Horst Rick

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Horst Rick (born December 19, 1936 - † July 14, 2012 ) was a German football player . The defender played from 1958 to 1963 at the three clubs Fortuna Düsseldorf , Eintracht Braunschweig and SSV Reutlingen in the first-class football leagues West , North and South a total of 67 competitive games.


In three major leagues, 1958 to 1963

Horst Rick made his debut on September 28, 1958 at Fortuna Düsseldorf in the Oberliga West. Fortuna won a point with a 3: 3 at Borussia Dortmund. National player Erich Juskowiak , who usually formed the defender pair together with Herbert Bayer , was in the middle at the Rote Erde stadium and Rick had taken on his defensive role. The Flinger Broich team played a very good round in 1958/59. For a long time, the team of coach Hermann Lindemann was the first aspirant to the runner-up and thus to the final round of the German soccer championship. The decisive game for second place took place on matchday 28, April 5, 1959, in the Rheinstadion in front of 56,000 spectators. Cologne arrived two points behind; The “billy goats” won the game 4: 3 with a goal from Georg Stollenwerk in the 85th minute and instead of Dusseldorf they made it to the finals. Düsseldorf finished the round tied with 1. FC Köln (both 39-21 points) in third place. The runner-up from Cologne kept the eleven from the Kö in check with a minimal goal margin of 0.13. The Fortunes made this round with 89 goals, the most scoring attack in the western league. Josef Wolffram (25), Josef Derwall (19) and Heinz Janssen (15) were a dangerous indoor trio , which the wings with Bernhard Steffen and Dieter Wöske put in the spotlight . Due to the single-player class of defensive players Bayer, Juskowiak, Karl Hoffmann, Günter Jäger and Matthias Mauritz, the 56 goals conceded are surprising. In total, Rick came to eight league appearances in 1958/59. In its second orienteering round, 1959/60, Dusseldorf rose completely surprisingly into the 2nd division west. Coach Lindemann was replaced by Theo Breuer on January 20, 1960 , but the rescue did not succeed even with the old national player. In this unsuccessful round, only four more league appearances were added for Rick. The defender accepted an offer from Eintracht Braunschweig and moved to the Oberliga Nord for the 1960/61 season; Lindemann, Kurt Baluses, had replaced Kurt Baluses in the stadium on Hamburger Strasse . The newcomer from Düsseldorf made his debut in the blue-yellow on the eighth round matchday, October 2, 1960, in a 6-0 home win against Bremerhaven 93 in the Oberliga Nord. He formed the defenders pair with Wolfgang Wolfram in front of goalkeeper Hans Jäcker and center forward Werner Thamm scored three goals. Several times Rick was Heinz Patzig's partner in defense ; for example in the games against Werder Bremen (2: 0), Hamburger SV (0: 3) and also on the final day of the round on April 30, 1961 in a 1-1 home draw against Bergedorf 85. But after only one round with 23 league appearances, he moved to southern Germany, he signed a new contract for the 1961/62 round with SSV Reutlingen in the Oberliga Süd.

The team of trainer Hans Merkle , the red-black from the foot of the Alb , the SSV Reutlingen, was led by district administrator Hans Kern as "doer". Rick made his debut at SSV on August 6, 1961 in a 0-1 home defeat against the reigning German champions 1. FC Nürnberg. Goalkeeper Karl Bögelein and defender couple Rick and Heinz Kostorz formed the final triangle of the home team . The "club axis" Ferdinand Wenauer , Max Morlock and Heinz Strehl led the Franks to a narrow away win in front of 18,000 spectators in the stadium at the Kreuzeiche . In the second half of the season, Eintracht Frankfurt came to Reutlingen on January 14, 1962 as leaders with 30-6 points. Again in front of 18,000 spectators and also with the identical final trio as against Nuremberg, the SSV achieved a 4-2 success. In most of the duels, Rick had to deal with the dangerous Eintracht left winger Lothar Schämer . At the end of the round, Reutlingen finished eighth and the newcomer from Braunschweig had played 25 league games. Under Merkle's successor Georg Wurzer , Rick added only seven additional league appearances in the last year of the old first-class Oberliga Süd, 1962/63. The defender played his last league game on April 21, 1963 in a 3-0 home defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt. Even the good newcomer Günther Kasperski from 1. FC Kaiserslautern could not prevent the fall to 14th place with teammates such as Ulrich Biesinger , Karl Bögelein, Heinz Kostorz and Horst Rick.

In North America

After his time in Reutlingen, Rick moved to the United States and emigrated to North America. There he played alongside Rolf Winter for the Hota Bavarians. Rick was not an "american-in-german-soccer", he emigrated to the USA and may have been naturalized there. His one international match was the same in which András Máté , later at HSV, was used. However, it was lost to England 0:10 (1964).


  • Hardy Grüne , Lorenz Knieriem: Encyclopedia of German League Football. Volume 8: Player Lexicon 1890–1963. AGON-Sportverlag, Kassel 2006, ISBN 3-89784-148-7 , p. 314.
  • Michael Bolten, Marco Langer: Everything else is just football. The story of Fortuna Düsseldorf. Publishing house Die Werkstatt. Göttingen 2005. ISBN 978-3-89533-711-6 .
  • Jens Reimer Prüß (Ed.): Bung bottle with flat pass cork. The history of the Oberliga Nord 1947–1963. Klartext, Essen 1991, ISBN 3-88474-463-1 .
  • 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 .

Individual evidence

  1. ^ MyHeritage Ltd: Horst Rick . CEO: Gilad Japhet. 2017. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  2. Helmut Kuhn: Fußball in den USA , Bremen 1994, team photo on page 43, cf. also Hamburger Abendblatt of July 1, 1965.