Norbert Meier

Norbert Meier (2011)

Norbert Meier ( born September 20, 1958 in Reinbek ) is a German football coach and former football player. In 1983 he was awarded the Bremen athlete of the year.


He graduated in the Bundesliga from 1981 to 1992 a total of 292 games for Werder Bremen and Borussia Moenchengladbach. In 1988 he became German champions Werder. His position was the offensive midfield. Together with Rudi Völler, Thomas Schaaf, Uwe Reinders, Klaus Fichtel he was jointly responsible under coach Otto Rehhagel for the success of the club Werder Bremen in the 1980s. For Werder he scored 66 Bundesliga goals, a cup Gate and seven goals in European club competitions.

For the national team, he played from 1982 to 1985 16 times, scoring two goals, both of them. The midfielder was in the squad of the national team in a 4-2 against Yugoslavia on 7 June 1983 at the European Football Championship 1984 in France.

Meier was a Bundesliga player 111 times replaced in the course of his career, often in away games, earning him the nickname Match - Meier brought in Bremen. He belongs together with Mehmet Scholl and Ulf Kirsten of the most frequently the replaced player in Bundesliga history.


Meier worked as a coach at Borussia Mönchengladbach and accommodating and then for Mönchengladbach amateur team from November 1997 to March 1998. From 4 January 2003 to December 8, 2005, he was coach of the MSV Duisburg in the Bundesliga.

After his second season as head coach at MSV Duisburg Meier succeeded in the end of season 2004/ 05 promotion to the Bundesliga. At the start of the following season so far offset Meier on 6 December 2005 during a league match against 1.FC Cologne the other player Albert Streit on the outside line a head butt and then dropped himself. Dispute was subsequently banned from the area, Meier received for this " swallow" the sports court of the DFB by Provisional available on 7 December, a temporary prohibition. Thereupon Meier was suspended by his club and initially released on 8 December 2005. On 15 December 2005 Meier was banned from the sport court of the German Football Association in the single judge procedure by indictment by the DFB Control for an unsportsmanlike conduct in the form of an assault against the then Cologne player dispute for three months to pursue an activity as a trainer. Meier was also sanctioned with a fine of 12,500 euros. The lock was released on March 7, 2006.

From 10 September 2006 Meier worked as a coach at Dynamo Dresden. He was released on 24 September 2007 for sporting reasons again.

On 1 January 2008 Meier became head coach at Fortuna Dusseldorf. He succeeds the seven weeks previously dismissed Uwe Weidemann. In the first year under his direction Fortuna Dusseldorf missed the promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga in third place. This succeeded in the second attempt on 23 May 2009. The following season, 2009/10 Fortuna missed under his leadership despite the waning competition and a point deduction for Arminia Bielefeld nearly promotion to the Bundesliga. Here, especially the outward weakness played a role, as Fortuna won only four of 17 away games. With six defeats in a row was started in the 2010/11 season and was eliminated in the first round of the DFB Cup against third division side TuS Koblenz from. Below sat a turnaround, could, inter alia, with nine home wins in a row realize the connection to the upper third of the table with Fortuna Dusseldorf. The first 18 competitive matches of the season 2011/12 were denied without defeat. After the end of the first round Meier led the Fortuna to 26 competitive games without defeat with 41 points - which since the introduction of the three-point rule represents the second league record - to fall championships. With the third place in the final table, the qualification succeeded to the relegation play for the Bundesliga rise against Hertha BSC. Finally, Meier succeeded for the second time after 2004 /05, the rise in the highest German league, but rose Fortuna Dusseldorf directly again. After descending to Meier and the club parted amicably. Shortly afterwards he rejected a request from Besiktas Istanbul.

Meier was born on February 23, 2014 Coach of the relegation second division club Arminia Bielefeld as a successor to the recently furloughed Stefan Krämer.


  • Meier 1983 Bremer Sportsman of the Year.
  • Meier was chosen along with manager Werner Wolf in 2012 to Düsseldorf the year in sports.

Private life

Meier is married since 1983 and has two children, lived briefly separated from his wife, with his partner in Dusseldorf, is then ( after relegation ) but returned to his wife.