|Date of birth||13 December 1964|
|Place of birth||Upgant-Schott, West Germany|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Werder Bremen (Director of academy)|
|1984–1988||Werder Bremen II||132||(36)|
|2002–2003||Werder Bremen U19|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Dieter Eilts (born 13 December 1964) is a German former footballer who currently works for SV Werder Bremen as director of the football academy. A former midfielder, his nickname was the Alemão of East Frisia, due to his resemblance to Brazilian midfielder Alemão. The word Alemão means "German" in Portuguese (but then again, the Brazilian player earned his nickname precisely because of his blond "German" appearance).
Born in Upgant-Schott, East Frisia, Eilts had the reputation of being the quintessential midfield blue-collar worker. He played 390 matches in the Bundesliga for SV Werder Bremen, his only club during his whole professional career, and scored seven goals. He was also lauded as one of the most responsible and sensible players of the league, never appearing in the yellow press and always leading by example. Eilts is regarded as one of the finest discoveries of legendary coach Otto Rehhagel.
Eilts also was a regular with the German squad, collecting 31 caps. His finest games came in the 1996 European Championship, when he, Matthias Sammer and Thomas Helmer formed the defensive backbone of the team that won the trophy.
Eilts went to EURO '96 with the reputation of an outstanding club servant with Werder Bremen under future competition hero Otto Rehhagel, but at international level he was relatively inexperienced and had never previously participated in a major tournament. There were doubts in the German media over the wisdom of handing him the midfield anchorman role in England, but the wiry East Frisian surprised everybody with the class and composure of his play. It was his tactical appreciation and willingness to drop back into defence that enabled sweeper Matthias Sammer to make many dangerous sorties into enemy territory as his team let in just three goals, one of which came in the final after Eilts had been forced off due to injury. He closed his international career in 1997 with 31 caps, six of those coming in England, but captained Bremen until 2002, clocking up 390 Bundesliga appearances over a 17-year period. He won two German championships, three German Cups and, in 1992, the UEFA European Cup Winners' Cup. Since retirement he has coached the Germany Under-19 and U21 squads.
After his player career, Eilts trained the German U19 squad, and from 6 August 2004, he was the coach of the German U21 squad. Latterly, he coached German second league team Hansa Rostock, but was released from his contract on 6 March 2009 after poor league results.
|Werder Bremen II||1984–85||Oberliga Nord||34||5||0||0||–||–||34||5|||
- Bundesliga: 1987–88, 1992–93
- DFB-Pokal: 1990–91, 1993–94, 1998–99
- European Cup Winners' Cup: 1991–92
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