Willi Ginzel

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Willi Ginzel (born July 19, 1923 ) is a former German soccer player. In the 1950s he played for the East Berlin company sports associations Einheit Pankow and Motor Oberschöneweide in the top division of the GDR sports committee first division football.

Athletic career

Ginzel first appeared in the national GDR press in 1951 when he was appointed as a player for BSG Motor in Möglin in the Brandenburg state selection in July and in the so-called core team in preparation for future games of the GDR national team. This caused the BSG unit Pankow to sign the 28-year-old striker at the end of September 1951.

The Pankower played with a thrown together team of former players from VfB Pankow, who had been relegated in the previous season, and numerous newcomers so far without success in the DS Oberliga. For political reasons, in order to emphasize the sporting reputation of the "capital of the GDR", the BSG was integrated into the league as the second East Berlin team alongside Motor Oberschöneweide without any sporting qualifications. Ginzel played his first league game on September 30, 1951 in the encounter of the 6th match day BSG activist Brieske-Ost - unit Pankow (2-0) as a half-left striker. In his later 22 point games until the end of the season he was initially used mainly as a left winger, later as a center forward. In the overall weak team, he was together with two other players with five goals top scorer. With the worst goal difference of all 19 league teams and only five wins in 36 point games, the BSG unit was bottom of the table and had to relegate. It was all the more surprising that the team reached the final of the GDR soccer cup in 1952. Although they lost the semi-final against Lok Stendal with 0: 1, they still made it to the final because the Stendal team had used an ineligible player and was disqualified. In the final, the Pankower met the runner-up SG Volkspolizei Dresden . In the team, Ginzel was a center forward who lost 3-0 with his teammates without a chance.

In the 1952/53 season, Ginzel initially played six point games for Unity Pankow in the second-rate GDR league . After Ginzel started for the Pankower on October 26, 1952, he appeared in mid-November in the squad of the upper division BSG Motor Oberschöneweide. On November 16, he played his first game as a substitute for BSG Motor and was then used in another 16 point games as a striker, mainly on the left wing. He scored five championship goals by the end of the season. Since BSG Motor also failed to stay up, Ginzel ended his career as a football player in the performance area at the age of 30 at the end of the 1952/53 season.


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