Christian Nerlinger

Christian Nerlinger

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Christian Nerlinger

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Christian Nerlinger (born 21 March 1973 in Dortmund) is a retired German footballer who played as a central midfielder.

His professional career was mainly associated with Bayern Munich – who he later represented in directorial capacities – and Borussia Dortmund.

Club career

Nerlinger signed for FC Bayern Munich at the age of 13, completing his formation at the Bavarian side. He was promoted to the first team in 1992, but made no Bundesliga appearances in his debut season.

In the following campaign, Nerlinger's impact, in a midfield which also comprised Jorginho, Lothar Matthäus, Mehmet Scholl and Christian Ziege, was immediate, and he helped the eventual champions by finishing as the second top scorer in the squad with nine goals – a career-best – only behind Scholl and Adolfo Valencia's 11; he made his competition debut on 7 August 1993, in a 3–1 home win against SC Freiburg.

After another four solid seasons, Nerlinger moved to hometown club Borussia Dortmund, where he began suffering with injuries; this situation would be worsened in the following years, as he could hardly get a game at any of his following two clubs, Scotland's Rangers and 1. FC Kaiserslautern (he reunited with former Bayern teammate Carsten Jancker in the latter), forcing to his retirement from the game in December 2005.

After his professional career ended, Nerlinger studied International Business at Munich Business School,...
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