Wolfgang Weber (soccer player)

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Wolfgang "Bulle" Weber
Wolfgang Weber (1968) .jpg
birthday June 26, 1944
place of birth Schlawe , PomeraniaGerman Empire
size 177 cm
position Defender
Years station
1954-1952 SpVg. Porz 1919
Years station Games (goals) 1
1963-1978 1. FC Cologne 356 (21)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1964-1974 Germany 53 (2)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
1977-1988 1. FC Köln (assistant coach)
1978-1980 Werder Bremen
1 Only league games are given.

Wolfgang Weber (born June 26, 1944 in Schlawe , Pomerania ) is a former German football player. He mostly played in the position of pre-stopper . His nickname was "Bull".


Weber, born before the end of the war in what was then the district of Schlawe, not far from the Pomeranian Baltic Sea coast , grew up in Porz near Cologne from 1950 onwards . He began his career as a soccer player at the young age of 10 with SpVg. Porz. During a youth selection game, the then coach Zlatko Čajkovski discovered the young player and brought him to 1. FC Köln .

Wolfgang Weber played as a defender and midfielder in the Bundesliga from 1963 to 1978 in 356 games for 1. FC Cologne and was with the club German champions in 1964 and 1978 . He also won the DFB Cup with Cologne in 1968, 1977 and 1978 . He was used in 49 cup games in which he scored seven goals.

Wolfgang Weber in the game against Argentina at the 1966 World Cup, Luis Artime on the right

Weber took part in the World Cup in England in 1966 and in the World Cup in Mexico in 1970 . In 1966 he was runner-up in the world championship and third in 1970. He played 53 international matches between 1964 and 1974 and scored two goals. One of his two goals was the 2-2 in the 1966 World Cup final against England in the last minute of regular time, which saved the German national team in extra time. The hardness of the central defender against himself and his opponents was legendary. In the quarter-final match in the 1965 European Cup against English champions FC Liverpool , Weber broke his fibula and continued playing until the end, as one could not yet be substituted. The settlement was only decided by the “ Rotterdam coin toss ” in favor of Liverpool.

In January 1977 Weber was diagnosed with myocarditis, which is why a stay of several weeks at the Cologne University Clinic was necessary. His last competitive game for the billy goats was on January 22nd, 1977 in the 2-2 draw against Rot-Weiss Essen. Since February 1, 1977 Weber worked as an assistant coach, scout and match observer for 1. FC Köln. Weber officially ended his career in 1978. Together with his friend Hannes Löhr , he played his farewell game against the German national soccer team on October 25, 1978 in Cologne. After 32 minutes, the two ex-national players left the field with a score of 1: 1 through a line formed by the FC and national team to stormy applause. In front of 25,000 spectators, they had previously shown their skills in the FC-Elf, which was supervised by Hennes Weisweiler , in their long-term regular positions. Bernd Schuster and Holger Willmer were substituted on for the two well-deserved players. Gerd Zewe scored the 2-1 final score for the DFB selection with a goal in the 43rd minute.

He later worked as a coach for Werder Bremen . Weber also completed a sports degree by 1970, which he did not pursue at first, but took up again after his football career in the 1990s. From 1980 to 1993 Weber was a representative and seller of Adidas . From 1972 he temporarily suffered from depression, which also had to be treated as an inpatient in the psychiatric clinic of the University of Cologne. But the disease was overcome.

Weber is committed to the Special Olympics as a football ambassador . For this he was honored with the Federal Cross of Merit on ribbon in January 2011 . The medal was presented on January 20, 2011 by the mayor of Cologne, Jürgen Roters . On July 30, 1966, the Federal President had awarded him the Silver Laurel Leaf .




National team

  • Vice World Champion: 1966
  • World Cup third: 1970


Weber had volunteered for a number of years in the Alexians' monastery gardening in Porz. He is now helping on a voluntary basis with the maintenance of green spaces in Porz.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Wolfgang Weber in the Munzinger archive ( beginning of article freely available)
  2. ^ Matthias Arnhold: Wolfgang Weber - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga . RSSSF . June 15, 2017. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  3. ^ Matthias Arnhold: Wolfgang Weber - International Appearances . RSSSF . June 15, 2017. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  4. 11. Friends # 121, December 2011, p. 59.
  5. Kicker sports magazine: No. 87/43. Week. October 26, 1978. p. 3.
  6. ^ "How's it going - Wolfgang Weber", Sport Bild from July 30, 1997, p. 70.
  7. Kölner Stadtanzeiger, January 21, 2011, p. 20 online  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link / www.ksta.de  
  8. ^ 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
  9. http://www.rundschau-online.de/region/koeln/interview-mit-wolfgang-weber-die-fussball-legende-mit-der-greifzange-24441422