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Stefan "Paule" Beinlich (born 13 January 1972) is a retired German footballer, who played as a central midfielder.

Stefan Beinlich
Personal information
Date of birth (1972-01-13) 13 January 1972 (age 47)
Place of birth East Berlin, East Germany
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1978–1986 Berliner FC Dynamo
1987–1990 SG Bergmann-Borsig
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1991 SG Bergmann-Borsig 32 (14)
1991–1994 Aston Villa 16 (1)
1994–1997 Hansa Rostock 101 (34)
1997–2000 Bayer Leverkusen 80 (24)
2000–2003 Hertha BSC 64 (8)
2003–2006 Hamburger SV 68 (5)
2006–2008 Hansa Rostock 37 (1)
Total 398 (87)
National team
1998–2000 Germany 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

His main asset was a powerful long-range shot, and he often scored from free kicks; he was one of the first players from the country to play in the Premier League, although he would have little impact at Aston Villa.


Club careerEdit

Beinlich was born in East Berlin, and played as a youth for Berliner FC Dynamo, making his first senior appearances for their feeder club, SG Bergmann-Borsig, In 1991, he moved to England with Aston Villa, signing along with his compatriot Matthias Breitkreutz, but both players had unassuming stints, appearing very rarely during their three-year stay.[1] Beinlich's only goal for Villa came in a 5–1 defeat to Newcastle United in April 1994.[2]

In 1994, he moved to Hansa Rostock, helping it promote in his first year, and scoring 19 times in the following two top level seasons combined (34 in total). Beinlich continued to display excellent football in his three seasons with Bayer 04 Leverkusen; in his last year, he tied a career-best 11 goals (in the first division) as the club lost the league to FC Bayern Munich on goal difference.[3]

After three years apiece with Hertha BSC and Hamburger SV, with relative playing time, Beinlich retired in 2008, after two seasons with former side Hansa. He had to retire due to knee problems, and totalled 288 games in the first division, scoring 56 goals.

International careerEdit

Beinlich's international debut for Germany occurred on 2 September 1998 against Malta, playing the whole 2–1 friendly win.

His last two matches were in 2000, also friendlies, before and after the European Championship, for which he was not picked.


  1. ^ "Beinlich und Breitkreutz die Pioniere" [Beinlich and Breitkreutz trailblazers] (in German). 23 April 2009. Retrieved 15 December 2009.
  2. ^ "Night Villa were Braced by the Entertainers". 8 June 2010. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Leverkusen who's who" (in German). Bayer Leverkusen. Retrieved 15 December 2009.

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