Horst Wild

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Horst Wild (born October 4, 1943 in Karlsruhe ) is a former Bundesliga soccer player who was active for the clubs Karlsruher SC and MSV Duisburg and from 1963 to 1968 played a total of 131 Bundesliga games with 44 goals.


Youth, until 1962

The Karlsruhe boy started the soccer game at FC Südstern Karlsruhe. But his talent quickly led him to the youth department of Karlsruher SC. Supported by the successful A-youth of the KSC, he was in the years 1961 and 1962 with the regional selection of southern Germany in the respective finals for the youth cup of the DFB . The appointment to the youth national team followed seamlessly. Wild represented the colors of the DFB in all 12 international matches played in 1961 and 1962 . The later national coach Helmut Schön celebrated a good third place with the UEFA youth team in Portugal in 1961 at the prestigious tournament. With Sepp Maier , Bernd Patzke , Wolfgang Weber , Reinhard Libuda and Wolfgang Overath , Wild had teammates who made their way to the senior national team in the following years .

For the successful A-youth, however, it was initially a matter of making the leap into the top division of the KSC.

Oberliga Süd and Bundesliga, 1962 to 1968

Together with his teammate Rolf Kahn from the A-youth, Horst Wild made it straight away in the 1962/63 season in the first formation of the KSC league team. With the three new players Otto Geisert , Kahn and Wild, coach Kurt Sommerlatt was able to lead the team to 5th place and thus qualify for the new Bundesliga for the KSC. Wild was in 22 games of the soccer Oberliga Süd in action and scored 11 goals. The two-footed technician was mostly used as a left winger.

In the Bundesliga, the KSC weakened, but Horst Wild continued its development continuously. On March 4, 1964, he was used for the DFB in the game of the junior national team against Turkey (1: 2) in Ankara. On April 29th, he was called up for the second time in the junior team at the international match in Karlsbad against Czechoslovakia (1-0). A highlight of his sporting career was his participation in the junior international match on June 25, 1965 in Freiburg against England. With the attack series Horst Gecks , Hans Schulz , Sigfried Held , Johannes Löhr and Horst Wild, the German juniors prevailed 1-0.

In the early years of the Bundesliga, the several coach changes at KSC and the ongoing struggle to stay in the league were a hindrance to the development of Wild's personal top performance. Nevertheless, from 1963 to 1967 Horst Wild made 100 Bundesliga games and 34 goals at KSC. He had matured into a playmaker in these four rounds, but he had a well-developed finishing quality, having distinguished himself as a free-kick taker and a sure man for the penalty kick. Therefore, the MSV Duisburg took hold and committed the Karlsruhe to the 1967/68 round. Under the hard knack of Hungarian Gyula Lóránt , MSV came in seventh in the final ranking - not least because of the very good performance of midfielder Wild. The KSC rose as the bottom of the table from the Bundesliga. Wild had contributed 31 games and 10 goals for Duisburg.

Regionalliga, 1968 to 1974

After the crash from the Bundesliga, the KSC bundled its forces and was able to bring Horst Wild back to the wildlife park before the 1968/69 season . That was good for the club, but for the three-time junior national player it meant saying goodbye to great football. The KSC, led by Horst Wild, succeeded in winning the title in the Regionalliga Süd immediately , but did not succeed. From 1968 to 1974 Wild played 196 games for KSC and was able to score 72 goals. He is the Karlsruhe Regional League record player and goal scorer. The crowning promotion to the Bundesliga was denied him.

On November 4, 1973, he played his first game for ASV Landau in the Regionalliga Südwest, where he moved after differences with coach Carl-Heinz Rühl . In Landau he ended his career in high-class football at the end of the round in 1974. He had played another 20 regional league games with eight goals in Landau.

Amateur football, 1974 to 1980

This was followed by several positions in the amateur field, such as the one in South Baden at Offenburg FV , at the end he returned to the Karlsruhe football district at TSV Schöllbronn and FT (Free Turner) Forchheim, here as a player-coach, where he was active until the 1979/1980 season.

After the active career

The high school graduate, who worked for the city of Karlsruhe in the senior administrative service for decades, trained several amateur clubs after his active time in the Karlsruhe area. In recent years he has also made a name for himself as a conscientious organizer in the AH department of the KSC.


  • Christian Karn, Reinhard Rehberg: Encyclopedia of German League Football. Volume 9: Player Lexicon 1963-1994. Bundesliga, regional league, 2nd league. Agon-Sportverlag, Kassel 2012, ISBN 978-3-89784-214-4 . P. 545.

Individual evidence

  1. Source: Kicker supplement "Regional" from December 10, 1979