Paul Gehlhaar

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Paul Gehlhaar (born August 27, 1905 in Königsberg , † July 2, 1968 in Berlin-Zehlendorf ) was a German football player.



Gehlhaar started playing football at VfB Königsberg at the age of 17 . As a goalkeeper he belonged to the club until the end of the 1927/28 season . In the Baltic lawn and winter sports federation discharged championships he competed in District I Königsberg point games.

During his club membership he won all regional championships and five of six Baltic championships; only in the 1926/27 season he did not win, but the Stettiner FC Titania .

Because of the Baltic championships, he and his team also took part in the respective finals for the German championship and played a total of five games because his team failed in the opening round. In 1923 he lost with VfB Königsberg in the semi-finals - which the team got into by bye - very unlucky against Hamburger SV , the eventual champions, as the 3-2 winning goal only came about by own goal in the 89th minute.

In 1927 they did not get beyond the second round of the German championship again. Königsberg, a constant outsider in such games, was able to annoy the blue-whites again in this game against Hertha BSC . They lost only 1: 2, and the fact that the defeat was so close was mainly due to the “Cerberus” of the Königsbergers, Paul Gehlhaar.

Known as a guarantor of good performance, he was hired by Hertha BSC in 1928, with whom he would win the German championship two years later. Previously, he was defeated by the people of Berlin on 29 July 1928 in Altona Hamburg SV in the final with 2: 5, then on July 28, 1929 the SpVgg Fürth with 2: 3, with the winning goal just 85 minutes from Charles Rupprecht achieved has been. On June 22, 1930 he reached the final with Hertha BSC again and for the third time in a row. The game against Holstein Kiel couldn't be beat in terms of drama, if you look at the goal sequence with changing leadership. In the end his teammate Hans Ruch redeemed the Berlin team with the winning goal to make it 5: 4 in the 87th minute.

In 1931 they managed to defend their title when TSV 1860 Munich were narrowly defeated 3-2 in the final, this time thanks to a goal from Willi Kirsei in the 89th minute. The star of the Berlin era was undoubtedly Hanne Sobek .

In 1935 Gehlhaar left Hertha BSC and joined SV Lorenz Berlin . With this club he still reached the Gauligen promotion round in 1938.

National team

Gehlhaar was already a modern goalkeeper at the time. H. one who also played along. For the senior national team , he played two internationals , which went badly for him. On his debut on September 30, 1928 in Stockholm he lost 2-0 to the Swedish national team , but on May 24, 1931 he lost 6-0 to the Austrian national team in Berlin . This ended his career as a national player abruptly; he was generally considered daring with acrobatic skills, fearlessly he threw himself into the fray to get the ball.



After the Second World War , the trained businessman trained a few clubs, including Minerva 93 and Hertha BSC in the city ​​league , and then ran a gas station in Berlin-Zehlendorf.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Libero - German football magazine No. 3, Oct./Nov. 1988, pp. 46 and 50.


  • Hardy Greens : Encyclopedia of German League Football. Volume 1: From the Crown Prince to the Bundesliga. 1890 to 1963. German championship, Gauliga, Oberliga. Numbers, pictures, stories. Agon-Sportverlag, Kassel 1996, ISBN 3-928562-85-1 , p. 82.