Walter Pradt

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Walter Pradt
birthday April 12, 1949
place of birth WiesbadenGermany
date of death August 24, 2014
Place of death MannheimGermany
size 183 cm
position goalkeeper
Years station
FC 1934 Wiesbaden-Bierstadt
Eintracht Frankfurt amateurs
0000-1968 Germania Wiesbaden
Years station Games (goals) 1
Germania Wiesbaden
1. FC Nürnberg amateurs
1968-1971 1. FC Nuremberg 1 0(0)
1971-1973 SpVgg Bayreuth 22 0(0)
1973–1985 Waldhof Mannheim 303 (12)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
1985-1986 Southwest Ludwigshafen
1986-1990 Amicitia Viernheim
1990-1991 VfR Mannheim
VfR Grünstadt
07 / 1995-06 / 1996 Waldhof Mannheim (Assistant Trainer)
11/2001–12/2001 Waldhof Mannheim
09 / 2002-04 / 2003 Waldhof Mannheim
2003 Goalkeeping coach from Silke Rottenberg
2003-2004 VfR Grünstadt
07/2006-04/2007 VfR Mannheim
01/2008 - 06/2009 Waldhof Mannheim II
07/2009 - 06/2010 Waldhof Mannheim
1 Only league games are given.

Walter Pradt (born April 12, 1949 in Wiesbaden ; † August 24, 2014 in Mannheim ) was a German football player and coach .

Player career

Walter Pradt played in the position of goalkeeper . He began his career at FC 1934 Wiesbaden-Bierstadt, from where he moved via the amateurs from Eintracht Frankfurt to Germania Wiesbaden , where he was active until 1968. After moving to 1. FC Nürnberg , where he remained under the direction of Max Merkel and Kuno Klötzer for three years as a substitute goalkeeper with only one assignment in the South Regional Football League , he moved to SpVgg Bayreuth (1971-1973). In 1973 he came to SV Waldhof Mannheim , where he replaced Manfred Krei as regular goalkeeper.

At SV Waldhof, Walter Pradt remained a regular goalkeeper for many years, first in the second Bundesliga South and from 1981 in the single-track second Bundesliga until he lost his regular place to Uwe Zimmermann on February 13, 1982 after a red card in the 90th minute against Kickers Offenbach . Up until that point, he was also known as a penalty taker. In the 1979/80 season he scored eight goals from the penalty spot and was SVW's second-best goalscorer behind Hans Hein (11 goals). After losing his regular place in the Waldhof gate, he remained a substitute goalkeeper and also took on the role of trainer for Uwe Zimmermann. Pradt made his Bundesliga debut on May 19, 1984 against Fortuna Düsseldorf . The following weekend, however, he broke his shin in the last game of the season against Kickers Offenbach and had to be replaced at halftime. When Zimmermann injured himself on the 6th matchday in 1984/85, Pradt was still suffering from a broken tibia, but was still in the SVW's goal in Munich against Bayern , who had won all six games by then and had a record start. With great pain (he could no longer take the kicks) he was able to play through to the end of the game and record the away win of the SVW. Walter Pradt made five Bundesliga appearances through two more appearances in the same season. He ended his active career at the end of the season.

Coaching career

Pradt worked as a trainer at Südwest Ludwigshafen (1985–1986), at Amicitia Viernheim (1986–1990), VfR Grünstadt and VfR Mannheim (1990–1991 and 2006 to April 2007). In 2003 Pradt acted as goalkeeping coach for Silke Rottenberg in order to prepare them for the 2003 World Cup , which then also became the women's world champion in the USA.

At SV Waldhof, Pradt took on various tasks. He was assistant coach of the first team in the second Bundesliga in 1995/96 and coach of the U23 team from January 2008 to 2009, with whom he made promotion to the association league. He was the head coach of the first team from November 12, 2001 to December 3, 2001 and from September 11, 2002 to April 2, 2003, each in the second Bundesliga. From July 2009 he was head coach of the SVW again, this time in the Regionalliga West . After the license withdrawal for the SVW on June 8, 2010, the contract with him was not extended.

In 2011 Pradt became the sporting director of the 1. FC Rheinpfalz youth syndicate in Grünstadt and held the same position from summer 2012 until his death at VfR Grünstadt .

Private life

In addition to his work as a trainer, Walter Pradt ran the Rhein-Neckar football center in Mannheim. In 2006 he fell ill with leukemia . He died on August 24, 2014 in Mannheim as a result of the illness. Before the charity match between Waldhof Mannheim and Borussia Dortmund on August 26, 2014, Walter Pradt observed a minute's silence.


  • Günter Rohrbacher-List: Blue and Black. The SV Waldhof . Waldkirch Verlag, Mannheim 2004, ISBN 3-927455-15-6

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Walter Pradt with a new task - Morgenweb
  2. HONOR GUEST: Walter Pradt | 15 years of Ultras Mannheim
  3. Waldhof mourns Pradt.
  4. Waldhof icon Walter Pradt is dead. Report on the homepage of Rhein-Neckar television from August 25, 2014 (accessed on August 25, 2014).