Wolfgang Steinbach (left) in an Oberliga match in 1976 (on the right: Hans-Jürgen Riediger)
|Full name||Wolfgang Steinbach|
|Date of birth||21 September 1954|
|Place of birth||Schönebeck, Bezirk Magdeburg, East Germany|
|Height||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|–1968||BSG Chemie Schönebeck|
|1968–1972||1. FC Magdeburg|
|1971–1987||1. FC Magdeburg||297||(66)|
|1989–1990||1. FC Magdeburg||40||(9)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Wolfgang "Maxe" Steinbach (born 21 September 1954 in Schönebeck) is a former East German footballer and manager who spent most of his career playing for 1. FC Magdeburg in the DDR-Oberliga. In 2006, he was elected Best 1. FC Magdeburg Player of All Times in a telephone vote.
Steinbach started his top flight career at 1. FC Magdeburg when he played in a single match in the 1971–72 season. He had his breakthrough in the 1974–75 season when he played in 17 matches, scoring 2 goals. He stayed with 1. FC Magdeburg until 1987, when he left for his home town club of Motor Schönebeck where he spent the next one and a half years in the second-tier DDR-Liga. In the winterbreak of the 1988–89 season he returned to the DDR-Oberliga with 1. FC Magdeburg. After German reunification, Steinbach was signed by West German 2nd Bundesliga side VfB Oldenburg. He spent the rest of his playing career with them, managing the team for a time in the 1993–94 season. Overall, Steinbach played in 337 DDR-Oberliga matches, scoring 75 goals. In the 2nd Bundesliga he played another 104 matches with 10 goals scored. From 1978 to 1985 he earned 28 caps to the East Germany national football team, scoring one goal. He was part of the East Germany squad that won the Silver medal at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. He played in all matches in the tournament, scoring one goal. He was sent off in the final against Czechoslovakia.
With 1. FC Magdeburg, Steinbach won 3 East German championships and 4 FDGB-Pokal titles.
Following his playing career, Steinbach took up managing, starting at VfB Oldenburg in 1993–94. He returned to Oldenburg in 1999, staying at the helm until the 2001–02 season. Later he spent four years with then-Oberliga Nord side SV Wilhelmshaven where he won promotion to third-tier Regionalliga Nord in 2006. Following a lengthy spell of unsuccessful matches, he was sacked on 3 April 2007. From July 2007 to May 2008, he was manager of Verbandsliga Sachsen-Anhalt side Preußen Magdeburg. Since October 2008 he has the role of director of sports at SV Wilhelmshaven, but took over as manager again in the spring of 2009.
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