|Date of birth||18 August 1969|
|Place of birth||Cologne, West Germany|
|Height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|DSK Köln (Manager)|
|1995–1996||SCB Preußen Köln|
|2000–2001||SCB Preußen Köln|
|2001–2003||Borussia Mönchengladbach II|
|2003–2005||1. FC Köln II||29||(0)|
|2005–2011||SV Bergisch Gladbach 09|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Career as a player
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
On 5 May 2015, it was confirmed, that DSK Köln new manager was Leese.
Leese is the subject of the book "Der Traumhüter" ("The Keeper of Dreams") by German sports journalist and author Ronald Reng.
- ""Traumhüter" übernimmt den DSK Köln". rheinfussball.de. 4 July 2015.
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