Roland Ducke

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Roland Ducke (right) and his brother Peter Ducke (left) and Wolfgang Blochwitz before the game against Ajax Amsterdam (1970)

Roland Ducke (born November 19, 1934 in Bensen ; † June 26, 2005 in Jena ) was a German football player and coach.

Roland-Ducke-Weg in the Jena Volkspark Oberaue

Roland Ducke, born in Czechoslovakia , was expelled with his family (his younger brother is Peter Ducke ) at the end of the Second World War and grew up in Schönebeck . In 1946, when he was eleven, Roland Ducke began playing soccer at the SG Schönebeck Altstadt. The BSG Motor Schönebeck developed from the SG Altstadt , in which Ducke was already used in the 1st team at the age of 17.

For SC Motor Jena, which was restructured into FC Carl Zeiss Jena in 1965 , the trained mechanical engineer played 344 games in the league between 1957 and 1971 , scoring 51 goals. Before that, he played a leading role in moving up from the league to the football club. Only 14 players were used more frequently in top division games in the top division of the workers 'and peasants' state. All three GDR championship titles of the Jena and one FDGB cup victory fall during this time. For the national soccer team of the GDR Roland Ducke ran in 37 international matches between 1958 (against Romania ) and 1967 (against Denmark ) and scored five goals. The GDR won both his first and his last international match 3-2 in the Leipzig Central Stadium . He was also used in five games of the B national team. At the end of the 1962/63 league season, the league coach named Roland Ducke as the best left winger in a survey by the magazine Deutsches Sportecho . In 1970 he was voted footballer of the year . After his active career, Ducke also worked as a football coach, including as a youth coach at FC Carl Zeiss Jena.

On June 26, 2005, Roland Ducke died of prostate cancer at the age of 70 in the Jena University Hospital . He left a son. In the immediate vicinity of his former place of work, the Ernst-Abbe-Sportfeld in Jena, the Roland-Ducke-Weg was inaugurated on May 14, 2014 . For this purpose, the part of the Oberaue that runs on the site of the sports facility was renamed.


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