Lars Leese

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Lars Leese
Personal information
Date of birth (1969-08-18) 18 August 1969 (age 47)
Place of birth Cologne, West Germany
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
DSK Köln (Manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1995 VfB Wissen 25 (0)
1995–1996 SCB Preußen Köln
1996–1997 Bayer Leverkusen 0 (0)
1997–1999 Barnsley 16 (0)
2000–2001 SCB Preußen Köln
2001–2003 Borussia Mönchengladbach II
2003–2005 1. FC Köln II 29 (0)
Teams managed
2005–2011 SV Bergisch Gladbach 09
2011–2013 SSVg Velbert
2013–2014 SSVg Velbert
2015– DSK Köln
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Lars Leese (born 18 August 1969) is a German former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He is currently the manager of DSK Köln.

Career as a player[edit]

Born in Cologne, West Germany, his youths club were Fortuna Köln, 1. FC Köln and BC Efferen. From 1989 until 1995, he played for low-tier sides Spfr Neitersen ('89-'92) and VfB Wissen ('92-'95) before joining fourth-tier SCB Preußen Köln. In 1996, he transferred across the Rhine river to play for Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen. However, being third goalkeeper, he didn't get to play a single match. In June 1997, he therefore transferred to newly promoted English Premier League side Barnsley for £250,000. Leese played in England for just two seasons, appearing in 16 league games and four League Cup matches.

After his two-year contract at Barnsley wasn't extended, he returned to his native Cologne and played the 2000-01 season for Preußen Köln and from 2001 to 2003 at the reserves of Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach. Two more seasons at 1. FC Köln followed, where he was captain of the Reserve team and also called up as a substitute for some Bundesliga matches in the 2004-05 season. In the summer of 2005, he ended his active career.

Career as a coach[edit]

From 2005 to 2011, he has been the coach of fifth-tier SV Bergisch Gladbach 09. In 2011, he took over at SSVg Velbert.

On 5 May 2015, it was confirmed, that DSK Köln new manager was Leese.[1]

Further reading[edit]

Leese is the subject of the book "Der Traumhüter" ("The Keeper of Dreams") by German sports journalist and author Ronald Reng.


  1. ^ ""Traumhüter" übernimmt den DSK Köln". 4 July 2015. 

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