Josef Röhrig

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Josef "Jupp" Röhrig (born February 28, 1925 in Zündorf ; † February 12, 2014 in Cologne ) was a German football player . Between 1950 and 1960 , the midfielder played 242 league games and scored 35 goals for 1. FC Köln in what was then the first-class West German football league . In the national soccer team he came from 1950 to 1956 in twelve missions to two goals.


Associations until 1960

The later outstanding technician and game designer "Jupp" Röhrig began playing football in 1933 in the youth of his home club FC Germania Zündorf . In 1941 he moved to VfL Cologne in 1899 as a "war guest player" . After winning the championship in 1941/42 with the black and reds of the club for physical exercises in the Gauliga Mittelrhein , the 17-year-old talent completed his first game in the final round of the German football championship against Kickers Offenbach on May 24, 1942 . In the 1: 3 defeat, the young striker scored the consolation goal for the traditional Cologne club from Weidenpescher Park alongside teammates such as Alfons Moog , Ernst Moog and Franz Schlawitzki .

After two years imprisonment in France in the greater Strasbourg area, he returned to Zündorf in 1946 after the end of the Second World War and worked as a player-coach for FC Germania until 1950. In the 1948/49 season he and his team were promoted to the Middle Rhine regional league. On May 14, 1950, he was appointed as a national league player in the West German selection, which played a representative game against North Germany in Cologne. In the 3-4 defeat, he formed the West German runner row together with the two Dortmunders Max Michallek and Paul Koschmieder . 1. FC Cologne, the new major club in the cathedral city under the leadership of President Franz Kremer , signed the half-striker and outside runner with playmaker qualities in the World Cup system at that time for the 1950/51 season for the Oberliga West.

Röhrig made his debut under player- coach Hennes Weisweiler on August 27, 1950 in a 2-0 home win against Hamborn 07 in the league. At the end of the round, he had completed 28 league games and scored a goal when reaching fourth rank. On November 22, 1950, he came on as a substitute for Karl Barufka under national coach Sepp Herberger , shortly before the end of the first post-war international game in Stuttgart against Switzerland (1-0), in the German national football team. In 1954, the year of the soccer world championship in Switzerland, 1953/54 , the game-defining midfield personality of the billy goat eleven celebrated the championship in the western league with his club, the entry into the finals of the German championship and the entry into the DFB Cup final . In the league round he had scored eight goals in 21 league games under coach Karl Winkler . On the way to the cup final, Röhrig and colleagues won the West German Cup on June 30, 1953 with a 2-0 win over RW Essen and in the semi-finals of the DFB Cup they prevailed with a 3-1 away win after extra time at Hamburger SV . 1. FC Köln lost the final on April 17, 1954 in Ludwigshafen, due to a 1-0 defeat after extra time against VfB Stuttgart. The Cologne playmaker and standard penalty taker had been exposed to intense man marking by Peter Krieger and was treated on the sideline in the 75th minute when Herbert Dörner missed a penalty kick.

In the final round of the German championship, the Cologne team prevailed on May 8, 1954 in Ludwigshafen with 3-2 goals against Eintracht Frankfurt, but lost the decisive group game on May 16 against the "Walter-Elf" of 1. FC Kaiserslautern 3: 4 goals. He then took part in the national team's final course in Munich-Grünwald to prepare for the World Cup in Switzerland, but suffered an Achilles tendon injury and was unable to participate in the tournament.

At club level, the two runners-up championships in 1958 and 1959, as well as the championship in the 1959/60 season in the Oberliga West stood out in the later years . In the final round of the German championship in 1960, the 35-year-old veteran played in all six group games against Werder Bremen, FK Pirmasens and Tasmania 1900 Berlin. Under coach Oswald Pfau, Cologne won first place with 9: 3 points and moved into the final on June 25 in Frankfurt against Hamburger SV. Uwe Seeler's goal in the 88th minute made it 3-2 for HSV and decided the final in favor of the North German champions. After a total of 24 games and three goals in the final round of the German championship and 242 games with 35 goals in the Oberliga West, "Jupp" Röhrig said goodbye in the summer of 1960 after ten years from the 1. FC Köln league team. In August he said goodbye to the Cologne audience in front of 60.00 spectators with a guest appearance against Real Madrid (4: 5).

His long-time partner on the left wing and in midfield, Hans Schäfer , describes Röhrig's qualities with the following words: “If Hennes Weisweiler was my coach, who continuously trained me and honed me, I owe a huge share of everything that came from my game Effect on my teammate and friend Jupp Röhrig. More than any other field player, the winger needs the connector that makes the wing swing. "

After his playing career, he coached the A-youth team at 1. FC Köln for 16 years. He was 13 times with the youngsters of the Mittelrheinmeister club, four times he won the title of western champion and in 1971 he was German A youth champion . The trained businessman earned his living as the owner of a Toto Lotto tobacco shop, which was combined with an additional FC ticket office. Because of his services, 1. FC Köln made him an honorary member.

His son Josef Röhrig jun. tried his hand at 1. FC Köln as a professional. But it was not used in the 1967/68 season.

Selection player 1950 to 1956

In the German national team , the subtle technician couldn't get past Fritz Walter . In addition, he was repeatedly thrown back by muscle problems. Although he was a member of the 40-man squad for the 1954 World Cup , an injury was the reason why he could not be taken with us to Switzerland. Röhrig played a total of twelve international matches between 1950 and 1956 and scored two goals. Among other things, it was used in Germany's first international match after the war (against Switzerland) on November 22, 1950, on March 28, 1954 in the World Cup qualifier against Saarland (3: 1), leading on May 28, 1955 at the national debut of Robert Schlienz the national team at the international match in Hamburg against Ireland (2: 1) as captain on the lawn, belonged to the Herberger-Elf on September 21, 1955 in the 2: 3 defeat in Moscow against the Soviet Union and finished with the 1: 2 defeat on March 14, 1956 in Düsseldorf against the Netherlands his international career. The German team was attacking with Bernhard Klodt , Fritz Walter, Uwe Seeler, Röhrig and Hans Schäfer.

He was also used in three B internationals from 1951 to 1953 .

"Jupp" Röhrig died in February 2014 after a long illness in his house in Cologne-Porz , which he had lived in with his family since 1947.

Achievements and Awards

  • 1954 : DFB Cup final
  • 1960 : German vice-champion
  • 2018: Admission to the Hall of Fame of 1. FC Köln


  • Thomas Hardt, Thomas Hohndorf, Bruno Morbitzer, Hubert Dahlkamp, ​​Hardy Grüne: Hennes & Co. The history of 1. FC Cologne. Publishing house Die Werkstatt. Göttingen 2005. ISBN 3-89533-470-7 .
  • Jürgen Bitter : Germany's national soccer player: the lexicon . SVB Sportverlag, Berlin 1997, ISBN 3-328-00749-0 .
  • Lorenz Knieriem, Hardy Grüne : Player Lexicon 1890 - 1963 . In: Encyclopedia of German League Football . tape 8 . AGON, Kassel 2006, ISBN 3-89784-148-7 .

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Hardt, Hohndorf, Morbitzer: Hennes & Co. The history of 1. FC Cologne. P. 55.
  2. FC star Jupp Röhrig is dead! , accessed February 14, 2014.
  3. HALL OF FAME opened ,, accessed on November 23, 2018