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Norbert Nachtweih

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Full nameNorbert Nachtweih
Date of birth4 June 1957(age 59)
Place of birthSangerhausen, East Germany
Height1.74 m (5 ft 8.5 in)
Playing positionDefender, midfielder

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Norbert Nachtweih (born 4 June 1957 in Sangerhausen, German Democratic Republic) is a German former professional football defender.

He played from 1978 until 1992 as defender and midfielder for Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayern Munich. Afterwards he went to French Ligue 1 side AS Cannes (1989 1991), where he played together with Zinedine Zidane and appeared in 43 games. Subsequently he returned to Eintracht Frankfurt and retired in 1996 in 2. Bundesliga at Waldhof Mannheim.

In the GDR he played in the youth academy of Motor Sangerhausen, Traktor Polleben and MK Eisleben. In the DDR-Oberliga he played for Chemie Halle.

With Eintracht he won the UEFA Cup in 1980 and in 1981 the DFB cup. With Bayern he won the German Championship in 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1989 and the DFB cup in 1984 and 1986.

Nachtweih began his footballing career in the German Democratic Republic, flew in October 1976 at a U21-Länderspiel together with Jürgen Pahl from Turkey to West Germany and got suspended for one year by the FIFA. Although being one of the best German footballers in the 1980s, FIFA formalities forbade a career in the West German national team due to selections for the GDR. Like many other Frankfurt players, he was taken in by Bauherrenmodell, to reputedly help save on taxes. To pay off his debts, he had to sign a higher paid contract at Bayern Munich.

After his active career he became manager of SV Bernbach and FK Pirmasens (first as youth manager, then senior manager).

From 1998 until December 1999 he played for the FC Sportfreunde 1920 Schwalbach in the Landesliga Hessen Mitte.

At present he works in the football academy of Eintracht Frankfurt.

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