Willi Schulz

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Willi Schulz
Willi Schulz (1968) .jpg
Willi Schulz (1968)
birthday October 4, 1938
place of birth WattenscheidGermany
position Vorstopper and Libero
Years station
1950-1960 Union Günnigfeld
Years station Games (goals) 1
1960-1965 FC Schalke 04 135 (8)
1965-1973 Hamburger SV 211 (3)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1959-1960 Germany amateurs 8 (0)
1959 Germany B 1 (0)
1959-1970 Germany 66 (0)
1 Only league games are given.

Willi Schulz (born October 4, 1938 in Wattenscheid ) is a former German soccer player .

Club player

Willi Schulz began his football career in July 1950 at the Westphalian amateur club Union Günnigfeld . For the 1960/61 season he moved to FC Schalke 04 in the Oberliga West , at that time one of the five top divisions in German football. After Schalke was bottom of the table in the second Bundesliga year 1964/65 and only escaped relegation by increasing the Bundesliga to 18 clubs, Schulz moved to Hamburger SV after 135 games for Schalke . Before he had mostly played in the middle position , he developed in Hamburg as a libero , sometimes also a Vorstopper, into one of the best German defenders of the late 1960s and early 1970s. A 5th place in the 1970/71 season was his best Bundesliga placement with Hamburg. The DFB Cup final, lost 4-0 to FC Bayern Munich in 1967, and participation in the European Cup Winners' Cup on May 23, 1968 against AC Milan (2-0) remained the highlights of Schulz's Hamburg club career. After 211 Bundesliga games for HSV, Willi Schulz ended his active career in 1973. On April 24, 1973 he played his farewell game with HSV against a world selection (2: 5). Shortly afterwards, he won the first ever DFB League Cup with HSV and thus the only title of his professional career.

National player

Solari, Más, Tilkowski, Schnellinger and Schulz

The then DFB trainer Dettmar Cramer became aware of the young talent during his time at Union Günnigfeld . After Schulz had come to play in the junior and B national teams, national coach Sepp Herberger called the amateur player to an A international match for the first time; it was the game against Yugoslavia on December 20, 1959 in Hanover (1: 1). There he played together with the then greats Schnellinger , Rahn and Seeler in the position of the right outer runner. With the DFB amateur team (a total of eight missions) he also played the Olympic qualifying games for Rome in 1960 against Finland and Poland; the DFB-Elf could not qualify. By the 1962 World Cup in Chile , Schulz had already played seven of 15 national team games and was called to the World Cup squad. In Chile he took part in all four games of the DFB selection. He was also part of the squad at the World Championships in England in 1966 and in Mexico in 1970 , making a total of thirteen World Cup appearances. The high point of his international career was the World Cup final on July 30, 1966 in London against England (2-4). In this tournament he showed a world-class performance as head of defense, which helped him to receive the honorary title of "World Cup Willi". Schulz played his 66th and last international match on June 17, 1970 in the legendary World Cup semi-final against Italy (3: 4). He no longer took part in the game for third place, not because he had accidentally forgotten his soccer shoes, but in consultation with national coach Helmut Schön. During his international career, he led the DFB-Elf twenty times as captain. He was nominated twice for a world selection. On July 30, 1966, he received the Silver Laurel Leaf for his athletic achievements.

Businessman and functionary

After his career as an active soccer player, Willi Schulz began an equally successful life as a businessman in the insurance and vending machine industry. He remained loyal to Hamburger SV as a club member, and his commitment led him to the position of deputy chairman of the supervisory board.

Data overview

  • 1960–1963 Schalke 04, 83 games - 6 goals, Oberliga West
  • 1963–1965 Schalke 04, 52 games - 2 goals, Bundesliga
  • 1965–1973 Hamburger SV, 211 games - 3 goals, Bundesliga
  • 66 international caps
  • 8 amateur internationals
  • Participation in World Cups in 1962, 1966, 1970
  • Vice world champion 1966, 3rd place at the 1970 World Cup
  • 2 games in the world selection


  • Jürgen Bitter : Germany's national soccer player: the lexicon . SVB Sportverlag, Berlin 1997, ISBN 3-328-00749-0 .
  • Jürgen Bitter: Germany's football. The encyclopedia. Sportverlag Berlin, Berlin 2000, ISBN 3-328-00857-8
  • KICKER, Football Almanac '93, Copress Verlag 1992, ISBN 3-7679-0398-9
  • KICKER, special issue 40 years Bundesliga, Olympia-Verlag, ISSN  1612-0116
  • Matthias Kropp: Triumphs in the European Cup. All games of the German clubs since 1955 (= "AGON Sportverlag statistics." Volume 20). AGON Sportverlag, Kassel 1996, ISBN 3-928562-75-4 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Matthias Arnhold: Willi Schulz - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga . RSSSF . August 25, 2016. Retrieved August 31, 2016.
  2. ^ Matthias Arnhold: Willi Schulz - International Appearances . RSSSF . August 25, 2016. Retrieved August 31, 2016.
  3. Interview with Willi Schulz: http://www.reviersport.de/63186---willi-schulz-interview-zum-70-geburtstag.html
  4. ^ Information given to the Bundestag by the Federal Government on September 29, 1973 - Printed matter 7/1040 - Annex 3, pages 54 ff., Here page 59