Werner Kohlmeyer

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Werner Kohlmeyer
Werner Kohlmeyer statue.jpg
Statue of Werner Kohlmeyer in
front of the Fritz Walter Stadium in Kaiserslautern
birthday April 19, 1924
place of birth KaiserslauternGerman Empire
date of death March 26, 1974
Place of death MainzGermany
position Defense
Years station Games (goals) 1
1941-1957 1. FC Kaiserslautern
1957-1959 FC 08 Homburg
1959-1960 DJK Bexbach
1960-1963 SV Morlautern
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1951-1955 Germany 22 (0)
1 Only league games are given.

Werner Kohlmeyer (born April 19, 1924 in Kaiserslautern ; † March 26, 1974 in Mainz - Mombach ) was a German football player and world champion from 1954 .

Career as a footballer

Associations until 1963

He played from 1941 to 1957 for 1. FC Kaiserslautern , with whom he became German champions in 1951 and 1953 . He was also active for FC 08 Homburg (1957–1959), DJK Bexbach (1959–1960) and SV Morlautern (1960–1963). The defender, who was mostly used as a left defender in the then practiced World Cup system, made his debut in the first team of 1. FC Kaiserslautern in the 1941/42 round of war. The “Red Devils” from Betzenberg won the championship in the Gauliga Westmark and thus made it to the final round of the German soccer championship. Kohlmeyer played his first final round game on May 10, 1942 in the 7-1 home win against SV Waldhof Mannheim. During the 1942/43 season he - like Fritz and Ottmar Walter - was drafted into the Wehrmacht .

After the end of the Second World War he belonged to the hopeful 1. FCK-Elf around playmaker Fritz Walter, who moved into the final on August 8, 1948 against 1. FC Nürnberg, which was lost with 1: 2 goals . From 1948 to 1955 he was with his home club in the respective formations that played five finals for the German championship in 1948, 1951, 1953, 1954 and 1955. In total, Kohlmeyer played 38 finals (1 goal) from 1942 to 1956. In the Oberliga Southwest , he won with his hometown club from 1945 to 1957 ten league titles and has played 262 league appearances in the Southwest League for the first FCK, where he scored 19 goals. A total of 332 games with 20 goals for 1. FC Kaiserslautern are counted for Kohlmeyer. He completed his last league game for Kaiserslautern on April 28, 1957 in a 12: 6 victory over TuS Neuendorf, where he succeeded in making the goal of 8: 3. He then played the next two years at FC Homburg in the 2nd Southwest League.

In addition to his footballing skills, the passionate skat player also had talents in athletics, especially as a long or high jumper, and ended his career as an active footballer in 1963 in the amateur camp at SV Morlautern.

National team, 1951 to 1955

His international career began in 1951 with the international match against Turkey and ended after 22 games with a 1: 2 defeat against Italy in December 1955. When he made his debut in June 1951 in the national team, the veteran Jakob Streitle was his defender partner in the 1: 2 -Home defeat against Turkey in Berlin. From May 1952 he formed the defenders pair with the Stuttgart Erich Retter in front of goalkeeper Toni Turek ; also in the qualifying games for the World Cup in Switzerland against Norway and Saarland. When the last international match before the World Cup tournament was played against Switzerland in Bern on April 25, 1954, "Kohli" replaced the rescuer who had been injured in the 12th minute and acted alongside Fritz Laband . The Stuttgart regular defender fell out of the World Cup tournament due to the injury. In the semifinals and in the final of the World Cup, his defender partner Jupp Posipal was . In the final he was responsible for guarding Zoltán Czibor . Hardy Grüne attributes to him in his World Cup encyclopedia that “his performance in the final was a terrific performance.” He also mentions that “Kohli” was often in “dire need and was on the line twice alone, long after Turek was beaten. "

In 1954, the defender and the German national team and four of his teammates from 1. FCK ( Horst Eckel , Werner Liebrich , Fritz and Ottmar Walter ) won the football world championship in the so-called Miracle of Bern .


The trained payroll clerk owned a house before the World Cup, but he lost it. His wife got divorced. He lost his job when he printed the stamp card for a worker. Kohlmeyer became addicted to alcohol , lost contact with his three children, became impoverished and was dependent on government support. For some time he was an unskilled worker on construction sites. Most recently he lived together with his mother in a social flat in Mainz-Mombach and worked as a doorman for a Mainz newspaper publisher. He died of heart failure in March 1974 at the age of only 49 .

In his Herberger biography, Jürgen Leinemann noted Werner Kohlmeyer's statement about the difficulties of the struggle for life, "Everything that came after the World Cup was like a single lost weekend."

The multi-day Werner Kohlmeyer memorial tournament, known far beyond the borders of Rhineland-Palatinate, has been taking place on the sports grounds of SV Morlautern for years to commemorate Whitsun .

In art

In the 2003 feature film The Miracle of Bern , Kohlmeyer is portrayed by Christian Broos .


  • Silver bay leaf (1951 and 1954)
  • Golden Ring of Honor of 1. FC Kaiserslautern (1951)
  • Silver plaque of honor of the city of Munich (1954)
  • Golden Badge of Honor of the DFB (1955)


  • Lorenz Knieriem, Hardy Grüne : Player Lexicon 1890 - 1963 . In: Encyclopedia of German League Football . tape 8 . AGON, Kassel 2006, ISBN 3-89784-148-7 , p. 202 .
  • Jürgen Bitter : Germany's national soccer player: the lexicon . SVB Sportverlag, Berlin 1997, ISBN 3-328-00749-0 , p. 253 f .
  • Günter Rohrbacher-List: The Red Devils are back. The history of 1. FC Kaiserslautern. Publishing house Die Werkstatt. Göttingen 1998. ISBN 3-89533-221-6 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Rohrbacher List: The Red Devils are back. P. 157.
  2. Rohrbacher List: The Red Devils are back. P. 157.
  3. Rohrbacher List: The Red Devils are back. P. 342.
  4. ^ Matthias Arnhold: Werner Kohlmeyer - International Appearances . RSSSF . November 3, 2016. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  5. Hardy Greens: Football World Cup Encyclopedia. 1930-2006. AGON Sportverlag, Kassel 2002, ISBN 3-89784-205-X , p. 138.
  6. ^ Jürgen Leinemann: Sepp Herberger. One life, one legend. Rowohlt Publishing House. Berlin 1997. ISBN 3-87134-285-8 . P. 342.
  7. ^ The miracle of Bern in the German IMDb