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Torsten Gütschow


Torsten Gütschow

Torsten Gütschow
TuS Heeslingen
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* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Torsten Gütschow (born 28 July 1962 in Görlitz) is a German former footballer who played as a striker.[2] He is most associated with Dynamo Dresden, with whom he had two successful spells, playing top level football in East Germany and after reunification.[3] In between these he played for three other German clubs, and spent six months with Galatasaray of the Turkish Super Lig.[3] A strong and instinctive goalscorer, Gütschow was top scorer in each of the last three seasons of the DDR-Oberliga,[4] and was the last ever East German Footballer of the Year.[5] He won three international caps for East Germany, scoring two goals between 1984 and 1989.[6] Since retiring he has taken up coaching, and has been manager of TuS Heeslingen since 2006.[7]

Playing career

In East Germany

Gütschow played as a youth for Traktor Zodel and Dynamo Görlitz,[3] before joining Dynamo Dresden in 1976.[8] After four years in their youth setup, he was promoted to the first-team, making his DDR-Oberliga debut in 1980.[3] He established himself as a consistent goalscorer, and scored 17 goals in the 1984–85 season.[3] The next two seasons were blighted by injury, but he returned to form, partnering Ulf Kirsten up front, and was the league's top scorer in its last three seasons.[4] His seven goals in the 1988-89 UEFA Cup made him the competition's top scorer and in 1991 he was named as the last ever East German Footballer of the Year.[5]

During much of Gütschow's time with Dynamo Dresden, the league was dominated by Berliner FC Dynamo, who won ten consecutive league titles from 1979 to 1988.[9] Dresden broke this run by winning the championship in 1989 and 1990,[9][10] adding a cup win in the latter season to complete the double. They had also won the cup in 1982, 1984 and 1985.[10]

After reunification

The last season of the DDR-Oberliga (now renamed the NOFV-Oberliga) saw Dynamo Dresden finish second, behind Hansa Rostock,[11] and with German reunification they qualified for the Bundesliga.[11] In their first season they finished in 14th place,[12] and Gütschow was the team's top scorer, with 10 goals from 31 appearances.[13][14] The following season, he played eight matches, scoring twice,[15] before leaving in December 1992, joining Galatasaray of the Turkish Super Lig.[1] Gütschow's 12 Bundesliga goals are still the most of any Dynamo Dresden player.

Galatasaray had a German coach, Karl-Heinz Feldkamp, and two other German players in Falko Götz and Reinhard Stumpf. Gütschow settled in immediately, and scored 10 goals in 15 league appearances,[1][3] as the club won a league and cup double.[16] Gütschow only spent six months in Turkey, returning to Germany in summer 1993[3] but remains a popular figure with Galatasaray fans.

Gütschow returned to Germany with Carl Zeiss Jena of the 2. Bundesliga,[3] but had a singularly unsuccessful season, making only 9 league appearances and failing to score.[17] He left Jena after one year, and followed this with single-year spells at two other 2. Liga clubs – Hannover 96 and Chemnitzer FC.[3] He had more personal success in both these seasons, scoring 16 and 15 goals respectively,[18][19] but the latter ended in relegation for Chemnitz.[20]

In 1996, Gütschow returned to Dynamo Dresden, now in the third-tier Regionalliga Nordost.[3] He spent three years with the club as they tried unsuccessfully to get promoted to the second division,[21] before retiring in 1999.[3] In total, he had made 329 league appearances for Dynamo, scoring 149 goals, across two spells.[3]


Club performance[3] League Cup[nb 1] Continental[nb 2] Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1980–81 Dynamo Dresden[22] DDR-Oberliga 14 3 0 0 0 0 14 3
1981–82 15 4 5 2 3 0 23 6
1982–83 25 9 4 1 2 0 32 10
1983–84 20 7 3 2 - - 23 9
1984–85 26 17 8 3 6 1 40 21
1985–86 9 0 3 0 2 0 14 0
1986–87 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
1987–88 20 9 4 2 2 0 26 11
1988–89 26 17 3 2 9 7 38 26
1989–90 25 18 6 10 1 1 32 29
1990–91 NOFV-Oberliga 26 20 3 1 6 5 35 26
1991–92 Bundesliga 31 10 3 1 - - 34 11
1992–93 8 2 0 0 - - 8 2
1992–93 Galatasaray[1] Turkish Super League 15 10 4 2 - - 19 12
1993–94 Carl Zeiss Jena 2. Bundesliga 9 0 2 0 - - 11 0
1994–95 Hannover 96 33 16 2 1 - - 35 17
1995–96 Chemnitzer FC 34 15 2 2 - - 36 17
1996–97 Dynamo Dresden[23] Regionalliga Nordost 30 12 0 0 - - 30 12
1997–98 32 16 4 2 - - 36 18
1998–99 20 5 3 0 - - 23 5
Career total 420 190 63 32 31 14 514 236

International career

Gütschow was called up to the East Germany national team in February 1984, making his debut in a 3–1 away win against Greece.[6] His second cap came later in the same year, also against Greece – this time he scored again in a 1–0 home win.[6] His third and final cap didn't come until 1989, in a 1–1 draw with Finland at his home stadium in Dresden.[6] He was also capped at under-21 level and made three appearances for the DDR Olympic team.[8]

International goals

Scores and results table.[6] East Germany's goal tally first:

# Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
1. 15 February 1984 Olympic Stadium, Athens, Greece  Greece
2. 12 September 1984 Georgi-Dimitroff-Stadion, Zwickau, East Germany  Greece


Coaching career

After ending his playing career, Gütschow took up coaching. He worked with VfL Bochum's reserve team,[7] and was manager of FC Oberneuland from 2003 to 2004.[7] In 2006 he was appointed as manager of TuS 1906 Heeslingen,[7] and won promotion to the Oberliga Nord in his first season. Gütschow is still in charge at the club,[7] who are still in the Oberliga, albeit now in the Oberliga Niedersachsen[24] after the league was restructured in 2008.


Gütschow worked as an Inoffizieller Mitarbeiter (paid informant) for the Stasi.[25] This came about after he was arrested in Sweden for drink-driving; the East German authorities offered him a deal where he would be released on condition that he would provide the Stasi with information. However, he immediately confessed this involvement to his team-mates, and promised never to report anything negative about them.


External links

  • Club profile (German)
  • (German)

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