Adolf Jäger (soccer player)

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Adolf Jäger
birthday March 31, 1889
place of birth AltonaGerman Empire
date of death November 21, 1944
Place of death HamburgGerman Empire
position Storm
Years station
1903-1907 Union 03 Altona
Years station Games (goals) 1
1907-1927 Altonaer FC from 1893
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1908-1924 Germany 18 (11)
1 Only league games are given.

Adolf Jäger (born March 31, 1889 in Altona ; † November 21, 1944 in Hamburg- Altona) was a German football player.



Jäger, who emerged from the youth of Union 03 Altona , for whom he was also active as a batting player, was signed by Altonaer FC in 1893 in 1907 and was used for the first time on Christmas Day 1907 against the Dutch club Dordtsche Football Club . In the championships organized by the North German Football Association , he played in the Hamburg-Altona district, in the 1913/14 season in the Northern German Association League proposed and played for the first time by Holstein Kiel , in the North District League from the 1920/21 season and in the 1921 / 22 point games in the Elbe district. During his association with his team, he won several regional championships and twice the North German championship. Due to the success he also took part in the finals of the German Championship, in which he was used a total of five times and scored three goals; on May 16, 1909, he even advanced to the semi-finals , which were clearly lost in Berlin against BTuFC Viktoria 89 with 7-0.

Selection / national team

As a 51-time player in the national team of the North German Football Association , he played 26 games for the Crown Prince's Cup alone - from 1919 Federal Cup - scoring 35 goals and winning them in 1914, 1917 and 1919 .

For the senior national team , he played 18 international matches - ten as captain - and scored eleven goals, three from penalties . He crowned his debut on June 7, 1908 in Vienna in the 3-2 defeat against the national team of Austria with his first goal, the 1: 2 goal in the 28th minute. He played his last game as a national player on December 14, 1914 in Stuttgart in a 1-1 draw against the Swiss national team . He was the first to lead the team onto the field ten times as captain , before Ludwig Leinberger outbid him with eleven games on January 1, 1933.

He also took part with the senior national team in the Olympic football tournament held in Stockholm from June 29 to July 4, 1912 and only played the last sixteen , which was lost 1: 5 against the Austrian national team , scoring the only goal of the German team .



In 1927 he was honored with the eagle plaque, the highest honor in German sport at the time. The later Reich trainer Otto Nerz called him "one of the greatest geniuses of German football and the creator of the modern combination game" . “ Die Tageszeitung ” placed him in their “Eleven of the Century” in 1999. The Altonaer FC venue, the Adolf-Jäger-Kampfbahn on Griegstrasse in Ottensen , was named after him in 1944 .

Further career

After the end of World War I , "from which he returned as a reserve officer" , opened hunters a cigar shop at the corner shoulder blade / Hamburger Strasse (now Max-Brauer-Allee ) and led from 1921 together with a Altona players the menswear business hunters & Koch near Hamburg City Hall . In the second half of the 1920s he also ran an advertising agency, of which John Jahr was a partner . Since that time Jäger lived in one of Oelsner 's new buildings at Lunapark in the north of Altona; he was married and had one son. During the Second World War he died while disposing of ordnance on the banks of the Elbe . His final resting place is in the Altona cemetery at the Volkspark .


By the end of his career in 1927 , Jäger is said to have scored more than 2,000 goals in over 700 league team games (including friendly matches), although reliable statistics are lacking.

Former national coach Sepp Herberger said of the Altona striker: “He was the greatest we've ever had. He was a strategist. "


  • Norbert Carsten: Altona 93. 111 league years in ups and downs. Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2003 ISBN 3-89533-437-5 (especially p. 34 and 76-78)
  • Eduard Hoffmann: He didn't know any rush. the daily newspaper of December 1, 1999, p. 18
  • Folkert Mohrhof: The Adolf Jäger era. The quarter century of the old master of Altona 93. Verlag Barrikade , Hamburg 2014
  • Olaf Wuttke: Adolf Jäger and the AFC. A football legend. Altonaer Anzeiger of November 30, 1999, p. 7

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. So the Festschrift 25 Jahre Norddeutscher Sportverband eV , Hamburg 1930, edited by Peter Meis, page 167. Three years earlier, the association had officially honored hunters for their 50th game; it remained his last. Jankowski / Pistorius / Prüß pull in “ Fußball im Norden” , Bremen and Barsinghausen 2005, on page 68 also this number in doubt and accept 48 bets. A problem for statisticians are various games with an unclear status - "official" and / or "unofficial".
  2. ^ Matthias Arnhold: Adolf Jäger - Goals in International Matches . . March 25, 2020. Accessed April 23, 2020.
  3. a b c Volker Stahl: Herberger's strategist. In: kicker sports magazine . April 23, 2020, page 36 (North edition).