Peter Kohl (soccer player)

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Peter Kohl 1986

Peter Kohl (born January 29, 1942 in Hohenmölsen ) was a soccer player in the area of ​​the GDR soccer association and then became a soccer coach, among others for the GDR upper division Hallescher FC Chemie .

Soccer career


Kohl began his football career as a player with the second-rate GDR league club Chemie Zeitz , progress Weissenfels and forward Leipzig . At Chemie Zeitz he was able to celebrate his greatest success as a football player when he and the chemists reached the final of the GDR football cup. In the final on May 1, 1963, Kohl was left winger on the pitch, but his team lost the game against first division side Motor Zwickau 3-0.


GDR soccer

After Kohl had finished his career as a soccer player, he started working as a soccer coach. He returned to Zeitz and took over the training of his old sports club Chemie Zeitz. He led them to a relay victory in the GDR league in 1973, but his team could not prevail in the promotion round to the GDR Oberliga. Then Kohl moved to the league relegated Hallescher FC Chemie (HFC) and took over the position of deputy club chairman. In November 1976, Kohl replaced Günter Hoffmann as coach of the HFC league team, which had only reached places eleven and eighth since its rise in 1974 and had already suffered four defeats in the first nine games of the 1976/77 season. Kohl initially managed to consolidate the team so that they could always place themselves in the top half of the league in the following years. Only when the HFC ended the 1981/82 season disappointingly with eleventh place, Kohl was replaced by Klaus Urbanczyk .

Kohl moved to GDR league team Stahl Riesa , who, after relegating from the league in 1981, made hopes of a return to the top class. After just one year, Kohl was able to implement the project, and in 1983 brought Riesa back to the top division. In the seasons 1983/84 and 1984/85 he managed to keep the team in the league. With a secure 11th place, Kohl retired from Stahl Riesa in 1985 and took over the training of the upper division Stahl Brandenburg on July 1, 1985 . In his first season, Kohl led the Brandenburgers as the best company sports club (BSG) to fifth place in the league and thus also in the 1986/87 UEFA Cup competition . The internationally inexperienced team succeeded in the 1st round against the Northern Irish representative Coleraine FC with 1: 1 and 1: 0, but had to defeat the Swedish club IFK Göteborg with 0: 2 and 1: 1 in the 2nd round give up. In 1988, under Kohl's leadership, Stahl Brandenburg achieved its best league result with fourth place. This time it was not enough for the best BSG team again for a European competition. After Stahl Brandenburg crashed disappointingly to eleventh place in the league in the following season, Kohl was dismissed.

Germany, Austria

In the summer of 1989, Kohl became coach of the GDR's U-21 national team , which he and Hans-Jürgen Dörner , who had no coaching qualification, were supposed to lead to the U-21 European Championship and the 1992 Olympic football tournament. In October 1989, six weeks before the fall of the Berlin Wall , Kohl used the U-21 international match between the Netherlands and GDR to break away from the GDR. After contract negotiations with the Dutch club Sparta Rotterdam failed, Kohl, who had acquired a diploma as a teacher for sports and history in the GDR, first became a coach at the south-west upper division VfB Wissen , then at SCR Altach in the Austrian regional league. After 1990, Kohl coached FC Eintracht Schwerin in the Oberliga Nordost and acted as an advisor to the FC Grün-Weiß Piesteritz club . On July 1st, 2008 Kohl took over the training of the city division SG Einheit Halle.


  • Andreas Baingo, Michael Horn: The History of the GDR Oberliga. Verlag Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2003, ISBN 3-89533-428-6 .
  • GDR sports newspaper Deutsches Sportecho : special editions 1982 to 1989
  • Mitteldeutsche Zeitung : Issue of July 26, 2008, "Return to the old home" (biography until 2008, see also MZ website )