Claus-Dieter Wollitz

Wollitz (2008)

Claus- Dieter " Pele " [ pe ː lə ] Wollitz ( born July 19, 1965 in Brakel ) is a German football coach and former football player.

Playing career

The attacking midfielder Wollitz (nicknamed " Pele " ) began his career at the home club SpVgg Brakel. In 1987 he moved to the Bundesliga for FC Schalke 04, who was coached by Rolf sheepfold. There, he was able to immediately jump into the root formation. However, the descent (as Table ) to the 2nd Bundesliga he could not prevent.

Wollitz then moved to Bayer 04 Leverkusen, but came under Rinus Michels, not a single application, which later in the season under Jürgen Gelsdorf as the new athletic director hardly changed.

He hired the following year in the 2nd Bundesliga for VfL Osnabrück, for he was the most expensive purchase. In his role as playmaker, Free kick expert and occasional eccentrics he developed there in four years a crowd favorite. At the end of the first two years he was primarily responsible for the league each with vital goals. In 1993, he could not prevent the descent of Osnabrück and caused by his early exodus thoughts expressed displeasure with coach Hubert Hüring.

Wollitz changed for a million DM in the second league to Hertha BSC, where he was to fill the gap left by the migrated Mario Basler. The expectations he could not meet. After just one season in Berlin, he took the offer of the emerging VfL Wolfsburg - then also in the Bundesliga 2 - to. With him he missed in the 1994/95 season only just promotion to the Bundesliga, but reached the final of the DFB Cup 1995, which they lost to Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Its already the sixth professional stop was the first Bundesliga club FC Kaiserslautern, where he indeed was able to integrate straight into the team and also won the DFB-Pokal in 1996, but suffered immediate relegation. The seventh stage in his football career led him to the second division 05 KFC Uerdingen

In Uerdingen he met his former coach Juergen Gelsdorf again and developed with a total of 18 goals in two years one of the best players in the Bundesliga 2 this time. The 1st FC Cologne, who had just been relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time, noticed him and signed him for season 1998 /99. Although he often was used in his first season, the season was a big disappointment for Cologne and after an injury, it was also difficult for Wollitz to gain a foothold. After the resurgence he came only two appearances in the first league.

In this phase, Wollitz decided to end his career as a professional football player in the near future and to go to the coach compartment. He acquired the end of 2000 the A coaching license in the summer of 2001, he finally left the 1st FC Cologne.

In the fall of 2001 he went to the Lower division TuS Lingen, where he finished his playing career final after a brief stint at the age of 36 years.

Coaching career

KFC Uerdingen

His coaching career began in 2002 when Wollitz regional league KFC Uerdingen 05, where he was previously active as a player. After two seasons and end of the season each one place in mid-table Wollitz joined the 2004/05 season to another old friend, VfL Osnabrück.

VfL Osnabrück

Under Wollitz Osnabrück succeeded on the final day of the 2006/07 season as runners- the Regionalliga Nord promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga.

2007 graduated Wollitz a coaching course which qualified him according to the guidelines of the DFB as a coach in professional football. He completed the course as a nationally recognized football coach in December 2007 as the second best from.

In 2008, he was just able to keep the class with VfL Osnabrück in the Bundesliga 2, 2009, however, the club was relegated to the third division.

Energie Cottbus

In June 2009 Wollitz moved together with his assistant and assistant coach Markus Feldhoff to FC Energie Cottbus, who had just been relegated from the Bundesliga. The direct resurgence failed Wollitz after an average season. The following season, 2010/2011 Cottbus played in phases with the ascension and stood at the end of the first round in third place. In January 2011 Wollitz extended his contract until 2013. In the second half, however, the contact to the top ranks was lost, a promotion place was clearly missed at the end. This was followed by a disappointing season so far in the 2011/2012 season, after which Energie Cottbus and Wollitz parted by mutual agreement. Thus, the association of the request of Wollitz corresponded to an exemption, who called personal, sporting and family reasons.

Return to VfL Osnabrück

Effective 1 January 2012 Wollitz returned as the new head coach for VfL Osnabrück, who played in the third league since relegation in 2009. He signed a three and a half year contract until 30 June 2015. On 1 July 2012, he was also sports director. Under Wollitz VfL played a good season and remained until the end in the race for third place, which would have meant relegation.

On May 11, 2013, declared however included his resignation as director of sport and coach June 30, 2013. 's Resignation was surprised by the public at a press conference immediately after a defeat in the penultimate match against Arminia Bielefeld, especially since the VfL ​​three of the last four games won and preserved the chance of reaching the relegation place. As a reason for a cancellation Wollitz stated lack of trust of the club environment in his work, still there would be changes in the club with which he could not identify. After returning from Bielefeld, he held an emotional Wutrede front of some fans, in which he criticized, among others, its Board of Directors. The speech came via a video recording to the Internet, a little later, the video was circulated in the media and broadcast among others in the ZDF morning show. Wollitz took legal action against the creator of the video recording into consideration. A little later Wollitz, which should actually still stay until the end of the season was prematurely leave of absence from his position. The reason the club gave to the public announcement of his impending resignation as well as the criticism of parts of the club's management at the press conference. The former assistant coach Alexander Ukrow took over as coach for the remainder of the season. In a farewell speech to his players and the coaching staff is Wollitz later apologized for his Wutrede. It was an emotional moment of the speech.

Under Ukrow VfL won the last season game against Alemannia Aachen and reached the play-offs, but failed there to Dynamo Dresden.

FC Viktoria Köln

For the 2013/14 season of FC Viktoria Köln Wollitz committed as new head coach.


Wollitz is married and has three daughters. His four years older brother Michael Wollitz was also active football players. Nicknamed " Pele ", in reference to a famous Brazilian soccer player Pele, he got claims to the age of five.

As a coach Wollitz is known to the public for his passionate and emotional style of leadership, but also for his frequent outbursts of anger. In the media, it is referred to as a "cult - Trainer", on the other hand characterized as choleric. A former player certified him, much to invest in the team, the then President of Energie Cottbus described him after his obligation as authentic and engaging. His players he claims to be a lot of space, he ask in return but a decent behavior.

As a result of his tantrums, he was sent off in the 2012/2013 third league season three referees to the stands and had to reckon with a penalty of the DFB.