Werner Nievelstein

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Werner Nievelstein (born February 12, 1941 ) is a former German soccer player . The defensive player was in the final of the DFB Cup with Alemannia Aachen in 1965 , won the championship in the Regional Football League West in 1964 and 1967 , rose to the Bundesliga in 1967 with the Black and Yellows and was also a member of the Aachen squad, the 1969 German football runner-up .


Werner Nievelstein moved from SuS Herzogenrath's youth in 1958 to the league club Alemannia Aachen. In the 1960/61 season, the former player of the amateur team was taken over in the contract player squad of the league team. On the tenth game day, October 16, 1960, he made his debut as a right defender at the home game against Meidericher SV in the football Oberliga West . In the fourth minute of the game he caused the "Zebras" to take the lead 1-0 with an own goal. Two goals by Alfred Glenski secured the 2-1 home win. At the end of the round, Alemannia was in eighth place and Nievelstein had played 17 games. In the last two rounds of the old first-class league, 1961/62 and 1962/63, he was in all 60 competitive games for the team from Tivoli Stadium on the field. The last league game was played on May 11, 1963 and Aachen defeated Bayer Leverkusen with 2-1 goals and ended the season in fifth place. Nievelstein formed the defender pair with Herbert Krisp and secured the game-determining runner row with Josef Martinelli , Branko Zebec and Christian Breuer . In total, the defender played 78 league games from 1960 to 1963.

Since Aachen had not been nominated for the football Bundesliga starting in the 1963/64 season, Nievelstein played with Alemannia from 1963/64 to 1966/67 in the foundation of the Bundesliga, the Regionalliga West. He was able to celebrate the championship with his club in the west in the starting year 1963/64, but the west champion failed in the promotion round. Even as runner-up in the 1964/65 season, Alemannia could not hold their own in the promotion round, but had a successful course in the DFB Cup. After successes against VfL Osnabrück, Rot-Weiß Oberhausen, Hannover 96 and in the semifinals against FC Schalke 04 - Nievelstein had to deal with Reinhard Libuda - the team from Regionalliga West reached the cup final in Hannover on May 22, 1965 against Borussia Dortmund. The Bundesliga team prevailed with 2-0 goals and Nievelstein had mostly tough duels with Reinhold Wosab .

After the second championship in Regionalliga West in 1966/67 , in the second half of the season, the coaching position had changed from Hennes Hoffmann to Michael Pfeiffer , the team around captain "Jupp" Martinelli prevailed in the promotion round and made it to the Bundesliga. On the important starting day, May 20, 1967, Nievelstein formed the defenders pair with Christoph Walter in the 2-1 home win against Kickers Offenbach . In the 2: 3 away defeat on the Bieberer Berg in Offenbach on June 10th, he played with his colleague Josef Thelen . When the promotion was made perfect with the 3-1 home win on June 25th against Göttingen 05, Rolf Pawellek acted at his side. From 1963 to 1967, the defender played 128 games for Alemannia Aachen in the West Regional Football League.

Werner Nievelstein played 20 Bundesliga games from 1967 to 1970 and was also part of the black and yellow team in the 1968/69 season , when Alemannia won the runner-up. Nievelstein is jokingly described in the Aachen fan anthem of the Drei Atömchen as a self- door specialist .

Looking back, he records the most important events during his active time at Alemannia, the "Tivoli atmosphere" and the reasons for his success:

The games for the DFB Cup in the 1964/65 season. From the first game at SV Baesweiler to the final in Hanover against Borussia Dortmund, I was there in all my encounters. [...] The great enthusiasm at the international floodlit games against top teams from all over the world, when the spectators turned Tivoli into a sea of ​​lights with their matches and lighters. [...] The focus was on sport and not money. "

After the end of his career as a contract and licensed player at Alemannia in the summer of 1970, Nievelstein returned to his hometown club SuS Herzogenrath and let his career end in the amateur camp. For Alemannia Aachen, Nievelstein played 225 championship games in the Ober-, Regional- and Bundesliga from 1960 to 1970.


  • Hans Dieter Baroth : "Boys, heaven is yours!" History of the Oberliga West 1947–1963 . Klartext, Essen 1988, ISBN 3-88474-332-5 .
  • Ulrich Homann (Hrsg.): Hellfire on Ascension. The history of the promotion rounds to the Bundesliga 1963–1974. Klartext, Essen 1990, ISBN 3-88474-346-5 .
  • Ulrich Homann (Ed.): Farmer's heads, miners and a pascha. The history of the Regionalliga West 1963–1974. Volume 1, Klartext, Essen 1991, ISBN 3-88474-345-7 .
  • Franz Creutz (Ed.): Games that you will never forget . Meyer and Meyer, Aachen 1996, ISBN 3-89124-373-1 .
  • Matthias Weinrich: Encyclopedia of German League Football. Volume 3: 35 years of the Bundesliga. Part 1. The founding years 1963–1975. Stories, pictures, constellations, tables. AGON Sportverlag, Kassel 1998, ISBN 3-89784-132-0 .

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Individual evidence

  1. Franz Creutz (ed.): Games that you will never forget. P. 69
  2. Alemannia player with at least 1 championship game since 1904. Accessed on December 23, 2012 .