Reinhard Libuda

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Stan Libuda
Reinhard Libuda 1971 Ajman stamp.jpg
Surname Reinhard Libuda
birthday October 10, 1943
place of birth WendlinghausenGermany
date of death August 25, 1996
Place of death GelsenkirchenGermany
size 175 cm
position Right winger
Years station
1952-1961 FC Schalke 04
Years station Games (goals) 1
1961-1965 FC Schalke 04 76 (15)
1965-1968 Borussia Dortmund 74 0(8)
1968-1972 FC Schalke 04 124 (13)
1972-1973 Racing Strasbourg 15 0(3)
1973-1976 FC Schalke 04 15 0(0)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1964-1966 Germany U-23 2 0(0)
1963-1971 Germany 26 0(3)
1 Only league games are given.

Reinhard "Stan" Libuda (born October 10, 1943 in Wendlinghausen , † August 25, 1996 in Gelsenkirchen ) was a German football player . He embodied the classic right winger .


Reinhard Libuda was born in Wendlinghausen in the Lemgo district in 1943 , where the Libuda family moved during World War II . After the end of the war, the family returned to Gelsenkirchen in the working-class district of Haverkamp in the Bismarck district . In 1952, his father registered him with FC Schalke 04 , for which he played in the youth department from then on. Since he had already been signed as a contract player at the age of 17 , he did not complete his apprenticeship as a machine fitter.

Club career

In August 1962 he played, while still in the Oberliga West , for the first time for Schalke's first team. A year later he was a regular player in the newly founded Bundesliga as a right winger and quickly became a Schalke crowd favorite. On good days he was one of the best right wingers that hardly any defensive player could stop. He was not only agile and nimble, but also enormously strong at dribbling and therefore feared by many defenders. He got his nickname "Stan" in reference to the legendary English right - wing winger Sir Stanley Matthews , the "inventor" of the famous Matthews trick (= fooling on the left, passing by on the right), which Libuda mastered perfectly. From that time comes the winged phrase "No one can avoid God, except Stan Libuda". Libuda was considered to be extremely sensitive, which is why his opponents often verbally provoked him to take his courage away.

When Schalke landed last in the Bundesliga in 1965 and was thus relegated to the sport, Libuda decided to move to Borussia Dortmund in order to be able to continue playing in the Bundesliga and not have to move. He scored his most famous goal with BVB: On May 5, 1966, he scored BVB's 2-1 victory over Liverpool FC , thereby securing the European Cup Winners' Cup . After an "arc lamp" from Libuda from around 25 meters away, the ball hit Liverpool defender Chris Lawler 's knee from the left goal post, which steered him into his own goal.

In 1968 Libuda returned to his "great love" Schalke after three seasons with BVB. He was captain of a team that with players like Norbert Nigbur , Klaus Fichtel , Klaus Fischer , Erwin Kremers and Helmut Kremers developed into a serious title contender. His greatest success after the narrowly missed championship in 1972 was winning the cup in the same year against 1. FC Kaiserslautern .

Because of his involvement in the Bundesliga scandal , Libuda was banned for life by the DFB in the negotiations over the bribery scandal in 1972, but was pardoned two years later. In the meantime, the dribbler played at Racing Strasbourg in France . In 1973 he returned to Schalke; In 1976 he finally ended his career.

Career in the national team

Libuda made his debut in the national team at the age of 19 in Frankfurt in 1963 when he played against Turkey .

He scored his most important goal for Germany on October 22, 1969 in the Hamburg Volksparkstadion in the game against Scotland . He ran a long pass from Helmut Haller from his own half, started a solo run across half the field and scored the 3-2 for the German team. This hit secured qualification for the 1970 World Cup in Mexico . There he made the "game of his life" in the preliminary round. In the 5-2 win against Bulgaria , he equalized, took out a penalty and prepared two more goals. In total, he made five appearances in the tournament, including in the so-called match of the century against Italy (3-4 after extra time).

In 1970 he received the Silver Laurel Leaf after the German national team had reached 3rd place in Mexico.

In 1971 he completed his last international match. He scored three goals in a total of 26 appearances.

Life after sports career

The time after football was less fortunate for Libuda. After separating from his wife, with whom he had a son, he lived a long time withdrawn and dependent on unemployment benefits in Gelsenkirchen-Haverkamp. Since he had broken off an apprenticeship as a machinist in favor of his football career, he couldn't find a job for a long time before he got a job at the Thomas Group, a paper finishing company in Haverkamp, with the help of Rolf Rüssmann . A few years later he ran the tobacco shop in the Kurt-Schumacher-Strasse in Schalke, which he had taken over from Ernst Kuzorra , and which he later handed over to Heinz van Haaren .

After suffering a stroke , Libuda died on August 25, 1996, aged only 52. ​​Libuda was the first player from the 1970 game of the century to die. He was buried in the East Cemetery in Gelsenkirchen.


  • Libuda's ability to dribble was legendary. When in the 1960s posters in the Ruhr area with the inscription "No one can get past God" advertised a religious event, one of them was allegedly marked by an unknown fan with the addition "... except for Stan Libuda" . It is unclear whether it said “God” or “Jesus”, whether it advertised the Jehovah's Witnesses , the preacher Billy Graham or the evangelist Werner Heukelbach . The slogan is also the title of the musical nullvier - nobody can avoid God (2004) via FC Schalke 04.
  • In 1970, during the World Cup in Mexico, Bulgaria's coach said after his defenders had failed because of the hooked Libuda: "You can only kill this man with a shotgun."
  • In 2003 a fan discovered a spelling mistake on Reinhard Libuda's tombstone. Reinhard was written there with “ai” instead of “ei”. The fan reported to FC Schalke 04 ; the then manager Rudi Assauer then promised to commission a new tombstone. But it was not until 2004 that the tombstone was changed on the initiative and after protests of another Libuda fan.
  • Stan Libuda's goal in the 1966 European Cup Winners' Cup final against Liverpool FC was voted second place by the fans as part of the celebrations for Borussia Dortmund's 100th anniversary as “BVB Goal of the Century”.
  • The access road west of the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen is called "Stan-Libuda-Weg".

Achievements and Awards


National team

Personal awards


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. And the Wembley goal will fall forever . Der Tagesspiegel , August 6, 2013
  2. No one can avoid God. The life of Reinhard "Stan" Libuda. Publishing house Die Werkstatt , Göttingen 2002
  3. The Garrincha from Schalke Market . 11 friends , April 7, 2016
  4. Stan Libuda: He passed almost everyone ., October 13, 2014. Retrieved May 30, 2018
  5. ^ Information given to the Bundestag by the Federal Government on September 29, 1973 - Printed matter 7/1040 - Annex 3, pages 54 ff., Here page 59
  6. ^ Matthias Arnhold: Reinhard 'Stan' Libuda - International Appearances . RSSSF . June 8, 2017. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  7. RevierSport 56/2013, p. 38 f.
  8. ^ Note in: Borussia, Das Memberermagazin, Issue 102 of January 30, 2016, p. 47
  9. Football legend: In the name of the father , Die Zeit 33/2001, August 9, 2001
  10. The grave of Reinhard “Stan” Libuda
  11. Schalke's Dribbelwunder: 11 quotes from and about Stan Libuda . Spiegel online, April 6, 2016
  12. The stranger . 11 friends , April 7, 2016
  13. a b In Praise of Obstinacy: Stan Libuda . Die Zeit, November 12, 2009
  14. Schalke now as a musical . Rheinische Post, January 27, 2004