At that time, the attractive young professional Peter Közle liked to climb over the fence of the hotel complex with a few teammates after the tough practice units at night and drove into the city – as he once said quite frankly: “” We always get back to the hotel around five in the morning back.

At that time, the attractive young professional Peter Közle liked to climb over the fence of the hotel complex with a few teammates after the tough practice units at night and drove into the city – as he once said quite frankly: “” We always get back to the hotel around five in the morning back.

But then behind closed doors he also revealed another reason for the family outing: “” Westerland is a hot place. So it is better if the gentlemen are under the care of their ladies! “” How wise. But as we know today: That didn’t catch on. Duisburg’s Peter Közle didn’t just use the nights at the training camp to relax. Finally, back to the MSV Duisburg and the 400 models who were supposed to stay in the hotel in January 2015 alongside the players. The anticipatory prophylaxis of those responsible in Meiderich with all due respect – but even the officials knew at the time that everything can never be prevented anyway.

Many years earlier this was exactly what another MSV professional had proven. At that time, the attractive young professional Peter Közle liked to climb over the fence of the hotel complex with a few teammates after the hard practice units at night and drove into town – as he once said quite frankly: “” We always get back to the hotel around five in the morning back. The first time I had a few too many beers. I had to think about everything again before going to bed. An hour later, the morning run was on the program.

That was a pretty tough case! “” Közle smiled at the thought of the training camp at that time and the stories that happened around the intensive units: “” In the past, such stories were more or less the rule. Today it should all be a little more difficult. But the memory of the day of departure, nobody can take away from me.

When we were on the bus to the airport, the hotel staff waved to the trainer – and this cute little Portuguese girl from the pub in the old town for me. “” Source: “Ernst Kuzorra in 1985. (Photo: imago sportfotodienst) Der August 25, 1930 is the day on which the legend FC Schalke 04 was born. On this day, the West German Players’ Association banned players like Fritz Szepan and Ernst Kuzorra from its competitions – with dramatic consequences.

90 years ago. At Schalke and all over Germany. No insane sums, but rather more generous expense allowances. But in the end it was simply about one thing that was only finally clarified and ended 33 years later with the establishment of the Bundesliga in Germany: the smooth transition from amateur status to professional.

August 25, 1930 was the first deep and necessary turning point in this lengthy process – but unfortunately this historic day also has one dead to mourn. Only 24 hours after the West German Players Association (WSV) declared 14 Schalkers to be professional players and in the same judgment excluded eight S04 board members from the WSV, Schalke’s cashier Wilhelm Nier drowned himself in the Rhine-Herne biology essay writing service The assumption that he did this out of shame because of the conviction was so obvious that the large Schalke fan base carried him to their graves by the thousands and he went down in history as a tragic symbol of this first Schalke scandal. But the royal blue family wasn’t just in shock because of this suicide.

The decision of the WSV to turn the previous amateurs into professional players without further ado and therefore to block them for all competitions came so surprising that no one in the club was prepared for it. Above all, not only the Schalke team found this judgment unfair and disproportionate. The existing system had been out of joint for a long time. After the First World War, football had developed into a real brand. The stadiums were full and so companies crowded into the clubs, because football was a good way to advertise.

And so the clubs suddenly had money that they had no official use for. At least the players were not allowed to take advantage of this financial chunk, because the DFB lagged far behind the current developments. According to the statutes, the players on the pitch were still pure amateurs who were allowed to receive a small allowance but could not play football as a job. And it was precisely this situation that led to absurd scenarios.

So the great, later Schalke master player Ernst Kuzorra officially maloched underground, but every fan knew about the Schalke market: “” No Funt can get a fuss on the money that Ernst Kuzorra has raised. “” Today we know: Since the mid-twenties of the last century, not only in the Royal Blues, the players largely no longer worked in physically demanding jobs. The clubs had placed their actors in jobs that enabled the players to take part in training sessions on a regular basis. In addition to the wages for their official work, the players also received “” expenses contributions “”. Schalke threatens to break up. And it is precisely these contributions that became the Schalke’s undoing because, according to the WSV, they were far too high. Literally, the investigation report of the Chamber of the West German Players’ Association said: “” The detailed examination of the cash books with the accompanying documents … has largely shown violations of the amateur regulations. “” Ben Redelings is a passionate “” chronicler of football madness “” (Manni Breuckmann) and supporters of the glorious VfL Bochum.

The author, filmmaker and comedian lives in the Ruhr area and tends to his treasure trove of anecdotes. For he writes down the most exciting and funniest stories on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Further information on Ben’s current book and his tour program of the same name (“” Football. The love of my life “”) is available on his website For Schalke, the situation was dramatic in 1930 and 1931.

The club threatened to break up because of the harsh judgment of the West German Players Association. The two star players and later royal blue legends Ernst Kuzorra and Fritz Szepan had little hope in these gloomy days that the situation could be resolved quickly and so the two lucrative preliminary contracts signed with Vienna Wien in Austria. But after almost a year of tough wrestling, all banned S04 players were able to return to the field with a petition for clemency. Szepan and Kuzzora also played the first game after this long, tragic time in a friendship game against Fortuna Düsseldorf on June 1, 1931 in front of a record-breaking crowd. The FC Schalke 04 myth was born.

The unbelievable success story that followed, with six German championships in nine years, was also based on this memorable and dramatic August 25, 1930. Source: “Klaus Zaczyk only enjoyed goosebumps once in his national dress the spectators in the foggy area of ​​the Karlsruhe Wildlife Park five newcomers in the jersey of the DFB. One of them is Klaus Zaczyk from KSC. Ten months later, despite his goal, he was no longer part of the great debacle of the national team. It was an evening of hope for German football – a hope that was suddenly disappointed only a few months later and which was to end in the first major disaster for the national team after the war.

But nobody could have guessed that on February 22, 1967. National coach Helmut Schön sent five newcomers to the field in the course of the encounter against Morocco in the Karlsruhe Wildlife Park.

And three of them also scored in the goal. Unique in the history of the German national soccer team to this day: One of the debutants had a home game that evening. KSC professional Klaus Zaczyk had been the youngest player of all 16 clubs four years earlier when the Bundesliga started. When he was exactly 18 years and 91 days he made his league debut against his future club, Hamburger SV, and after the 4-0 defeat he was enthusiastic about a real HSV legend: “” Uwe Seeler jumped his head higher than our goalkeeper Charly Paul with his fists. “” Fan culture 1967. (Photo: imago sportfotodienst) Zaczyk began his professional career at that time with a gross salary of 5,000 DM per year. A year later he received 7,500 DM and the third 15,000 DM.

In addition, there were “” good bonuses “”, as Zaczyk himself once explained. On this foggy February evening against an African opponent who had nothing decisive to oppose the German national team, Zaczyk was supposed to run onto the field for the injured double scorer Lothar Ulsaß at the beginning of the second half. Ulsaß from the upcoming champions Eintracht Braunschweig had the DFB-Elf with his two goals after exemplary crosses from Dortmund’s Siggi Held in the lead in the first ten minutes of the game and scored the 800th goal in German international history.

When it became clear that Ulsaß would not be able to return to the field after the break, national coach Helmut Schön went to Zaczyk and gave him the signal for the change. The then 21 year old from Karlsruhe remembers this special moment with shining eyes: “” Me It ran cold down the back, that was pure goose bumps. “” These feelings were increased when he made the third goal of the DFB-Elf after the interim 2-1 by Bouassa in the 53rd minute of the game. The two other debutants Jupp Heynckes from Borussia Mönchengladbach and Hannes Löhr from 1. FC Köln finally scored the 5-1 final score on this special evening. Not even Gerd Müller was able to prevent Tirana’s bitter zero number. (Photo: imago sportfotodienst) During The four other newcomers – in addition to Heynckes and Löhr, Braunschweig goalkeeper Horst Wolter and Schalke Klaus Fichtel – should still wear the national team after this game, Klaus Zaczyk’s trip with the DFB selection team was already again despite his goal past. The agile midfielder played a total of 400 Bundesliga games for KSC, 1. FC Nürnberg and Hamburger SV from 1963 to 1978, scoring 61 goals. Born in Marburg, he was always a man of life, like a special one, even during his active career Anecdote that he experienced with his comrades from Borussia Dortmund, Jürgen Rynio, Ferdi Heitkamp and Reinhold Wosab, before a BVB game in Hamburg. The focus of this crazy story was the coach of the guest team Hermann Lindemann, to whom his players received a special edition of the “” St.

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Far less funny was what happened to the German national team ten months after that memorable evening in Karlsruhe in Tirana. Without Klaus Zaczyk, but with the two other debutants from February, Horst Wolter and Hannes Löhr, the DFB-Elf experienced one of the blackest hours in German football on December 17, 1967. Because they couldn’t get beyond a 0-0 win against Albania, the FRG national team missed qualifying for the 1968 European Championship in Italy. Of the five newcomers who aroused great hopes among German football fans on February 22, 1967, only Jupp won Heynckes won the European Championship in 1972 and the World Cup in 1974 with the German national team.

But even if Klaus Zaczyk ended up wearing the DFB dress after this one evening in Karlsruhe, he never forgot this night of debutants. Source: “Rudolf Kreitlein (center) is the co-inventor of the Yellows and red cards. Hardly anyone knows that the invention of the yellow and red cards in football is a joint German-English project. A scandal at the 1966 World Cup puzzled Ken Aston and Rudolf Kreitlein. In the end, they revolutionized the game. You can do it These days, packs form, players kick each other’s legs, the referee is insulted in the worst possible way by all players and despite everything, the referee cannot do anything to show that he is still in control of the situation Today, on the other hand, he pulls out a brightly colored box, looking grim – and the shaft is quiet.

It used to be different; yellow and red cards were actually used internationally for the first time at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico. In the Bundesliga, it was Friedel Lutz who was given the first red box by Bochum referee Wilfried Hilker in the Waldstadion on April 3, 1971 during a game between Frankfurt and Eintracht Braunschweig. The Frankfurter was able to convince himself of a German-English joint production. Four years earlier, it was the German referee Rudolf Kreitlein from Fürth who finally got fed up after a tricky situation on June 23, 1966 on the lawn of London’s Wembley Stadium and contacted the English referee representative Ken Aston immediately after the end of the game. The referee, who is only 1.62 meters short, had recently tried desperately to make it clear to the 1.96 meter long Argentinian Antonio Rattin that he had to leave the pitch.

But Rattin ignored the German master tailor and simply did not leave the field. It was only after eight minutes that the Argentine left the pitch, still cursing, as the two of them simply couldn’t understand each other on the pitch. A depressing situation for both of them, which ended in the final escalation. When Kreitlein whistled after 90 minutes – England had won 1-0 – seven police officers had to protect him from the excited South Americans.

The referee: “” I had warned Rattin in English after a foul on Bobby Moore: One more and you go. When he made a derogatory gesture to me afterwards, the measure was full. “” Kreitlein would have had his 100th birthday this year. (Photo: imago sportfotodienst) Rattin later tried to excuse himself: He couldn’t speak English and therefore didn’t understand what the referee meant. Ken Aston and Rudolf Kreitlein were of one mind: there had to be something at last that showed spectators, players and officials in no uncertain terms what decisions the referee had made on the field.

Something with a signal effect. And as luck would have it, the English referee attendant needed two hours to get home from the stadium the previous evening and stood at some red traffic lights. Kreitlein was immediately enthusiastic about Aston’s suggestion to punish warnings with yellow cards and dismissals with red cards.