Alfred Kelbassa

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Alfred Kelbassa
birthday April 21, 1925
place of birth BuerGerman Empire
date of death August 11, 1988
Place of death DortmundGermany
position Storm
Years station
1933-1940 Black and white gun
Years station Games (goals) 1
1940-1946 SC Gelsenkirchen-Buer
Holstein Kiel (guest)
Fortuna Glückstadt (guest)
1946-1952 STV Horst-Emscher 135 0(80)
1952-1953 Prussia Munster 25 0(10)
1953-1954 STV Horst-Emscher 28 0(21)
1954-1963 Borussia Dortmund 183 (104)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1956-1958 Germany 6 00(2)
1 Only league games are given.

Alfred Kelbassa , actually Fred Kelbassa (born April 21, 1925 in Buer , today in Gelsenkirchen , † August 11, 1988 in Dortmund ), was a German football player . The fast and powerful striker played a total of 371 league games and scored 215 goals in the football Oberliga West from 1947 to 1962. With Borussia Dortmund he won the German soccer championship three times in 1956, 1957 and 1963 . With the national soccer team he took part in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.

Career as a footballer

Beginnings, Horst-Emscher and Münster, until 1954

Alfred Kelbassa was a sporty all-rounder. He became German youth champion and West German champion in pentathlon (100 m under 11 seconds, long jump 6.60 m, javelin over 60 m). As a result, he was physically robust and at the same time fast, so that his game was characterized by a tremendous impact. His football career began in 1933 at Schwarz-Weiß Bülse, before moving to SC Gelsenkirchen-Buer in 1940. During the war he played as a guest player with Holstein Kiel and Fortuna Glückstadt , then landed on the STV Horst-Emscher (1946-1952, 1953/54) and Preußen Münster (1952/53) from 1954 on Borsigplatz with Borussia Dortmund . With the Emscher Hussars, the strong-running, vigorous and goal-scoring attacker qualified in the 1946/47 season as runner-up in the Landesliga Westfalen Group 1, for the central Oberliga West starting from 1947/48.

In the debut round of the Oberliga, the blue-blacks from the Fürstenberg Stadium reached 3rd place in a season of 13 behind Borussia Dortmund and Sportfreunde Katernberg. On the first game day, September 14, 1947, Horst-Emscher lost the home game against RW Oberhausen with 2: 5; Center forward Kelbassa had brought the hosts 1-0 lead in the 10th minute. Both local derbies against FC Schalke 04 were won: In the 1-0 first leg success at Schalke on November 30, 1947, he scored the winning goal, in the 3-1 home win on April 11, 1948 in front of 25,000 spectators, he went empty-handed on the right wing. The center forward had played all 24 round matches and scored 20 goals. He took second place in the top scorers list of the Oberliga West behind August Lenz von Meister Dortmund with 22 goals. He is listed in the book "Der Pott ist rund" together with his teammates Mikuda and Wieding as a center forward in the "Revier-Team" of the 1947/48 season. On May 9, 1948, he and Horst-Emscher lost the game in the British Zone Championship with 1: 3 against FC St. Pauli. In the second league year, 1948/49, Kelbassa and colleagues were able to repeat third place, just like he was second in the top scorer list with 16 goals behind Alfred Preißler (24 goals). With 4th place in the west in the 1949/50 season he was qualified with the STV for the finals of the German football championship 1950 - the robust attacking leader had scored 18 goals in 28 games - and had it on May 21 in Worms with the SpVgg Fürth to do. With teammates like Heinz Flotho , Alfred Mikuda , Franz Wichelhaus , Bernhard Klodt and Heinz Zielinski they lost the game 2: 3 after a 2-0 lead and were eliminated from the rest of the competition. After relegation could only be achieved in the 1951/52 season in relegation - before the start of the round, BVB had poached four Horster top performers with Mikuda, Wieding, Wischner and Sahm - the dangerous attacker gave in to the recruitment of Prussia Munster and played in the 1952/53 season for Münster.

At the side of fellow players like Felix Gerritzen , Josef Lammers , Siegfried Rachuba and Edelbert Rey , the man from Horst-Emscher played 25 league games and scored ten goals. The Prussians took 7th place under coach Willi Multhaup . After only one year in Münster, however, he moved back to his homeland, he played again for Horst-Emscher in 1953/54. But the good years of the Emscher Hussars were over. Despite 21 goals in 28 league games by Kelbassa, the team from the colliery colony around the Nordstern colliery suffered relegation in the 1954 world championship year. Personally, Kelbassa had played a good round: He finished 2nd in the list of western goalscorers behind Hans Schäfer , was included in the "Revier Team" and was twice called up for West Germany on October 10, 1953 and February 28, 1954 . After relegation, the 29-year-old offensive player signed a new contract after a total of 163 league appearances with 101 goals at STV for the 1954/55 round at Borussia Dortmund.

Borussia Dortmund, 1954 to 1963

Here the striker became German champions with Borussia in 1956 and 1957 . At this time he was also the top scorer in the football Oberliga West twice in 1957 and 1958 . At the age of 31 he won the German championship for the first time on June 24, 1956. Kelbassa had completed all 30 round games in the Oberliga West and scored 22 goals. He finished second behind club mate Alfred Niepieklo with 24 goals. Coach Helmut Schneider had sent the BVB attack in the DM final with Wolfgang Peters , Preißler, Kelbassa, Niepieklo and Helmut Kapitulski on the lawn in the Berlin Olympic Stadium and Kelbassa had scored a goal. The title defense in 1957 went down in the history books: Exactly in the same line-up from the previous year, they won the title again on June 23, 1957 in Hanover against Hamburger SV with a clear 4-1. In the top division he had played 29 league games in the western championship and scored 30 goals, topping the list of goalscorers in the west. In the DM final, the center forward met HSV goalkeeper Horst Schnoor's goal twice . In both seasons he was listed as a center forward in the "Revier Team". His interplay with his playing partners in Dortmund Alfred Preißler and Alfred Niepieklo became legendary as " the three Alfredos ", who regularly instilled great respect for their opponents and produced goals on the assembly line. In Peuckmann's “The Heroes from the Football West” from 2001, the following was noted about this legendary interior storm: “All three scored well over a hundred goals in their time in the Oberliga West, scored their goals with the left, the right and the Head. They were technically complete footballers, each of whom was top scorer several times. But they were still not allowed to celebrate major successes in the national team. Kelbassa was still the most successful in this. "

At the end of the first half of the 1956/57 season he was appointed to the German national football team by national coach Sepp Herberger at the international match on December 23, 1956 in Cologne against Belgium. In the 4-1 win, the 31-year-old made a convincing debut and scored a goal alongside his attacking colleagues Erwin Waldner , Rolf Geiger , Willi Schröder and Heinz Vollmar . The BVB-Sturmführer had also proven himself internationally in the European Cup, especially in the games in 1956 against Manchester United (2: 3, 0: 0) and in 1958 against AC Milan (1: 1, 1: 4), in the duel against the professionals from England and Italy.

From 1956 to 1958 he played six times for the German national soccer team and scored two goals. With the DFB selection, Kelbassa took part in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden , where she finished fourth with the team. In the team line-up , he wore the number 15. As a substitute, the 33-year-old was only used in the game for third place against France on June 28, 1958.

Kelbassa ended his career after the 1961/62 season and was therefore no longer part of the 1962/63 senior division. After the regular center forward Jürgen Schütz was injured , he was reactivated for the finals and at the age of 38 in the group games against Munich 1860 (2: 3), Borussia Neunkirchen (0: 0) and Hamburger SV (3: 2, 1: 0) used four times and scored a goal in a 3-2 home win against HSV. So he is German champion in 1963 without having played a game in the association round 1962/63 in the Oberliga West.

After the career

Kelbassa had already obtained his diploma as a sports teacher in 1949 and after his active time as a footballer was employed in the sports department of the city of Dortmund. He died after several strokes on August 11, 1988 in Dortmund.

His son married the daughter of his strike partner Alfred Niepieklo , whose connection resulted in a joint grandson of the two strikers.

In 2012, the Alfred-Kelbassa-Strasse named after him was inaugurated in Dortmund-Brackel, near the BVB training center.


  • German champion 1956, 1957, 1963
  • World Cup fourth in 1958


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Web links

Individual evidence

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