Karl Barufka

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Karl Barufka
birthday May 15, 1921
place of birth GelsenkirchenGerman Empire
date of death April 4, 1999
Place of death BoeblingenGermany
position Midfield / attack
Years station Games (goals) 1
1939-1940 FC Schalke 04 16 (16)
1940-1944 Wilhelmshaven 05
1945-1954 VfB Stuttgart 211 (41)
1949 1. FC Pforzheim
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1950-1951 Germany 3 0(0)
1 Only league games are given.

Karl "Kalli" Barufka (born May 15, 1921 in Gelsenkirchen , † April 4, 1999 in Boeblingen ) was a German football player .

life and career

The excellent technician who alternately in midfield and in attack played, began his career at FC Schalke 04 , played there immediately into the team, joined during the Second World War , however, Wilhelmshaven 05 to after he volunteered to be a driver for the Navy reported would have. From then on, the 19-year-old Barufka was regarded as the club's own player at the North Sea. A year and a half later, Schalke demanded "his" pupil for the cup final in November 1941, which the miners lost 2-1 to Dresdner SC . He was also "loaned" in a game for the German championship in 1941/42 , but for the last time, from his ex-club.

After 1945 Barufka ended up with VfB Stuttgart . With this club he then celebrated his great successes - after a failed interlude at 1. FC Pforzheim . In 1950 they beat Offenbach 2-1 in the final of the German championship Kickers . The next title followed two years later. This time 1. FC Saarbrücken was defeated 3-2 after a similarly tough fight. The left-footed player played a total of 183 league games for the Swabians and scored 32 goals.

When his club VfB Stuttgart won the German soccer championship, he and the team were awarded the Silver Laurel Leaf on June 30, 1951 .

The good performance of the Stuttgart team also meant that more Swabian players were appointed to the national team. “Kalli” Barufka also benefited from this and was used in the first international match after the war on November 22, 1950 against Switzerland. 1951 then followed two more games against Switzerland and Austria. In 1954, Stuttgart again won the DFB Cup with Barufka. It was only in extra time, however, that 1. FC Köln was defeated 1-0 by a goal from Erwin Waldner . Before that, however, the Stuttgart-based company had not covered itself with fame. At first, a replay against the amateurs from Bergisch Gladbach had to be enough to advance and in the semifinals it also took two games against TuS Neuendorf before the final was reached. For Barufka it was also the last great success. Meniscal surgery in the same year marked the end of his career. After his active career, he worked in the sports department at Hertie department store in Böblingen for 22 years.


  1. Football Week No. 6 of February 11, 1941: “There are only two guest players in this team, Janes and Weiler. So all the writing that Wilhelmshaven relies only on guest players is not true. "
  2. Sports report of the Federal Government of September 29, 1973 to the Bundestag - Printed matter 7/1040 - p. 58 (PDF , 1.86 MB)