Manfred Geisler

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Geisler as a national player in 1966

Manfred Geisler (born March 3, 1941 in Prauß, district of Strehlen , province of Lower Silesia ) was a football player in the GDR upper league for 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig or its predecessor teams . He played 15 international matches and won the bronze medal in the Olympic football tournament in 1964.

"Manne" Geisler was a defender. He began his career in 1949 in the school team of the BSG Chemie Leipzig . At the age of 15 he moved to SC Rotation Leipzig and went through the other junior teams there. As a junior player, he was appointed to the junior national team of the GDR and played seven games there. After finishing school, Geisler completed an apprenticeship as a locksmith. In 1959, the 1.75 m tall Geisler was added to the squad of the SC Rotation league team. In the following years he and his team took part in the restructuring to form SC Leipzig (1963) and 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig (1966). His best league result he achieved in 1967 with the runner-up title, in 1964 and 1966 his team was third in the league. In the 1969/70 season Geisler had to play after the relegation of 1. FC Lok in the second-rate GDR league, where he played all 30 point games. He was in the final of the GDR soccer cup in 1964, 1970 and 1973 without ever becoming a cup winner. When Lok Leipzig finally won the cup in 1976, Geisler was not part of the final.

At the end of the 1965/66 season, Geisler had the plan to move to FC Carl Zeiss Jena together with his teammate Henning Frenzel ( German Sportecho June 9, 1966 ). However, the change did not take place because of an objection from the GDR football association. In 1976 he returned to Chemie Leipzig where he played for two seasons in the second-rate GDR league. In the district league (3rd division) Turbine Markranstädt , he finally let his football career end. Geisler played a total of 318 games in the GDR league and scored 46 goals.

After two games in the GDR youth national team, Geisler made his debut in the GDR national soccer team in a 2-0 win against Uruguay in Montevideo on January 2, 1965 , and played his last international match in Amsterdam in a 1-0 draw against the Netherlands on September 13, 1967 For the A-selection he played a total of 15 games and scored one goal. In 1964 he was used in eight official games of the GDR's Olympic soccer team, was in the small final of the soccer tournament at the Olympic Games in Tokyo and won the bronze medal with his team.

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