Josef Müller (soccer player, 1893)

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Josef Müller (born May 6, 1893 in Würzburg , † March 22, 1984 in Ludwigshafen am Rhein ) was a German football player and coach . The defensive player became German champion in 1926 with SpVgg Fürth and played a total of 12 international matches in the national team from 1921 to 1928.



Born in Würzburg, "Sepp" Müller began his career in high-class football at Phönix Ludwigshafen in 1909 . He had gone to school in Würzburg and had also learned the basics of football in the Lower Franconian cathedral city; However, he only made the breakthrough after moving to Ludwigshafen. The 1st World War interrupted the development of football, but in 1919/20 he took second place with Phoenix in the Kreisliga Pfalz behind champions FC Pfalz Ludwigshafen . In the 1920/21 season he won the championship with Phoenix and therefore took part in the finals for the southern German championship . There the outstanding defensive strategist only lost the final on May 1, 1921 against 1. FC Nürnberg with 1: 2 after extra time. The "Club" won the German championship on June 12, 5-0 against Vorwärts Berlin . Müller played the first half of the 1921/22 season at Phoenix and then joined SpVgg Fürth in December or September / October 1921. On September 18, 1921, he had gained his first experience in the German national soccer team .

With SpVgg Fürth he won the South German Championship in 1923 and made it to the final round of the German soccer championship for the first time. He played the first game in the finals on May 13, 1923 in Nuremberg in a 4-0 win against the Breslauer Sportfreunde. Before goalkeeper Theodor Lohrmann , he formed the Fürth defender couple with Georg Wellhöfer . On March 5, 1922 he had with Southern Germany in Hamburg with a superior 7: 0 against hosts Northern Germany the Federal Cup won. Lohrmann, Wellhöfer and Josef Müller also formed the final triangle in this final success. With the Franks Müller won the German championship in 1926 under coach William Townley with a 4-1 against Hertha BSC. In the final round of the German championship in the games against Viktoria Forst (5: 0), Breslauer SC (4: 0), Holstein Kiel (3: 1) and in the final with Hans Hagen, he formed the defender pair. From July 1923 to December 1924, the tall, well-trained and extremely athletic model athlete, who also knew how to convince with his strength in duels and headers, even held the position of player-coach at the “Kleeblatt-Elf”.

From March 1927 to 1932, the trained sports teacher finally worked as a player coach in his home town at FV 04 Würzburg . He played with Würzburg in the Bavarian regional league, Northern Bavaria group, and was fifth in the rounds from 1928/29 to 1930/31. The defender played his last international match for Germany on April 15, 1928 in Bern against Switzerland (3-2) as an active member of FV 04 Würzburg. He then worked for Werder Bremen from 1932 to the end of his career in 1934, also as a player- coach. Werder's busy "doer" Albert "Abbi" Drewes had brought the ex-national player to Bremen. “At the time of the greatest unemployment, it meant getting the soccer cannons ... in wages and bread ... Müller was then an employee of a large department store in Bremen. He should build a good team at Werder and a sports department at Karstadt. ”Müller's sporting career was interrupted when he was banned for a long time by a sports court judgment of October 21, 1934 for“ violating amateur regulations ”.

In the 1933/34 season Werder was able to win the championship in the Lower Saxony Gauliga and the 41-year-old player-coach moved into the final round of the German championship again. The original defender played in all six group games against FC Schalke 04, VfL Benrath and Eimsbütteler TV and was also on his 41st birthday, May 6, 1934, in a 3-0 away defeat at Schalke 04 as a right defender.

The physically strong model athlete was considered a gentleman defender with a good shot and a lot of tactical understanding. In Kirn and Natan he is described as "one of the greatest defenders of the German football history."

Selection teams

In the national team, the defender came to a total of 12 missions in the period from 1921 to 1928. He made his debut as a player for Phönix Ludwigshafen on September 18, 1921 at the international match in Helsinki against Finland in a 3: 3 in the national team. Other debutants were Willy Schwedler , Alfred Au , Josef Herberger and Willi Hutter . Before his second international match on March 26, 1922 in Frankfurt against Switzerland (2-2), he won the final of the national cup with southern Germany on March 5, 7-0. He was now a member of the Green-Whites of SpVgg Fürth and the Ronhof team posted seven players for the national team in Frankfurt. In the next few years he had the defense colleagues Anton Kugler , Albert Beier and Emil Kutterer in the national team at his side. After his 12th and last international match on April 15, 1928 in Bern against Switzerland (3: 2), where he led the team as team captain, he was used in friendly matches before the 1928 Olympics and was also part of the tournament squad but then no longer used.

With Southern Germany, the sovereign defender won the federal cup in 1922, 1923, 1924 and 1926.


Despite his earlier inglorious farewell, he was later employed again as a coach at Werder and numerous other clubs, including FC St. Pauli (from 1937), FV 04 Würzburg , VfR Mannheim and from 1946 to 1947 at the Stuttgarter Kickers and from 1950 to 1950 1952 at TuRa Ludwigshafen . Müller was also a sports teacher at the Southwest Regional Association.

He later ran a Toto Lotto acceptance point in Würzburg and then a wine bar in Heidelberg and finally retired in Ludwigshafen, where he died six weeks before his 91st birthday.


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  • Lorenz Knieriem, Hardy Grüne : Player Lexicon 1890 - 1963 . In: Encyclopedia of German League Football . tape 8 . AGON, Kassel 2006, ISBN 3-89784-148-7 , p. 268 .

Web links


  1. a b Jürgen Bitter : Germany's national soccer player: the lexicon . SVB Sportverlag, Berlin 1997, ISBN 3-328-00749-0 , p. 328 .
  2. ^ Fritz Tauber: German national soccer players. P. 87
  3. IFFHS: LIBERO . Special German. No. D 9. German football (1920–1933). Wiesbaden 1994. p. 50 (quarter-finals in the federal cup on October 9, 1921 with defender Josef Müller from SpVgg Fürth in the selection of southern Germany)
  4. IFFHS: LIBERO. Special German. German football (1920–1933), part II. No. D 9. Wiesbaden 1994. p. 52
  5. Harald Klingebiel: The history of Werder Bremen. Publishing house Die Werkstatt. Göttingen 2008. ISBN 978-3-89533-621-8 . P. 328
  6. ^ Wallenhorst / Klingebiel: Ninety Years SV "Werder" , Bremen 1989, page 162. Among other things, the club had tried to poach Edmund Conen .
  7. ^ Richard Kirn, Alex Natan: Football. Ullstein publishing house. Frankfurt M. 1958. Ullstein Book No. 206. P. 137
  8. Kicker Almanach 1938, page 91