National soccer team of the GDR

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German Democratic Republic
Logo of the DFV
Association German Football Association
Record scorer Joachim Streich (55)
Record player Joachim Streich (102)
First jersey
Second jersey
Balance sheet
293 games
138 wins
69 draws
86 losses
First international match Poland 3-0 GDR ( Warsaw , Poland ; September 21, 1952)
PolandPoland Germany Democratic Republic 1949German Democratic Republic
Last game Belgium 0-2 DDR ( Brussels , Belgium ; September 12, 1990)
BelgiumBelgium Germany Democratic Republic 1949GDR
Highest victory Ceylon 1:12 DDR ( Colombo , Ceylon ; January 12, 1964)
CeylonSri Lanka Germany Democratic Republic 1949GDR
Biggest defeats Wales 4: 1 GDR ( Cardiff , Wales ; September 25, 1957) GDR 1: 4 Czechoslovakia ( Leipzig , GDR ; October 27, 1957) Denmark 4: 1 GDR ( Copenhagen , Denmark ; May 8, 1985)
Wales 1953Wales Germany Democratic Republic 1949German Democratic Republic

Germany Democratic Republic 1949German Democratic Republic CzechoslovakiaCzechoslovakia

DenmarkDenmark Germany Democratic Republic 1949GDR
Successes in tournaments
World Championship
Participation in the finals 1 ( first : 1974 )
Best results Intermediate round 1974
Olympic games
bronze 1972
gold 1976
silver 1980
(As of: DFV joined the DFB on November 20, 1990. )

The national soccer team of the GDR was the selection team of the German Football Association , which represented the GDR in the A-international matches . In addition to the A national team, the DFV also maintained a B national team, junior and junior national teams and, at times, a soccer Olympic team .

The senior national team played their first international match in 1952 against Poland , against which they also played the most international matches (19). Participation in the 1974 World Cup is considered the team's greatest success . The games to win the gold medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal are not counted as official A internationals in FIFA 's international match statistics.

The DFV dissolved in November 1990 as a result of German reunification ; before that, the national team was stopped. In total, the team completed 293 international matches, in which they scored 501 goals and conceded 345 goals (excluding goals scored on penalties). There were 273 players, 138 games won, 86 defeats and 69 games drawn.


1949 to 1957: beginnings

The GDR's first official A international match took place in 1952; the history of the selection goes back to 1949. At that time, Helmut Schön was commissioned to look after a selection of the eastern zone . However, official international matches could not be held because the GDR was not yet a member of the world football association FIFA .

The admission of the GDR into FIFA was controversial; The GDR's application for membership of February 6, 1951 met with outrage , especially among the German Football Association . The then DFB President Peco Bauwens stated that it was the Federal Republic's wish to "keep the sport free from political tendencies" and that this would be difficult if FIFA would take up the "clearly politically led football sports movement of the Eastern Zone" . The GDR received provisional membership on October 6, 1951 and became a full member on July 24, 1952.

The emigration of the selection coach Helmut Schön, his successor Fred Schulz and many players to the West made the beginnings of the national team difficult. After Alfred Kunze, the third coach in the selection, resigned before the first international match, Willi Oelgardt took over the team. The national coach got to know his players a month and a half before their first international match at the training camp. When nominating the national team, Oelgardt didn't just have to consider sporting aspects. The SED regime expected by the internationals including "patriotic thought and action."

The first international match took place in Poland , which was occupied by Germany during World War II . In this game, which the GDR lost 3-0, the team should present itself as the “new Germany” according to politicians. The GDR population showed great interest in the national team, whose first home game against Bulgaria on June 14, 1953 , which ended 0-0, took place in front of 55,000 spectators in the Heinz-Steyer Stadium in Dresden. After the popular uprising caused political unrest only three days later, an international match could not take place again until May 8, 1954, in which the GDR lost to Romania 1-0.

1st game on September 21, 1952 Poland - GDR 3-0 Wolfgang Klank (Dessau) Karl-Heinz Wohlfahrt (Babelsberg), Werner Eilitz (Vorw. Leipzig) Horst Scherbaum (Vorw. Leipzig), Herbert Schoen (VP Dresden), Georg Rosbigalle (Erfurt) Günter Schröter (VP Dresden), Heinz Fröhlich (Chemistry Leipzig) Günter Thorhauer (VP Dresden), Günter Imhof (Halle), Johannes Matzen (VP Dresden) - Siegfried Meier (Zwickau)
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Referee Harangozó (Hungary), 35,000 spectators in Warsaw

Initially, the best players were still not necessarily nominated. For example, on September 26, 1954, only players from the Oberliga , the top division, played in the B national team , while on the same day the A selection with two players from the second-rate GDR league (Buschner and Schnieke from SC Motor Jena) defeated the Polish national team. There were no regular places in the senior national team at that time, so a total of 37 different players were used in the first six international matches. The opponents of the selection, however, were not so diverse, in the first eleven international matches up to and including 1956, the GDR had only four different teams as opponents with Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and Indonesia . The required "exemplary representation" of the young GDR could only be practiced in a very limited geographical area when it came to football.

Under the Hungarian coach János Gyarmati , who was hired in 1955, two to three-day training camps were held in Bad Blankenburg almost every month . When he took office, Gyarmati identified three problems: "There are too many uninformed officials who believe they know better, there are no prerequisites for cooperation between clubs, players and coaches, and the players have severe physical deficits" . The Hungarian declared that he did not want to be influenced by politics and only used sporting criteria when nominating the national team. The GDR achieved their first victory in the seventh game and the first under Gyarmati when the team beat Romania 3-2 away. The continuing international isolation of the GDR turned out to be an obstacle to further development of the national team. So there were no comparisons against experienced national teams from the “ non-socialist economic area ”. With the selection of Luxembourg , the GDR played at least for the first time against a Western European team on March 10, 1957 (3-0).

1957 to 1970: First competitive games

After the euphoria from the Federal Republic after winning the World Cup in 1954 had spread to the football fans from the GDR, the GDR leadership was forced to agree to participate in the 1958 World Cup qualification . Czechoslovakia and Wales were drawn as opponents of the GDR selection . For the opening game against Wales on May 19, 1957 in the central stadium , there were around 500,000 ticket requests. In the end, officially 100,000 spectators attended the hosts' 2-1 victory. Although the following two away games were clearly lost, at home the interest in the games of the GDR selection remained unbroken. For the game against Czechoslovakia on October 27, 1957, a total of 640,000 ticket orders were recorded. 110,000 visitors in the overcrowded central stadium - other sources assume 120,000 spectators - meant an all-German attendance record for football matches that is still in place today. For the GDR team, however, the 4-1 home defeat sealed third and last place in the qualification group.

János Gyarmati , who no longer wanted the permanent intervention of the sports officials, resigned after failing in the qualifying games. Fritz Gödicke then became the new national coach. Under him, the national team did not win a single international match in 1959, and the two qualifying games for the 1960 European Championship against Portugal were lost. Gödicke, who was accused of "antique football", had to take the consequences and clear the field for Heinz Krügel . Under Krügel, an upward trend emerged when the GDR, among other things , only narrowly lost 1-0 to the Soviet Union , which had recently become European champions, in August 1960 .

According to many experts, the most attractive football was played by the GDR selection between 1961 and 1966 under the direction of the Hungarian coach Károly Sós , who had replaced Heinz Krügel after many GDR functionaries were not satisfied with his record despite some respectable successes. The team played convincing games under Sós against the USSR (1962 - 1: 2 in Moscow), against England (1963 - 1: 2 in Leipzig), Uruguay (1965 - 2: 0 in Montevideo), Sweden (1966 - 4: 1 in Leipzig), Chile (1966 - 5: 2 in Leipzig) and the Netherlands (1967 - 4: 3 in Leipzig). The system was shaped by technically experienced players such as Peter Ducke , Manfred Kaiser , Dieter Erler , Roland Ducke and Jürgen Nöldner . However, the way of playing in the GDR was often referred to as "breadless art".

In qualifying for the 1962 World Cup , the national team won only one point in a group with Hungary and the Netherlands , although a GDR game in the Netherlands that was canceled due to visa problems (the team was banned from entering the country) was not made up after it was no longer relevant for qualification would have. In qualifying for the European Championship in 1964 , the GDR eliminated the reigning vice world champion ČSSR in the preliminary round . (2: 1 at home - 1: 1 away). Peter Ducke scored the decisive goal for the 1-1 equalizer shortly before the end with a shot from an acute angle. In the second round, however, they just failed to Hungary (1: 2 at home - 3: 3 away). In the decisive game in Budapest, the GDR-Elf was brought to success by blatant mistakes by the referee Nedelkovski. The Yugoslav was later banned internationally by FIFA for this game.

The national team in Leipzig in 1967 before the game against Hungary

In qualifying for the 1966 World Cup , the national team failed in a group with Hungary and Austria as runners-up to the Hungarians. In qualifying for the European Championship in 1968 , the team was again only second in the group behind Hungary and again did not qualify for the tournament, although the GDR had left the Netherlands and Denmark behind. After that, national coach Sós decided not to renew his contract. Like his compatriot Gyarmati before, he too criticized the interference of the officials. This criticism was interpreted politically by them, which made the work for Sós more and more difficult.

National coach Harald Seeger , who won the forerunner tournament of the U-19 European football championship with the GDR junior national team in 1965, integrated more younger players into the senior national team. However , the GDR failed again in qualifying for the 1970 World Cup . There were two wins against Wales , but in the home game against Italy the Swedish referee Boström prevented the Seeger-Elf from winning by acknowledging an offside goal from the Italians and refusing a penalty for the GDR. It was only in the 83rd minute that the southerners managed to equalize to make it 2-2. The second leg in front of 90,000 spectators in Naples was then clearly lost 3-0, all goals had been scored by the 37th minute.

Team captain Bernd Bransch with mascot, 1974

1970 to 1976: only participation in the World Cup

After Harald Seeger worked for two years, Georg Buschner took over the position of selection trainer in 1970 . He increasingly relied on safety football, and so the GDR did not concede a goal in four international matches in a row in 1970. The style of play was no longer as attractive as under Sós, but the national team achieved the greatest successes under Buschner's leadership. This was due, among other things, to the implementation of the DFV football resolutions of 1970 and the establishment of football clubs as performance centers in 1965/66, because the players from this era mostly came from these cadre schools.

Buschner also had to fight against a lot of resistance during his tenure. For many officials, football was not predictable enough, and so football continued to be promoted only because of its popularity with football fans and was not pushed into insignificance like ice hockey. Buschner later explained: "Without the power of the street, the thugs would have done the same thing with football as they did with ice hockey" . Players from company sports associations that were ranked well behind a football club in the football hierarchy had little chance of being nominated for the national team. Nevertheless, Buschner stuck to Jürgen Croy from BSG Sachsenring Zwickau as the goalkeeper of the national team. “I never let myself be persuaded. Nobody dared to do it at all, ” said Buschner after his time as national coach.

Amiga record for the Football World Cup 74, House of the Electrical Industry, Alexanderplatz Berlin

In qualifying for the European Championship in 1972 , the GDR failed as third in the group behind Yugoslavia and the Netherlands , leaving only Luxembourg behind. After winning the bronze medal at the 1972 Olympic Games through the Olympic selection identical to the senior national team, Buschner was the first GDR national coach to publicly announce qualification for the world championship as the new highest goal. With this, Buschner once again contradicted the ideas of many officials who saw success against amateur national teams from the West with the Olympic selection being more important than experience from duels against the best national teams in the world, which, according to Buschner, were the only things that could really help the team. The fact that the German Gymnastics and Sports Association decided at that time to concentrate only on medal-laden sports that did not include football, nevertheless had positive effects on the national soccer team, as the national team now had more freedom due to the reduced political awareness.

In qualifying for the 1974 World Cup , the GDR was the first in a group with Romania , Finland and Albania to take part in a World Cup final for the first time. The group draw for the final round resulted in Australia and Chile as well as the host selection of the Federal Republic of Germany as opponents. In addition to the first comparison against the German senior national team, the upcoming encounter against Chile contained political explosiveness, which made the GDR's participation appear uncertain for a while. In the World Cup qualification, the USSR prematurely canceled the relegation against the South Americans due to the military coup against the local socialist government supported by the CIA the year before , whereupon the Soviet team was disqualified by FIFA. Just two weeks earlier, in September 1973, opposition members were arrested in the national stadium in Santiago de Chile , where the second leg was to take place. Later they learned of the tortures and murders that had taken place there. Nevertheless, the game was kicked off, but canceled after the 1-0 win, as no restart was possible due to the lack of Soviet players. The game was rated 2-0 for Chile. It was only thanks to the euphoria due to the first successful qualification that the GDR did not also withdraw.

Training during the 1974 World Cup
Jürgen Sparwasser (1974)

During the preliminary round of the tournament , the national team met Australia first and won 2-0, four days later a 1-1 draw against Chile in the Berlin Olympic Stadium. The subsequent German-German duel against the DFB selection on the last preliminary round match day had no sporting value for the GDR. With a goalless draw in the previous encounter between Chile and Australia, both German teams were already qualified for the next round. In the subsequent battle for group victory, the GDR finally managed a 1-0 victory against the favored hosts and eventual tournament winners. In the Hamburg Volksparkstadion , which was sold out with 62,000 spectators , Jürgen Sparwasser scored the golden goal, which made the Magdeburg man well-known in the Federal Republic.

The victory in the prestige duel brought the GDR team into the intermediate round group A, where they met not only the reigning world champion Brazil but also the World Cup favorites Netherlands and Argentina . After two defeats against Brazil and the Netherlands (0-1 and 0-2 respectively) and a 1-1 draw against Argentina, the expected end of this World Cup came for the GDR.

Pennant, games of the GDR selection at the World Cup 74, DDR Museum Berlin

Victory against the Federal Republic at the 1974 World Cup on June 22, 1974 Federal Republic of Germany - GDR 0: 1 Jürgen Croy (Zwickau) Gerd Kische (Rostock), Konrad Weise (Jena), Bernd Bransch (Halle), Siegmar Wätzlich (Dresden) Lothar Kurbjuweit (Jena), Reinhard Lauck (BFC Dynamo), Hans-Jürgen Kreische (Dresden), Harald Irmscher (Jena) - from 65. Erich Hamann (Frankfurt (Oder)) Jürgen Sparwasser (Magdeburg), Martin Hoffmann (Magdeburg) 0: 1 Sparwasser (77.)
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Referee Barreto Ruiz (Uruguay), 62,000 spectators in Hamburg

After the GDR was drawn into a group with Iceland , Belgium and France in qualifying for the European Championship in 1976 , the national team figured it had a good chance of qualifying. However, the team had to give way to the Belgians as a disappointing second in the group. The GDR had carelessly gambled away the qualification, especially in the games against Iceland (1: 1 in Magdeburg and 1: 2 in Reykjavík ).

Olympic selection games

The games of the GDR national team in connection with the Olympic Games represent a special chapter . Of these 65 games, 55 were played by a team that was held under the designation "Football Olympic Selection". Initially, these games were rated as official A internationals, but were later removed from the lists of international matches by FIFA ( FIFA rules on international matches ). The GDR had always ignored this, and the DFB also continues to play these games as A-internationals in conflict with FIFA. The controversial games also included the final of 1976 , in which the GDR selection defeated Poland 3-1, won the gold medal and thus celebrated the greatest success in their history. Among other players, Joachim Streich , who, according to the DFB , is represented in the Club of Hundreds with 102 internationals , but has only played 98 A internationals according to the FIFA version, is the most victim of the FIFA stance .

1976 to 1990: Political Influences and Reunification

In qualifying for the 1978 World Cup , the GDR failed behind Austria as second in the group, ahead of Turkey and Malta . The economic and political situation in the GDR was now unsatisfactory for an increasing number of national players. For this reason, more and more players tried to escape, some of which were successful, as in 1976 with Norbert Nachtweih and Jürgen Pahl at the junior international match in Turkey, but also often failed. In 1983, the former national player Lutz Eigendorf died in a car accident three years after fleeing to Germany. After this incident, rumors arose that the Ministry of State Security was involved in the Eigendorf accident. At the beginning of 2011, the responsible public prosecutor announced that there was no objective evidence of external negligence in the Eigendorf case. More and more officials tried to avoid that the players used the trips of the selection teams to try to escape. In 1981 the national players Gerd Weber , Peter Kotte and Matthias Müller were arrested shortly before their departure with the national team for Argentina on suspicion of having escaped the republic and banned from playing football.

But politics also had a negative impact on the national team in other ways. The team was increasingly forced to "increase the fame of the GDR". The DFV accepted every offer for an international match, even if this meant that the dates with point games in the GDR league overlapped. "The DFV lived on balance sheets and results," said sports journalists Uwe Karte and Jörg Röhrig later. The popularity of the national team with football fans also fell increasingly. The team was now even referred to as the “docile representative” of the increasingly hated GDR regime.

“In public we always had to emphasize our role as representatives of the GDR. We knew very well that this would reduce our reputation with the audience. We were an unloved national team. "

- Ex-GDR national coach Georg Buschner : Review

In qualifying for the 1980 European Championship , the GDR failed again when the national team was third behind the Netherlands and Poland, ahead of Switzerland and Iceland . The term of office of the national coach Buschner, plagued by heart problems, finally ended in October 1981 after eleven years. After a home defeat in the qualification for the 1982 World Cup against eventual group winners Poland and thus missed qualification for the 1982 World Cup, Buschner was given leave of absence at the end of 1981 for "health reasons".

The situation improved for the time being when Karl Zimmermann took over the office of DFV General Secretary in 1983 . Zimmermann succeeded in reducing the state's influence on football. The new national coach was Rudolf Krause , who had previously trained the new Olympic team. But even he did not prevent the failure in qualifying for the European Championship 1984 . After Belgium and Switzerland, the GDR was only able to place itself ahead of Scotland . The Belgian player Jan Ceulemans described the style of play in the GDR: "The GDR team looks downright old-fashioned in its approach to the game" . After only one year, Krause was replaced by Bernd Stange .

The national team's line-up for the qualifying match against France in 1986

In qualifying for the 1986 World Cup , the GDR narrowly failed again when the team behind European champions France and Bulgaria, third in the group, did not reach the second place required for qualification and only left Yugoslavia and Luxembourg behind. In qualifying for the European Championship in 1988 , the GDR managed at least a respectable success when the team in their group missed the first place necessary for the finals participation, but ended up second in front of defending champions France. The USSR won the group .

With Wolfgang Spitzner , the successor of the DFV general secretary Zimmermann, who died in 1987, national coach Stange made an enemy when he refused to do without players from the BFC Dynamo "so that they could spare themselves for the club" . After Stange had claimed in November 1988 before an international game that was later lost against Turkey that his team would definitely win the game, he was dismissed by the football association. Stange's successor was Manfred Zapf , who was unpopular with most players. The players lost the desire to appear for the national team. So it happened more and more often that many players called in sick. For example, the then national player Matthias Döschner said: “He spoke to us as a comrade. For us he was an anti-trainer who hardly fit into a tracksuit himself. "

The last coach of the GDR national team was Eduard Geyer , who took up his post in 1989 during the ongoing qualification for the 1990 World Cup in Italy . Before the last matchday, which was already overshadowed by the social upheavals in the GDR , the team was tied behind Turkey and ahead of Austria in third place. With the help of the already qualified USSR in the game against Turkey, they had to win against hosts Austria in Vienna in order to reach the second qualifying place. In the end, the team lost 3-0 and in fourth place missed their second World Cup participation after 1974. Due to the opening of the inner-German border a week earlier and the decision of the Austrian government to only allow visa-free entry on November 15, 1989 (and also only with identity card ), numerous GDR citizens, for whom special trains were also used, were able to watch this encounter for the first time directly in the stadium.

Last World Cup qualification game on November 15, 1989 Austria - GDR 3: 0 (2: 0) Dirk Heyne (Magdeburg) Dirk Stahmann (Magdeburg) Ronald Kreer (Lok Leipz.), Detlef Schößler (Magdeb.), Matthias Lindner ( Lok Leipz.), Matthias Döschner (Dresden) - from 43. Thomas Doll (BFC) Jörg Stübner (Dresden), Matthias Sammer (Dresden) - from 78. Uwe Weidemann (Erfurt), Rico Steinmann (K.-M.-Stadt ) Ulf Kirsten (Dresden), Andreas Thom (BFC) Red card: Kreer (75th) - NOTE: Steinmann missed a penalty (30.) Referee Piotr Werner (Poland) 55,000 spectators in the Praterstadion in Vienna
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Goals: 1-0 upholstery (2nd), 2-0 upholstery (23rd, foul penalty kick), 3-0 upholstery (61st).
The last game of the national team in Brussels

After the failed qualification, seven more senior national team games took place. Meanwhile, numerous national players were already playing in the West. The national team played their last game on September 12, 1990 in Brussels against Belgium and won 2-0, both goals scored by captain Matthias Sammer . This encounter was originally intended as a European Championship qualifier (by the way, the GDR would have met the West German team in the same group on November 21, 1990); but since the German unification process took place faster than expected, the DFV announced its team from the qualification. This first group game, which had already been scheduled, was nevertheless played as a friendly game in order to avert claims for damages from the Belgian Football Association. The meeting of the national teams of the GDR and the Federal Republic, which was also planned for November 1990 as a friendly game in Leipzig, was canceled not least because of feared crowd riots.

2010: 20 years of football unity

As part of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the admission of the German Football Association to the German Football Association , a selection of former GDR national players defeated the German World Cup team from 1990 2: 1 (0: 1) on November 20, 2010 in the central stadium .

Record player

The figures in brackets include data from international A matches at the Olympic Games that were not rated by FIFA . See also: List of national soccer players of the GDR , list of soccer players with at least 100 international matches

GDR national team jersey in the design of 1974
Most missions
Games player Period Gates
98 (102) Joachim Streich 1969-1984 53 (55)
96 (100) Hans-Jürgen Dörner 1969-1985 08 0(9)
86 0(94) Jürgen Croy 1967-1981 00
78 0(86) Konrad way 1970-1981 01 0(2)
69 0(74) Eberhard Vogel 1962-1976 24 (25)
64 0(72) Bernd Bransch 1967-1976 03
63 0(68) Peter Ducke 1960-1975 15th
62 0(66) Martin Hoffmann 1973-1981 15 (16)
65 Ronald Kreer 1982-1989 02
59 0(66) Lothar Kurbjuweit 1970-1981 03 0(4)
59 0(63) Gerd Kische 1971-1980 00
59 Matthias Liebers 1980-1988 03
Record goal scorers
Gates player Period Games
53 (55) Joachim Streich 1969-1984 98 (102)
24 (25) Eberhard Vogel 1962-1976 69 0(74)
22 (25) Hans-Jürgen Kreische 1968-1975 46 0(50)
20th Rainer Ernst 1981-1990 56
19th Henning Frenzel 1961-1974 54 0(56)
16 Jürgen Nöldner 1960-1969 29 0(30)
16 Andreas Thom 1984-1990 51
15 (16) Martin Hoffmann 1973-1981 62 0(66)
15th Peter Ducke 1960-1975 63 0(68)
14 (15) Jürgen Sparwasser 1969-1977 48 0(53)
14th Ulf Kirsten 1985-1990 49
13 Günter Schröter 1952-1962 39

All trainers

(The data refer to the first or last international match)

Surname from to Number of games
Willi Oelgardt September 21, 1952 June 14, 1953 03
Hans Siegert May 8, 1954 October 24, 1954 03
Janos Gyarmati September 18, 1955 October 27, 1957 10
Fritz Godicke May 1, 1958 June 28, 1959 15th
Heinz Krügel August 12, 1959 April 16, 1961 03
Károly Sós May 14, 1961 November 18, 1967 42 (43)
Harald Seeger December 6, 1967 19th December 1969 11 (12)
Georg Buschner May 16, 1970 October 10, 1981 104 (112)
Rudolf Krause May 7, 1980 May 7, 1980 1
Bernd Stange November 11, 1981 November 11, 1981 1
Rudolf Krause January 26, 1982 August 24, 1983 19th
Bernd Stange October 12, 1983 November 30, 1988 53
Manfred Zapf February 13, 1989 May 20, 1989 06th
Eduard Geyer 23rd August 1989 September 12, 1990 12

International match record

The GDR national team played a total of 283 international matches from 1952 to 1990 and played against 52 different teams. She won 133 games, drawn 66 times and left the field as a loser 84 times. In addition, the team played 10 international matches at the Olympic Games (5 wins, 3 draws, 2 defeats), which FIFA has no longer classified as A-internationals since 1999 .

The record against national teams, which the GDR selection met at least five times, reads as follows:

country Games Victories Indecisive Dutch Gates
PolandPoland Poland 19th 06th 4th 9 27:26
Bulgaria 1971Bulgaria Bulgaria 18th 04th 8th 6th 22:22
Romania 1965Romania Romania 18th 10 3 5 31:23
CzechoslovakiaCzechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 17th 08th 5 4th 23:22
Soviet UnionSoviet Union Soviet Union 17th 04th 6th 7th 18:25
HungaryHungary Hungary 16 04th 4th 8th 17:25
IcelandIceland Iceland 11 09 1 1 26: 05
NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands 09 02 1 6th 10:17
BelgiumBelgium Belgium 08th 03 2 3 07: 08
GreeceGreece Greece 08th 06th 0 2 12: 07
FinlandFinland Finland 07th 04th 1 2 21: 08
FranceFrance France 07th 03 2 2 07: 08
NorwayNorway Norway 07th 05 1 1 15: 08
Yugoslavia Socialist Federal RepublicYugoslavia Yugoslavia 06th 01 2 3 08:11
DenmarkDenmark Denmark 06th 02 2 2 10:10
ScotlandScotland Scotland 06th 03 1 2 04: 06
AustriaAustria Austria 06th 01 4th 1 05: 07
UruguayUruguay Uruguay 06th 03 2 1 07: 04
EgyptEgypt Egypt 05 05 0 0 22: 01
SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 05 04th 1 0 13: 03
Iraq 1963Iraq Iraq 05 01 3 1 08: 04
LuxembourgLuxembourg Luxembourg 05 05 0 0 18: 02
TurkeyTurkey Turkey 05 01 1 3 05:10
MaltaMalta Malta 05 05 0 0 21: 02
SwedenSweden Sweden 05 03 1 1 08: 04
positive balance
balanced balance sheet
negative balance


The GDR did not have a national stadium, but more than a third of all home games were played in the Leipzig Central Stadium , the largest stadium in the country. In addition, home games were often played in Berlin, Dresden, Magdeburg and Rostock. For games that expected less audience interest, stadiums in smaller cities were also used.

The national team's 130 home games took place in the following cities and stadiums:

city Stadion Games Period
Leipzig Central Stadium 45 1957-1989
Berlin Walter Ulbricht Stadium / World Youth Stadium 13 1954-1988
Friedrich Ludwig Jahn Sports Park 10 1971-1990
Dresden Heinz Steyer Stadium 04th 1953-1969
Rudolf Harbig / Dynamo Stadium 06th 1970-1989
Karl Marx City Ernst Thälmann Stadium 09 1956-1990
Rostock Ostseestadion 08th 1954-1980
Magdeburg Ernst Grube Stadium 08th 1963-1989
Erfurt Georgi Dimitrov Stadium 05 1961-1989
Gera Friendship Stadium 05 1966-1987
Halle (Saale) Kurt Wabbel Stadium 05 1975-1988
Jena Ernst Abbe sports field 02 1970, 1981
Frankfurt (Oder) Friendship Stadium 02 1974, 1985
cottbus Friendship Stadium 02 1976, 1988
Potsdam Karl Liebknecht Stadium 02 1977, 1985
Senftenberg Miners' Stadium 01 1981
Zwickau Georgi Dimitrov Stadium 01 1984
Aue Otto Grotewohl Stadium 01 1984
Brandenburg Steel stadium 01 1987

See also


  • Querengässer, Klaus: Football in the GDR 1945–1989, Part 2, National Team , Verlag Agon, 1995 ( ISBN 3-89784-037-5 )
  • Schulze-Marmeling, Dietrich: The history of the national soccer team , Verlag Die Werkstatt, April 2004 ( ISBN 3-89533-443-X )
  • Altendorfer, Otto, The GDR national soccer coach between SED and State Security - A biographical documentation, Leipzig 2014, ISBN 978-3-86583-848-3

Web links

Commons : National soccer team of the GDR  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Hardy Grüne : "Risen from the ruins" from The History of the National Football Team, p. 390
  2. Hardy Grüne: "Risen from the ruins" from The History of the National Football Team, p. 391
  3. Hardy Greens: First Progress from The History of the National Football Team, p. 392
  4. Hardy Greens: First Progress from The History of the National Football Team, p. 393
  5. a b Andreas Debski, Michael Kraske, Ingolf Rackwitz: Central Stadium Leipzig - From the Stadium of the Hundred Thousand to the Football Temple , Das Neue Berlin, Berlin 2006, ISBN 3-360-01280-1 .
  6. Werner Skrentny: The big book of the German football stadiums . Verlag Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2000, ISBN 978-3-89533-668-3 .
  7. Hardy Greens: Nice, but unsuccessful from The History of the National Football Team, p. 397
  8. Hardy Greens: Nice, but unsuccessful from The history of the national soccer team, p. 398
  9. UEFA Youth Tournament Under 18, 1965
  10. Hardy Greens: Nice but unsuccessful from The history of the national soccer team, p. 399
  11. a b Hardy Greens: Buschner comes from The history of the national soccer team p. 400
  12. Hardy Greens: Buschner comes from The history of the national soccer team p. 401
  13. Chile against USSR 1973: The most absurd game in football history
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