Wolfgang Steinbach

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Wolfgang Steinbach
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-R0306-0022, BFC Dynamo - 1.FC Magdeburg 4-0.jpg
Wolfgang Steinbach (left) in an Oberliga match in 1976 (on the right: Hans-Jürgen Riediger)
Personal information
Full name Wolfgang Steinbach
Date of birth (1954-09-21) 21 September 1954 (age 64)
Place of birth Schönebeck, Bezirk Magdeburg, East Germany
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Youth career
0000–1968 BSG Chemie Schönebeck
1968–1972 1. FC Magdeburg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1987 1. FC Magdeburg 297 (66)
1987–1989 Motor Schönebeck
1989–1990 1. FC Magdeburg 40 (9)
1990–1994 VfB Oldenburg 104 (10)
Total 441 (85)
National team
1978–1985 East Germany 28 (1)
Teams managed
1993 VfB Oldenburg
1995–1999 BV Cloppenburg
1999–2002 VfB Oldenburg
2002–2007 SV Wilhelmshaven
2007–2008 Preußen Magdeburg
2009–2011 SV Wilhelmshaven
* 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.


Playing career[edit]

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.[1] From 1978 to 1985 he earned 28 caps to the East Germany national football team, scoring one goal.[2] 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.[3] He was sent off in the final against Czechoslovakia.[4]

With 1. FC Magdeburg, Steinbach won 3 East German championships and 4 FDGB-Pokal titles.

Coaching career[edit]

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.



  1. ^ Matthias Arnhold (31 May 2012). "Wolfgang Steinbach - Matches and Goals in Oberliga". rsssf.com. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Matthias Arnhold (1 October 2003). "Wolfgang Steinbach - International Appearances". rsssf.com. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "FIFA Player Statistics: Wolfgang Steinbach". FIFA. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  4. ^ "Olympic Football Tournament Moscow 1980 - Match Report". FIFA. Retrieved 2008-11-10.