Josef Ledl

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Josef Ledl (born November 14, 1918 - June 21, 2000 ) was a German soccer player .


The middle runner began his career at MTV Ingolstadt and played with Upper Bavaria in the 1947/48 round in the Bayern-Süd regional league. When Ledl played in a friendly match against VfB Stuttgart in Ingolstadt in 1948 , he drew attention to himself and then moved to VfB in the Oberliga Süd when he was 29 . He made his debut in the major league on the first match day of the 1948/49 round, on September 11, 1948, in a 1-1 home draw against Schwaben Augsburg in his core position of center runner. The wiry and hard-working defense organizer completed 25 games and took sixth place with VfB. In his second league round, 1949/50 , the team of coach Georg Wurzer moved up to the top of the table and won the runner- up with a point ahead of Kickers Offenbach . Surprisingly, the newly promoted SpVgg Fürth became champions . The final round of the German football championship in 1950 was the sporting highlight in Josef Ledl's career. Trainer Wurzer trusted in the encounters against VfL Osnabrück ( Hans Haferkamp , Adolf Vetter ), 1. FC Kaiserslautern (internal trio: Fritz Walter , Ottmar Walter , Werner Baßler ), in the semifinals against Südmeister Fürth (top scorer Horst Schade ) and in the final against Offenbach with the outstanding attacker Horst Buhtz always on his well-rehearsed defense with Otto Schmid , Erich Retter , Richard Steimle , Ernst Otterbach , Ledl and Karl Barufka . With success, Ledl and his comrades became German champions in 1950 . In the final, the VfB defense chief is said to have "improved into the shape of his life".

In 1951 he and the VfB team were awarded the Silver Laurel Leaf .

A year later - Ledl completed another 22 games in the Oberliga Süd in 1950/51 and finished fourth with VfB - he ended his career. He played his last league game on April 1, 1951 in Stuttgart in a 1-1 draw against 1860 Munich. Ledl played 71 league games from 1948 to 1951.

Ledl was Erich Retter's brother-in-law .


  • Hardy Grüne , Lorenz Knieriem: Encyclopedia of German League Football. Volume 8: Player Lexicon 1890–1963. AGON-Sportverlag, Kassel 2006, ISBN 3-89784-148-7 .
  • 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 .

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Individual evidence

  1. BT-Drucksache 7/1040, page 58, accessed on February 7, 2017 (pdf)