Rainer Ernst

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Rainer Ernst
Personal information
Date of birth (1961-12-31) 31 December 1961 (age 57)
Place of birth Neustrelitz, East Germany
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1968–1975 Dynamo Neustrelitz
1975–1979 BFC Dynamo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1990 BFC Dynamo 216 (91)
1990–1991 1. FC Kaiserslautern 18 (2)
1991–1992 Girondins Bordeaux 24 (7)
1992–1993 AS Cannes 7 (0)
1993–1994 FC Zürich 17 (2)
1994–1997 FSV Salmrohr 52 (5)
National team
1981–1990 East Germany 56 (20)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Rainer Ernst (born 31 December 1961 in Neustrelitz) is a former German footballer who amassed 56 caps for East Germany.[1]


Until the age of 14, Ernst played in the Dynamo Neutrelitz youth side. He then transferred to BFC Dynamo, where he played in 203 league games, scoring 88 goals, until the fall of the Soviet Union in 1990, when he was signed by 1. FC Kaiserslautern. He stayed with the club for just one season, playing 18 games and scoring two goals, before moving to the French league with Girondins Bordeaux for the 1991–92. With Bordeaux he scored seven goals in 24 games during the club's return to the French top-flight. Ernst didn't, however, return with the club, as in the summer of 1992 he moved to AS Cannes in Ligue 2. He played just seven games in Cannes and scored no goals, a record which saw him transfer to FC Zürich the following season. He then moved to Servette FC in 1993–94, before returning to Germany in 1994 to spend two years in the regional league with FSV Salmrohr. He retired from professional football in 1996.


With BFC Dynamo, Ernst was DDR-Oberliga champion for ten consecutive years (1978–79 to 1987–88), and also German Bundesliga champion with Kaiserslautern in the 1990–91 season.

  • FDGB Pokal winners 1987–88 and 1988–89
  • DDR-Oberliga top goalscorer 1983–84 (20 goals) and 1984–85 (24 goals)


  1. ^ "Ernst, Rainer" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 16 April 2011.

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