Camillo Ugi

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Camillo Ugi (born December 21, 1884 in Leipzig , † May 9, 1970 in Markkleeberg ) was a German football player . The highlights of his career were winning the German championship in 1906 with VfB Leipzig and, as a national player, participating in the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm. The middle runner completed 15 international matches between 1909 and 1912. Ugi led the German national team nine times as team captain and was a record national player in the DFB selection from 1912 to 1913.


The son of an Italian joined the Allgemeine Turnverein Leipzig in 1845 at the age of 14 , where he practiced various sports such as gymnastics, swimming and athletics. Football was also played at ATV; Ugi's notebook contained a game description of a match between ATV and FC Vorwärts from 1902. Apparently he was enthusiastic about the sport, which was still young in the German Empire, and the only occasional ATV games were not enough for him, because in the same year he joined the Leipzig Ball Game Club in 1893 (LBC), one of the city's first football clubs.

In 1904 Ugi completed an apprenticeship as an electrical mechanic and worked in a company that manufactured cinematographs . At the mediation of a former club colleague from ATV 1845, he got a lucrative professional position in Brazil, combined with the prospect of being able to play football there. Ugi left Leipzig in April 1905 and arrived in São Paulo on May 3rd . In the following weeks he competed with the German football club SC Germânia against local clubs and an English club. However, the continuation of the professional career of the 20-year-old turned out to be less successful than expected: Due to a lack of Portuguese language skills, he was unable to take up the promised well-paid job. After a few months he left Brazil and returned to Leipzig.

No sooner had he got home than he joined VfB Leipzig , which has developed into one of the most successful German clubs in recent years and won the first German soccer championship in 1903. Ugi contributed in the round 1905/06 to the second title win of the blue-whites. But shortly afterwards he had to change clubs again: Ugi had to do his military service in Dresden and played there for the Dresdner SC . How long he stood for the DSC and what the subsequent stations were, is not clear. What is certain is that in 1909 he belonged again to VfB Leipzig and took part in almost all championship games in the 1910/11 round, including the final in Dresden, which was lost 3-1 to Berlin TuFC Viktoria 89 . At this time, Ugi had already played his first games for the German national football team: He made his international debut in the 9-0 defeat against England on March 18, 1909 in Oxford. From then on, he was one of the mainstays of the German team.

On August 11, 1911, he signed off from VfB. Since he hadn't found a job in Leipzig, he had followed a hint from a friend that there was money to be made playing football there and drove to Marseille to work at the local Stade Helvétique , which consisted mostly of Swiss players. The club was one of the more successful in France at the time, but it was by no means a professional club, as Ugi had been told. So after a very short time he started his journey home again. On the way back to Leipzig, he stopped in Frankfurt am Main for a few weeks, where he laced his soccer boots for FSV Frankfurt . The international match against Sweden on October 29, 1911 in Hamburg also fell during this period. By December 24th of the same year at the latest, he was already playing again for VfB Leipzig; A friendly against DFC Prague is documented for this day.

Camillo Ugi (right) with the German national soccer team on July 1, 1912

In the summer of 1912 the Olympic Games were scheduled in Stockholm . For the first time, the German Reich provided a team for the soccer competitions, and together with his VfB teammate Karl Uhle , Camillo Ugi was nominated for the German selection. Both were involved in the 16-0 record success against Russia in the second game of the tournament, Ugi also led the German national team in the semi-finals of the consolation round as captain, which was lost 3-1 to Hungary.

Shortly after his return from Sweden, Ugi decided to turn his back on Leipzig one more time. An offer from Wroclaw , combined with the prospect of opening his own workshop for the production of cinematographs, drew the 27-year-old to Silesia. This change meant that Ugi did not appear as a Leipziger at the very first international match, which took place in his hometown on November 17, 1912, but represented the Breslauer Sportfreunde club . It was his 15th and last appearance for the DFB-Elf.

Ugi obviously felt at home in Wroclaw, although the originally promised career prospects - once again - did not come true and he only worked as a craftsman in a vending machine restaurant. However, his work gave him enough time to train junior teams as well.

In 1914, after the outbreak of World War I , Ugi was drafted into the army. In 1915 he sustained an ankle injury while fighting in France. He spent his convalescence leave in Radeberg near Dresden, and after the injury had healed the following year, he played football again, initially for a short time for the Dresden Football Ring in 1902 , then he traveled on to Breslau. After the end of the war, Ugi returned to Leipzig. After a brief stint at FC Sportfreunde , he played again for VfB from 1919 and - although now at the age of 35 - kept up with the first team without any problems; In 1921 he was appointed to the VMBV team again and his name appeared in VfB match reports until 1923.

At the end of his active career, which he let end with the Sportfreunde from 1924, the family had moved more and more into the foreground of his life. Ugi had married in 1921 and the first of the couple's three daughters was born in 1922. The professional ambition took the place of the sporty one, and Ugi worked his way up at the Leipzig cinematograph and film manufacturer Johannes Nitzsche AG from simple clerk to plant manager (1927).


Wreath laying by the "Initiative 1903"

In 1965 Ugi was made an honorary member of 1. FC Nürnberg .

On May 9, 2006, almost 36 years after Ugi's death, the central sports park in Markkleeberg, where he had lived from 1921 until his death, was renamed the “Camillo Ugi” sports park in recognition of the exceptional athlete's services to German football. The sports park is the home ground of Kickers 94 Markkleeberg .

Ten years later, the city of Leipzig honored him by naming a street in Probstheida , the Ugiwinkel.


  • Hardy Grüne , Lorenz Knieriem: Encyclopedia of German League Football. Volume 8: Player Lexicon 1890–1963. Agon-Sportverlag, Kassel 2006, ISBN 3-89784-148-7 , p. 397.
  • Gerlinde Rohr: Camillo Ugi - record national player before the First World War . In: Sports Museum currently. Bulletin of the Friends of the Sächsisches Sportmuseum e. V. No. 1/2000, pp. 30-34. ( Article online at )

Web links

Commons : Camillo Ugi  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Matthias Arnhold: Camillo Ugi - International Appearances . . March 25, 2020. Accessed March 26, 2020.
  2. Grenadier Reserve Regiment No. 100, 2nd Company: Gefr. Camillo Ugi - Leipzig - slightly injured; Saxon Loss List No. 199, p. 9017 / German Loss List (September 25, 1915).
  3. street naming 1/2016: Decision DS-02224/16 of 04.07.2016
  4. Footballer Camillo Ugi: Late honor for an almost forgotten legend