Marco Reich

Marco Reich
Personal information
Full name Marco Franzisco Thomas Reich
Date of birth (1977-12-30) 30 December 1977
Place of birth Meisenheim, West Germany
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Midfielder, Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2001 1. FC Kaiserslautern 138 (12)
2001–2002 1. FC Köln 24 (0)
2002–2004 Werder Bremen 17 (0)
2004–2005 Derby County 50 (7)
2005 Red Star Belgrade 0 (0)
2005–2007 Crystal Palace 27 (2)
2007–2008 Kickers Offenbach 17 (0)
2008–2009 Walsall 19 (3)
2009 Jagiellonia Białystok[1] 15 (2)
2010–2011 WAC St. Andrä 42 (15)
2011–2012 SK Austria Klagenfurt 24 (8)
2012–2013 Villacher SV 26 (11)
National team
1997–1998 Germany U-21 11 (2)
1999 Germany 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 February 2014.

Marco Reich (born 30 December 1977) is a German retired footballer.

Club career

He made his professional debut in October 1996 with Kaiserslautern in the 2. Bundesliga and subsequently played five seasons for the club, four of them in the Bundesliga after they were promoted there in 1997. He also won the Bundesliga champions title with Kaiserslautern in 1998.[2]

In the summer of 2001, he moved to Köln and spent one season with the club, making 24 Bundesliga appearances without scoring a goal. He then moved to Werder Bremen next summer, subsequently spending one season and a half with the club, but only making 17 Bundesliga appearances with no goals scored before moving to Derby County of then Football League First Division in January 2004. At Derby, he spent a bit more than one season and a half before moving to Crystal Palace in September 2005. The highlight of his time at Palace was arguably when he scored the winning goal to knock European champions Liverpool out of the 2005/06 League Cup.[3]

Reich also won one international cap for Germany, playing 78 minutes in their 3–3 draw with Colombia in a friendly match played in Miami, Florida on 9 February 1999.

He has a reputation for starting strongly at clubs, before fading away and falling out of favour, as has been the case with his last three clubs. At Werder Bremen, he was earmarked as the replacement for Oliver Bierhoff in the German national team, before losing his first-team place and moving to Derby County on a free transfer. There, a series of virtuoso performances helped to keep the club in the Championship, and he also gave many autographs to fans. He eventually left the club in much the same way as Werder Bremen, signing for Crystal Palace. Marco then moved to German side Kickers Offenbach on 30 January 2007 on a free transfer.

He joined Walsall on a free transfer in August 2008 after being released by Offenbach following their relegation from the second tier of German football.[4] On 2 May 2009, he signed a contract with Jagiellonia after being released by Walsall. He has recently been critical of the standard of football in the Ekstraklasa, comparing it to the lower divisions of the German League, although he did speak favourably about teams like Wisla Krakow and Lech Poznan.[5] In January 2010, he signed for WAC St. Andrä.


1. FC Kaiserslautern
SV Werder Bremen
Jagiellonia Białystok


  1. "Statystyki Jagiellonii w sezonie 2009/2010 – po 30. kolejce" (in Polish). Jagiellonia Białystok. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  2. "Marco Reich im Interview: "Wofür soll ich mich rechtfertigen?"" (in German). Archived from the original on 5 January 2010.
  3. "Crystal Palace 2–1 Liverpool". BBC. 25 October 2005. Retrieved 28 October 2009.
  4. "Walsall snap up midfielder Reich". BBC Sport. 4 August 2008. Retrieved 26 January 2009.
  5. Jensen, Mika (30 September 2009). "Reich: Ekstraklasa like Germany's 3rd division". Retrieved 10 February 2013.
Preceded by
Joonas Kolkka
Crystal Palace F.C. Goal of the Season
Succeeded by
Dougie Freedman
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