Klaus-Dieter Sieloff

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Klaus Sieloff
Surname Klaus-Dieter Sieloff
birthday February 27, 1942
place of birth TilsitGerman Empire
date of death December 13, 2011
Place of death StuttgartGermany
size 178 cm
position Defense
Years station
0000-1954 Borussia Kiel
1954-1959 FV 08 Rottweil
1959-1960 VfB Stuttgart
Years station Games (goals) 1
1960-1969 VfB Stuttgart 174 (22)
1969-1974 Borussia Monchengladbach 123 (15)
1974-1976 Alemannia Aachen 43 0(3)
1976-1977 TSG Backnang ? 0(?)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1964-1971 Germany 14 0(5)
1 Only league games are given.

Klaus-Dieter Sieloff (born February 27, 1942 in Tilsit ; † December 13, 2011 in Stuttgart ) was a German soccer player who made fourteen international matches for the German national soccer team from 1964 to 1971 , scoring five goals. With Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach , he won the German soccer championship twice in 1970 and 1971 and the DFB Cup in 1973 .


Stuttgart, until 1969

The young footballer from the East Prussian Tilsit came to the youth department of the southern league club VfB Stuttgart in 1959 via the stations Borussia Kiel (until 1954) and FV Rottweil (1954-1959) . When the coaching era of Georg Wurzer at VfB ended after the round in 1959/60 and Kurt Baluse took over the difficult inheritance in 1960/61, Klaus-Dieter Sieloff from the A-youth and Hans Eisele was taken over by the VfB amateurs in the league squad. With Rolf Blessing and Erich Retter , two active players from the championship teams from 1950 and 1952 were there. But now with Rolf Geiger and goalkeeper Günter Sawitzki there was a new high performer in a responsible position in the team, who had to cope with the losses caused by the departures of Rudolf Hoffmann to FK Pirmasens and Erwin Waldner to FC Zurich. The athletically well-trained junior player with a good duel and a hard long-range shot played his first league game on October 9, 1960 in front of 30,000 spectators in a 2-0 home win against 1. FC Nürnberg, when he, together with Eberhard Pfisterer and Rolf Geiger VfB indoor trio formed. In his first year in the league, six more appearances were added and VfB finished in seventh place. In the last year of the old first-class league system, 1962/63, VfB Stuttgart qualified with sixth place for the new Bundesliga for the 1963/64 season and Sieloff had already played his way into the notebook of national coach Sepp Herberger . He was part of the national team for the first time at the international match on May 13, 1964 in Hanover against Scotland and celebrated his debut in the DFB team on June 7, 1964 at the international match in Helsinki against Finland. It was the last game in the coaching era of national coach Sepp Herberger and VfB colleague Rolf Geiger stormed on the German offensive.

From 1963 to 1969, Sieloff played 141 Bundesliga games for VfB as VfB defense chief, scoring 21 goals. In the first season he came fifth with the Red-Whites, followed by three years with double-digit placements, before things got better again in the Neckar Stadium in 1968 and 1969 with eighth and fifth places respectively. After Kurt Baluses, Rudi Gutendorf took over as coach, Albert Sing replaced "Riegel-Rudi" on December 14, 1966, before Sieloff, under coach Gunther Baumann, played the two rounds in 1967/68 and 1968/69. Personally, the defensive specialist with build-up qualities and long-range shots had stagnated in recent years and he was no longer satisfied with the sporting process in Stuttgart. Therefore, the offer for the round 1969/70 from Borussia Mönchengladbach came as he was called, he built on the coach Hennes Weisweiler who worked there and the enthusiasm of the “foal team” in order to bring joy and enthusiasm back to him personally. Sieloff, the eight-time national player, moved to Borussia Mönchengladbach in the 1969/70 round on the Lower Rhine.

Mönchengladbach, 1969 to 1974

Borussia started in 1969/70 with a 0-2 away defeat at Schalke 04 in the round. The sovereignty and stability of the new central defense with Libero Sieloff and Ludwig Müller in the pre-stopper position impressively prevailed in the next games. With 27: 7 points, coach Weisweiler's team was at the top of the table after the first half of the season and with 13 goals conceded, the defensive had the best record in the league. An essential guarantee for this was the tandem consisting of Libero and Vorstopper. At the end of the round, the Bökelberg team celebrated winning the first German championship with a four point lead over FC Bayern Munich. The synonym for attack football and the joy of playing, the "foal team" from the Lower Rhine, had only conceded 29 goals in 34 league games, the best value of the season. In the outstanding defensive alliance around goalkeeper Wolfgang Kleff , the full-backs Hartwig Bleidick and Berti Vogts , plus the defensive midfielder Peter Dietrich , Sieloff and Müller represented the decisive gain in quality. The ex-Stuttgart celebrated after an almost five-year break in the national team on April 8, 1970 a comeback at the international match in Stuttgart against Romania. In 33 rounds with one goal, he had directed the defense of the new master. For the first successful title defense in the Bundesliga history, 1970/71 , the Libero, who not only set accents on the defensive, contributed six goals in again 33 league games. Also in 1971 Mönchengladbach provided the best defense.

In the 1972/73 season he was a member of the final team in the DFB Cup, which won the cup on June 23, 1973 with a 2-1 win after extra time against Rhenish rivals 1. FC Köln. At the end of his activity at Borussia, 1973/74, he was involved again in 26 games with two goals in the runner-up of the Weisweiler-Elf. A total of 123 games with 15 goals were recorded for him in his time at Mönchengladbach from 1969 to 1974 in the Bundesliga.

Sieloff was at work with Borussia in legendary games in the European Cup . In the national championship competition 1970/71, the two 1-1 draw games against English champions FC Everton with Ball, Hurst, Royle and Morrissey stood out, and the lost duel on penalties. In 1971/72 the "rifle throw" game on October 20, 1971 against Inter Milan went down in football history books. In the line-up with Wolfgang Kleff in goal, in defense with Berti Vogts, Ludwig Müller, Sieloff and Hartwig Bleidick, in midfield with Rainer Bonhof , Christian Kulik and Günter Netzer , as well as the attackers Herbert Wimmer , Jupp Heynckes and Ulrik le Fevre sat down Borussia in a playful demonstration with 7: 1 goals against the Intergarde around Burgnich, Facchetti, Corso, Mazzola and Boninsegna. The game was then canceled by UEFA because a spectator threw the rifle against Boninsegna and a replay was scheduled for December 1, 1971 in Berlin. In Milan, Wittkamp shortened to 2: 3 in the 89th minute of the game and Ghio scored the 4: 2 winning goal for Inter with the final whistle. In Berlin, Sieloff missed a penalty in the 17th minute and with the 0-0 draw he was eliminated from the competition with Borussia. When Mönchengladbach prevailed in the 1972/73 UEFA Cup in the semifinals with 3-0 and 2-1 goals against Twente Enschede and moved into the final against Liverpool, Sieloff directed the defense in both games, although he was injured in the Bundesliga had only played six competitive games. In the two games against Liverpool he was missing again, especially on Anfield Road in the 3-0 defeat, a defensive chief was missing at every turn and the experiment with Günter Netzer as libero did not work. In his last round in Gladbach, 1973/74 , he played in the Cup Winners' Cup with Borussia through successes against IBV Vestmannaeyjar, Glasgow Rangers and Glentoran Belfast up to the semi-finals against AC Milan. In Milan the game was lost with 2-0 goals and the narrow 1-0 home win on April 24, 1974 was not enough to make it into the final. In total, Klaus-Dieter Sieloff has played 22 European Cup games and scored two goals.

Player activity ended, 1974 to 1977

From 1974 to 1976 he tried to continue his career in the 2nd Bundesliga at Alemannia Aachen, but persistent Achilles tendon problems limited his success and he stopped after 43 games with three goals in 1976 at the Tivoli-Elf. After the series in 1976/77, after his return to Swabia, he finally ended his career with the amateur league club TSG Backnang.

He later worked as the head of the company sports department at Mercedes-Benz in Untertürkheim and lived as a pensioner in Vaihingen .

National team, 1964 to 1971

In the international match on May 13, 1964 in Hanover against Scotland, the Stuttgart stopper was part of the national team of national coach Sepp Herberger for the first time. He made his debut in the last appearance of the "Bundes-Sepp" on June 7, 1964 in Helsinki against Finland in the DFB-Elf on the stopper position. Willi Schulz and Wolfgang Weber occupied the outside runners in the 4-1 success. In September and October 1964 and on February 17, 1965 in Duisburg, he was put to the test in test matches for Herberger's successor, Helmut Schön , before he directed the national team's defense for the second time in the international match against Italy on March 13, 1965 in Hamburg. With a "team of newcomers" - Manglitz (he came on for Tilkowski in the 57th minute), Piontek, Patzke, Höttges and Hornig made their debut - and Sieloff, Steinmann, Küppers and Brunnenmeier played the second international match, the DFB-Elf held Italian selection mostly in chess and Sieloff converted a hand penalty to 1-0 lead in the 39th minute. The defense did not allow the Italians' internal storm with Bulgarelli, Mazzola and Rivera to develop and the equalizer in the 76th minute after a counterattack via Corso and Mazzola turned the game upside down. The Stuttgart player was also in the following four international matches against Cyprus (World Cup qualification; to 5-0 he contributed two goals), England, Switzerland and at the end of the game year on June 6, 1965 in Rio de Janeiro against the two-time world champions Brazil their offensive stars Garrincha and Pele in action.

Before the decisive World Cup qualifying second leg on September 26, 1965 in Stockholm against Sweden, he also belonged to the team of national coach Schön in the test match on August 17 in Essen against the English professional team from Chelsea London. The young FC Bayern talent Franz Beckenbauer excelled particularly impressively in this test in the midfield. On September 26, 1965, the German team played with the defense formation Tilkowski (goal), Sieloff as libero and the defenders Höttges, Willi Schulz and Schnellinger the game in Stockholm against Sweden. With hits from Krämer and Seeler, the Schön-Elf decided the match and had thus bought the ticket to the 1966 World Cup in England. In the following friendly on October 9, 1965 in Stuttgart, the VfB stopper completed his eighth international match. Braunschweig's Lothar Ulsaß (3) and Sieloff scored the goals for the German team's 4-1 success against Austria. In the spring games of 1966 against England and the Netherlands, the national coach tried it with Willi Schulz as a cleaner behind the defense and Held and Emmerich made their debut in attack in the team. Sieloff took part in the Soccer World Cup in England in 1966 , but was not used during the tournament, which culminated in participation in the final. Schulz as a cleaner and the three defenders Höttges, Weber and Schnellinger were the main lineup in the successful days of the World Cup in England on the defensive. Since "Worldcup-Willi" had developed into a guarantee of performance inside and outside the field in the team and had also gained popularity with the fans, the place of the libero or the cleaner was taken for the next few years. Sieloff was no longer included in the national team after October 9, 1965 during his time at VfB Stuttgart.

Due to his convincing performance as a defensive conductor with the new Bundesliga champions Borussia Mönchengladbach in the 1969/70 season, he came back to the national team shortly before the 1970 World Cup in Mexico. On April 8, 1970 there was an international match against Romania in Stuttgart. In the 84th minute, Sieloff came on for Wolfgang Weber. He took part in the final course from May 4 to 14, 1970 in Malente, but did not play in the two final international test matches against Ireland and Yugoslavia and was still a member of the 22 DFB squad that flew to Mexico on May 18. But even when he participated in the World Cup for the second time, he never played a game. Although the time of the "cleaners" was over, national coach Schön continued to rely on his defense organizer Willi Schulz. When he was injured, the Italian legionnaire Karl-Heinz Schnellinger took over the role of the last man. Franz Beckenbauer, undisputedly the best libero in Germany at this point, had to travel a long way in midfield in the national team and the playful moment in the libero position was still reserved for the player.

In the first game after the 1970 World Cup, on September 9, 1970 in Nuremberg against Hungary, the Gladbach Libero got the opportunity to prove his class. With Vogts, Weber and Höttges at his side and before that in midfield with Beckenbauer and Fichtel, the German team achieved a convincing 3-1 victory. Sieloff brought the German team in the eleventh minute after a successful combination with Beckenbauer and Gerd Müller with a full shot with 1-0 lead. Uwe Seeler ended his career in the national team after his 72nd international appearance. For Sieloff, two more internationals followed in October and November 1970 against Turkey and Greece. On June 12, 1971, Georg Schwarzenbeck made his national team debut in the European Championship qualifier against Albania in Karlsruhe , while Sieloff made his thirteenth international match in a 2-0 win. With his substitution on June 22, 1971 in Oslo against Norway ended after his 14th international match, his career in the DFB selection. Now, alongside Libero Beckenbauer, his “helper” Schwarzenbeck had fought for a regular place as a stopper and Sieloff, like Klaus Fichtel from Schalke 04, couldn't get past the “Kaiser” .

For his athletic achievements, he received the silver laurel leaf on July 30, 1966 - together with the German national team (vice world champion 1966).

Time after retirement

Sieloff, who during his time in Mönchengladbach, had also acquired a coaching license in addition to completing a sports degree in Cologne, initially worked as a salesman for office furniture after finishing his footballing career. He then worked as a company sports instructor at Daimler-Benz in Stuttgart. He also had occasional missions in the Weisweiler team and the traditional VfB team. Sieloff's daughter Anke drew attention to herself singing as a member of the group " Clowns ", which took part in the German preliminary decision for the Eurovision Song Contest in 1986 and later had an engagement as an opera singer at the Musiktheater im Revier in Gelsenkirchen.

titles and achievements


National team

  • Vice World Champion: 1966
  • World Cup third: 1970


  • 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 .
  • Hardy Greens: With the ring on his chest, the history of VfB Stuttgart. Verlag Die Werkstatt, 2007, ISBN 978-3-89533-593-8 .
  • Matthias Kropp: Germany's great football teams. Part 5: Borussia Mönchengladbach (= AGON Sportverlag statistics. Vol. 11). AGON Sportverlag, Kassel 1994, ISBN 3-928562-39-8 .
  • Raphael Keppel : Germany's international football matches. Documentation from 1908–1989. Sport- und Spielverlag Hitzel, Hürth 1989, ISBN 3-9802172-4-8 .

Web links

Commons : Klaus Sieloff  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Two-time World Cup participant Sieloff died
  2. ^ Matthias Arnhold: Klaus-Dieter Sieloff - Goals in International Matches . RSSSF . December 1, 2016. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  3. ^ Information given to the Bundestag by the Federal Government on September 29, 1973 - Printed matter 7/1040 - Annex 3, pages 54 ff., Here page 59
  4. Hello, Mr. Sieloff, ... what are you actually doing? , kicker of June 22, 1995, p. 39.