Halata with Meuselwitz in 2008.
|Date of birth||8 August 1962|
|Place of birth||Świętochłowice, Poland|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|1975–1980||1. FC Magdeburg|
|1980–1988||1. FC Magdeburg||193||(47)|
|1988–1991||1. FC Lok Leipzig||76||(21)|
|2007||SV Dessau 05|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Halata spent his senior career at two clubs, playing 267 DDR-Oberliga matches for 1. FC Magdeburg (1975–1988) and 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig (1988–91). He also appeared in 14 matches on the European level for the two clubs.
In October 1988, Halata managed to score five goals in one game against BSG Sachsenring Zwickau. After qualifying for 2. Bundesliga with Lok Leipzig, Halata suffered an injury in the first match of the 1991–92 season that ended his playing career.
He played four matches for East Germany, scoring once. As part of East Germany's Olympic team he qualified for the 1984 Summer Olympics, but did not participate in the Games, due to the Soviet-led boycott. Altogether, Halata apperaed in 30 matches with the Olympic squad during qualification.
After his playing career, Halata became assistant manager of VfB Leipzig, working under managers Jürgen Sundermann and Bernd Stange. Aged 31, on 9 April 1994, he took over as interim manager, when Leipzig were assured relegation from the Bundesliga. Between 1 July 1994 and 30 April 1996, he returned to the role of assistant manager, until he was made interim manager once more on 1 May 1996. This time he prevented the club's relegation from 2. Bundesliga. After again returning to his duties as assistant manager in the following season, Halata was once more given the task to save VfB Leipzig from relegation on 7 December 1997, but he could not prevent the club's relegation at the end of the season. From 8 December 1998 to February 1999, he was manager of 1. FC Dynamo Dresden, staying at the club as assistant manager until 14 March 2001.
On 1 January 2002, he took over as manager of ZFC Meuselwitz, then on a relegation spot in the fifth-tier Landesliga Thüringen. He secured non-relegation, then finished second in 2003 before winning promotion to the NOFV-Oberliga in 2004. In their first season, Meuselwitz finished sixth. After a disappointing start to the 2005–06 season, Halata stepped down as manager of Meuselwitz, only to rescind his decision days later. He stayed at the helm until June 2006, leading the club to a 5th place.
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