Helmut Nordhaus

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Helmut Nordhaus (born October 10, 1922 in Erfurt ; † October 14, 2014 there ) was a German soccer player who has spent almost his entire career at FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt and its predecessor clubs , and coach. The long-time captain and defense organizer won the championship in the GDR league twice with Erfurt in 1954 and 1955 .

Career in the club

Helmut Nordhaus started as a student at Wacker Erfurt between 1933 and 1935, before continuing at VfB Erfurt in 1935, where the talented young player made his debut in the first team at the age of 17. The outbreak of the Second World War temporarily halted the career of the tech-savvy defensive strategist. He was drafted into the Navy in Bremerhaven in 1941, where he was able to run for Bremerhaven 93 for a few months. This was followed by periods in Belgium and Amsterdam (1942) before he had to do his duty on a landing craft in Norway at the end of the year. In Italy (where he was stationed from 1943) he was taken prisoner by the English in May 1945. The English brought him to Egypt near Ismalia, where he spent three years as a prisoner of war in a 15,000-man tent camp in the desert. While in captivity, he was able to play football regularly again, but on clay. In April 1948 he was released to Hamburg and briefly joined the Hamburger SV . Due to the family ties, however, he returned to Erfurt after a short time.

There he played as a middle runner until 1956 with Fortuna, KWU and Turbine Erfurt, all predecessor clubs of FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt . In 1954 and 1955, Nordhaus was GDR champion as team captain and game designer with Turbine Erfurt, thus crowning his footballing career. The era of success began on June 26, 1949. Nordhaus was in the second final of the Eastern Zone Championship with Fortuna Erfurt . The second final for the FDGB Cup followed on September 3, 1950 ; but he again lost the final with KWU Erfurt with 4-0 goals. He finished the GDR league with Turbine Erfurt in 1950/51 tied with Chemie Leipzig - both 50:18 points - in first place. The play-off on May 20, 1951, Turbine lost without the blocked Nordhaus and center forward and striker Wolfgang Nitsche (19 goals) with 0-2 goals. After two rounds in the midfield of the table - at the turn of the year 1951/52 Erfurt lost three top performers to Eintracht Braunschweig with Heinz Senftleben , Winfried Herz and Heinz Wozniakowski - Nordhaus and his teammates succeeded in the double championship in 1954 and 1955. In addition to Nordhaus was the midfield tandem with Jochen Müller and Georg Rosbigalle another cornerstone of the championship teams.

Because of his playing style, Nordhaus was called "The Elegant" in Erfurt. In total, Helmut Nordhaus played 178 league games and scored 33 goals.

Career in the national team

In 1953 and 1954, Nordhaus played three times in the GDR national soccer team . He made his debut on June 14, 1953 in a 0-0 draw against Bulgaria in Dresden . The following year he was used in the 0: 1 against Poland in Rostock, and on October 24, 1954 in Sofia in the 1: 3 against Bulgaria. In addition, he was also used on May 7, 1953 in an international match against Poland (3-0) in the B national team.

Career as a coach

After his active career, Helmut Nordhaus worked as a trainer. Until 1964 he coached the lower class playing club Dynamo Erfurt and in 1964 took over the coaching position at SC Turbine Erfurt, which had just been relegated from the GDR league. He led the club to direct resurgence and was able to hold the league the following year. He then trained the Erfurt team's second team and in the following years was a trainer for BSG Umformtechnik Erfurt , BSG Zentronik Sömmerda and Motor Gotha .

Nordhaus worked as a research assistant in a Gotha company for rationalization / project planning until his retirement in 1983.


When he was voted Erfurt Player of the Century in 2000, Helmut Nordhaus came second behind Jürgen Heun . In 2012, on the occasion of his 90th birthday, he was appointed 1st honorary captain of Rot-Weiß Erfurt.


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  1. Marco Alles: Helmut Nordhaus becomes the first honorary captain of Rot-Weiß . Thuringian General, October 10, 2012.