Harry Arlt

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Harry Arlt (born November 11, 1926 in Dresden- Neustadt; † June 25, 2014 in Dresden) was a German football player, he was the top scorer in the GDR league in 1953 .

The way to Rotation Dresden

Arlt was 12 years old when World War II broke out. Until the collapse of German sport in 1945, he was still able to chase the round leather at his first club, Sportfreunde 01 Dresden , as a youth , but then had to experience the difficult post-war years in East Germany, which robbed athletes of his age from part of their careers. All sports clubs had been forcibly dissolved, sports competitions were only allowed in loosely organized sports communities on a strictly localized level. Arlt first joined SG Dresden-Mickten, which was founded in 1946, and came back to BSG Rotation Dresden in 1952 via the BSG KWU Dresden , which had emerged from SG Mickten after the system of company sports associations was introduced.

Success with rotation / unit Dresden

Rotation, as a climber to the top GDR soccer class Oberliga 1950/51, was only able to stay in the league with difficulty, urgently needed a replacement for the 38-year-old center forward Kurt Forke and hoped to have made a good choice with the 25-year-old Arlt. Harry Arlt played his first league game on February 17, 1952 at Motor Oberschöneweide (2-0) and hopes were not disappointed, because with Arlt in the center of the attack, the Dresden team rose to fourth in the league in the 1951/52 season. The team now had a powerful assault row together, which in 1952/53 earned the title "Wonder Storm" with 65 goals in 32 point games. Harry Arlt contributed 26 goals alone, making him not only the most successful scorer of his team, but also the top scorer in the league. He was denied further titles, when he won the GDR Cup in 1958, he was not part of the team that had since been renamed SC Einheit Dresden, but played for SG Dynamo Dresden (2nd GDR League, Season 4). After the 1958 season, Arlt actually wanted to say goodbye to active football, but since his team was in acute danger of relegation the following year, he helped out again in eight games. In the nine years he was with Rotation / Einheit Dresden, he completed 148 league games, scoring 69 goals, making him by far the most successful goalscorer of the Rotation - Einheit era. Between 1952 and 1956 he played four FDGB cup games for Dresden (2 goals).

Despite his scoring danger, Harry Arlt was never used in the GDR national team , it was only enough for two appointments to the B national team in 1953 (1 goal).

Stations as a player

Games in the GDR league:

season Games Gates
1951/52 012 0-
1952/53 031 26th
1953/54 022nd 10
1954/55 024 17th
1955 009 01
1956 025th 08th
1957 013 06th
1958 004th 0-
1959 008th 01
total 148 69

Trainer at FSV Lok Dresden

In 1966 the soccer section of the SC Einheit Dresden was demoted to the soccer sports association Lokomotiv . The team had only played in the second-rate GDR league for four years with no prospect of promotion. Since local rivals Dynamo Dresden had been declared the football focus of the Dresden district, Lok Dresden had to try to secure its future with its own junior staff. The still popular Harry Arlt took on the task of coaching the second team in 1967 to train young talents. Three years later he took over the first team, which he looked after with interruptions until 1985. 1984 brought him his bitterest defeat, when the FSV Lok failed to qualify for the newly structured GDR league with 8th place and had to relegate to the third class. In 1985 Harry Arlt was 58 years old and forced to say goodbye to football after a heart operation. As a trained businessman, he worked as a sales manager at VEB Lufttechnik Dresden.

Coaching stations

  • 1958–1965: BSG Flugzeugwerft Dresden
  • 1965–1966: TSG Dresden North
  • 1966–1970: SC Unit Dresden II
  • 1970–1978: FSV locomotive Dresden
  • 1978–1980: SG Weixdorf
  • 1982–1985: FSV locomotive Dresden


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