Jürgen Nöldner

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Jürgen Nöldner
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-92817-0002, ASK Vorwärts Berlin - SC Motor Jena.jpg
Nöldner (right) during the Vorwärts Berlin
game against Motor Jena in spring 1962
birthday February 22, 1941
place of birth BerlinGerman Empire
size 176 cm
position midfield player
Years station
1949–0000 Sparta Lichtenberg
0000-1957 BEWAG Berlin turbine
1957-1959 ASK Forward Berlin
Years station Games (goals) 1
1959-1973 ASK / FC Vorwärts Berlin /
FC Vorwärts Frankfurt / Oder
285 (88)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1960–1962 DDR U-23 3 0(2)
1963-1967 DDR Olympia 11 0(4)
1961–1962 GDR B 3 0(0)
1960-1969 GDR 30 (16)
1 Only league games are given.

Jürgen Nöldner (born February 22, 1941 in Berlin ) is a former German soccer player and later sports journalist and book author. The offensive midfielder played 30 games for the GDR national team between 1960 and 1969 . He scored a total of 16 goals during his international career. Among them is the fastest GDR international goal in the first minute of the World Cup qualifier against Austria on October 31, 1965.


Nöldner was born during the Nazi regime in the 2nd year of World War II in the capital of Berlin. When he was three years old, was his father - the resistance fighters Erwin Nöldner , after today in Berlin-Lichtenberg of Nöldnerplatz and Nöldnerstraße are named - executed by the Nazis.

Athletic career


Jürgen Nöldner's career began at Sparta Lichtenberg and Turbine BEWAG Berlin . In 1957 he became champion and cup winner of the GDR with the youth team of the ASK Vorwärts Berlin. In 1959 he achieved the double of championship and cup in the junior division with Vorwärts . Then he was taken over into the league collective.


For ASK / FC Vorwärts Berlin and after the army footballers were relocated to Frankfurt / Oder on August 1, 1971 for FC Vorwärts Frankfurt / Oder , the offensive force known as "Kuppe" was successful in scoring goals in the top division of GDR football . At the end of his first division career, Nöldner had played a total of 285 appearances in the league from 1959 to 1973, scoring 88 goals. This makes him one of the 30 most successful goal scorers in the history of the East German first division.

For his first league use Nöldner came on September 27, 1959, the 18th matchday of the current season . In the game at SC Einheit Dresden he also scored his first league goal with the 3-1 final score for his team. He won the GDR five times with the team between 1959 and 1969 and won the FDGB Cup once , whereby in the 1970 final he made the final decision with his goal to make it 4-2 against 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig in the 86th minute. His playful achievements earned him the reputation of a " Puskás of the GDR".

Selection bets

His greatest international sporting success is winning the Olympic bronze medal at the 1964 Summer Games in Tokyo with the GDR Olympic team , which competed under the all-German flag. In addition to the lack of the final Klaus Urbanczyk and Otto Fräßdorf and the four successful Henning Frenzel he was one of the East German team of the fundamental forces. The forward player was used in five of the six finals and scored two goals. In total, he was on the ball eleven times (four hits) for the Olympic selection.

With the senior national team Nöldner could not qualify for a World Cup or European Championship finals. In 30 or, according to FIFA's interpretation, 29 international matches, he scored 16 times in the opposing goal. Only five players were more successful in the GDR selection dress.

Professional career

After finishing his sporting career in 1973, Jürgen Nöldner worked as a sports journalist, initially for the German Sportecho . He later switched to fuwo - The New Football Week . The ex-national player succeeded Klaus Schlegel , initially on an interim basis from the end of 1984, and from 1985 to 1990 as editor-in-chief at the DFV association body. During his work for Sportverlag Berlin , in which fuwo and Sportecho appeared, he was also involved in the company's World Cup and European Championship books in 1986 and 1988. After the fall of the Wall he went to the kicker sports magazine . He headed its Berlin-based Northeast editorial team from 1997 until he left professional life in the summer of 2006.


Nöldner had the rank of captain in the NVA and was a member of the SED .

In 1963, in a survey by the newspaper Deutsches Sportecho, the top division coach named him the best half-left striker of the past season .

In 1966 Nöldner was voted Footballer of the Year in the GDR .

In the run-up to the GDR's 40th birthday, he was elected to midfield alongside Manfred Kaiser , Günter Schröter and Dieter Erler in the "All-Star Team 'DDR 40", which was presented in May 1989 at the DFV football festival in East Berlin . Among the individual players, the former forward player was ranked 10th in the survey for the "Footballer DDR 40".


Individual evidence

  1. ^ Matthias Arnhold: Jürgen Nöldner - Matches in the Oberliga . RSSSF.com . March 28, 2012. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  2. Sorin Arotăriţei and Matthias Arnhold: East Germany - Topscorers . RSSSF.com . May 29, 2019. Retrieved January 20, 2020.
  3. ^ Matthias Arnhold: Jürgen Nöldner - Goals in International Matches . RSSSF.com . January 16, 2020. Accessed January 20, 2020.
  4. ^ Matthias Arnhold: Goalscoring for East Germany National Team (according to the former GDR Federation) . RSSSF.com . January 10, 2020. Accessed January 20, 2020.
  5. Berliner Zeitung , March 29, 1973, page 7
  6. Neue Zeit , December 18, 1989, page 8.

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