Georg Volkert

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Georg Volkert
Georg Volkert (1977) .jpg
Georg Volkert (1977)
birthday November 28, 1945
place of birth AnsbachGermany
date of death August 16, 2020
Place of death Erlangen , Germany
size 178 cm
position Storm
Years station
1956-1961 SpVgg Ansbach
1961-1964 1. FC Nuremberg
Years station Games (goals) 1
1964-1965 1. FC Nürnberg amateurs
1965-1969 1. FC Nuremberg 105 (27)
1969-1971 FC Zurich 52 (21)
1971-1978 Hamburger SV 214 (62)
1978-1980 VfB Stuttgart 60 (26)
1980-1981 1. FC Nuremberg 31 (10)
1981–? Hummelsbütteler SV
TuS Hoisdorf
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1968-1977 Germany 12 0(2)
1 Only league games are given.

Georg "Schorsch" Volkert (born November 28, 1945 in Ansbach ; † August 16, 2020 in Erlangen ) was a German football player . The winger played a total of 410 league games and scored 125 goals in the Bundesliga with clubs 1. FC Nürnberg , Hamburger SV and VfB Stuttgart from 1965 to 1981 . With Nuremberg he won the German championship in 1968 , with Hamburg in 1976 the DFB Cup and in 1977 the European Cup Winners' Cup . In his two years at FC Zurich (1969 to 1971) he won the Swiss Cup in 1970 . In the national team , the two-footed winger played 12 times (2 goals) from 1968 to 1977, although he was not used from May 10, 1969 to June 5, 1977.


Nuremberg and Zurich, until 1971

Until 1961 Volkert played in the youth of SpVgg Ansbach; then it went on in the youth of 1. FC Nürnberg. The offensive player gained his first experience in the senior sector in the amateur team of the "Club". Together with his teammates Reinhold Adelmann and Hubert Schöll , he got a licensed player contract for the 1965/66 season. In addition, with Franz Brungs (Borussia Dortmund) and Rudolf Bast (VfR Mannheim) two goal-threatening attackers were brought in. In the team of coach Jenő Csaknády Volkert made his debut on November 20, 1965 in a 2-1 home win against Hannover 96 in the Bundesliga. He played on right winger and scored the 1-0 lead in the 55th minute. With Franz Brungs, Rudolf Bast, Tasso Wild and Manfred Greif , he formed the "Club" attack. Due to the other offensive competitors Anton Allemann and Heinz Strehl , the talent had to be satisfied with 13 appearances (2 goals) in his first Bundesliga season - Nuremberg came in 6th place. In his second Bundesliga season in 1966/67, the perfect and tricky technician with two-footed shooting power with 31 league games and nine goals was already an undisputed member of the core line-up of the FCN. Due to the turbulence in the coaching area - Csaknady had been replaced by Jenő Vincze on November 7, 1966 and on January 2, 1967 Max Merkel from Munich 1860 had taken over the Nuremberg team in 14th place. At the end of the round, the "Club" had a balanced record with 34:34 points and came in 10th. In the 1967/68 series, Volkert surprisingly became German champions under coach Merkel . In the championship round he and Zvezdan Čebinac formed an exceptionally strong wing tong. In the inner storm, the two center strikers Franz Brungs (25 goals) and Heinz Strehl (18 goals) used the measured flanks from the wings in series. Volkert took part in the total of 71 round goals of the new master with nine hits. Just as sensational as the championship success came from the Bundesliga, Nuremberg was relegated from the Bundesliga a year later, in 1968/69 . Volkert had scored seven goals in 28 league games under the coaches Merkel (until March 24, 1969), Robert Körner (March 25 to April 12, 1969) and Kuno Klötzer . Brungs stormed for Hertha BSC, half-forward August Starek became German champions with FC Bayern Munich and Strehl's hit rate had dropped significantly with five goals. Before the start of the relegation season, Volkert was sent off in a friendly against Austria Vienna on June 12 after 62 minutes for insulting the referee and caused the game to be abandoned by refusing to leave the field. He played 105 Bundesliga games for the club by 1969, in which he scored 27 goals. In addition, he made 9 appearances in the DFB Cup, in which he scored a goal. The six-time national football player with Nuremberg did not want to join the second -rate regional football league South and therefore accepted the offer from Switzerland's FC Zurich , which is financially the best . The sporting perspective fell by the wayside, because it was rather poor in the Swiss National League A , which was derided as the “Bundesliga retirement home” .

In the seasons 1969/70 (3rd place) and 1970/71 (5th place) Volkert played at FC Zurich and scored 15 goals in 52 games in National League A. He celebrated with FCZ alongside teammates such as Köbi Kuhn and Fritz Künzli won the Swiss Cup in 1969/70 with a 4: 1 after extra time against champions FC Basel, who played in midfield with Helmut Benthaus , Karl Odermatt and Jürgen Sundermann . But the disappointment that the national coach did not call him into the squad for the World Cup in Mexico was great. Instead, he went on a quad-continental trip around the world with FC Zurich in the summer of 1970. In Western Australia, he suffered injuries in a car accident that prevented him from continuing with the team to Tahiti. After two years in Switzerland, Volkert returned to the Bundesliga in 1971; he had a contract from Hertha BSC that was ready to be signed before he decided at short notice for Hamburger SV, which was also bidding.

Great years at Hamburger SV, 1971 to 1978

The new acquisition from Zurich came to Hamburger SV for 500,000 marks. The experienced player should lead the young talents like Manfred Kaltz , Rudi Kargus , Caspar Memering and Peter Lübeke together with the experienced players Uwe Seeler , Willi Schulz , Jürgen Kurbjuhn and Franz-Josef Hönig in the team of coach Klaus-Dieter Ochs and was considered a cornerstone during the HSV rebuilding. The round started on August 14, 1971 with a 5-1 home win against Eintracht Frankfurt. After that, the start was slow and the internal problem of who storms on the left wing at HSV, the previous top dog Gert Dörfel or Volkert, made things even more difficult. Nevertheless, the Rothosen finished the first half of the season with 20:14 points in fifth place. In the second half of the season things went worse and at the end of the round Volkert took 10th place with his new club. He had scored four goals in 31 league appearances. In his second season in Hamburg, 1972/73, things went really badly: With 28:40 points, relegation could just be prevented. Hönig led the internal goalscorer list with eleven goals, followed by Volkert with ten goals. The further rejuvenation with Dieter Hochheimer , Walter Krause , Peter Krobbach , Peter Hidien and Kurt Eigl was made more difficult by the end of the career of Uwe Seeler and Jürgen Kurbjuhn. During the current round, the commitment of the rustic fighter Horst Heese from Eintracht Frankfurt was necessary. Despite the obvious problems with the team restructuring, Volkert and HSV won the final game for the 1973 DFB League Cup 4-0 against Borussia Mönchengladbach on June 6, 1973. Now the coaching time of Klaus-Dieter Ochs was over and Kuno Klötzer was in office as HSV coach from the 1973/74 season. Volkert knew the way Klötzer worked from his last year in Nuremberg and scored eight goals in 31 league appearances. HSV finished the round in 12th place, but made it to the final in the DFB Cup . That lost the men around left wing Volkert on August 17, 1974 in Düsseldorf with 1: 3 after extra time against Eintracht Frankfurt. But you had seen in this lap that the "diamond carriers" were on the up, you looked forward to the next laps with optimism.

Volkert played all 34 rounds for HSV in the Bundesliga in 1974/75 and scored seven goals. Since the newcomers Horst Bertl (Borussia Dortmund) and Willi Reimann (Hannover 96) immediately made their way into the team, fourth place came out at the end of the round, level on points with Eintracht Frankfurt in 3rd place and one point behind runner-up Hertha BSC. In the UEFA Cup, the games against Dynamo Dresden (4: 1, 2: 2) and against Juventus Turin in the quarter-finals (0: 2, 0: 0) stood out. When Horst Blankenburg (Ajax Amsterdam) and Hans Ettmayer (VfB Stuttgart) had two more reinforcements in the following round in 1975/76 , the team around Volkert (30-7) even reached the runner-up and won on June 26, 1976 a 2: 0 against 1. FC Kaiserslautern the DFB-Pokal . In the third competition, the UEFA Cup , the path led HSV to the semi-finals against Club Bruges after successes against Young Boys Bern, Red Star Belgrade, FC Porto and Stal Mielec. Against the Belgians, the Klötzer team failed after a 1-1 home draw and a 0-1 away defeat just about reaching the final.

Georg Volkert converted the penalty kick to 1-0 in the 1977 European Cup final

The highly traded newcomers Arno Steffenhagen (Ajax Amsterdam), Felix Magath (1. FC Saarbrücken) and Ferdinand Keller (1860 Munich) did not bring HSV to the top of the table in 1976/77 , but they did improve their performance in the European Cup Winners' Cup . Veteran Volkert rose to 13 goals in 29 Bundesliga appearances and had his greatest day in the HSV dress in the European Cup final on May 11, 1977 in Rotterdam against RSC Anderlecht: In the 80th minute he converted a penalty to 1-0 and also gave the pass on Magath in the 90th minute, which he converted to 2-0. The subsequently completed coaching change by general manager Peter Krohn from Klötzer to Rudi Gutendorf did not work at all in the 1977/78 season. Even so strong newcomers like Kevin Keegan and Ivan Buljan could not prevent the failure in this round. Klötzer's successor Gutendorf was replaced by Özcan Arkoç on October 27, 1977 . HSV fell back to 10th place in the Bundesliga, were eliminated in the DFB Cup in the round of 16 against FC Schalke 04 and in the European Cup in the round of 16 against RSC Anderlecht. Volkert had scored 13 goals in 28 league appearances despite the internal problems that reduced performance.

Volkert played 214 Bundesliga games for HSV between 1971 and 1978, in which he scored 62 goals. He was also used 25 times (eight goals) in the DFB Cup and in 29 European Cup games (10 goals).

Back in southern Germany, 1978 to 1981

In 1978 he moved to VfB Stuttgart and became German runner-up with the Swabians in the first season under coach Jürgen Sundermann . Volkert played 60 Bundesliga games for Stuttgart between 1978 and 1980, in which he scored 26 goals. He also played for the Swabians in 1979 and 1980 three times in the DFB club cup and scored three goals in these games.

Georg Volkert returned to 1. FC Nürnberg in 1980, where he ended his 16-year professional career in 1981. There he completed another 31 Bundesliga appearances in which he scored ten goals. He also made four cup appearances with two goals. He played his last Bundesliga game on June 6, 1981 in a 2-0 home win against Arminia Bielefeld. Together with Werner Heck and Herbert Heidenreich, he formed the attack of the "Club" eleven.

National team

In the championship season 1968 he was appointed to the national team by national coach Helmut Schön . He played his first international game on March 6, 1968 in a 3-1 win against Belgium and scored his first two goals in the third and 21st minute in the national shirt. On June 1, 1968, he was in the line-up of the German national team, which played out the historic first win against England 1-0 in Hanover. In the game against Brazil two weeks later he was not in the squad because of the “improper behavior” in the game against Vienna Austria.

Volkert's exceptionally good performance at Hamburger SV led the now 30-year-old back to the national team. He made another six international matches in 1977. In its last game, the German team achieved their first success against Italy after the Second World War . In total, Volkert made twelve international matches.

After the professional career

After the end of his professional career, Volkert still played for the amateur clubs Hummelsbütteler SV and TuS Hoisdorf and took over the general agency of an insurance company in order to begin a managerial career first at FC St. Pauli and then at Hamburger SV. However, his time as manager of a professional football club was not marked by such successes as his active career. From 1986 to 1990 he was manager of FC St. Pauli, then he tried his hand at HSV until 1991, from 1991 to 1996 he was manager of VfB Lübeck and from 1996 to December 12, 1998 he was manager of 1. FC Nuremberg. There he was made responsible for the lack of competitiveness of the "club" cadre and dismissed, which also ended his career as a functionary. Volkert lived in the municipality of Saxony near Ansbach near his hometown, where he ran a sports agency. In his spare time he played golf. The former national player died on August 16, 2020 at the age of 74 in Erlangen.


Georg Volkert played a total of 410 Bundesliga games and scored 125 goals. With 31 of 35 converted penalties, he was one of the best penalty takers in the Bundesliga.




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Web links

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