Erich Retter

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Erich Retter
birthday February 17, 1925
place of birth PlüderhausenGerman Empire
date of death December 27, 2014
position Defense
Years station Games (goals) 1
0000-1944 SV Plüderhausen
1944–1962 VfB Stuttgart 354 (6)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1951 Germany B 1 (0)
1952-1956 Germany 14 (0)
1 Only league games are given.

Erich Retter (* 17th February 1925 in Plüderhausen ; † 27. December 2014 ) was a German football player of VfB Stuttgart , who with VfB twice in the years 1950 and 1952 , the German football championship won. From 1952 to 1956, the defender also played 14 international matches in the national soccer team in the then World Cup system .



The defender, who came to VfB Stuttgart from the Swabian amateur club SV Plüderhausen, was a right-back player in the team that won the German championship in 1950 and 1952 under coach Georg Wurzer . He also defended for the "Reds" in the lost final in 1953. He won a third title in 1954 when he won the DFB Cup . In the Oberliga Süd , Retter played 354 games for VfB Stuttgart from 1947 to 1962, scoring six goals.

Retter made his debut on October 19, 1947 in a 3-1 defeat on the Bieberer Berg against Kickers Offenbach in the Oberliga Süd under coach Georg Wurzer, who had just joined VfB Stuttgart . In his debut round, the team with the red chest ring finished fifth and Retter had played 20 league games. Degerloch's local rival, the Stuttgarter Kickers , triumphed in this round with an incredible 113: 70 goals in third place and also had strikers like Edmund Conen , Siegfried Kronenbitter , Kurt Lauxmann , Reinhard Schaletzki , Hellmut Schmeißer and Günther Soßna against VfB -Attackers around Herbert Binkert , Robert Schlienz , Erwin Läpple and Otto Bökle advantages. In his third league year, 1949/50 , Retter won the runner-up with his teammates in the south and prevailed in the finals in the final of the German championship against the south third Kickers Offenbach with 2-1 goals. In 1951 he and the VfB team were awarded the Silver Laurel Leaf .

In his fourth league season, 1950/51 , Retter was unable to repeat the previous year's successes with VfB, but personally the season brought him further. He was on November 11, 1950 in Ludwigshafen in the representative game of the southwest against southern Germany in the southern eleven. The game ended in front of 60,000 spectators with rescuers as right defender 2-2. Eleven days later, the first international match against Switzerland after the end of the Second World War took place in Stuttgart . National coach Sepp Herberger had appointed the experienced players Herbert Burdenski and Jakob Streitle as defenders ; Rescuer was still in the "waiting loop". In the spring of 1951, the defender in Duisburg first took part in a screening course for the national team and then stood on the lawn on April 14, 1951 in Karlsruhe for the first game of the B national team .

In the years 1952 to 1954 Retter twice won the championship in the Oberliga Süd and in 1953 the runner-up on the Cannstatter Wasen. These three years of success were crowned by the second German championship in 1952, the DFB Cup success in 1954 and participation in the final in 1953 against the "Walter-Elf" from Kaiserslautern. The tireless worker was considered to be safe, strong and reliable. Rescuer was one of the stars of the “golden 50s” of VfB Stuttgart.

His meniscus injury from the last test international match before the 1954 World Cup on April 25, 1954 in Bern against Switzerland was a low blow that Rescuers in the club could only overcome with the renewed runner-up in the 1955/56 series . He completed 37 league games in this round and scored one goal. In the next two rounds, 1956/57 and 1957/58, the veteran was still clearly part of the team of the "eternal VfB coach" Georg Wurzer. When the 1958 DFB Cup matches were played on September 21st - a 4-1 success at 1. FC Saarbrücken in the semi-finals - and the final on November 16, 1958 in Kassel against Fortuna Düsseldorf (4-3 success after extra time), it fell Rescuer due to the consequences of a second meniscus operation but over a year and could not play a game in the Oberliga Süd in 1958/59.

In Wurzer's last coaching year at VfB, 1959/60 , the defender came back to 15 missions and finally ended his long active career under Wurzer's successor Kurt Baluse after the round in 1961/62. With the game on December 17, 1961, a 0-1 away defeat at SpVgg Fürth , Erich Retter's career came to an end. On the defensive, VfB took on goalkeeper Günter Sawitzki , the defender pair Retter / Günter Seibold and the runner row with Werner Walter , Klaus-Dieter Sieloff and Theodor Hoffmann at the Ronhof.

Selection games

Before the first international game after the end of the Second World War on November 22, 1950 in Stuttgart against Switzerland, two representative games from southwest against south and south against west were carried out for sighting. In the game on November 11th in Ludwigshafen, Retter defended the 2: 2 against the Southwest team around the Walter brothers Fritz and Ottmar and his two club colleagues Erwin Läpple and Otto Baitinger were active in the attack. The day after, November 12th, a second team from the South with the other VfB players Karl Barufka and Rolf Blessing defeated a team from the West with Toni Turek , Paul Mebus , Josef Röhrig , Felix Gerritzen , Alfred Preißler , Hans Schäfer and Bernhard Klodt with 5: 4 goals. After an evaluation course from 2 to 6 April 1951 in Duisburg - including the defenders Erich Juskowiak and Werner Kohlmeyer - continued national coach Sepp Herberger VfB defender internationally for the first time in a friendly game of newly formed on April 14, 1951 B-team a . This was followed by membership in the international match on September 23, 1951 in Vienna against Austria, his use on October 13 in the south selection against Southwest and the renewed role of substitute player in the international match on October 17 in Dublin against Ireland. In both international matches, Herberger had bet on the pair of Jakob Streitle and Werner Kohlmeyer in defense.

In the spring of 1952 the time had come: Retter made his debut in the senior national team on April 20, 1952 in a 2-0 win in Luxembourg against the Grand Duchy. Herberger tested the 3-0 success primarily the attack of the newly established amateur national team , which should contest the debut game against Great Britain on May 14 in Düsseldorf. Rescuer defended together with the Munich Hans Bauer and in the attack the amateurs Georg Stollenwerk , Johann Zeitler , Willi Schröder and Kurt Ehrmann stormed . After that, the defensive player from Stuttgart was part of the national team's regular formation.

Outstanding in the following months were the two games in December 1952 against Yugoslavia (3: 2) and in Spain (2: 2), where he had to fight at least Branko Zebec, an international class man on the left wing, and on March 22, 1953 in Cologne the home game in front of 76,000 spectators against Austria with their stars around Gerhard Hanappi , Ernst Ocffekt and Ernst Stojaspal . In the 1953/54 season he was in the team in all five matches before the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland. In the four qualifying matches against Norway and Saarland, Erich Retter successfully defended for Germany. His regular place seemed secure after qualifying. In his twelfth international match (5-3 win in Basel against Switzerland on April 25, 1954), however, he suffered a meniscus injury that forced him to forego the World Cup finals. That is why he is often referred to as "the prevented world champion". Eight days before the last international test match on April 25th in Bern, he experienced the success with VfB in the DFB Cup final against 1. FC Köln, where he had to deal with the winger of the national team Hans Schäfer. At the beginning of May 1954, the DFB still listed him in the FIFA 40 list; but his knee injury turned out to be so severe that he was definitely out for the World Cup, although he was one of the seven or eight players who would have had their regular place for sure.

He only played for his 13th international match on May 28, 1955 in Hamburg in a 2-1 win against Ireland. The game was also the debut of VfB icon Robert Schlienz in the national team. In the international matches against the Soviet Union (August 21), Yugoslavia (September 25, 1955) and on March 14, 1956 in Düsseldorf against the Netherlands, he was a substitute. In the 1: 3 against England on May 26, 1956 in Berlin in front of 95,000 spectators, Erich Retter played his 14th and last international match. The DFB-Elf went on the defensive with goalkeeper Fritz Herkenrath , the defender couple Retter / Juskowiak and the runner row Schlienz, Heinz Wewers and Karl Mai against the English team around Billy Wright , Duncan Edwards , Johnny Haynes and Tommy Taylor . After a second meniscus operation in 1958, his career at VfB Stuttgart slowly came to an end.

Richard Kirn , sports columnist, remarked about Erich Retter: "Extremely reliable, good development player."


  • German champion 1950, 1952
  • 1954 DFB Cup
  • 14 international matches (no goal)


After his career, he devoted himself to his petrol station, located in the immediate vicinity of the Neckar Stadium on Mercedesstrasse, which he did not give up until 1984 in order to then work as a central warehouse and fleet manager for a steel construction company in Wangen. Rescuer lived in Esslingen and was the brother-in-law of the soccer player Josef Ledl .


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  • Lorenz Knieriem, Hardy Grüne : Player Lexicon 1890 - 1963 . In: Encyclopedia of German League Football . tape 8 . AGON, Kassel 2006, ISBN 3-89784-148-7 .
  • Jürgen Bitter : Germany's national soccer player: the lexicon . SVB Sportverlag, Berlin 1997, ISBN 3-328-00749-0 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. BT-Drucksache 7/1040, page 58, accessed on February 7, 2017 (pdf)