Walter Oswald

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Walter Oswald (born October 8, 1955 in Linz ) is a former German soccer player . The midfielder and defender played a total of 387 league games and scored 26 goals in the Bundesliga with the clubs FC St. Pauli (34/2) and VfL Bochum (353/24) from 1977 to 1991.


Gütersloh and St. Pauli, until 1978

Oswald, he came to Gütersloh with his parents at the age of four , went through the youth department of the DJK Gütersloh and was deployed in the second -rate regional football league West in the East Westphalia from the book and washing machine city in the 1973/74 season . The talent made his debut on October 7, 1973, the day before his 18th birthday, in the Regionalliga West. In a 4-0 home win against 1. FC Mülheim, the junior player stormed in the center forward position and scored a goal on his debut. At the side of fellow players such as Karl-Heinz Granitza , Ulrich Braun , Heribert Bruchhagen , Ulrich Granzow and Gerd Roggensack , he played 22 league games and scored three goals when he reached 9th rank. The “blues” were thus qualified for the 2. Bundesliga, which started in two seasons from 1974/75. The team of coach Rudi Schlott , financially supported by furniture manufacturer Willy Stickling , finished 14th in the debut round of the 2nd Bundesliga in 1974/75. With 34 appearances and five goals alongside the newcomers Wolfgang Rummenigge , Heinz Rudloff and Eduard Angele, Oswald was already one of the top performers in the Heidewaldstadion team . In the second season in the 2nd Bundesliga, 1975/76, the change of coach from Schlott to Karl-Heinz Feldkamp in December 1975 did not prevent relegation to the amateur camp. On the last round matchday, June 12, 1976, in a 4: 4 home draw against FC St. Pauli , Oswald said goodbye to the DJK after a total of 72 games in the 2nd Bundesliga (9 goals) with the equalizer to make it 4: 4 . He signed a contract with the brown and white Kiezkickers for the 1976/77 season and thus remained in the 2nd Bundesliga.

In addition to Oswald, the team of coach Diethelm Ferner had also strengthened with goalkeeper Jürgen Rynio as well as Walter Frosch , Niels Tune-Hansen and Manfred Mannebach . The start was lost on August 14, 1976 with 0: 1 at Wuppertaler SV, but the Elf from Millerntor played an outstanding round, including a series with 27 unbeaten games, and were four points ahead of Arminia Bielefeld champion and thus rose in the Bundesliga. With 33: 5 home points, the foundation for success was laid and Oswald was one of the champions' players who had played all 38 rounds of games, along with Dietmar Demuth , Tune-Hansen and striker Franz Gerber (27 goals). For the Bundesliga round 1977/78 St. Pauli strengthened with Rolf Blau , Horst Feilzer and Rudolf Sturz . The transfer of attacker Maik Galakos failed and therefore Klaus Beverungen , Stjepan Milardović and for the second half of the season Klaus Winkler were signed up . The team around Oswald won the opening game on August 6, 1977 3-1 against Werder Bremen. In the midfield, the Ferner-Elf with Oswald, Mannebach, Rolf Höfert and Blau, as well as in the attack with Gerber and Horst Neumann was there. In the course of the lap, however, the departure of Sören Skov as well as the injury-related downtimes of Gino Ferrin , Frosch and Mannebach had a noticeably negative effect and St. Pauli was unable to achieve the intended relegation. Oswald had scored two goals in 34 Bundesliga games. After relegation, he signed a new contract with Bundesliga club VfL Bochum for the 1978/79 round, like teammate Blau, and thus returned to the football west.

Bochum, 1978 to 1991

In 1978 he went to VfL Bochum and stayed with the club until the end of his career in 1991. He made his debut on August 12, 1978 in a 2-0 away win at 1. FC Nuremberg with Bochum in the Bundesliga. Under coach Heinz Höher , he formed the VfL midfield together with Hans-Jürgen Köper , Rolf Blau and Dieter Bast . At the end of the round, his new club finished 8th and "Ossi, the silent" had scored three goals in 33 league appearances. The defensive midfielder, who was extremely committed to running and fighting, developed into a good development player and driver thanks to his solid technique. He became an important performer at VfL Bochum. This was true of all coaches, starting with Heinz Höher, continuing through Helmuth Johannsen , Rolf Schafstall , Hermann Gerland , Franz-Josef Tenhagen and Reinhard Saftig .

The midfielder and defender played 387 times in the Bundesliga and scored 26 goals. In the second division he came to 110 games and 15 goals. His greatest success was reaching the cup final in the DFB Cup 1987/88 with VfL Bochum.

After his career he worked as a forwarding agent in Bochum, worked as an amateur trainer at VfL for two years and later played in the traditional “rewirpower” team. In the VfL book it is noted about Walter Oswald: "The silent legend was an all-round golden 'investment' for the club".


  • Markus Franz: The guys from Castropper Strasse. Publishing house Die Werkstatt. Göttingen 2005. ISBN 3-89533-506-1 . Pp. 103/104, 305.
  • Ronny Galczynski, Bernd Carstensen: FC St. Pauli. Club Encyclopedia. Publishing house Die Werkstatt. Göttingen 2009. ISBN 978-3-89533-613-3 . P. 221.
  • Christian Karn, Reinhard Rehberg: Player Lexicon 1963–1994. Agon Sportverlag. Kassel 2012. ISBN 978-3-89784-214-4 . P. 371.

Individual evidence

  1. Markus Franz: The boys from Castropper Strasse. P. 103
  2. ^ Jürgen Bitter: Germany's football. The encyclopedia. FA Herbig. Munich 2008. ISBN 978-3-7766-2558-5 . P. 540
  3. Markus Franz: The boys from Castropper Strasse. P. 104

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