Albertz with Shanghai Shenhua in 2003
|Full name||Jörg Albertz|
|Date of birth||29 January 1971|
|Place of birth||Mönchengladbach, West Germany|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
As both a youth player and apprentice he played for PSV Mönchengladbach and Borussia Mönchengladbach. His first professional contract was signed in 1990 for Fortuna Düsseldorf, where he earned himself the nickname The Hammer for his powerful long range shots. When the team from the Rhineland were relegated to the second tier of the Bundesliga, Albertz moved to Hamburger SV where he soon became the public hero of the team. Two seasons later he became the club captain.
In 1996, Albertz signed for Scottish Premier League club Rangers for £4m, and he helped them to their ninth championship title in a row and scored a famous free-kick against rivals Celtic in January 1997. Albertz became a huge favourite with the Rangers fans; however, after the departure of manager Walter Smith in June 1998, he was frequently left out of the starting line-up by the incoming Dick Advocaat. At Rangers, Albertz became a Scottish championship winner in 1997, 1999, and 2000, before returning to Hamburger SV in 2001, later citing Advocaat as the main reason for his departure from Ibrox. Despite the hype of his return, he was unable to live up to the hopes that people had on his shoulders, and before the beginning of season 2002–03 he transferred to Shanghai Shenhua, a team from China where he initially gained success with them when he won the 2003 league title with the club. Unfortunately in 2003 the Chinese Football Association would revoke the league title after it was discovered the Shenhua General manager Lou Shifang had bribed officials to be bias to Shenhua in games that season.
Having had a moderately successful spell in China, Albertz moved back to Germany in 2004, his re-initiation into the German game coming with Greuther Fürth. On the receiving end of many injuries, he switched to Fortuna Düsseldorf once again, where he retired at the end of the 2006–07 season.
On 11 March 2008, Albertz confirmed he was training with Clyde with a view to a short-term move, to help out Clyde manager and former Rangers teammate John Brown. Albertz signed for Clyde on 14 March 2008. He made his debut the following day, scoring a trademark free kick in a 1–1 draw with Stirling Albion. He scored Clyde's winning goal with another free kick in an important 2–1 victory over St Johnstone on 25 March, to lift Clyde out of the relegation play-off zone. After helping Clyde stay in the Scottish First Division via the playoffs, Albertz went into retirement once again, after making eight appearances for the club, scoring twice.
|Club performance||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|1996–97||Rangers F.C.||Scottish Premier League||32||10||3||0||5||3||7||0||47||13|
|2003||Shanghai Shenhua||Chinese Jia-A League/CSL||27||6||?||?||—||—||27||6|
|2004–05||SpVgg Greuther Fürth||2. Bundesliga||13||3||?||?||—||—||13||3|
|2007–08||Clyde F.C.||Scottish First Division||7||2||?||?||?||?||—||7||2|
- Scottish Premier League: 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000
- Scottish Cup: 1998–99, 1999–2000
- Scottish League Cup: 1996–97, 1998–99
- Personal awards
- "Albertz heads east". BBC Sport website. 19 February 2003. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
- "Details of soccer referee investigation released to public". chinadaily.com.cn. 2011-03-31. Retrieved 2014-05-20.
- "China Strips Shenhua of 2003 League Title, Bans 33 People for Life". english.cri.cn. 18 February 2013. Retrieved 2014-05-20.
- "Albertz keen to join up at Clyde". BBC Sport website. 11 March 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
- "It's Hammer Time".
- "Stirling Albion 1–1 Clyde". BBC Sport website. 15 March 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
- "St Johnstone 1–2 Clyde". BBC Sport website. 25 March 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
- McElroy, Robert; Ferrier, Bob (2005). Rangers The Complete Record. Breedon Books. p. 586. ISBN 1-85983-481-7.
- Halliday, Stephen (2002). The Essential History of Rangers. Headline. p. 289. ISBN 0-7553-1145-0.