Jürgen Grabowski

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Jürgen Grabowski
Jurgen Grabowski 2005.jpg
Jürgen Grabowski, 2005
birthday July 7, 1944
place of birth WiesbadenGerman Empire
size 171 cm
position Striker , midfielder
Years station
1952-1960 SV Biebrich 1919
Years station Games (goals) 1
1960-1965 FV Biebrich 02
1965-1980 Eintracht Frankfurt 441 (109)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1965 Germany amateurs 1 00(0)
1967 Germany U-23 1 00(0)
1966-1974 Germany 44 00(5)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
1977 Eintracht Frankfurt
1983 Eintracht Frankfurt
1 Only league games are given.
Jürgen Grabowski's autograph from the 1978/79 season
This special stamp shows Jürgen Grabowski with the World Cup trophy after winning the final at the 1974 World Cup
Jürgen Grabowski with the World Cup trophy after winning the final at the 1974 World Cup. Together with Wolfgang Overath (left) and Gerd Müller (right), he does a lap of honor in the Munich Olympic Stadium

Jürgen "Grabi" Grabowski (born July 7, 1944 in Wiesbaden ) is a former German soccer player and soccer coach who played for Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga between 1965 and 1980 . The midfielder played 44 international matches for the German national soccer team and was European soccer champion in 1972 and world soccer champion in 1974.

Club career


At the age of eight, Grabowski joined his hometown club SV Biebrich in 1919. At the age of 16 he moved to the neighboring club FV Biebrich in 1902, because his previous club could no longer provide a team. With the Biebrich A-youth he achieved his first successes, including the vice-Hessen championship. At that time teams like Darmstadt 98 , Eintracht Frankfurt and Kickers Offenbach could be defeated. Only in the final did his team lose to Hessen Kassel .

In 1965 Grabowski moved to the Bundesliga for Eintracht Frankfurt . With Eintracht he became German Cup winner in 1974 and 1975 . In the 1980 UEFA Cup finals, he was unable to participate due to injury.

In 1980 Grabowski had to end his career as an active footballer because the then young Lothar Matthäus seriously injured him with a tackle . For Eintracht, he played 441 Bundesliga games in which he scored 109 goals. He also made 45 appearances in the DFB Cup with 19 goals, 40 European Cup appearances with 9 goals and 6 appearances in the intertor round with 3 goals.

In the 1983/84 season he was briefly interim trainer of Eintracht Frankfurt together with Klaus Mank . Also in the 1977/78 season he was interim coach for a few days. Grabowski is the honorary captain of Eintracht.

National team career

Grabowski played a total of 44 international matches for the German national soccer team , scored five goals and took part in three soccer world championships and one European championship. After appearing in the amateur national team in 1965, he played his first international match against Ireland on May 4, 1966 at the age of 21 . At the 1966 World Cup in England , he was runner-up with the national team, but did not play a single game (this World Cup was still held without any substitutions). After he had played his only international match for the U-23 national team in the 1-1 draw against Romania in Saarbrücken on November 22, 1967 , he did not return to the national team for the World Cup preparatory games until 1970. He made his breakthrough as a national player at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico , where the German team came third; here he earned the reputation of "the best substitute in the world". He was substituted on in almost every game, usually found himself in the game very quickly and was able to give him decisive impulses. In the quarter-final game against England, which was believed to be almost lost, he was largely responsible for the turnaround on the winning road. In the match of the century against Italy he played from the start and was one of the best. He hit the flank that " Schnellinger of all people " was able to use for his famous equalizer goal in the last second.

After that, he was one of the national team's regulars, played in all qualifying matches for the next European Championship and was also part of the team that won the quarter-final first leg on April 29, 1972 at Wembley Stadium with outstanding football 3-1 against England and was often the best German national team of all time is called. For the second leg, however, he dropped out due to an injury, which means that after his recovery he was part of the 18-man squad for the 1972 European Championship in Belgium, but fell back into the role of the noble reservist. As such, he was able to convince in the semifinals against Belgium. Even if it was not used in the final, it won its first international title with the 1972 European Championship (which at the time was only a mini-tournament consisting of semifinals and finals).

At the 1974 World Cup in Germany , Grabowski became world champion. After temporarily falling out of favor due to poor performance in the first final round, he became the match winner in the second final round in the dramatic game against Sweden (4: 2) in his "Mexico role" as a substitute, scoring the goal to 3: 2 and thus fought back to its regular place. In the semi-final against Poland and in the final, he was one of the best German players. The 2-1 win in the final against the Netherlands was his last international match; it took place on his 30th birthday.

Due to his partially outstanding performances in the jersey of Frankfurter Eintracht in the second half of the 1970s and in the absence of a playmaker, the then national coach Helmut Schön tried to persuade Grabowski to make a comeback in the national team in the run-up to the 1978 World Cup in Argentina However, after a period of reflection, he refused.

further activities

Grabowski was chairman of the Schlappekicker campaign of the Frankfurter Rundschau , which among other things supports athletes in need. After retiring, he ran an insurance agency for Gothaer Versicherung.

Success as a player

German national team

  • World Champion: 1974
  • Vice World Champion: 1966 (not used)
  • Third World Cup: 1970
  • European Champion: 1972

Eintracht Frankfurt


In the winter of 1977/78 Grabowski was classified as world class in the ranking of German football .

He was awarded the Silver Laurel Leaf for winning the 1974 World Cup .

Since January 23, 2013, a picture of Jürgen Grabowski has adorned one of the twelve “Pillars of Unity” in the Willy-Brandt-Platz underground station in Frankfurt.

On December 3, 2014 - together with Bernd Hölzenbein - the Hessian Prime Minister Volker Bouffier awarded him the Hessian Order of Merit.

Due to his successful footballing life at Eintracht Frankfurt, the name Jürgen Grabowski is honored in the fan song "Black and White Like Snow" by the Frankfurt band Tankard .


  • 2019: Grabowski - the Eintracht legend (A film for the 75th birthday of Florian Nass and Heiko Neumann)

Individual evidence

  1. Football, my life and me: Jürgen Grabowski In: 11Freunde accessed on March 11, 2017
  2. Sport-Bild from May 18, 1994, p. 41.
  3. ^ Pillars of Unity ( Memento from June 17, 2017 in the Internet Archive )
  4. ^ State gazette for the state of Hesse, January 5, 2015.

Web links

Commons : Jürgen Grabowski  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files