Michael Preetz began playing football at school. At eight, he was a member of a small Düsseldorf football club DSC 99, then first played in county and city selected teams before moving to Fortuna Dusseldorf 14 years. There he played up to the A- youth and was also appointed to various DFB - selected teams. At the age of 18 years he moved to the Fortuna professionals. In his first year as a pro 1986/87 was the striker behind Michael Blättel, Sven Demandt and Henrik Ravn - Jensen striker number four. His debut in the Bundesliga was Preetz on September 2, 1986 in a 2-0 win against SV Waldhof Mannheim. The former Fortuna coach Dieter porridge brought the young players surprise in the starting lineup and thanked this with his first professional Hits 1-0 lead. With a total of five goals after the season Preetz was the third best scorer of his team. Nevertheless, he could not prevent the descent of Düsseldorf. In the 2nd Bundesliga the tall attacker was initially displaced by newcomer Thomas Seeliger. However, in the 1988/89 season Preetz got back into the starting lineup and had eleven gates large share of the resurgence. However, there was a disappointing year and in the summer of 1990 he decided a change to the then second division 1 FC Saarbrücken. The Saarlanders Preetz was the undisputed number one in the storm center. Two years in a row he was by far dangerous goal scorer of the FCS. In the 2nd Bundesliga, he won in the 1991/92 season in the Südstaffel top scorer. Finally, lured him to the 1992/ 93 MSV Duisburg in the Ruhr area. With eleven goals ahead of Ferenc Schmidt Preetz be secured even at his new employer winning the internal scorers list. With Duisburg, he made his second ascent to the German House of Lords. But hardly there again caught up with him a déjà vu event and Preetz made it again not to prevail, so that he moved once again in the second league. The SG Wattenscheid 09 secured in the summer of 1994, the services of center forward, but gave him after only two seasons back off and let him go to Hertha BSC. The Hertha Preetz Africans celebrated the first year after his arrival, his third ascent. With nine goals in ascension year he had an enormous role in the rise, but was overshadowed by Axel Kruse. After Kruse injured during the first half of the season 1997/ 98, were all hopes of Preetz. This succeeded on the third attempt finally got the breakthrough in the league and led the team with fourteen goals scored in eleventh place in the table. In the following four years, he always remained the best scorer of the capital clubs and managed to 1998/99 for the first time in club history a place in the UEFA Champions League. This year, he was charged with 23 goals scorer in the Bundesliga. Only when the Brazilian Marcelinho was committed in the summer of 2001, the Berlin no longer alone by Michael Preetz were dependent. 2001 and 2002 he won the League Cup with the Berliners. It remained the only two successes in his career. Meanwhile Preetz was captain of the team and has remained with a total of 93 gates Hertha's record goalscorer.
In the senior team played Preetz 1999-2000 seven times and scored three goals, including the 1500th hit of the DFB - Elf. Previously, he was already at various youth teams and 1987 U20 World Championship runner in Chile. On 6 February 1999, the striker made his debut in the senior team. In the 0-3 defeat against the USA national coach Erich Ribbeck put him in the starting lineup of the Germans. Three days later, in the match against Colombia, he scored his first two goals in the dress of the DFB. 1999 there was Preetz the squad for the Confederations Cup in Mexico. There is a hit succeeded in the only victory in the competition against New Zealand. His last game for the national team played Preetz on 26 April 2000 against Switzerland in Kaiserslautern, when he was allowed to play from the beginning, but remained without a goal and was replaced already in the mid-term break for Ulf Kirsten.
Preetz engaged between 1994 and 2003 as vice president of the players union VDV and also completed a 18-month correspondence course in Sports Management. After the end of his career in 2003, he moved first as a teaching assistant by Dieter Hoeness into management of Hertha BSC, and eventually became head of the department professional players of the club. According to a statement from Hertha president Werner Gegenbauer Preetz was already considered the designated successor to Hoeness, who wanted to give up its commitment in 2010 as Manager and Managing Director. After Hoeness announced his resignation in June 2009, Preetz took over his duties earlier. His first year as manager ended with relegation from the Bundesliga as Table. The direct re-emergence as a champion of the second division was to a considerable proportion attributed to him, after his contract was extended until 2014. In the following season, but the Hertha only reached the place for the play-offs against Fortuna Dusseldorf. This opportunity could not use the Hertha, after which the club relegated to the 2nd Bundesliga. This was followed by a second time the direct re- emergence as second division champions. In October 2013 Preetz extended his contract until 2017.
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- Michael Preetz serves on the Board of Trustees of the youth football foundation.
- With 93 gates is Preetz record scorer Hertha.
- At the Junior World Cup 1987 Michael Preetz was with the German team vice champion