"Fingerspitzengefühl"(an innate ability to feel the right thing, be in the right place) was a feature of Wolfgang de Beers long career as a goalkeeper. In his role as goalkeeping coach (hes been at the club since 1986!) that same quality shows through only too clearly as well. He played in the Bundesliga for 16 seasons before moving to MSV Duisburg for whom he played in the second division. Throughout he was always the complete professional, even when he was on the bench watching Stefan Klos take the field. Klos replaced him in the 1991-92 season, and later, when Jens Lehmann was ahead of him, his total commitment and attitude was exemplary.
He joined the coaching staff in 2001. Despite the fact that the South Stands favourite is classified as the archetypal Dortmunder, de Beer lives with his family life in Dinslaken. Thats my home, thats where my friends are, and thats where I am most comfortable, explains de Beer whose personal playing highlight came with in 1989 when he helped BVB lift the German (DFB) Cup in Berlin. He started his career with TV Jahn Hiesfeld, a club in the local leagues around Dinslaken before joining MSV Duisburg making his Bundesliga debut for them on 22 May 1982.
At the time he was still registered as a youth-team player. In 1986, at the age of 22, he joined Borussia Dortmund as a back-up to Rolf Meyer. However, Meyer injured himself before the season and so de Beer had his big chance and he did not let BVB coach Reinhard Saftig down. In part thanks to his form in goal, Borussia Dortmund managed to qualify for the UEFA Cup having the previous season only stayed in the top flight by winning a play off. De Beer had quick reactions when on his line and also knew when to be where in and around his box.