Walter Fritzsch

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Fritzsch with Dresden in 1971.
Personal information
Full name Walter Fritzsch
Date of birth 21 November 1920
Place of birth Zwickau, Weimar Republic
Date of death 15 October 1997(1997-10-15) (aged 76)
Place of death Dresden, Germany
Height 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1927–1940 SC Planitz
1940–1943 VfL Leisnig
1943–1946 BC Hartha
1946–1950 Wismut Cainsdorf
Teams managed
1950–1955 SC Planitz
1955–1957 Wismut Aue
1957–1960 Empor Lauter
1960–1963 Motor Dessau
1963–1966 SC Motor Karl-Marx-Stadt
1966–1969 Stahl Riesa
1969–1978 Dynamo Dresden
1978–1991 DFV der DDR
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Walter Fritzsch (21 November 1920 – 15 October 1997) was a German football player and manager.

Beginning[edit]

He began his career as a player in 1927 with SC Planitz. In 1940, he transferred to VfL Leisnig and played there until 1943 after which he played for several other clubs including BC Hartha, SC Döbeln and Zwickau-Oberhohndorf. After World War II he stayed in what would become East Germany and finished his playing days with Wismut Cainsdorf in 1950.

His playing career ended due to a back injury, he became a trainer with Wismut Aue in 1950. Fritzsch then went on to work as trainer with a number of sides between 1952 and 1969 including Empor Lauter, Motor Dessau, SC Motor Karl-Marx-Stadt, SC Empor Rostock (where he earned three vice-championships), and Stahl Riesa.

Dynamo Dresden[edit]

Fritzsch joined Dynamo Dresden as trainer on 30 June 1969 and the club soon began the most successful period of its history. Under his guidance the black and yellow won five East German championships in the first division DDR-Oberliga (1971, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978), as well as four vice-championships. The team also captured two East German Cups (FDGB Pokal) in 1971 and 1977, and made 42 European Cup appearances. During his career the small, strict trainer also coached 40 national team players and helped uncover talents such as Ulf Kirsten and Matthias Sammer.

Post Dynamo career[edit]

Fritzsch was succeeded as trainer at Dynamo by Gerhard Prautzsch and moved on to work for the DFV (Deutscher Fußball Verband der DDR or German Football Association of East Germany). Over his career he had coached 1,900 games, coming away with 1,163 victories. His opinion was still sought out by his former club Dynamo Dresden when they became one of two former East German sides to join the Bundesliga after German reunification in 1990.

Good bye[edit]

Walter Fritzsch Stone RHS.jpg

Fritzsch died on 15 October 1997, shortly before his 77th birthday. The "Small General" was buried in the Heidefriedhof Dresden Cemetery. He was subsequently honored with a monument in the Rudolf Harbig Stadion, home of Dynamo Dresden, and an annual football tournament in Dresden has been organized in his memory. Today a movie filmed movie about his career at the SG Dynamo Dresden.[1]

References[edit]

Dynamo Dresden 1953–1983 ISBN 3-9803346-3-5; Publisher's: Thom Vlg., Leipzig (1993)