Wolfgang de Beer
de Beer in 2007
|Date of birth||2 January 1964|
|Place of birth||Dinslaken, West Germany|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|TV Jahn Hiesfeld|
|1984||West Germany U-21||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Wolfgang de Beer learned to play football at the TV Jahn Hiesfeld . Due to his acquired skills he earned, in 1978, a spot on the youth team of MSV Duisburg. His first league debut came when he was still as a teenager, on matchday 33 of the 1981/82 season. This would be a test for Beer in the upcoming league season with the club not wanting to go with the substitute keepers Wolfgang Schreiner and Ulrich Fuchs in the following season . De Beer said to have delivered a good match despite the 1-5 defeat against Werder Bremen.
In the 1983/84 season he finally made the breakthrough into the first team and was immediately brought into the German U- 21 team. During this time, he played as the only second division player against the USSR. This was, however, his only game. In the 1983/84 season he struggled at MSV and despite a good performance in the return match against Eintracht Frankfurt the team was regulated. However, at the end of the 1985/86 season he went with the team conceded 86 goals in the league.
De Beer left his old club to act as a substitute for Borussia Dortmund behind the former second goalkeeper Rolf Meyer, who would later move up to the VfB Stuttgart. He profited from the infringement of Meyers in a preseason game in Neheim- Hüsten and soon became a crowd favorite. In his first game he played against Bayern Munich and kept a clean sheet. He played well in other games and was showered with praise. During this time he also received, from his teammates, the nickname " Teddy".
Another great performance came from de Beer on November 4, 1987 at the UEFA Cup against FK Velež Mostar when he made several saves and even saved a penalty, and thus secured the team a place in the knockout phase. For the next few years de Beer produced good performance, but began to show more and more weaknesses in the penalty area.
The first title of his career was earned on June 24, 1989, a 4-1 win over Werder Bremen in the DFB Cup final. At this time, de Beer was still hoping for a call-up to the national team, but one never came.
Before the season 1990/91, the youth national team goalkeeper, Stefan Klos, became for first time a serious competitor in the cadre of Borussia and after the 0-7 defeat against VfB Stuttgart on 18 Matchday de Beer was first criticized by the press. After taking another blunder leading to a 0-3 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt, de Beer was the bench and Klos was put in. Two weeks later, de Beer moved back into the goal, but had to deal with a major blow to his image.
The following season de Beer lost his starting place after two blunders against Hannover 96 in the DFB Cup final. Prior to the 1992/93 season Beer hoped to keep his starting spot. However, he was not able to do this because of the better football skills of Klos . On 25 March 1993, the competition came to its climax when de Beer became aware of the tibia and fibula break that would lead to a nine month break from training. His greatest successes, in addition to winning the DFB - Cup 1989, was the German Championships and the Champions League victory, a victory he experienced only on the bench. Offers from other clubs came in, but he declined and stayed with BVB, who had extended his contract despite injury.
Even after the departure of Klos, de Beer stayed and was the back up goalkeeper, now behind Jens Lehmann. He was still honored by fans with " Teddy, Teddy" calls.
After a serious knee injury de Beer ended his playing career after the 2000/ 01 season.
- UEFA Champions League: 1996–97
- UEFA Cup: runner-up 1992–93
- Intercontinental Cup: 1997
- Bundesliga: 1994–95, 1995–96
- DFB-Pokal: 1988–89
- "de Beer, Wolfgang" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 16 April 2011.