Hans Berndt (soccer player)

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Hans Berndt (born October 30, 1913 in Spandau ; † April 9, 1988 in Berlin ), also called "Hanne", was a German football player .



At the age of eleven, the student Hans Berndt started playing football at SC Staaken . In February 1936, at the age of 25, he switched to Tennis Borussia Berlin . As a center forward , he was able to show his skills in the attack center in the Gauliga Berlin-Brandenburg and thus draw attention to himself. In the first three seasons (1936/37 to 1938/39), the daredevil and great British cut scored 56 goals for the "Violets". After the shortened round in 1939/40 (outbreak of the Second World War ; therefore only ten games) the striker celebrated the championship with Tennis Borussia in the Gauliga Berlin-Brandenburg with 36 hits in the round 1940/41. On the last day of the match Hertha BSC was relegated to second place with an 8-2 win. In the final round of the German championship in 1941 , Tennis Borussia played against NSTG Prague and Dresdner SC . The Saxons prevailed in both games against the team of "Hanne" Berndt. It was not enough to defend his title in 1942 and the scorer experienced his second final round of the German soccer championship in 1944 in the VfB Königsberg jersey . With the Gauliga champion from East Prussia he played against LSV Mölders Krakow and HSV Groß Born . In the 4-1 victory against the Luftwaffe sports club on April 24, 1944, he scored three goals. He also scored a goal against Groß Born, but the army selection won with 10: 3 goals. In Königsberg he had teammates Herbert Burdenski and Kurt Baluses by his side. With the clearly superior Groß Born, Edmund Conen , Ernst Plener and Wilhelm Sold stood out.

In autumn 1945 temporarily active at Schalke 04 , “Hanne” Berndt shot SG Charlottenburg at the age of 33 in the 1946/47 season (Tennis Borussia had been dissolved) with 53 goals in 20 games in the Berlin City League to the championship. In the 1948/49 season, the club name was regained from SG Charlottenburg in Tennis Borussia Berlin. In sporting terms, they won the runner-up in the city league with 19 Berndt hits and the Berlin Cup on July 3, 1949 with a 2-0 win against Alemannia 1890 Berlin with two “Hanne” goals. In 1950 the indestructible striker scored 17 times in 18 missions in the opposing goal and celebrated the championship in Berlin. The final round was already over after the 1: 3 against Kickers Offenbach . In the first year of the contract player era in Berlin, 1950/51, Berlin football split. Part of the team of the Berlin runner-up from 1949/50, Union Oberschöneweide , moved from East to West Berlin in June 1950 and continued to play under the club name SC Union 06 Berlin and again came second behind Tennis Borussia Berlin. Framed by the half-strikers Gerhard Graf and Horst Schmutzler , 37-year-old Berndt scored another 27 goals in 23 games. In the final round of the German championship in 1951, "Hanne" Berndt played with Tennis Borussia against Hamburger SV , 1. FC Nuremberg and Prussia Münster . In Berlin, the soccer idol was voted Sportsman of the Year 1951. Due to problems with the cruciate ligament and the meniscus, Hans Berndt only made ten appearances in the contract league Berlin in the 1951/52 season. He got nine hits. His club, Tennis Borussia Berlin, won the third championship in a row and made it to the finals again. “Hanne” Berndt ended his career at the age of 38. In total, he came to over 1000 goals in his career.

Selection / national team

From 1936 to 1951, Hans Berndt was active in 62 city games for Berlin. The first official Berlin city game after the Second World War took place on Good Friday, April 19, 1946, in the stadium at Gesundbrunnen . Berlin won 2-1 goals against Dessau. With the 5-0 success on September 1, 1946 in the Schillerpark in Dessau, "Hanne" Berndt (SG Charlottenburg) was back in action for Berlin for the first time. In the regional cup competition of 1949/50 he also led the Berlin storm against Bavaria on September 18, 1949 in the Olympic Stadium in front of 75,000 spectators. When Berlin played its first international post-war city game on February 11, 1951, Berndt was still in the center forward position. Opponent was Zurich with superstar Alfred Bickel and her trainer Edmund Conen . The game ended in a 2-2 draw in front of 90,000 spectators. In the Reichsbund Cup he made his debut in the Brandenburg team on November 22, 1936 in a 2-0 win in Stettin against Pomerania and was a member of the selection until the 1940/41 round.

Reich coach Sepp Herberger appointed the center forward from Tennis Borussia Berlin to the national team for the first time on May 8, 1937. In Wuppertal a test match of a German selection against Manchester City was held. "Hanne" acted with his "breaking qualities" in the traditional position in the middle of the storm. Eight days later, the DFB-Elf triumphed in Breslau against Denmark with an 8-0 victory and the Breslau-Elf was born. The central role in the middle of the storm was played by the Waldhöfer Otto Siffling with playful elegance and scoring qualities. He was almost a contrast to the powerful breaker type "Hanne" Berndt. Three days after the Breslau game, the "Veilchen" striker was used again by the Reich trainer in a Germany selection against Manchester City in Berlin. On June 25, 1937, it was time for "Hanne" Berndt in the national team. As a center forward, he contributed two hits to the 3-1 success in Riga against Latvia. Otto Siffling and Karl Hohmann together with the Berliner formed the German interior trio. On August 15, 1937, Berndt took part in an internal test match of the national team and on August 29, he made his second international appearance. In Königsberg he was again in action as a center forward in the 4-1 World Cup qualifying success against Estonia. In Nuremberg, on March 20, 1938, he played his third international game against Hungary. In the unofficial international match on April 3, 1938 in Vienna against Austria, "Hanne" Berndt was also the center forward of the Herberger-Elf. Lehner, Gellesch, Gauchel and Fath continued to play in the storm. After German troops marched into Austria on March 12th and Austria was annexed to the German Reich, the 2-0 success of Matthias Sindelar's men was more than just winning a football game. Before the international match against England on May 14, 1938 in Berlin, Berndt was also one of the participants in the preparatory course at the Duisburg sports school. He was not used in his hometown and there were no further appointments to the national team.


After 1952, the father of two sons ran a flourishing sporting goods store at Damaschkestrasse 1 in Berlin; he died on April 9, 1988, the day Tennis Borussia Berlin was founded.

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Single references

  1. ^ Hans Günter Martin: Germany's football makes a career , Düsseldorf 1985, team photo on page 19