Ulrich Braun

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Ulrich Braun (born August 23, 1941 ) is a former German soccer player who played 66 games with five goals in the Bundesliga with Arminia Bielefeld from 1970 to 1972 .


The half-forward Ulrich Braun, who came to Schwarz-Weiß Essen in the summer of 1964 via the stations TuS Eintracht Dortmund and TuS Eving-Lindenhorst, played three rounds in the Regionalliga West for the team from the Uhlenkrug stadium. On August 9, 1964, he made his debut at home against Arminia Bielefeld in the team of coach Hans Wendlandt at the side of the top performers Hermann Merchel and Karlheinz Mozin . He celebrated a considerable success in the 1966/67 season with the runner-up championship and entry into the Bundesliga promotion round with ETB. With one point behind, the Essenes missed the rise against Borussia Neunkirchen . The ball tug in midfield came from 1964 to 1967 to 94 regional league games and eight goals. For the 1967/68 round, Dortmund signed a contract with league rival Arminia Bielefeld.

In Bielefeld, too, the success came in the third season: In 1969/70 the Arminen landed in second place and thus moved into the promotion round to the Bundesliga. But now Braun succeeded in advancing with his teammates Ernst Kuster and Gerd Roggensack . Bielefeld prevailed over Karlsruher SC and "Uli" Braun had played 98 regional league games with 18 goals and all eight games in the 1970 promotion round for Arminia in three rounds.

The midfielder played his first game in the Bundesliga with technique and wit in the 3-0 away defeat on August 15, 1970 at Borussia Dortmund. Together with goalkeeper Gerd Siese and his midfield partners Gerd Knoth and Horst Stockhausen , Braun completed all 34 competitive games for the newcomer in the 1970/71 season. The 30-year-old played his last Bundesliga game on June 3, 1972 in a 3-1 home defeat against Fortuna Düsseldorf. In the 1971/72 season, in mid-February 1972, the DFB's criminal jurisdiction decided to punish Arminia Bielefeld with relegation to the amateur league because of her involvement in the Bundesliga scandal. The East Westphalia were still allowed to play the season to the end. Later, the sports court weakened the penalty, instead of the amateur league, the club was only transferred to the regional league, plus ten points were deducted in the 1972/73 season. The two rounds of the Bundesliga with Arminia Bielefeld are therefore a chapter for Ulrich Braun in which the sporting content takes a back seat. "Uli" Braun switched to DJK Gütersloh in the Regionalliga West for the round in 1972/73 .

In the Heidewaldstadion he took ninth place with the DJK in 1973 and 1974 and thus moved into the new 2nd Bundesliga for the 1974/75 season. From 1972 to 1974 he had played 67 games with eleven goals for coach Rudolf Schlott's team . The veteran had his 12th and last appearance in the 2nd Bundesliga on April 20, 1975 in the 1: 2 away defeat at Alemannia Aachen. In the 81st minute he was substituted into the team around teammates Uli Granzow , Walter Oswald , Gerd Roggensack , Wolfgang Rummenigge , Karl-Heinz Granitza and Heribert Bruchhagen .

Amateur again

For the 1975/76 round, the 34-year-old Braun moved to SC Oberbecksen and let his career end in the amateur camp.


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