Heinz Ruppenstein

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Heinz Ruppenstein (born July 2, 1930 ) is a former German soccer player and coach. As a player for Karlsruher SC , he won the DFB Cup in 1955/56 . As a coach, he accompanied 1. FC Pforzheim in 1967 on the way from the second division to the amateur camp.



In the summer of 1955, Heinz Ruppenstein moved as a 25-year-old from the 1st amateur league North Bavaria from VfB Coburg to Karlsruher SC in the Oberliga Süd . In the inauguration game of the Wildpark Stadium against Rot-Weiss Essen, he was on the field for the first time for Baden from the 70th minute. Ruppenstein, nicknamed “Pill” since childhood, immediately became a regular player. Mostly he was used as a right runner or half right. Since Bernhard Termath had also moved from Rot-Weiss Essen to the wildlife park, the team around midfield conductor Kurt Sommerlatt played a very successful round. First the title was brought to Baden in the south. Then they qualified through the finals for the final of the German championship against Borussia Dortmund , which was lost with 2: 4 goals. In August, however, the KSC triumphed in the cup final against Hamburger SV with 3-1 goals.

In the years 1958 and 1960, the "long-runner with a fighter's heart" was also successful in midfield of the KSC in the further successes in the Oberliga Süd. In this phase he was one of the best southern German outside runners. Internationally, national coach Sepp Herberger appointed him to the DFB team in 1958 in the game between the B national team and Austria on October 22nd . His outrunner colleague on the left was Helmut Benthaus from Herne . In 1960 he lost the cup final against Borussia Mönchengladbach with the KSC . Horst Szymaniak was unable to neutralize the dynamic Albert Brüll on the Gladbach side. The following year, the KSC failed with Ruppenstein in the semifinals to the eventual cup winner Werder Bremen after a 2-3 defeat after extra time. After leaving trainer Eduard Frühwirth , Kurt Sommerlatt came back to the Wildpark in 1962, but now no longer as a player in “Pille” in midfield, but as a coach. After the 1962/63 season , Ruppenstein had 209 league games with 29 goals for KSC.

As a senior, he went to the first round of the Bundesliga in 1963/64. There he could only represent the colors of the KSC six times and ended his playing career in 1964.


In the mid-1960s he acted as assistant coach for Werner Roth at his ex-club. In the middle of the season he was in the then second-rate Regionalliga-Süd at 1. FC Pforzheim , who was in danger of relegation, the successor of the Hungarian Árpád Medve , but was only able to stabilize the last place in the table until the end of the season. Then he was drawn to ASV Landau as head coach . In the 1968/69 season he led Landau as champion of the 1st amateur league southwest in the regional league there. From 1969/70 to 1973/74 - from the 1974/75 round there was the two-part second division as the foundation of the Bundesliga - he coached Landau continuously in the Regionalliga Südwest . From the beginning of his coaching activity in Landau, the ex-KSC player Werner Hösl accompanied Ruppenstein's work as head of defense. The ex-Lauterer goalkeeper Wolfgang Schnarr came to Ruppenstein's team in 1972 and Horst Wild from KSC during the 1973/74 season. The 9th place at the end of the round was not enough to be accepted into the new 2nd division.


The Franconian who settled in Karlsruhe, he was employed by the Karlsruher Lebensversicherung for many years, later retired from big football and devoted himself more to his family, tennis and cycling. His son Ralf continued the family tradition in football in the amateur field. On his 90th birthday on July 2, 2020, Heinz Ruppenstein was appointed honorary captain of the KSC.

Individual evidence

  1. On his 90th birthday: Heinz "Pille" Ruppenstein becomes KSC honorary captain. In: ksc.de. July 2, 2020, accessed July 3, 2020 .


  • Werner Skrentny (Ed.): When Morlock still met the moonlight. The history of the Oberliga Süd 1945–1963. Klartext, Essen 1993, ISBN 3-88474-055-5 .
  • Matthias Weinrich, Hardy Greens : Encyclopedia of German League Football. Volume 6: German Cup history since 1935. Pictures, statistics, stories, constellations. AGON Sportverlag, Kassel 2000, ISBN 3-89784-146-0 .
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