Geyer with Dresden.
|Full name||Eduard Geyer|
|Date of birth||7 October 1944|
|Place of birth||Bielitz, Upper Silesia, Germany|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|1954–1957||BSG Aufbau Dresden-Mitte|
|1957–1962||SC Einheit Dresden|
|1962–1968||SC Einheit Dresden|
|1975–1986||Dynamo Dresden (youth)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Eduard "Ede" Geyer (born 7 October 1944) is a German football manager and former player. He has had a long and varied career, particularly notable for being the last manager of the East German national team.
Geyer was born in Bielitz (Bielsko), Upper Silesia. His family fled to Dresden after the end of World War II, and he began his football career with SC Einheit Dresden. In his youth was a goalkeeper, but he began his career playing as an attacker, later moving into defence. He joined Dynamo Dresden in 1968, where he played until his career ended in 1975 for health reasons. In total, he had played 112 games for the club, scoring twelve times, and was twice East German champion and won one cup.
Geyer moved into coaching, working with Dynamo's youth team, and assisting first-team manager Klaus Sammer, whom he succeeded in 1986. He won the DDR-Oberliga in 1989, ending Dynamo Berlin's ten-year dominance. He also reached the UEFA Cup semi-finals that year, before going onto manage the East German national team. His time in charge was to be short-lived, however, as the side disappeared with the reunification of East and West Germany. After a brief spell scouting at Schalke 04, he moved to Hungary, managing BFC Siófok for a year before returning to Sachsen Leipzig. Under Geyer the team captured the NOFV-Oberliga (IV) title in 1993, but the club was denied promotion due when denied a licence to play in the Regionalliga (III) for financial reasons. He moved on a year later, joining Energie Cottbus where he enjoyed great success, advancing the previously unheralded club through two promotions into the first division Bundesliga. Under his direction the team was able to stay up for three years despite having a very small budget. He also took his side to the DFB-Pokal (German Cup) final in 1997. After relegation to the 2. Bundesliga in 2003, the team was unable to bounce back, finishing 14th in 2004–05, which spelled the end of Geyer tenure at Cottbus. He spent six months in the United Arab Emirates with Al Nasr, before returning to Sachsen Leipzig, initially as sporting director, but later as manager. He left Sachsen at the end of the 2006–07 season, due to financial problems, and returned to Dynamo Dresden three months later, hoping to spearhead their qualification for the 3. Liga or higher. They did qualify for the third division, but results were generally poor, and Geyer was sacked in June 2008.
Lack of political correctness
Geyer is well known in Germany for his outspoken manners. While coaches usually wrap critical statements in media friendly euphemisms, he's known to speak his mind in a very forthright manner. Examples include:
"Manche junge Spieler haben eine Einstellung zum Leistungssport wie die Nutten auf St. Pauli. Die rauchen, saufen und huren rum, gehen morgens um 6 Uhr ins Bett."
(Some young players tackle the sport like the whores at St. Pauli. They smoke, they drink, f*ck around and go to bed at 6 in the morning)
"Die Fans wollen keine Spiele, bei denen man erkennt, dass manche Spieler nachher kein Deo brauchen."
(The fans don't want to see games where you can tell that the players don't need an antiperspirant afterward.)
"Wer so doof ist, gehört nicht in die Bundesliga."
(Someone, who's so stupid doesn't belong in the Bundesliga.)
As a player
As a manager
- DDR Youth Championship: 1976, 1985
- DDR Oberliga: 1989
- NOFV-Oberliga: 1993
- Regionalliga Nordost: 1997
- DFB Pokal: Runner-up 1997
- 2. Bundesliga: Third place 2000