Rudolf Schönbeck

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Rudolf Schönbeck , called "Rulle" (born August 3, 1919 ; † November 6, 2003 in Itzehoe ) was a German football player and goalkeeper who took part in the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki with the German amateur football team .


Before World War II

The young goalkeeper Rudi Schönbeck played with BFC Preussen in the late 30s in the Berlin district league. Although he could not prove his skills in the Gauliga Berlin-Brandenburg , he was on October 6, 1940 in the goal of the Gau selection at the national cup game against the Middle Rhine. He celebrated the 4: 3 success together with his teammates Hans Appel , Gerhard Graf and Hans Berndt . When he again guarded the gate in the cup competition in Berlin on November 9, 1941, this happened for the selection of East Prussia, because due to the war events he was now playing for VfB Königsberg . The game ended against Brandenburg 0-0 after extra time. With Königsberg, Schönbeck won the championship in the Gauliga East Prussia three times in a row between 1941 and 1943 and therefore also took part in the respective finals for the German soccer championship . Schönbeck played seven final round matches between 1941 and 1943. In cooperation with defense chief Kurt Baluses , the talented goalkeeper tried to keep the number of goals against as low as possible. Reich trainer Sepp Herberger entered the name Rudolf Schönbeck in his notebook early on. So the goalkeeper came to a DFB inspection course on March 17-21, 1941. Two years later he was also a participant in the last national team course in February 1943 in Frankfurt am Main. On February 14th, a test match against the Hessen-Nassau selection was played and Schönbeck was in the goal of the DFB selection in the first half. In the second half of the game he was replaced by Heinz Flotho .

After the Second World War

Like so many of his generation, a personal odyssey began for the young man after the war years. First he went to Lake Constance for VfL Konstanz . There he played in the Oberliga Südwest in the group south until 1948. In the 1948/49 round he guarded the goal of Itzehoer SV in the Landesliga Schleswig-Holstein. Although he won the title together with his old Königsberg playmates Kurt Baluses , Gerhard Reich , Kurt Lingnau , Hans Klinger , Erwin Scheffler and Kurt Krause , they didn’t make it to the Oberliga Nord.

FC St. Pauli (1949 to 1952)

As a result of his subsequent move to FC St. Pauli , the 30-year-old goalkeeper played football in the Oberliga Nord from the 1949/50 round . Schönbeck had previously signed with Eintracht Braunschweig and St. Pauli temporarily lost four points because of what was initially said to be his unjustified participation; in the next instance, however, the contract with the hamburgers was declared valid. The eleven from Millerntor won the runner-up and moved into the final round of the German soccer championship. "Rulle" played 28 of the 30 association games in the north. In the final round he was used against TuS Neuendorf and against SpVgg Fürth. Despite the considerable defensive potential - Hans Appel, Heinz Hempel , Walter Dzur and Harald Stender - St. Pauli failed with 1: 2 goals against the Franks. National coach Sepp Herberger had invited the new St. Pauli goalkeeper in the preliminary round to the first DFB post-war course from November 14th to 19th, 1949 in Duisburg. Also in the second season 1950/51 Schönbeck landed with his playmates in second place and thus moved back into the finals. He guarded the goal against 1. FC Kaiserslautern, FC Schalke 04 and SpVgg Fürth. In the third round, 1951/52, he came to 23 games in the league. After the end of the round, the team finished third in the table. On October 14, 1951, the St. Pauli goalkeeper took part in the representative game in Cologne against West Germany. In the summer of 1952, Rudolf Schönbeck returned to Itzehoer SV in the amateur league Schleswig-Holstein after three rounds in which he had played 71 league games. In 1954 he took over as coach from Kurt Baluses.

German national soccer team of amateurs (1952)

In the year of the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, the DFB established an amateur national team. The team played seven games, including four games at the 1952 Olympic tournament, and Rudolf Schönbeck guarded the goal of national coach Sepp Herberger's team in all seven games. Before the amateur national team's debut game on May 14, 1952 in Düsseldorf against the representation of Great Britain, Sepp Herberger nominated the goalkeeper of St. Pauli for the two international matches against Luxembourg and Ireland on April 20, 1952 and May 4, 1952, respectively. In both games Karl Adam was in the goal of the Herberger-Elf, Schönbeck sat on the bench as a substitute goalkeeper, from which he was not substituted. In the amateur national team, however, national trainer Herberger relied on the skills and routine of the 33-year-old without competition. He was the backing of the newly formed team, which performed excellently at the Olympic football tournament .


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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Obituary in Südkurier, December 5, 2003