Paul Janes

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Paul Janes
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-2008-0213-500, Berlin, international soccer match Germany-Yugoslavia.jpg
Janes (r.) Taking a free kick, 1939
birthday March 11, 1912
place of birth KüpperstegGerman Empire
date of death June 12, 1987
Place of death Monheim am RheinGermany
size 178 cm
position Outside lane (right)
Years station
1923-19 ?? Jahn Küppersteg 1914
Years station Games (goals) 1
1931-1951 Fortuna Dusseldorf at least 37 (6)
1942-1944 Hamburger SV 23 (5)
1942 Fortuna Glückstadt
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1932-1942 Germany 71 (7)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
Fortuna Dusseldorf
Eintracht Trier
SV Baesweiler 09
TSG Vohwinkel 80
1 Only league games are given.

Paul Janes (born March 11, 1912 in Küppersteg , today in Leverkusen , † June 12, 1987 in Monheim am Rhein ) was a German football player. The defender was one of the players who helped shape the early stages of German football on an international level. With 71 internationals, Janes was a German national record player from 1941 to 1970 .

At club level, Janes played for Fortuna Düsseldorf with short interruptions . He won the German championship title with this club in 1933 and is one of the best players the club had.

Player career


Janes started playing football in his hometown at the age of eleven at Jahn Küppersteg in 1914 and completed an apprenticeship as a bricklayer . During a game between two company teams, someone in charge of Fortuna Düsseldorf noticed Janes and brought him to Düsseldorf .

In March 1931, at the age of 19, Janes played his first league game for the Rhenish club as a right runner and celebrated the West German championship in the same year. Janes' strengths included good positional play, excellent technique and incredible shooting ability. In 1933 Janes won the German championship with Fortuna when Schalke 04 were defeated 3-0 in the final. Three years later Janes reached the final of the national championship again with Fortuna, but the Fortunes had to admit defeat to 1. FC Nuremberg 2-1.

In the circle of his teammates Janes was considered a "great silent". He didn't make a big fuss about himself, and he had very simple explanations about football. For example for his outstanding header game: “You have to jump higher than your opponent at the right moment.” Or for his accuracy on free kicks: “Of course you have to see the gap in the wall.” Matthias Mauritz , also a Fortuna legend, remembers a Janes penalty. The penalty kick was kicked so hard that the ball jumped back from the crossbar into the field and only fell on the ground beyond the center line.

The Second World War interrupted Janes' Düsseldorf club career. He was drafted into the Reichsmarine , where he became a lifeguard in Wilhelmshaven , although he could not swim. The reason for this was that he was supposed to play football matches for Wilhelmshaven 05 in northern Germany . Janes also came as a guest player at Hamburger SV , for whom he played a total of 31 games in the league and cup, and at the beginning of the 1942/43 season at Fortuna Glückstadt . After the end of the war he returned to Fortuna Düsseldorf, helped rebuild the team and played in the Oberliga West for the "Fortunen" until 1951 , when he said goodbye to football at the age of 39 after a broken foot.

National team

Soon the exceptional defender was a candidate for the national team and made his debut in October 1932 for the DFB -Elf at the international match in Budapest against Hungary (1: 2). However, he was unable to secure a regular place straight away and had to wait a year for his next nomination.

From the end of 1933 Janes played regularly in the national team and was also part of the squad for the 1934 World Cup in Italy . In Germany's first World Cup participation, the team led by captain Fritz Szepan and defensive boss Paul Janes advanced to the semi-finals and secured third place after a 3-2 win over neighboring Austria .

At the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin , which were disappointing for the German team, the defender was not used.

The following year, Janes and Reinhold Munzenberg from Aachen formed the much-acclaimed defender team of the so-called " Breslau-Elf ", which Denmark defeated 8-0. The two acted so convincingly that they were appointed to compare Western Europe against Central Europe, but the man from Düsseldorf had to forego the assignment due to an injury.

At the 1938 World Cup in France , Janes was back in the squad of the national team with the Austrians, now called “Greater Germany”. But after losing to Switzerland in the last 16 , the team had to return home early. In 1939, Janes led the team for the first time as captain on the field in his 38th international match and also scored his first international goal. Even after his conscription to the military, Jane remained a regular and captain.

When the Germans won 5-2 in Slovakia on November 22, 1942, not only did Jane's era in the national team end after 71 missions, it was also the last international match for a German team until 1950. When coach Sepp Herberger was again allowed to nominate a national team , he renounced Janes for reasons of age and wanted to build a new team around Fritz Walter . With 71 international matches (31 times as captain) Janes was the record German national player from 1941 to September 9, 1970, before Uwe Seeler replaced him. He scored seven goals in the national team - four with free kicks, three with penalties.


Coaching career

Following his playing career, Janes started his coaching career and worked for Fortuna Düsseldorf, Eintracht Trier , SV Baesweiler 09 and TSG Vohwinkel 80 , among others . In his new role, however, he was not nearly as successful as as a player and was therefore unable to fulfill his wish to become a football teacher at the DFB one day.


In 1953 the former national player opened the restaurant “Sportlerklause Paul Janes” in Leverkusen and withdrew more and more from the public, which only changed to round birthdays. Fortuna Düsseldorf awarded him the gold and diamond badge of honor, and in 1972 the association made him an honorary member. He spent the last years of his life in Monheim am Rhein and died in 1987 of a myocardial infarction when he was on the tram on his way back from a Friday morning pint.

The stadium at Flinger Broich , in which Fortuna Düsseldorf played its home games from 1930 to 1972, was renamed the Paul Janes Stadium in 1990 . From 2002 to 2005 Fortuna played regularly in the Paul Janes Stadium due to the new construction of the arena and the lower number of spectators in the lower leagues to which the club temporarily belonged.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Hamburger Anzeiger, August 23, 1943, page 2


  • Michael Bolten: Paul Janes and the fly on the goal post - A German footballer biography . Verlag Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2012, ISBN 978-3-89533-860-1 .
  • Paul Janes: A life for football . Offenbach am Main 1947.