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Olaf Marschall (born 19 March 1966) is a retired German footballer and a football sports manager who played as a forward.

Olaf Marschall
Olaf Marschall.jpg
Marschall in Marburg (2006)
Personal information
Date of birth (1966-03-19) 19 March 1966 (age 53)
Place of birth Torgau, East Germany
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1972–1978 BSG Chemie Torgau
1978–1983 1. FC Lok Leipzig
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1990 1. FC Lok Leipzig 135 (43)
1990–1993 SCN Admira/Wacker 97 (40)
1993–1994 Dynamo Dresden 32 (11)
1994–2002 1. FC Kaiserslautern 160 (59)
2002 Al-Ittihad
National team
East Germany U-21 18 (7)
1984–1989 East Germany 4 (0)
1994–1999 Germany 13 (3)
Teams managed
2005–2007 1. FC Kaiserslautern (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Marschall's career started in the GDR at BSG Chemie Torgau and was soon transferred to 1. FC Lok Leipzig. There, he rose to stardom, becoming one of the most prolific scorers in the East German top-flight in the turbulent late 1980s and collecting caps for the East German football squad.[1] Marschall was regarded as a strong header which deft ballhandling skills, allowing him to play center-striker, hole and offensive midfield with equal effectiveness. He scored 43 goals in 135 Oberliga matches.[2]

In the wake of the German reunification he joined Austrian outfit SCN Admira/Wacker in 1990 to stay on in Austria's Bundesliga, until he joined Dynamo Dresden to help the East German outfit escape relegation from the German Bundesliga in 1993–94. In 1994, he joined 1. FC Kaiserslautern and established himself as one of the elite scorers in the Bundesliga. He won the DFB-Pokal in 1996 and in 1998 the Bundesliga title.

International careerEdit

Looking back on a remarkable scoring record in 1997–98, Marschall was nominated for the German squad and took part in the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

In the latter stages of his career, the slower-footed, but still header-strong Marschall was occasionally used as a defender. He played with 1. FC Kaiserslautern until 2002, scoring 60 goals in 176 Bundesliga games.

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Germany's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 11 October 1997 Niedersachsenstadion, Hanover   Albania 3–2 4–3 1998 World Cup qualifier
2. 22 February 1998 King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh   Saudi Arabia 3–0 3–0 Friendly
3. 18 November 1998 Parkstadion, Gelsenkirchen   Netherlands 1–1 1–1 Friendly


Having retired as a player in 2002, he was part of the management of the then Bundesliga side 1. FC Kaiserslautern. Ahead of 2006–07 he joined Al-Nasr Sports Club Dubai to work as assistant-manager under manager Reiner Hollmann.

Marschall is now the first scout with the German club FSV Frankfurt.[3]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (4 June 2015). "Olaf Marschall – International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  2. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (4 June 2015). "Olaf Marschall – Matches and Goals in Oberliga". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  3. ^ Daniels, Jörg (10 January 2015). "Mit feiner Nase und wachsamem Auge". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ( (in German). Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung GmbH. Retrieved 12 March 2016.