Encyclopedia of GDR football

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The encyclopedia of GDR football is a reference work on the historical representation of GDR football . The work created by the author Hanns Leske was published in 2007 by the Göttinger Verlag Die Werkstatt ( ISBN 978-3-89533-556-3 ) and comprises 590 pages.

Main chapter

  • Register of clubs and sports associations (pp. 43–46)
  • Brief portraits of the players and coaches (pp. 48–549)
  • Final tables of the Oberliga 1949 / 50–1990 / 91 (pp. 559–569)
  • Statistics on the national team and the league players (from p. 552)


The main part of the encyclopedia deals on 502 pages with the players and coaches in GDR football, mainly from the GDR upper league . The stations are listed with the year, also before and after the Oberliga era as well as the further path in GDR football (coach, functionary, etc.). The appearances in the national teams (also in the youth team) are taken into account. As a rule, the entries are four to twenty lines long in a two-column system, depending on the biography. Occasionally players have also been included who were only active up to the second-rate GDR league without a system being recognizable. In several cases, in addition to the stations and deployment times, Leske added facts from the political environment ( entanglement in the Stasi , escape from the GDR ), which sometimes take up several pages (e.g. Bernd Bransch , four pages / Lutz Eigendorf , three pages).

Information about the clubs or sports communities involved is also attached to the player portraits in loose succession. All 44 league teams and approx. 150 of 199 eligible GDR league sports associations are mentioned. In addition, some teams from the third class II. GDR league are mentioned (e.g. BSG Motor Breitungen ).

In the statistics section all international matches of the GDR national team are listed with opponent, date, venue and result. This is followed by a compilation of all national players with stakes, goals and home team, including a ranking according to stakes (1st - 36th) and goals (1st - 16th). This is followed by the final tables of the 41 seasons from 1949/50 to 1990/91. At the end there are rankings of the league missions and the upper league shooters, as well as the missions in the European Cup and the European Cup goal scorers.