Manfred Thiere

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Manfred Thiere (born November 1, 1930 ) is a former German soccer player. From 1949 to 1952 he played for various teams in Altenburg in the GDR Oberliga , the top division in GDR football .

Athletic career

Manfred Thiere began his career in organized football in the youth team of the sports community (SG) Altenburg Nord in 1946. In 1949 he was with the first team Thuringian runners-up, which qualified for the first season of the newly founded Eastern Zone League. Only after several players had run out during the 1949/50 season of the Altenburg team, which was now playing as the Zentrale Sportgemeinschaft (ZSG), did Thiere play his first league appearance on matchday 13. He also scored his first goal in the zone league, which he followed up with a second on matchday 16, but only made eight league matches by the end of the season as a striker. Although he had not been called up in the last five league games, player- coach Herbert Klemig put him back in attack in the relegation game to keep the league. The encounter against Anker Wismar ended with a 3-2 victory for Altenburg. The 1950/51 season, in which it was renamed the GDR Oberliga after the establishment of the new second-rate GDR league , and in which the ZSG was converted into the Betriebsportgemeinschaft (BSG) Stahl, was initially promising for Thiere. Used as a striker from the start, he had already scored eight goals by matchday 6 and was only missing twice in the following 15 games. But then he was out for the rest of the season, but with his ten goals scored, he became the second-best goalscorer of his team, which had been converted into the company sports community (BSG) steel during the season . Thiere made his breakthrough as a regular player in the 1951/52 season, in which 36 rounds had to be completed. Thiere was used again in attack in 33 games and scored four goals. However, the BSG had to relegate and then played for several years in the GDR league.

For the 1952/53 season, the Altenburger started under a new name as BSG Motor. There were 24 games to be played in the GDR league, of which Thiere played 21 and again scored four goals. In the two following seasons he was able to maintain his status as a regular player, in a total of 52 league games he was used 44 times, but was only successful with one goal in 1954/55. When GDR football changed from the summer-spring game rhythm to the calendar year season in autumn 1955, a 13-game transition round had to be played in the GDR league, in which Thiere played all matches, albeit without a goal. After he was used in 22 of the 26 league games in 1956, he only played eight times in the GDR league in 1957 without scoring a goal. Manfred Thiere then ended his career as a soccer player at the age of 37, in which he had played 60 first division games with 16 goals and 108 games in the second-rate GDR league with nine goals. As a youth coach, he then continued to play football in Altenburg.


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