Jimmy Hartwig

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Jimmy Hartwig
Jimmy Hartwig auf dem Oktoberfest 2012.JPG
Personal information
Full name William Hartwig
Date of birth (1954-10-05) 5 October 1954 (age 62)
Place of birth Offenbach am Main, West Germany
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1974 Kickers Offenbach 4 (0)
1974–1978 TSV 1860 München 121 (16)
1978–1984 Hamburger SV 182 (47)
1984–1986 1. FC Köln 24 (5)
1986 Austria Salzburg
1986–1988 FC Homburg 4 (0)
National team
1979 West Germany 2 (0)
Teams managed
1989 FC Augsburg
1990 FC Sachsen Leipzig
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

William "Jimmy" Hartwig (born 5 October 1954) is a retired German football player.[1] He played for Kickers Offenbach, TSV 1860 München, Hamburger SV, 1. FC Köln and FC Homburg of the Bundesliga[2] and for Austria Salzburg of Austria. The son of an African-American soldier and a German mother, Hartwig was one of the first black players in German and Austrian football.[citation needed]

Hartwig won the European Cup in 1983 with Hamburger SV, and was three times German league champion in 1979, 1982 und 1983 and three times league runner-up with Hamburger SV. He also earned two caps for the West German national team,[3] making him only the second non-white player (after Erwin Kostedde) to achieve this feat.

After his playing career, Hartwig worked as a coach at FC Augsburg in 1989[4] and FC Sachsen Leipzig in 1990.[5] He entered the TV business, where he has been working ever since,[5] whilst also appearing in the theatre as an actor.[6]


Personal life[edit]

In his 1994 autobiography, Hartwig described his tough childhood in the city of Offenbach am Main where he was born. He recounted a childhood full of poverty and anti-black racism, with only his mother as support; his biological father never took care of him.

Hartwig is married for the fourth time and has three children.[5]


In 1980, the single Mama Calypso was released, with Sometimes on the reverse side, on the RCA label.[7]


  • Jimmy Hartwig: „Ich möchte noch so viel tun …“ Meine Kindheit, meine Karriere, meine Krankheit; Bergisch Gladbach 1994; ISBN 3-404-61309-0
  • Jimmy Hartwig: „Ich bin ein Kämpfer geblieben“ Meine Siege, meine Krisen, mein Leben, Berlin, Siebenhaar-Verlag 2010; ISBN 3-936962-86-3


  1. ^ "Hartwig, William". kicker (in German). Retrieved 13 December 2010. 
  2. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (11 May 2017). "William Georg 'Jimmy' Hartwig - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". RSSSF. Retrieved 12 May 2017. 
  3. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (11 May 2017). "William Georg 'Jimmy' Hartwig - International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 12 May 2017. 
  4. ^ "William Hartwig". kicker (in German). Retrieved 13 December 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c "Jimmy Hartwig im Porträt". Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (in German). 27 July 2010. Archived from the original on 4 November 2010. Retrieved 13 December 2010. 
  6. ^ Schiller, Maike (17 October 2009). "Jimmy Hartwig: Ex- Fußballstar spielt Theater – Die Kraft eines Stieres, die Seele eines kleinen Jungen". Hamburger Abendblatt. Axel Springer. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Kettler, Katja. "Jimmy Hartwig – Mama Calypso". FC45 Playlist. FC45. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 

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