Marco Reich

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Marco Reich
Marco Reich WAC.jpg
Personal information
Full name Marco Franzisco Thomas Reich
Date of birth (1977-12-30) 30 December 1977 (age 40)
Place of birth Meisenheim, West Germany
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder, Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2001 1. FC Kaiserslautern 138 (12)
2001–2002 1. FC Köln 24 (0)
2002–2004 Werder Bremen 17 (0)
2004–2005 Derby County 50 (7)
2005–2007 Crystal Palace 27 (2)
2007–2008 Kickers Offenbach 17 (0)
2008–2009 Walsall 19 (3)
2009 Jagiellonia Białystok[2] 15 (2)
2010–2011 WAC St. Andrä 42 (15)
2011–2012 SK Austria Klagenfurt 24 (8)
2012–2013 Villacher SV 26 (11)
Total 399 (60)
National team
1997–1998 Germany U-21 11 (2)
1999 Germany 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Marco Reich (born 30 December 1977) is a German retired footballer who played as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Kaiserslautern[edit]

Reich made his professional debut in October 1996 with Kaiserslautern in the 2. Bundesliga and subsequently played five seasons for the club, four of them in the Bundesliga after they were promoted there in 1997. He also won the Bundesliga champions title with Kaiserslautern in 1998.[3]

1. FC Köln and Werder Bremen[edit]

In the summer of 2001, Reich moved to league rivals 1. FC Köln for a transfer fee of €3 million.[4] He spent one season with the club, making 24 Bundesliga appearances without scoring a goal.

He then moved to another Bundesliga club, Werder Bremen, for a transfer fee of €250,000, subsequently spending one season and a half with the club, but only making 17 league appearances – 16 as a substitute – with no goals scored.[4][5][6] He left the Werder Bremen in the 2003–04 winter transfer window while the club went on to win both the league and cup titles.[4]

In England: Derby County and Crystal Palace[edit]

In January 2004, Reich moved to Derby County of then Football League First Division after trialling with the club.[7] On 1 May 2004, he helped secure the club's survival in the league with a free-kick goal.[8]

On 14 August 2004, he contributed a brace to Derby County's 3–2 defeat of Ipswich Town, their first win of the 2004–05 season.[9][10] On 18 September, he scored once in 2–0 win away to Cardiff City.[11] Four days later, he netted again in a 3–1 loss away to Millwall.[12][13] By mid-November, he had amassed 5 goals and 8 assists in 16 matches and interest from Tottenham was reported.[14] In early February 2005, the club's captain Ian Taylor mentioned Reich's signing as one of manager George Burley's "really good foreign free transfers".[15] On 3 May 2005, Reich scored an injury-time equaliser for 3–3 having been brought on late as a substitute in a league match against Wolverhampton Wanderers.[16][17] At the end of the 2004–2005 season Derby County missed out on promotion to the Premier League and Reich was one of four players to be released from work duties and declared free to join a club.[18][19]

In summer 2005, it was erroneously reported that Reich had joined Red Star Belgrade on a two-year contract.[20][21] In September 2005, he joined Crystal Palace. On 20 September, he scored the match's only goal in his club's 1–0 win against Coventry City.[22] In early October, he scored a brace against Queens Park Rangers.[23] Having initially signed on a short-term, three-month contract, Reich was later rewarded with a long-term contract for his performances.[24] The highlight of his time at Palace was arguably when he scored the winning goal to reach the last 16 of the 2005–06 Football League Cup at the expense of European champions Liverpool.[25][21]

Offenbach, Walsall, and Jagiellonia Białystok[edit]

In January 2007, Reich returned to Germany, signing a 1½-year with 2. Bundesliga side Kickers Offenbach on a free transfer.[26] He was released by Offenbach following their relegation from the second tier of German football.

He trialled with Walsall before joining on a free transfer in August 2008 signing a six-month contract.[27][28] He scored the equalising goal in Walsall's 2–1 win against Scunthorpe on 16 August 2008.[29] He was released in January 2008.[28]

On 2 May 2009, he signed a contract with Jagiellonia Białystok.[30] He was later critical of the standard of football in the Ekstraklasa, comparing it to the lower divisions of the German League, although he did speak favourably about teams like Wisła Kraków and Lech Poznań.[31]

In Austria: WAC St. Andrä and SK Austria Klagenfurt[edit]

In January 2010, Reich signed for Austrian club WAC St. Andrä whom he helped to promotion to the second-tier Austrian Football First League in his first half-season. In the 2010–11 season he scored 10 goals and gave 9 assists in 29 matches contributing to a fourth-place finish. Nevertheless, he was told by coach and former teammate at 1. FC Kaiserslautern Nenad Bjelica to look for a new club with one year left on his contract.[32]

In the 2011–12 season he scored 8 goals in 24 matches for SK Austria Klagenfurt, reaching sixth place in Austria's third tier.[33]

In summer 2012, he signed for Villacher SV.[33]

International career[edit]

Having previously represented the Germany U-21 team, Reich won one international cap for the senior side, playing 78 minutes in their 3–3 draw with Colombia in a friendly match played in Miami, Florida on 9 February 1999.[34][35]

Honours[edit]

1. FC Kaiserslautern
SV Werder Bremen
Jagiellonia Białystok

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marco Reich". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  2. ^ "Statystyki Jagiellonii w sezonie 2009/2010 – po 30. kolejce" (in Polish). Jagiellonia Białystok. Archived from the original on 1 March 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Marco Reich im Interview: "Wofür soll ich mich rechtfertigen?"" (in German). sport.freenet.de. Archived from the original on 5 January 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c ""In Deutschland bin ich verbrannt"". Kreiszeitung. 15 November 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  5. ^ "Marco Reich wechselt zum SV Werder". SV Werder Bremen (in German). 24 June 2002. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  6. ^ "Marco Reich wechselt von Köln nach Bremen". Schwäbische Zeitung (in German). 8 July 2002. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  7. ^ "Rams snap up duo". BBC Sport. 16 January 2004. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  8. ^ "Derby 2-0 Millwall". BBC Sport. 1 May 2004. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  9. ^ "Derby County 3-2 Ipswich Town". BBC Sport. 11 September 2004. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  10. ^ Burton, Mark (14 August 2004). "Round-up: Reich gets it right for Derby". The Independent. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  11. ^ "Cardiff 0-2 Derby". BBC Sport. 18 September 2004. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  12. ^ Edgar, Bill (23 September 2004). "Influential Wise rolls back the years for Millwall". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  13. ^ Burt, Jason (22 September 2004). "Derby's royal figure given muted salute by Millwall". The Independent. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  14. ^ "Euphorie bei den Widdern". Der Tagesspiegel (in German). 18 November 2004. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  15. ^ Shaw, Phil (5 February 2005). "Football: Tinker, Taylor, labourer, footballer: the former hard hat helping Derby rebuild". The Independent. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  16. ^ "Rams 3-3 Wolves". BBC Sport. 3 May 2005. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  17. ^ Murphy, Dan (3 May 2005). "Hoddle stuck on draws as Reich header saves Derby". The Independent. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  18. ^ "Reich verlässt Derby County". kicker Online (in German). 22 May 2005. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  19. ^ "Marco Reich muss Derby County verlassen". RevierSport (in German). 22 May 2005. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  20. ^ Stanton, Chris. "Red Star snap up Reich". Sky Sports. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  21. ^ a b "Wider das Vergessen: Marco Reich befördert Liverpool aus dem Pokal". Die Welt (in German). 27 October 2005. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  22. ^ "Crystal Palace 1-0 Coventry". BBC Sport. 20 September 2005. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  23. ^ Newman, Paul (3 October 2005). "Reich restores Palace's pretensions". The Independent. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  24. ^ Livie, Alex. "Dowie's Reich delight". Sky Sports. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  25. ^ "Crystal Palace 2-1 Liverpool". BBC Sport. 25 October 2005. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  26. ^ Zeh, Thomas. "Reich returns to Germany". Sky Sports. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  27. ^ "Walsall snap up midfielder Reich". BBC Sport. 4 August 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  28. ^ a b "Palmer opts to stay on at Walsall". BBC Sport. 30 January 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  29. ^ "Walsall 2-1 Scunthorpe". BBC Sport. 16 August 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  30. ^ Szmiegielski, Maciej; Wolosik, Piotr (15 July 2009). ""Niemand hat Anspielungen auf den Zweiten Weltkrieg gemacht"". RevierSport (in German). Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  31. ^ Jensen, Mika (30 September 2009). "Reich: Ekstraklasa like Germany's 3rd division". polishsoca.com. Archived from the original on 13 July 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  32. ^ "Marco Reich in Österreich ausgebootet". Rhein-Zeitung (in German). 23 June 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  33. ^ a b Nitsch, Andreas (20 June 2012). "Reich zieht's zurück in die Heimat". Rhein-Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  34. ^ "Shorthanded Columbia earns 3-3 draw with Germany in Miami". soccertimes. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  35. ^ "Marco Reich: Ex-Nationalspieler in Polen". Der Spiegel (in German). 28 September 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 

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Preceded by
Joonas Kolkka
Crystal Palace F.C. Goal of the Season
2005–06
Succeeded by
Dougie Freedman