Reinhard Häfner, German footballer, Died at 64


Reinhard Häfner was born on February 2, 1952, and died on October 24, 2016

He was a German footballer and coach.

He played children’s and youth football for his hometown club BSG Motor Sonneberg.

During his junior playing years, he was assigned to FC Rot-Weiss Erfurt before joining Dynamo Dresden in 1971.

Häfner remain 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.

Häfner was second to Hans-Jürgen Dörner in matches played for Dynamo.

He was part of four DDR championship and FDGB Pokal (East German Cup) winning teams there.

From the year 1971 to 1984, Häfner 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.

During April 1990, two years after his retirement as a player, he became head coach of Dynamo Dresden, replacing Eduard Geyer.

Then Weeks later Dynamo claimed its eighth championship and seventh cup.

During the next 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.

Häfner then moved on to coach second division club Chemnitzer FC from 1993 to 1996.

Reinhard Häfner passed away at 64 years old.