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Uwe Rosler

Uwe Rosler is a former German centre forward who was born in Altenburg, East Germany on 15th November 1968. Rosler started his professional career with FC Lokomotive Leipzig in 1987. He made a handful of first team appearances for Leipzig, but really made a name for himself after joining FC Magdeburg in 1988. Rosler had an impressive strike rate of over one-in-three until his 1991 departure. He spent 1991/92 with Dynamo Dresden, who finished just above the drop zone. The following campaign saw Rosler move to FC Nuremberg. He failed to find the net in a 28 game spell. Rosler later said he found it difficult to adapt to West Germany based Nuremberg, coming just a few years after the country's reunification. Back in East Germany players were regarded as amateurs, but in the West Rosler found there was "more individualist thinking, cliques and a powerful press and politics behind first team selection. The wall was still there in some people's head." He returned to Dynamo Dresden for the start of the 1993/94 campaign.

Rosler signed for Manchester City on loan for 3 months following a successful trial match against Burnley in March 1994. He quickly became a cult hero with the Maine Road supporters after scoring 5 in 7 during 1993/94. He struck up a decent partnership with Paul Walsh, netting against the likes of Aston Villa and Chelsea.

Rosler joined Brian Horton's Man City on a permanent basis for 1994/95. He was sent off in the opening day defeat to Arsenal, but set things right on his return from suspension. Rosler scored 22 goals, helping City beat the drop. He was deservedly named the club's player of the season. The following campaign was less enjoyable for Rosler. He fell out with new manager Alan Ball and struggled to fit into the former England legend's new system. Rosler still managed 9 goals, and gave City a fighting chance with some battling displays towards the conclusion of the season. After netting in a derby day defeat to Manchester United on 6th April 1996, Rosler ran to the bench and pointed to the back of his shirt in a dig at Ball. His goal in the 2-2 draw with Liverpool on 5th May 1996 wasn't enough to save City from the drop.

Rosler scored 17 goals during City's 1996/97 Division One campaign. The following term he found the net just 7 times as injury struck. He left the club in 1998 as the club suffered a shock relegation to Division 2.

In the summer of 1998 Rosler signed for German champions Kaiserslautern. He helped his new side qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League in 1998/99, scoring a hatrick in a 5-2 win over HJK Helsinki. Kaiserslautern ended the season in 5th place. Rosler was on the move again in 1999, dropping down a division to sign for Tennis Borussia Berlin.

In July 2000 Rosler signed for Southampton when Tennis Borussia Berlin went bankrupt. He struggled to replicate his Manchester City form under Saints boss Glenn Hoddle as injuries took their toll. He made his debut against Derby on 19th August 2000, and went on to represent the South Coast club 24 times during 2000/01. He scored just once that term however, and that was only in the League Cup against Mansfield. Rosler came under criticism from Saints fans despite his wholehearted efforts. He got himself on the score-sheet twice in the St Marys opener against Espanyol on 11th August 2001. Rosler's opportunities were fairly limited during 2001/02. He made his final Southampton appearance in Gordon Strachan's first match, the 3-3 draw with Ipswich on 24th October 2001. He joined Division One promotion hopefuls West Brom for a month on loan a few days later. Rosler scored for the Baggies against Nottingham Forest on 4th November 2001. He left Southampton in 2002.

Rosler had a short spell with German lower league outfit SpVgg Unterhaching in 2002 before moving to Norway with Lillestrom SK. The former City man rediscovered his goal-scoring touch, with an impressive strike-rate of 10 from 11. Sadly his career had to be cut short when he was diagnosed with cancer. Thankfully Rosler made a full recovery following chemotherapy.

After obtaining his coaching badges, Rosler returned to Lillestrom as manager in 2005. He led the club to two consecutive 4th place finishes, whilst also taking them to two cup finals. He was sacked by the club in 2006. Rosler exchange jobs with Viking FK's Tom Nordlie, who went in the opposite direction to Lillestrom. The East German spent three years with Viking, an initially did very well, helping the club to a 3rd place finish. Results dipped before Rosler's 2009 departure however. He had a short stay with Molde in 2010 before being replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

In June 2011 Rosler was the surprise new appointment at Brentford. At certain points in 2011/12 he had The Bees in play-off contention. They would eventually have to settle on a 9th place League 1 finish however.

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