Jochen Kientz

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Jochen Kientz
Personal information
Full name Jochen Kientz
Date of birth (1972-09-17) 17 September 1972 (age 44)
Place of birth Mannheim, West Germany
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
SpVgg Ketsch
SV 98 Schwetzingen
VfR Mannheim
Waldhof Mannheim
SV Sandhausen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1994 Eintracht Frankfurt 1 (0)
1994–1995 1860 Munich 7 (0)
1995–1996 Mallorca 37 (5)
1996–1997 Logroñés 19 (0)
1997–1999 1860 Munich 36 (1)
2000 Panionios 13 (1)
2000–2001 Hamburger SV 11 (1)
2001–2002 FC St. Pauli 20 (1)
2002–2004 Hansa Rostock 23 (1)
Total 167 (10)
National team
1990–1991 Germany U18 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Jochen Kientz (born 17 September 1972) is a German retired footballer who played as a central defender.

Football career[edit]

Born in Mannheim, Kientz played youth football at several clubs, including local VfR Mannheim and SV Waldhof Mannheim, but made his professional debuts with Eintracht Frankfurt, with whom he signed in January 1991; during the course of three Bundesliga seasons, he only made one league appearance and, in another winter transfer market move, in 1994, dropped down to the 2. Bundesliga and joined TSV 1860 Munich.

After only seven matches with the Lions, Kientz tried an abroad adventure, playing two seasons in Spain, one apiece with RCD Mallorca and CD Logroñés – the former in Segunda División where he appeared and scored regularly, the latter in La Liga, in a season which ended in relegation.

In the 1997 summer, Kientz returned to his country and to 1860 Munich, now in the top level, starting in one season and being backup in the other. He scored his first goal in the competition on 7 November 1998, albeit in a 1–3 derby loss against FC Bayern Munich.[1]

After a very brief spell in Greece with Panionios FC, Kientz signed for Hamburger SV. At the Hanseatic club, he also appeared in the 2000–01 edition of the UEFA Champions League; during the competition, man-marking Zinedine Zidane in a home fixture, he was eventually headbutted by the French, who was sent off – the hosts won 3–1.[2]

In 2001, Kientz joined neighbouring FC St. Pauli, being ejected from a game for the only time in his career, during a 0–2 loss at VfB Stuttgart,[3] as his team eventually ranked last. After two injury-ravaged campaigns at F.C. Hansa Rostock (mainly ankle), he was forced to retire at the age of 32.[4]

Post-retirement[edit]

Subsequently, Kientz worked as a model for Amaze Models, owned by former Eintracht player Patrick Glöckner.[5][6]

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