Bernd Meier

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Bernd Meier
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Personal information
Date of birth (1972-02-11)11 February 1972
Place of birth Rain, West Germany
Date of death 2 August 2012(2012-08-02) (aged 40)
Place of death Burgheim, Germany
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
TSV Rain am Lech
TSV Burgheim
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
0000–1993 TSV Aindling
1993–1999 1860 Munich 93 (0)
1999–2002 Borussia Mönchengladbach 2 (0)
2002–2005 Rot Weiss Ahlen 84 (0)
2005–2007 Borussia Dortmund 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Bernd Meier (11 February 1972 – 2 August 2012) was a German footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

Playing career

Born in Rain, Swabia, Meier arrived at the professional level at the age of 21, joining TSV 1860 Munich and promoting to the Bundesliga in his first year. During his subsequent four-season spell with the Löwen (lions), he continued to battle for first-choice status with Rainer Berg, appearing in a career-best 33 games in 1995–96 to help his team to the eighth position.

In summer 1999, Meier signed with Borussia Mönchengladbach, playing in only two league matches during his stint, one in each major level of German football. After three years he returned to the second division, going on to start for Rot Weiss Ahlen.

Meier moved to Borussia Dortmund in 2005, at the age of 33, being only third-choice over the course of two seasons, and inclusively being demoted to the reserves. He retired with 94 top level games to his credit.

Coaching career

On 6 January 2010, Meier was named as the new goalkeeper coach of SV Wacker Burghausen.[citation needed]

The following year, in the same capacity, he joined the Germany under-17 team.


Meier died on 2 August 2012 of an apparent heart attack, after being admitted to the hospital for food poisoning. He was only 40 years of age.[1][2]


  1. ^ "Ex-Torwart Bernd Meier stirbt nach Herzinfarkt" [Former keeper Bernd Meier dies of heart attack] (in German). Abendzeitung. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Bundesliga trauert um Bernd Meier" [Bundesliga mourns Bernd Meier] (in German). Der Spiegel. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012.

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