Klaus Urbanczyk

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Klaus Urbanczyk
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Klaus Urbanczyk (1964)
birthday June 4th 1940
place of birth Halle (Saale)German Empire
size 175 cm
position Defender / Libero
Years station
1948-1958 SG Freiimfeld Halle / ZSG VEB Halle /
ZSG Union Halle / BSG Turbine Halle /
SC Chemie Halle-Leuna / SC Chemie Halle
Years station Games (goals) 1
1959-1972 SC Chemie Halle / Hallescher FC Chemie 263 (13)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1961 DDR U-23 2 0(0)
1963-1968 DDR Olympia 20 0(1)
1962-1967 GDR B 2 0(0)
1961-1969 GDR 34 0(0)
1 Only league games are given.

Klaus "Banne" Urbanczyk (born June 4, 1940 in Halle (Saale) ) was a soccer player in the GDR Oberliga , the highest East German soccer class. There he played for Halleschen FC Chemie (HFC) and its predecessor club and won the GDR soccer cup in 1962 . Urbanczyk is a 34-time national team player and was a member of the GDR Olympic team, which won the bronze medal in 1964. After his career as a football player, Urbanczyk worked as a coach.

Player career

Urbanczyk played in Halle throughout his career. In 1948 he started in the children's team of SG Freiimfeld Halle, went through all junior teams and experienced the restructuring via Union or Turbine Halle and SC Chemie-Halle-Leuna to SC Chemie Halle and later as a league player again to Halle's FC Chemie. In his youth he first played as a striker.

In 1959 , the 19-year-old soccer player with SC Chemie Halle, involved in seven missions, was the first in the 1st GDR league to make it to the East German upper house. The 1.75 meter tall Urbanczyk played his first league game on March 20, 1960 against SC Wismut Karl-Marx-Stadt (1-0) as a right midfielder. In his second league season in 1961/62 he was a regular player in Halle. So he was on June 10, 1962 with SC Chemie in the final of the GDR soccer cup. The chemists with Urbanczyk as their right midfielder won 3-1 against SC Dynamo Berlin. This cup win was Urbanczyk's only title as a club player.

He also started his international career this season. After being in June and September 1961 two international matches with the National Selection had denied that he was born on December 10, 1961 the international match Morocco - DDR (2: 0) to his first appearance in the senior team . There he played as a right defender, the position that later shaped his career both in the national team and in the club. As with SC Chemie, Urbanczyk immediately asserted himself as a regular player in the national team and, after his first appearance, played all of the following twelve international matches until 1963. In 1963, in a coach survey by the newspaper Deutsches Sportecho, this earned him the title of best right-back of the 1962/63 season.

In the summer of 1963 Urbanczyk was included in the squad of the GDR Olympic team. With her he played all seven qualifying games with which the GDR qualified for the 1964 Olympic football tournament in Tokyo. There he completed all games up to the semifinals. In the 1: 2 against Czechoslovakia Urbanczyk suffered a serious knee injury in a collision with his own goalkeeper Heinsch, so that he could not be used in the small final for the bronze medal. The GDR selection won the medal with a 3-1 victory over Egypt, and coach Soos managed to get Urbanczyk to hand over the personal medal to him from his representative Peter Rock despite his absence . Also during the Olympic qualification in 1967/68 Urbanczyk played five more games with the Olympic selection, for which he completed a total of 20 official international games (one goal).

In 1964 Klaus Urbanczyk was voted GDR Sportsman of the Year - the only time that a football player received this award in the individual ranking. He was also footballer of the year in the GDR in 1964 . In the same year he was also awarded the Patriotic Order of Merit. He was one of the few major league players who mastered the "sliding tackling", the fair separation of the opponent from the ball, perfectly. Because of his injury Urbanczyk could not play football for a year and so his Halle club was missing in the fight for promotion after relegation in 1964. Halle managed to return to the league immediately, and Urbanczyk returned to the league on matchday 14 of the 1965/66 season back. In the following seasons he was fully operational again, in 1966/67 and 1967/68 he played all the league games. In the fall of 1966 he returned to the national team. With the introduction of the 4-2-4 football system, Urbanczyk was now used more variably both in the selection and in the club in defense, but also returned again and again to the right defender.

In 1971 Urbanczyk hit the headlines again when he was with the HFC Chemie team for the UEFA Cup match in Eindhoven , the Netherlands . Urbanczyk saved several people from the flames in a large hotel fire and was seriously injured. As a result, he was out for several weeks and then did not find his way back to his old playing strength. After he had already played his last and 34th international match ( 32 according to FIFA's interpretation ) in a 3-1 away win against Egypt on December 19, 1969, the 1971/72 season also became his last appearance in the GDR league . Due to his injury from Eindhoven, he only appeared in 15 point games. His last league game took place on May 21, 1972. In the match on the last day of the season between HFC and 1. FC Union Berlin (5: 1) Urbanczyk was once again a defender in the Halle team. From 1960 to 1972 he had played 250 league point games and scored twelve goals. In addition, Urbanczyk had been used in all three European Cup games in 1962 and 1971.


Klaus Urbanczyk (1978)

Urbanczyk had already obtained a sports teacher diploma during his time as a football player. Hallesche FC Chemie took advantage of this and hired Urbanczyk as coach of the first men's team for the 1973/74 season, after they had been relegated to the second-rate GDR league . Urbanczyk managed to return the team to the league immediately with great superiority. The following league season 1974/75 was not so favorable, Halle saved himself in eleventh place only just from relegation, and Urbanczyk left the HFC at the end of the season.

This was followed by a one-year engagement at the upper division club FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt as Gerhard Bäßler's assistant coach . At the beginning of the 1976/77 season, Urbanczyk took over the position of coach responsible for the league team at 1. FC Magdeburg . With him he reached the runner - up in both 1977 and 1978 and came in the 1977/78 UEFA Cup to the quarter-finals. In 1978 and 1979 Urbanczyk led 1. FC Magdeburg to win the GDR Cup. But when there were no further successes and the Magdeburg team were in danger of losing a place in the UEFA Cup after the 20th matchday of the 1981/82 season, Urbanczyk was dismissed from the FCM.

Urbanczyk then returned to Halleschen FC and took over the league team there in the summer of 1982. Again he could only stay two years, because after relegation in 1984 Urbanczyk had to leave the HFC for the second time without success. It was his last engagement in the GDR Oberliga. After a year of coaching at GDR league club Chemie Wolfen , with whom he was also relegated in 1985, he got a job at the Halle-Neustadt training center, which he held until 1990.

After the DFB took over football matches in the area of ​​the former GDR in 1990, Urbanczyk became a state youth coach at the Saxony-Anhalt Football Association . When Hallesche FC was relegated from the 2nd Bundesliga in 1992, Urbanczyk took over the coaching position at HFC for the third time. In the period that followed, the club was almost economically driven to ruin, with numerous players turning their backs on them. Because of this situation Urbanczyk left the HFC of his own free will in 1994 and joined the FSV Lok Altmark Stendal in the summer of 1994 . Stendal had qualified for the newly founded Regionalliga Nordost and Urbanczyk secured the team in their first Regionalliga season with 16th place in the league. In the 1995/96 season, Urbanczyk's team initially caused a sensation in the DFB Cup . The third division team threw the higher-class teams from VfL Wolfsburg, Hertha BSC and SV Waldhof Mannheim out of the competition and reached the quarter-finals. Stendal was only eliminated there after a penalty shoot-out (4-5) against Bundesliga club Bayer 04 Leverkusen. The regional league season 1995/96 concluded Lok Altmark among 18 teams with eighth place. Then Urbanczyk ended his coaching in higher class football. Urbanczyk was chief scout of Halleschen FC from 2007 to 2014. From 2014 to 2017 he worked as assistant to the new chief scout Gerd Schädlich .


Urbanzcyk is married and has two daughters. In 2019 he received two artificial knee joints.


  • as a player
    • 1962 GDR Cup winner
    • 1964 bronze medal at the Olympic Games
    • 1964 GDR athlete of the year
    • 1964 GDR footballer of the year
    • 1971 championship third in the GDR league
  • as a trainer
    • 1974 promotion to the league (Hallescher FC)
    • 1977, 1978 GDR runner-up (1. FC Magdeburg)
    • 1978, 1979 GDR Cup winner (1. FC Magdeburg)
    • 1978 quarter-finals in the UEFA Cup (1. FC Magdeburg)
    • 1995 quarter-finals in the DFB-Pokal (Altmark Stendal)


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Berliner Zeitung , November 17, 1964, p. 3
  2. Halle versus Eindhoven - kick-off 35 years late . In: Spiegel Online
  3. ^ Report on the fire disaster in Eindhoven. In: taz , April 28, 2006
  4. ^ Matthias Arnhold: Klaus Urbanczyk - International Appearances . RSSSF.com . November 16, 2003. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  5. ^ Matthias Arnhold: Klaus Urbanczyk - Matches and Goals in Oberliga . RSSSF.com . July 17, 2012. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  6. After Leverkusen comes the Erzgebirge Aue . In: Berliner Zeitung , November 2, 1995
  7. Proud province: Stendal embarrasses the Leverkusen stars . In: Die Welt , November 1, 1995
  8. "Banne" is now officially committed - Klaus Urbanczyk takes over the post of "Chief Scout" - also a contract for Finke . In: Mitteldeutsche Zeitung , January 15, 2007
  9. What will happen to Klaus Urbanczyk now? hallescherfc.de, May 30, 2014
  10. https://amp.mz-web.de/sport/fussball/hallescher-fc/hfc-scout-gerd-schaedlich-hoert-zum-saisonende-auf-26878642
  11. Klaus Urbancyzk , sportinhalle.de
  12. Hero with a broken knee: How Klaus Urbanczyk became an HFC legend 55 years ago , mz-web.de , December 28, 2019
  13. Klaus Urbanczyk in the Munzinger archive ( beginning of article freely accessible)