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|Date of birth||22 March 1948|
|Place of birth||Hamm, West Germany|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Defender, Sweeper|
|1982–1987||FC Schalke 04||135||(8)|
|1994–2001||VfL Bochum II|
|1999||→ VfL Bochum (caretaker)|
|2001||→ VfL Bochum (caretaker)|
|2002–2006||MSV Duisburg II|
|2002||→ MSV Duisburg (caretaker)|
|2006||Rot Weiss Ahlen|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
A defender and sweeper in his professional career, Bernard Dietz played in 495 Bundesliga matches for MSV Duisburg and FC Schalke 04, scoring 70 goals in his Duisburg years and seven in his days with FC Schalke 04 in the top tier of German football. Leaving Duisburg for Schalke in 1982 caused him to feature 34 times (one goal) for the Gelsenkirchen outfit in the 2. Bundesliga of 1983–84 after the club had been relegated from Bundesliga in Dietz' first season with them. With the German Cup final participation in 1975 his biggest success in his club career, the defender made several other stir. He is still the second best goalscorer of MSV Duisburg in the Bundesliga and although he took part in over 500 games he just received 11 bookings (and no sent off). On 5 November 1977, the down-to-earth defender scored four goals in MSV Duisburg's 6–3 against Bayern Munich and was, in 1978–79, the captain of MSV Duisburg when they reached the round of the last four in the UEFA Cup.
To honour the efforts of Dietz for MSV Duisburg in his career, the fans of the club decided to dub the clubs mascot, a zebra, Ennatz. Ennatz is the nickname of Dietz.
On 22 December 1974, Dietz won his debut for West Germany in a Euro 1976 qualifier against Malta in Malta. After his final game for his nation, on 19 May 1981, against Brazil in Stuttgart, he had been capped 53 times by Helmut Schön and Jupp Derwall. Participating also in the Euro 1976 and at the 1978 FIFA World Cup, Dietz was able to lift the 1980 UEFA European Football Championship trophy as the captain of the triumphant West German team.
He stayed in the game after his retirement, working as manager on professional and amateur level. In October 1999, Dietz was appointed caretaker manager of (then) 2. Bundesliga side VfL Bochum after the club had parted company with Ernst Middendorp. No intention to do the job permanently, Bochum won five of those seven matches under Dietz' guidance. Dietz returned to coaching Bochum's youth when they found Ernst Middendorp's successor in Ralf Zumdick, but was straight back in charge of Bochum's first-team affairs after Zumdick failed to avoid the drop straight back to 2. Bundesliga in 2001. His second spell on top of Bochum's coaching worked out no success and made him resign in December 2001. Switching to his old club MSV Duisburg to take charge of Duisburg's reserves, Dietz returned to 2. Bundesliga coaching later on. However, just as caretaker to bridge the time until Duisburg replaced Pierre Littbarski with Norbert Meier. In May 2006, Dietz ended his deal as reserve-team coach with Duisburg to take charge of Rot Weiss Ahlen in the third best German division.
- "Bernard Dietz". fussballdaten.de (in German). Retrieved 23 May 2009.
|West Germany captain