Heinrich Stuhlfauth

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Heinrich Stuhlfauth
FC Nürnberg as a champion'1927 banner.  Heinrich Stuhlfauth photo.jpg
Portrait of Stuhlfauth
on a flag at the Max-Morlock-Stadion
birthday January 11, 1896
place of birth NurembergGerman Empire
date of death September 12, 1966
Place of death Nuremberg,  Germany
size 184 cm
position Goal , in front of a half-forward
Years station Games (goals) 1
FC Franconia Nuremberg
0000-1916 FC Pfeil Nürnberg
1916-1933 1. FC Nuremberg
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1920-1930 Germany 21 (0)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
Würzburger Kickers
TSV 1861 Straubing
1 Only league games are given.
Stuhlfauth (1st from right) during his 19th international match against Italy

Heinrich Stuhlfauth (born January 11, 1896 in Nuremberg ; † September 12, 1966 there ), also called "Heiner", was a German football goalkeeper. From 1916 to 1933 he played for 1. FC Nürnberg , for which he played a total of 606 appearances in the first team. Stuhlfauth completed 21 international matches for the German national soccer team and was at times a record German national player.



Stuhlfauth was born on January 11, 1896 as the son of the metalworker Karl Stuhlfauth and his wife Babette in Nuremberg. The couple had another older son and daughter. The Stuhlfauths lived in the southern part of Nuremberg. Heinrich Stuhlfauth attended elementary school and then completed an apprenticeship as an electrician at Erle und Nestler AG, a Nuremberg motorcycle manufacturer. He initially wanted to be a cyclist, but his parents forbade him to do so because of the risk of injury. His desire to play football also met with resistance, so he initially trained in secret.

Career as a player

Stuhlfauth's first position as a player was FC Franken Nürnberg from 1908 , for whom he played in Sturm. Since the regular goalkeeper switched to FC Pfeil Nürnberg , he was put in goal because he was the greatest player. In 1911 he also moved to FC Pfeil Nürnberg , for whom he initially played as a half-left player. After the regular keeper was drafted into the military, the 1.84 m tall player played in goal for the first time there in 1914.

On October 1, 1916, Stuhlfauth moved to 1. FC Nürnberg , as FC Pfeil had disbanded. There he made his debut in October 1916. On October 15, 1915, however, he was briefly called up to the 3rd Bavarian Pioneer Replacement Battalion in Ingolstadt, but was released there for army football games. On August 14, 1916, he was transferred to the Motor Vehicle Replacement Department in Nuremberg. He was never posted to the front. From December 1916, Stuhlfauth worked at the vehicle factory Schmidt, Karl, Nuremberg.

After the First World War he became one of the first big stars of German football at the “Club”. During his time at 1. FC Nürnberg he became a German national player . He won five German championship titles (1920, 1921, 1924, 1925 and 1927) and also took part in the " endless championship final " in 1922.

With his 19th international match on April 28, 1929, he replaced Eugen Kipp as the record national player of the DFB. As such, he was only allowed to call himself until September 25, 1932, when Richard Hofmann completed his 22nd international match. In six games Stuhlfauth led the national team as captain on the field.

His 21st and last international match took place in the spring of 1930 in Frankfurt am Main against Italy (0: 2).

In 1933 Stuhlfauth ended his playing career.

As early as 1929 to 1931 he was in the TSV 1861 Straubing, which played in the Oberpfalz-Niederbayern district league . In 1932/33 he trained both the Würzburger Kickers and Straubing again.

Life after career

From the mid-1930s he was a member of the council of elders of the 1st FCN.

At the beginning of the Second World War , Stuhlfauth was drafted again and took part in the attack on Poland as a private . Stuhlfauth's former restaurant, Sebaldusklause, was destroyed during the war . After the end of the war, he worked as a school sports teacher and showed educational football films for the oil company Shell .

In 1953, when he was 57, he took part in a US tour of 1. FC Nürnberg at the invitation of the German-American Football Association. He was enthusiastically received and even described the tour as "the crowning glory of my career".

In 1956, Stuhlfauth was voted the most popular German football player in a Kicker poll. On September 12, 1966, Heiner Stuhlfauth died of a heart attack .


In addition to the Spaniard Ricardo Zamora, Heiner Stuhlfauth was one of the best goalkeepers in the world in his day.

From July 8, 1918 to February 5, 1922, the club did not lose a single out of 104 association games with him. The goal difference in these games was 480:47.

“God himself was in the goal!” Wrote an Italian newspaper in 1929 about the Nuremberg goalkeeper legend, when he secured the German national team's 2-1 victory with fantastic parades and reflexes and made the Italian strikers desperate.

One of his specialties was the foot defense; he was an early representative of the “goalkeeper playing” and was referred to by contemporary journalists as a “third defender”. “I often ran twenty and thirty yards towards the ball by knocking the ball away. I would recommend this to every gatekeeper, ”said Stuhlfauth's advice.



Outside the field, Stuhlfauth ran the Sebaldusklause restaurant (formerly Schulgäßchen) in Nuremberg. In the 1930s he was the last host of the traditional restaurant that was destroyed in the war. There you met footballers, actors and politicians - including the English striker Dixie Dean and kicker founder Walther Bensemann .

Stuhlfauth saw a defeat in friendly matches as a disgrace for his hometown and his club. He was a big fan of "his" club . The following quote comes from him:

“It is an honor to play for this city, this club and the people of Nuremberg.
May all of this be preserved and the great FC Nürnberg never perish. "

This quote is shown on the stadium screens before every home game today and many club fans wear it on their t-shirts. It can also be found as an application on the home jersey of the FCN for the 2009/10 season - but only on the edition for the fans, since the DFL does not allow applications on official player jerseys .

Stuhlfauth's trademarks were his gray sweater and his distinctive flat cap .


In 1960 Stuhlfauth received the citizen medal of the city of Nuremberg and in 1966 the DFB badge of honor. In addition, he was made honorary captain at 1. FC Nürnberg .

In 2006, Block 18 in the Easycredit Stadium in Nuremberg was named after him when the block was renamed.

In 2008 Heinrich Stuhlfauth was inducted into the Hall of Fame of German Sports .

The club bar of the FCN on the club premises is named after him. In the Stuhlfauth-Stuben you can always meet parts of the team before and after training. There is also a street named after him in the Zerzabelshof district of Nuremberg , home of 1. FC Nürnberg.

In 2010, in an internet vote on fcn.de for goalkeeper legend of the century, he came second behind Andreas Köpke .


Web links

Commons : Heinrich Stuhlfauth  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Christoph Bausenwein, Bernd Siegler, Harald Kaiser: Legends - The best club players of all time, ISBN 978-3-89533-722-2
  2. Bausenwein, Siegler, Kaiser: Legends - The best club players of all time
  3. Christoph Bausenwein, Bernd Siegler, Harald Kaiser: The legend of the club - The history of 1. FC Nürnberg, ISBN 978-3-89533-612-6
  4. ^ Claus Bernet : Heinrich "Heiner" Stuhlfauth. In: Erich Schneider (Ed.): Fränkische Lebensbilder. 25th volume. Society for Franconian History, Würzburg 2018, p. 271.
  5. ^ Matthias Arnhold: Heinrich 'Heiner' Stuhlfauth - International Appearances . RSSSF . August 25, 2016. Retrieved August 25, 2016.
  6. Christoph Bausenwein: “Stuhlfauths times. The golden years of football “, Verlag Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2017, ISBN 978-3-7307-0322-9
  7. The Sebaldusklause
  8. Names and blocks: The club maintains its tradition. 1. FC Nürnberg , March 17, 2008, accessed on March 14, 2020 .
  9. Who is your Goalkeeper Legend of the Century? fcn.de (Note: Link no longer leads to the specified destination)