Rudolf Gramlich

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Rudolf Gramlich
birthday June 6, 1908
place of birth Frankfurt am MainGerman Empire
date of death March 14, 1988
Place of death Frankfurt am Main,  Germany
size 179 cm
position midfield
Years station Games (goals) 1
FC Borussia Frankfurt
Sports fans Freiberg
1929-1944 Eintracht Frankfurt
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1931-1936 Germany 22 (0)
1 Only league games are given.

Rudolf Gramlich (born June 6, 1908 in Frankfurt am Main ; † March 14, 1988 ibid) was a German football player and sports official .



His career at FC Borussia Frankfurt began miserably , briefly playing with Sportfreunde in Freiberg , Saxony , before moving to Eintracht Frankfurt in 1929 .

For Eintracht Frankfurt he played 145 championship games from 1929 to 1939 , in the district league Main-Hessen until 1933 , then in the Gauliga Südwest . In these games he scored ten goals. In the 1943/44 season he again completed an unknown number of Gauliga games.

Nationally, the midfield director celebrated his significant successes with Eintracht Frankfurt. In 1932 he reached the final of the German championship against FC Bayern Munich , which was lost 2-0. The following year he reached the semi-finals with Frankfurt, but lost against the eventual champions Fortuna Düsseldorf with a 4-0 draw.

Gramlich was considered a gentleman on the ball. He had a fine technique, paired with outstanding game intelligence and very safe positional play in the style of a Carl Riegel .

National team

Between 1931 and 1936 Gramlich played 22 international matches for the senior national team , for which he made his debut on September 27, 1931 in a 4-2 victory over the national team of Denmark . At the World Cup in Italy in 1934 , where he finished third with the team, he was used in the quarter-finals in a 2-1 victory over the national team of Sweden . After that he had to leave the tournament for professional reasons. During the 1936 Olympic football tournament in Berlin , he was captain of the national team. After the 2-0 defeat against the Norwegian national team on August 7, 1936 , he resigned as a national player out of annoyance at what he believed to be unjustified criticism of Reich coach Otto Nerz .




During his active time, the football players were considered amateurs; he earned his living as a leather buyer at the sponsoring company of Frankfurter Eintracht, a large shoe factory. In 1936, Gramlich founded his own leather business and joined the SS .

From 1939 to 1942 he was the chairman of the club at Eintracht Frankfurt. In 1939/40 he belonged to a skull regiment of the Waffen SS and was suspected of having been involved in war crimes . After the end of the war, the American occupation authorities initially regarded him as the so-called main culprit, was interned, but in 1947, in a trial chamber proceeding, classified as less burdened for lack of evidence and released from detention. In 1949 he took over the chairmanship of the game committee at Eintracht Frankfurt, was elected deputy chairman in 1950 and took over the office of chairman and president from 1955 to 1970. In 1959, Eintracht won their only German championship and moved into the final of the European Cup of National Champions in 1960 . Eintracht later made him honorary captain and honorary president. In 2018, Eintracht Frankfurt announced that it would have Rudolf Gramlich's Nazi past investigated because of his honorary presidency. In January 2020, his honorary presidency was finally revoked.

From 1967 to 1974 Gramlich was also chairman of the DFB Bundesliga committee.

Web links


  • Matthias Thoma: We were the Juddebube. Eintracht Frankfurt during the Nazi era. , Göttingen, Verl. Die Werkstatt, 2007, ISBN 978-3-89533-560-0 .
  • Bitzer / Wilting: Storms for Germany , Campus Verlag, Frankfurt 2003, ISBN 3-593-37191-X , p. 50 ff.
  • Thomas Urban : Black Eagles, White Eagles. German and Polish footballers at the heart of politics. Verlag Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2011, ISBN 978-3-89533-775-8 , pp. 48, 80, 91.

Individual evidence

  1. Honorary President of Eintracht Frankfurt is said to have belonged to the Waffen-SS (Jan. 30, 2018) , accessed on December 25, 2018
  2. ^ Report: Eintracht recognizes Gramlich honorary presidency