Wolfgang Abraham

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Wolfgang Abraham
Wolfgang Abraham 1967.gif
Abraham in 1967 (right)
Personal information
Date of birth (1942-01-23)23 January 1942
Place of birth Osterburg, Germany
Date of death 3 February 2013(2013-02-03) (aged 71)
Playing position Forward/Defender
Youth career
1950–1958 Einheit Osterburg
1958–1962 Aufbau Magdeburg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1963 Aufbau Magdeburg 7 (0)
1963–1965 Turbine Magdeburg
1965–1966 Lok Stendal 27 (9)
1966–1975 1. FC Magdeburg 215 (57)
1975–1977 1. FC Magdeburg II
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Wolfgang Abraham (born 23 January 1942 in Osterburg (Altmark), died 3 February 2013) was an East German footballer who played for Turbine Magdeburg and Lok Stendal, but is best known for his time with 1. FC Magdeburg.[1][2][3]

Playing career[edit]

After beginning his football education with local side BSG Einheit Osterburg in 1950, he joined SC Aufbau Magdeburg where he played in the youth and reserve teams. In 1962 he had his debut in the DDR-Oberliga in a 0-1 loss at Dynamo Berlin on 27 May 1962.[4] However, Fritz Wittenbecher was sacked at the end of that season, and his successor Ernst Kümmel did not have much use for the outside forward and he left the club to join local rivals BSG Turbine Magdeburg. That side had just been promoted to the second-tier DDR-Liga and Abraham soon became the team captain. After Turbine was relegated in 1965, Abraham played for BSG Lok Stendal where he had the first whiff of glory when the team faced BSG Chemie Leipzig in the 1966 FDGB-Pokal final. However, they were denied the cup as Leipzig won 1-0. At the end of the season, Abraham returned to Magdeburg, again joining SC Aufbau, now known as 1. FC Magdeburg.

The club had just been relegated from the Oberliga, but under new manager Heinz Krügel immediately won promotion, with Abraham contributing 16 goals.[4] After promotion, Abraham provided the assist for the first goal in the Oberliga, scored by Hermann Stöcker in a 1-all draw against SG Dynamo Dresden.[4] With Magdeburg, he won his first title, the Oberliga championship in 1972. Abraham was the side's top goalscorer in that season, providing 13 goals, seven of which came from penalties.[4]

Towards the end of his career, Abraham gradually became a defender and it was in this position that he won his biggest title, the 1974 Cup Winners' Cup. In the semifinal against Sporting of Lisbon, it was Abraham who used his hands to stop a sure goal – goalkeeper Ulli Schulze saved the ensuing penalty, with the match ending in a draw.[4] A win in the second leg saw Magdeburg through to the final. After his third championship with 1. FC Magdeburg, Abraham played his final Oberliga match in August 1975, ending his top flight career after more than 200 matches. He still played in the reserve team until spring 1977 when he retired from playing football.[4]

Retirement and death[edit]

After his playing days, Abraham stayed with 1. FC Magdeburg in a number of different positions, including a short time as vice president of the club after German reunification. Following a prolonged illness that saw him withdraw from public life, he died on 3 February 2013.[4]

Honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vor 35 Jahren: Magdeburg holt einzigen "DDR-Europacup"" [35 Years ago: Magdeburg wins the only "DDR-Europacup"] (in German). dfb.de. 8 May 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "In Gedenken an Wolfgang Abraham". Official website (in German). 1. FC Magdeburg. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "FCM: Trauer um Wolfgang Abraham - Europapokalsieger stirbt mit 71 Jahren". Volksstimme.de (in German). 6 February 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Malli, Hans Joachim (22 February 2013). ""Bomber" Abraham - eine tragende Säule der goldenen Ära des FCM". Volksstimme.de (in German). Retrieved 22 February 2013.