Henning Frenzel

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Frenzel at the GDR-Chile international match in Leipzig in 1966

Henning Frenzel (born May 3, 1942 in Geithain ) was a soccer player in Leipzig . For the teams of SC Lokomotive , SC Leipzig and 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig , he played in the highest GDR football class, the Oberliga . He won the cup in 1976 with 1. FC Lok. Frenzel is 56 times national team. With the GDR Olympic selection, he won the bronze medal in 1964.

Soccer career


Henning Frenzel grew up in the small town of Geithain in western Saxony. He began playing football in 1952 for the local company sports association Motor Geithain. In 1959 he moved to the GDR league club SC Lokomotive Leipzig . There he first played in the junior team and won the GDR junior cup with her in 1960. On July 10, 1960, Frenzel played his only junior international match in Halberstadt. In the encounter between the GDR and Bulgaria (0-0) he was used as a center forward. In 1961 he was used in three junior international matches.

SC Lok Leipzig

The 1.76 m tall Frenzel played his first game in the GDR league for SC Lokomotive at the age of 18 on June 26, 1960, the twelfth game day of the season. At 1: 1 at Motor Zwickau, he was used as a half-left striker. This season Frenzel has already made 15 league appearances. In 1961/62, when the league ran over 39 point games due to the change from the calendar year rhythm to the summer-spring season, Frenzel was already a regular player in the attacking formation of the Leipzig with 37 point games. With his 20 goals he was the top scorer of his team for the first time - a success that he repeated six times in the course of his career. By the end of the 1962/63 season, Frenzel came to 72 league games, in which he scored 34 goals. Of the 15 trade fair cup games of the Leipzig city selection in Frenzel's Oberliga time, he played seven games and scored five goals.

National team

A year and a half after his first league game, Frenzel was appointed to the GDR national team. He made his A-team debut on December 10, 1961 in the international match between Morocco and GDR (2-0). In the second half he was substituted on for the half-left striker Günter Schröter . Then he was a permanent member of the national team until 1971, although he was only used as a substitute on several occasions.

Henning Frenzel and Dieter Erler in 1967

After Frenzel was used as a midfielder in the league from the beginning of the 1970s, national coach Georg Buschner found little use for his former center forward. In 1972, Frenzel did not play in the national team at all, in 1973 and 1974 he was only used four times. He was deleted from the squad for the 1974 World Cup at the last moment. Frenzel played his last international match on February 28, 1972 in the test match Algeria - GDR (1: 3), he came on in the 63rd minute for midfielder Wolfgang Seguin . Frenzel's most spectacular international matches included the European Championship qualifier between the GDR and the Netherlands on April 5, 1967, in which he scored three goals from a 2-0 deficit and a 4-3 win, and the European Championship qualifier between the GDR and Hungary on April 29 October 1967, when he scored the GDR's first victory over the Magyars with his 1-0 winning goal. In total, Frenzel completed 56 senior internationals between 1961 and 1972, in which he scored 19 goals. He was the team captain in five matches. In April 1962, Frenzel played an international match with the B selection. In the 1: 3 against Czechoslovakia, he scored the consolation goal for the GDR.

While Frenzel never reached the finals of a world or European championship with the A selection, he was more successful with the GDR Olympic selection . In 1964 he played nine of the thirteen qualifying and final round matches and scored seven goals, five of them in the final tournament in Tokyo. The GDR selection came into the small final, in which Egypt was defeated 3-1. Frenzel paved the way to the bronze medal with the goal of 1-0. Four years later, the Olympic selection failed in the qualification, Frenzel had completed four of the six qualifying games. Of the four qualifying games for the 1972 Olympics, Frenzel played the first three encounters, after which, as in the senior national team, he was no longer used in the Olympic selection and thus missed the final in the Federal Republic, in which the GDR selection again won the bronze medal. From 1964 to 1971 Frenzel played 15 times in official Olympic games and scored eight goals for them.

Sports club and soccer club in Leipzig

In 1963 Frenzel was one of the players who were assigned to the newly created and particularly worthy of support SC Leipzig as part of a reorganization of Leipzig football. The first season 1963/64 was disappointing for the sports club, it was overshadowed by local rivals BSG Chemie Leipzig , who surprisingly became champions, and the cup hopes were also destroyed after the 2: 3 final defeat against 1. FC Magdeburg. By the end of 1965, Frenzel had played in 62 league games for SC Leipzig. In January 1966, the soccer section of the SC Leipzig was spun off as part of the soccer club founding in the GDR and converted into 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig. The FC finished the season in third place in the championship and Frenzel was the top scorer in the GDR league for the only time in his career with 22 goals. On June 9, 1966, the newspaper Deutsches Sportecho reported that Frenzel and his teammate Manfred Geisler wanted to move to FC Carl Zeiss Jena . However, nothing came of the change as it was not approved by the GDR Football Association. Thereupon Frenzel achieved his best result in the league with the runner-up in 1967. In the 1968/69 season he was the top scorer of 1. FC Lok with just six goals. It was a visible sign of the loss of quality of the team, which consequently relegated bottom of the table. Despite his status as a national player, Frenzel was able to persevere with the Leipziger Club and ensured immediate resurgence with his 29 league matches and 17 goals in the GDR league . The Leipzig team surprisingly reached the cup final, but for the second time in his career Frenzel had to accept a final defeat after the 2: 4 against FC Vorwärts Berlin. From the 1971/72 season, the now 29-year-old Frenzel moved from attacking to midfield.

In the 1973/74 season 1. FC Lok played in the UEFA Cup for the first time and, after spectacular victories, including AC Turin and Fortuna Düsseldorf, reached the semi-finals, where Tottenham Hotspur only set the stop with 2-1 and 2-0 . Frenzel played all ten games. He scored his only goal in the round of 16 in a 3-0 home win against Fortuna Düsseldorf. The goal was played volley high into the triangle and was commented by the GDR magazine fuwo as a goal that “will be remembered for years and decades”.

In 1976, Frenzel finally had success in the GDR Cup competition . On May 1st he was in the final for the third time. In the game against FC Vorwärts Frankfurt he was used as the central midfielder, but that did not prevent him from scoring the goals to 1-0 and 2-0, with which he initiated the 3-0 victory of his team. Despite his high football age of 34, Frenzel remained a regular player at 1. FC Lok with 25 and 24 point matches in the 1976/77 and 1977/78 seasons. In 1977 he was, after he had been used again as a center forward in the season, with seven goals again Leipzig's top scorer. It was not until the spring of 1978 that the end of his career as a football player was approaching. He played eleven games in the second half of the season, but only one encounter over 90 minutes. His last league game took place on May 27, 1978, the 25th day of the league game. In the 4-0 home game win over Wismut Gera, Frenzel was substituted on again for 32 minutes. After his 286 league appearances for 1. FC Lok Leipzig, he came to a total of 420 first division games with 152 goals. In the all-time record lists of the GDR league, he is fourth in the league stakes and in the league goals.


Even after the end of his career as a football player, Frenzel continued to be involved in football and initially stayed with 1. FC Lok. There he worked as a trainer in the youth sector. In 1989 he took over the training of the relegation-threatened second division Motor Grimma for a short time , but could not save him from relegation. In 1993 he coached the C-youth team of 1. FC Lok's successor VfB Leipzig and in 1994 became a junior coach at SC Eintracht Schkeuditz .

Private life

After graduating from high school, Frenzel completed an apprenticeship as a construction worker. When his coaching activity could no longer be financed after the economic changes in the former GDR, he became unemployed for several months in 1990, after which he was a coach on the basis of a state job creation scheme. From 1993 he worked as a forwarding agent for a Leipzig transport company. In 2004 he made the headlines again as a football player when, at the age of 62, he took part in a 3rd class league game for the newly founded 1. FC Lok Leipzig against SV Paunsdorf Devils. The game ended with a record result of 20: 0 for 1. FC Lok.


  • Bronze medal Olympic Games 1964
  • GDR cup winner 1976
  • Top scorer in the league in 1966
  • GDR junior cup winner 1960


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