Detlef Irrgang

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Detlef Irrgang
Personal information
Date of birth (1966-05-27) 27 May 1966 (age 50)
Place of birth Finsterwalde, East Germany
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Youth career
0000–1977 Motor Finsterwalde Süd
1977–1985 Energie Cottbus
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1991 Energie Cottbus
1991–1992 Stahl Brandenburg 16 (2)
1992–2000 Energie Cottbus
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Detlef Irrgang (born 27 May 1966) is a German former footballer[1] who played as an attacking midfielder. He is best remembered for his two spells with Energie Cottbus, spanning 22 years, over 400 appearances, and the reunification of Germany.


Born in Finsterwalde, Irrgang began his footballing career with Motor Finsterwalde Süd, before joining Cottbus at age 11. He progressed to the first-team, and played for the club in the late-1980s as they yo-yoed between the DDR-Oberliga and the second tier DDR-Liga. After reunification, Energie failed to qualify for the 2. Bundesliga, so Irrgang joined a club who had: he spent the 1991–92 season with Stahl Brandeburg, but returned to Cottbus a year later, after 16 appearances and two goals.

Cottbus were one of the stronger sides in the NOFV-Oberliga Mitte, but could not overtake perennial champions Union Berlin, who were themselves unable to earn promotion. However, Energie's second-place finish in 1994 was enough to qualify for the newly formed Regionalliga Nordost. Irrgang scored 22 goals in his second season at this level, making him the League's top scorer, and better was to come the following year. Cottbus ended the 1996–97 season as league champions, and defeated Hannover 96 in a playoff to earn promotion to the 2. Bundesliga, with Irrgang scoring two goals in the tie. The club had also reached the final of the 1996–97 DFB-Pokal, eventually losing against VfB Stuttgart.

Irrgang continued to be a key player for Cottbus in the second tier, making 84 appearances in three seasons, and scoring 13 goals. He scored the winning goal in his last game for the club, a 1–0 win over 1. FC Köln which secured a remarkable promotion to the Bundesliga. He retired with Energie's all-time appearance record (which he still holds), and the nickname Fußballgott (Football God) from the club's fans.

After retirement, Irrgang continued with Energie in a marketing capacity. He was appointed as the club's general manager during the 2007–08 season, but left the club at the end of the season after a dispute, the details of which are still unknown. He also served as a councillor in Cottbus from 2003 to 2008, as part of the CDU.


  1. ^ "Irrgang, Detlef" (in German). Retrieved 13 July 2012. 

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