Robert Hense

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Robert Hense (born November 17, 1885 in Cologne ; † June 20, 1966 ) was a German football player who played for Cologne BC 01 before the First World War and played an international match for the senior national team in 1910 .



Robert Hense's relationship with the soccer game began as a member of the student team at the Marzellen-Gymnasium in Cologne. In 1900, when he was 15, he was one of the founders of Rhenania Cologne , for which he stormed until the association was temporarily dissolved in 1902. He then went on for the Cologne BC 01 , for which he played in defense. When a "West German League" was launched from the former districts of Cologne / Bonn, Lower Rhine and Rhine / Ruhr at the beginning of the 1909/10 season, Hense and KBC were one of them. In the 1911/12 season, the championship in this league succeeded and with a 4-2 win against Borussia Mönchengladbach, the title win in West Germany followed. As a result, he moved with his team into the final round of the German championship . On May 12th, however, the Karlsruher FV demonstrated with their national players Max Breunig , Ernst Hollstein , Fritz Förderer , Gottfried Fuchs and Julius Hirsch in Munich-Gladbach with an 8-1 win over KBC the superiority of southern German football at the time. When the businessman was in France in 1911 for the purpose of further professional training, he gained experience as a member of Cercle Athletique Paris and Racing Roubaix . After returning he played again for the Cologne BC 01 until 1914.

Selection / national team

When Robert Hense played in the left defensive position in Cologne in the match between the West German Football Association's selection team and the South German Football Association's selection team , it was also the players of the Karlsruher FV , reinforced by Karl Burger and Marius Hiller , who demonstrated the strength of southern German football in the 4-1 defeat. Seven days later, on October 16, 1910, he played his only international match in Kleve , which was lost 2-1 to the national team of the Netherlands in front of 10,000 spectators. No player from southern Germany was used in the tenth international match of the DFB . The other newcomers Neiße, Bülte, Hanssen and Umbach also made their debut alongside Hense. The team around captain Camillo Ugi owed it primarily to the outstanding goalkeeper Adolf Werner that it remained in the narrow 1: 2 defeat.


  • After his active career, he ran a bicycle and motorcycle wholesaler on Bonn Wall in Cologne.
  • Hense was an all-round athlete and therefore also an avid rower and talented tennis player.
  • Until 1942 he laced his soccer shoes in the soccer department of his KBC; In addition, he worked for the club as a volunteer groundskeeper for a long time.
  • In 1953 he was awarded the golden badge of honor of 1. FC Cologne (merger of KBC and SpVgg Sülz).

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