Michael Zorc

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Michael Zorc
Michael Zorc 2009 Dortmund.jpg
Zorc in 2009
Personal information
Full name Michael Zorc
Date of birth (1962-08-25) 25 August 1962 (age 57)
Place of birth Dortmund, West Germany
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1969–1978 TuS Eving-Lindenhorst
1978–1981 Borussia Dortmund
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1998 Borussia Dortmund 463 (131)
National team
1982–1983 West Germany U21 2 (0)
1986 West Germany B 1 (0)
1987–1988 West Germany Olympic 5 (0)
1992–1993 Germany 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Michael Zorc (born 25 August 1962) is a German retired footballer who played as a central midfielder.

Nicknamed "Susi" in his early days because of his long hair, he spent his entire career with Borussia Dortmund, appearing in nearly 600 competitive matches in 17 seasons.[1] Subsequently, he went on to serve as the club's sporting director.

Club career[edit]

Born in Dortmund, Zorc played 463 Bundesliga games for Borussia Dortmund (a club record) between 1981 and 1998,[2] also being for many years the team's captain. He also ranked, at one time, the club's second all-time top goalscorer, thanks in part to his excellent penalty-taking ability. He made his professional debut on 24 October 1981 in a 0–2 away loss against SV Werder Bremen, becoming an automatic first-choice from his second season onwards.

The tail-end of Zorc's career saw also his greatest successes, as Dortmund were twice crowned national champions, as well as winning the 1996–97 UEFA Champions League and the Intercontinental Cup. He scored in double digits in seven seasons, including 15 apiece from 1994 to 1996.

Upon retiring at nearly 36, Zorc became sports manager of Borussia Dortmund,[3][4] still being in charge as the team won the national championship in 2002, 2011 and 2012.[5][6][7]

International career[edit]

Zorc played seven times for the German national team, but never made the squad for any international tournament. His debut came on 16 December 1992 at already 30, during a 1–3 friendly defeat to Brazil.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Zorc's father, Dieter, played in the top division for VfL Bochum, and was an amateur international for Germany.[9]




See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bundesliga: Abschiedsspiel für "Susi" Zorc (Bundesliga: Testimonial for "Susi" Zorc); Der Spiegel, 6 August 1999 (in German)
  2. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (14 January 2016). "Michael Zorc – Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  3. ^ César Peixoto sidelined for Porto; UEFA, 10 January 2006
  4. ^ Dortmund take on Brazilian talent; UEFA, 15 May 2008
  5. ^ De Bruyne 'only wants Dortmund move'; ESPN FC, 3 June 2013
  6. ^ Transfer news: Borussia Dortmund coy on links to Fabian Schar; Sky Sports, 16 October 2013
  7. ^ "Wie ein einsamer Rufer in der Wüste" ("Like a lonely preacher in the desert"); Spox, 3 August 2014 (in German)
  8. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (14 January 2016). "Michael Zorc – International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  9. ^ Lüner Fußball trauert um Dieter Zorc (Football in Lünen mourns Dieter Zorc); Westfälische Rundschau, 16 October 2007 (in German)

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