Reinhard Häfner

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Reinhard Häfner
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1990-0809-028, 1. FC Dynamo Dresden, Trainer Reinhard Häfner.jpg
Häfner with Dresden in 1990.
Personal information
Date of birth (1952-02-02)2 February 1952
Place of birth Sonneberg, East Germany
Date of death 24 October 2016(2016-10-24) (aged 64)
Place of death Dresden, Germany
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
BSG Motor Sonneberg
Rot-Weiß Erfurt
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1971 Rot-Weiß Erfurt 25 (6)
1971–1988 Dynamo Dresden 366 (49)
Total 391 (55)
National team
1971–1984 East Germany 58 (5)
Teams managed
1990–1991 Dynamo Dresden
1993–1996 Chemnitzer FC
1. SC Sonneberg
SSV Erfurt-Nord
2000–2002 Hallescher FC
2009–2011 SV Grün-Weiß Langeneichstädt
2011–2016 1. FC Radebeul
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Reinhard Häfner (2 February 1952 – 24 October 2016) was a German footballer and coach.

Häfner played children's and youth football for his hometown club BSG Motor Sonneberg. As a junior player he was assigned to FC Rot-Weiss Erfurt before joining Dynamo Dresden in 1971. He stayed with the Dresden club until his retirement as a player in 1988 having played in 366 East German first division DDR-Oberliga matches, scoring 49 goals. He is second to Hans-Jürgen Dörner in matches played for Dynamo. Häfner was part of four DDR championship and FDGB Pokal (East German Cup) winning teams there.

Between 1971 and 1984 he was capped 58 times for the East Germany national football team, scoring 5 goals, and was part of the gold medal winning squad at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada.

Sorrow about Häfner's dead.

In April 1990, two years after his retirement as a player, Häfner became head coach of Dynamo Dresden, replacing Eduard Geyer. Weeks later Dynamo claimed its eighth championship and seventh cup. The following season, despite the sale of star players Ulf Kirsten and Matthias Sammer, Häfner guided the Dresden team to a second-place finish in the final DDR-Oberliga season before the merger of the football competitions of East and West Germany following the reunification of the country, qualifying the club for the first division Bundesliga. Despite this success he was dismissed in June 1991. He moved on to coach second division club Chemnitzer FC from 1993 to 1996.

Häfner joined SV Grün-Weiß Langeneichstädt (Kreisliga Merseburg/Querfurt, Sachsen-Anhalt) in the post-season of 2006-07.

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