Reinhard Fabisch

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Reinhard Fabisch
Personal information
Date of birth (1950-08-19)19 August 1950
Place of birth Schwerte, West Germany
Date of death 12 July 2008(2008-07-12) (aged 57)
Place of death Münster, Germany
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1971 Borussia Dortmund 0 (0)
Teams managed
1987 Kenya
1992–1995 Zimbabwe
1996 Mamelodi Sundowns
1997 Kenya
2001–2002 Kenya
2005–2007 Emirates Club
2007–2008 Benin
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Reinhard Fabisch (19 August 1950 – 12 July 2008) was a German football manager and player who was last employed as manager of the Benin national side, a position he took up in December 2007[1] and left in May 2008.[2] He has coached teams in Qatar, Malta, Tunisia, Nepal, Oman, United Arab Emirates, and Zimbabwe and has coached the national teams of Zimbabwe, Kenya, and Benin.[3]

Playing career[edit]

As a player Fabisch was signed to Borussia Dortmund between 1969 and 1971 although he did not play for the senior team.[4][5]

Coaching career[edit]

Fabisch had three stints as coach of the Kenya national football team. In 1987, he managed Harambee Stars to the runners up position against Egypt at the Fourth All-Africa Games,[6][7] in 1997 he took charge during the qualification tournament for the 1998 World Cup.[citation needed] He was signed to replace Christian Chukwu in 2001, and during the CECAFA Cup he led Kenya to the finals, eventually losing to Ethiopia.

He has previously managed the national team of Zimbabwe,[8] as well as Emirates Club in the UAE.[citation needed]

As manager of the Benin national football team he was embroiled in a controversy over match-fixing, after claiming he was asked for fix a result.[9]


Reinhard Fabisch died of cancer in Germany on 12 July 2008.[10]


  1. ^ "Fabisch agrees to coach Benin". BBC. 2007-12-07. Retrieved 2007-12-07.
  2. ^ "Fabisch quits as Benin coach". BBC. 2008-05-01. Retrieved 2008-05-01.
  3. ^ "نادي قطر يقترب من الكأس". 17 December 1998. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Krebsleiden: Fußball-Trainer Reinhard Fabisch ist tot". SPIEGEL ONLINE. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  5. ^ "Reinhard Fabisch ist tot". kicker online. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  6. ^ "African Games 1987". Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  7. ^ Richards, Dave (2007-07-01). Kenya Travel Guide. New Holland Publishers. ISBN 9781845378790.
  8. ^ "Former Harambee Stars coach Fabisch dies". SuperSport official website. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  9. ^ Farayi Mungazi (2008-01-24). "Benin coach claims 'fix' approach". BBC. Retrieved 2008-05-01.
  10. ^ "Former Benin coach Fabisch dies". BBC. 2008-07-14. Retrieved 2008-07-14.