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Carsten Jancker
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Jancker in 2019
Personal information
Date of birth (1974-08-28) 28 August 1974 (age 49)
Place of birth Grevesmühlen, East Germany
Height 1.93m
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club DSV Leoben (manager)
Youth career
0000–1981 SG Schwarze Pumpe
1981–1986 TSG Wismar
1986–1991 Hansa Rostock
1991–1993 1. FC Köln
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1996 1. FC Köln 5 (1)
1995–1996 Rapid Wien (loan) 27 (7)
1996–2002 Bayern Munich 143 (48)
2002–2004 Udinese 36 (2)
2004–2006 1. FC Kaiserslautern 30 (4)
2006 Shanghai Shenhua 7 (0)
2006–2009 SV Mattersburg 76 (21)
Total 324 (83)
National team
1993–1994 Germany U21 2 (0)
1998–2002 Germany 33 (10)
Teams managed
2010 SC Neusiedl 1919 (U14)
2010–2013 Rapid Wien (U15)
2013–2016 Rapid Wien (assistant)
2017–2018 Horn
2019–2021 Marchfeld Donauauen
2021– DSV Leoben
Honours
Representing  Germany
Men's football
FIFA World Cup
Runner-up 2002 Korea/Japan
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Carsten Jancker (born 28 August 1974) is a German football coach and former player who is the manager of Austrian club DSV Leoben. He played as a striker for various teams between 1993 and 2009, including FC Köln, Rapid Wien, FC Bayern Munich, Udinese Calcio, FC Kaiserslautern, Shanghai Shenhua F.C., and SV Mattersburg, as well as the Germany national team.

Club career

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Jancker with 1. FC Kaiserslautern, 2005

Born in Grevesmühlen, Jancker started his career as a trainee at Hansa Rostock before making his Bundesliga debut in 1993 with 1. FC Köln. At the age of 21, he was transferred to Rapid Vienna, scoring fourteen goals including seven in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup to finish as the tournament's top scorer. Thanks to this impressive performance, Jancker spent only one season with the Austrian club before being brought back to Germany to play for FC Bayern Munich.

Jancker's time at Bayern between 1996 and 2002 was the best period of his career, a spell which included four Bundesliga titles and victory in the 2001 UEFA Champions League. At Bayern, Jancker was partnered with the Brazilian inside-forward Giovane Élber, often rated as one of the Bundesliga's best attacking players.

Jancker left Bayern for Italian side Udinese in 2002, but the move was not a success; over two seasons and 35 games, the forward registered only two goals. Jancker was said to be "too slow and predictable for Serie A" by one football website. In 2004, Jancker returned to Germany with Kaiserslautern and showed a slight improvement in form, netting five times in 25 games. In 2004, he also scored six goals in Kaiserslautern's 15–0 first round DFB-Pokal win against FC Schönberg 95, still a record for any player in the competition. This was an improvement over his own previous joint record of five, which he had scored for Bayern Munich against DJK Waldberg in the latter's 16–1 first round cup defeat in 1997. Following the relegation of Kaiserslautern in May 2006, Jancker signed for Chinese team Shanghai Shenhua.

After poor performances, he was dropped in October, and agreed to join SV Mattersburg in the winter transfer window. In June 2009 it was announced that Mattersburg did not want to work with Jancker any further because of his physical condition. In February 2010, he announced his retirement at the end of the current season.

International career

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Jancker with the Germany national team in 2000

His performances alongside Elber caught the eye of Germany national coach Erich Ribbeck, who included Jancker in his international squad for Euro 2000.

Instantly recognisable to European football fans, the invariably shaven-headed forward has generally failed to replicate his club form when playing for the national side. A possible explanation for his poorly-regarded international performances might be that the Germany national team lacked a skilful strike partner in the Élber mould. Whatever the reason, Jancker never impressed for Germany; although he was included in Rudi Völler's squad for the 2002 FIFA World Cup – scoring a goal in the team's opening 8–0 win over Saudi Arabia, he was dropped from the team shortly after the tournament and was never recalled. His German international scoring record stands at roughly a goal every three games. He is known for scoring in Germany's 5–1 defeat to England in 2001.

Style of play

A powerful and tenacious yet slow striker, Jancker was tall for a footballer, standing at 1.93 meters (6 ft 4.0 in). His height and strength proved to be an advantage when playing as a target man, as displayed during his most successful days at FC Bayern Munich. Jancker was known for being an unusual center forward, being strong in the air despite his huge frame, but showing a surprising control of the ball, especially featuring a polished back-to-the-goal game, good link-up play, and a touch for scoring with his hard right-footed shot – always doing the most intelligent and simple things on the field, courtesy of his awareness. He also struggled with injuries throughout his career.

Coaching career

On 18 February 2010, the former international striker took over the U14 team of SC Neusiedl. Additionally he works for the first team in the Austrian Regional League East as an individual coach. On 27 April 2010, Jancker announced that he will work as the new coach of the Under 15 of his former club SK Rapid Wien, starting 1 July 2010. In April 2013, he became assistant coach of the club's Austrian Bundesliga team.

Jancker became the head coach of SV Horn in June 2017. He was fired on 28 November 2018.

In April 2019, he was appointed manager of FC Marchfeld Donauauen, starting from 1 May 2019.

On 23 February 2021, Jancker signed with DSV Leoben.

Career statistics

Club

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Köln 1993–94 Bundesliga 1 1 1 0 2 1
1994–95 4 0 0 0 4 0
1995–96 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 5 1 1 0 1 0 7 1
Rapid Wien 1995–96 Austrian Bundesliga 27 7 2 3 7 6 36 16
Bayern Munich 1996–97 Bundesliga 22 1 1 0 1 0 24 1
1997–98 29 13 6 6 1 0 8 4 44 23
1998–99 26 13 6 4 1 1 12 3 45 21
1999–2000 23 9 3 2 2 0 12 3 40 14
2000–01 25 12 2 1 2 2 15 2 44 17
2001–02 18 0 4 2 0 0 4 0 2 1 28 3
Total 143 48 22 15 6 3 52 12 2 1 225 79
Udinese 2002–03 Serie A 20 1 1 0 21 1
2003–04 16 1 2 1 2 0 20 2
Total 36 2 3 1 2 0 41 3
1. FC Kaiserslautern 2004–05 Bundesliga 25 4 1 6 26 10
2005–06 5 0 2 1 7 1
Total 30 4 3 7 33 11
Shanghai Shenhua 2006 Chinese Super League 7 0 7 0
Mattersburg 2006–07 Austrian Bundesliga 12 2 3 1 0 0 15 3
2007–08 33 12 0 0 4 1 37 13
2008–09 31 7 3 3 34 10
Total 76 21 6 4 4 1 86 26
Career total 324 83 37 30 6 3 66 19 2 1 435 136

International

Germany
Year Apps Goals
1998 1 0
1999 4 0
2000 7 3
2001 9 3
2002 12 4
Total 33 10

International goals

Score and results list Germany's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 3 June 2000 Easycredit-Stadion, Nuremberg  Czech Republic
1–0
3–2
Friendly
2. 7 June 2000 Dreisamstadion, Freiburg  Liechtenstein
6–2
8–2 Friendly
3.
8–2
4. 2 June 2001 Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki  Finland
2–2
2–2
2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 15 August 2001 Ferenc Puskás Stadium, Budapest  Hungary
3–0
5–2
Friendly
6. 1 September 2001 Olympiastadion, Munich  England
1–0
1–5
2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
7. 9 May 2002 Dreisamstadion, Freiburg  Kuwait
7–0
7–0
Friendly
8. 1 June 2002 Sapporo Dome, Sapporo  Saudi Arabia
4–0
8–0
2002 FIFA World Cup
9. 21 August 2002 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia  Bulgaria
2–2
2–2
Friendly
10. 11 October 2002 Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadium, Sarajevo  Bosnia and Herzegovina
1–1
1–1
Friendly

Honours

Rapid Wien

Bayern Munich

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