. When Jena was relegated to the third-tier Regionalliga Nordost, Wittke transferred to VfB Leipzig, playing 25 matches over two seasons, but then ended his playing career in June 1996, after he had broken his fibula a month earlier.

Managing career[edit]

While he had received education as a mechanical engineer at the beginning of his footballing career, he took up work in the banking sector after his playing days were over. In July 2008 he took over managing 1. Suhler SV, a seventh-tier club.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Matthias Arnhold (20 March 2009). "Germany - Player Data - W". rsssf.com. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 22 October 2009. 
  2. ^ Alexander Mastrogiannopoulos (16 October 2005). "East Germany 1982/83". rsssf.com. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 22 October 2009. 
  3. ^ Ulrich Klemm (2 July 2008). "Axel Wittke trainiert den SSV". Freies Wort.de (in German). Suhler Verlagsgesellschaft. Retrieved 22 October 2009.