Fritz Pliska

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Fritz Pliska, 1974

Fritz Pliska (born December 20, 1915 in Gelsenkirchen , † August 28, 1995 in Dülken ) was a German soccer player and soccer coach. Both as a player and a coach he was active in first division football.


Pliska drew attention to himself in 1942 as a football player for the lower-class TuSpo Holzminden club . In April he received an invitation from Reich coach Sepp Herberger to take part in a preparatory course for the international match against Spain. Pliska did not play in the 1-1 draw in Berlin , but in the following months he played repeatedly as a guest player at Hannover 96 and then Schalke 04 . Because of the declaration of "total war" , only a few international matches were played until the end of World War II .

Pliska was a soldier in the 19th Panzer Division during World War II and was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on March 26, 1944 .

In 1945/46, immediately after the end of the war, Pliska played with Schalke 04 in the football district of Westfalen 1 and won the championship in this West German league with his team. In the 1947/48 season he was active for TuSpo Holzminden in the second-rate Lower Saxony League South. In the following season 1948/49 Pliska played again first division football with TSG Vohwinkel in the Oberliga West . He completed 21 league games for Vohwinkel and scored one goal. In 1948 he met Sepp Herberger again, under whom he now acquired the trainer's license.

With his coaching license, Pliska initially became a player-coach. His first stop was Rheydter SV , with whom he was promoted from the II. Division to the Oberliga West in his first season in 1949/50, one of the top five divisions of the DFB at the time. For the 1951/52 season he moved to the Oberliga Relegated Borussia Mönchengladbach , which he also helped to return to the Oberliga West in 1952 as a player-coach.

Trainer Fritz Pliska in 1974 in Kerkrade

As a full-time coach, Pliska looked after Waldhof Mannheim in the II. Division in 1954/55 and VfR Frankenthal in the Oberliga Südwest in 1955/56 . In the summer of 1957, he returned to the league relegated Borussia Mönchengladbach and within a year ensured there again for promotion. When the team from Bökelberg 1960 won the DFB Cup in Düsseldorf with 3-2 goals against Karlsruher SC on October 5, he was already there - the round of 1959/60 ended on matchday 30 on April 24, 1960 Fortuna Düsseldorf employed.

In the summer of 1960, Pliska again took over a relegated league team with Fortuna Düsseldorf , which he also helped to get up again after a year. After he had secured the league for Fortuna in 1961/62, he moved to league rivals Bayer Leverkusen with the task of leading the team into the new Bundesliga as a promotion specialist. The project failed with the final placement 9th. Pliska looked after the club for two more seasons in the Regionalliga West, in which the team only reached the disappointing 12th and 16th places. During this time he was also the chairman of the regional group West in the Association of German Football Teachers .

For the 1965/66 season, Pliska moved to Rot-Weiss Essen within the West Regional Football League . There he was initially more successful, as the club rose to rank 2 in 1966 in the Bundesliga. Pliska's only Bundesliga season 1966/67 ended with a failure, because Essen was relegated after a year as the last Bundesliga player. In 1970 he achieved participation in the German amateur championship with the Rheydter Spielverein. The Rheydter failed with 0: 1 and 0: 3 at the later champions SC Jülich 1910 . In the 1973/74 season Pliska appeared again in the first division football. In the Dutch Eredivisie he had taken over the promoted Roda Kerkrade . After he had helped the team to stay in the league, he ended his engagement in Kerkrade and then no longer appeared in higher-class football.


  • 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. 295.
  • Holger Jenrich: The Borussia Mönchengladbach Lexicon. Verlag Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2007, ISBN 978-3-89533-585-3 . P. 143.
  • Georg Schrepper, Uwe Wick: “… RWE again and again!” The story of Rot-Weiss-Essen. Verlag Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2004, ISBN 3-89533-467-7 .
  • Only four players came back after the war. In: Kicker sports magazine . Issue 94 from November 22, 2010.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Football Week of November 24, 1942, pages 7 f. (North German edition)
  2. ^ Revaler Zeitung of May 31, 1944, page 4
  3. Veit Scherzer : Knight's Cross bearers 1939-1945. The holders of the Iron Cross of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and armed forces allied with Germany according to the documents of the Federal Archives. 2nd Edition. Scherzers Militaer-Verlag, Ranis / Jena 2007, ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2 , p. 598.
  4. Der Spiegel: Like a Little King.
  5. Kicker from June 29, 1964, page 28