Alfred Pfaff

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Alfred Pfaff
Personal information
Full name Alfred Pfaff
Date of birth (1926-07-16)16 July 1926
Place of birth Rödelheim, Frankfurt, Germany
Date of death 27 December 2008(2008-12-27) (aged 82)
Place of death Erlenbach am Main, Germany
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1936– Eintracht Frankfurt
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
SC Wirges
1. FC Hochstadt
1947–1949 1. Rödelheimer FC 02
1949–1961 Eintracht Frankfurt 301 (103)
National team
1953–1956 West Germany 7 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Alfred Pfaff (16 July 1926 – 27 December 2008) was a German football player[1] and World Cup winner with West Germany in 1954.


Pfaff was capped seven times between 1953 and 1956 for the West German national team, scoring two goals as an inside forward.

The highlight of his career was winning the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland. Pfaff had an appearance in the preliminary round against Hungary (3–8) and scored a goal in the 26th minute.

His club was Eintracht Frankfurt with whom he won the 1959 German Championship, and in 1960 reached the finals of Champion's Cup against Real Madrid. The left-footed Don Alfredo was the head of the team. Pfaff was a true playmaker with exceptionally good ball control and great skills at free kicks. Pfaff probably would have accumulated more than seven caps if Fritz Walter had not played the same role for West Germany as Pfaff played for Eintracht Frankfurt. In 1954, Atletico Madrid offered him 180,000 D-Mark but his wife Edith was against a move to Spain.[2] Possibly Pfaff's greatest game was the 6–1 against Rangers F.C. in the 1959–60 semifinal first leg of the European Champion Clubs' Cup, which was followed by a 6–3 win of Eintracht Frankfurt in Glasgow in the second leg. He ended his career in 1962 at the age of 36.

Besides his sports career, Pfaff was an innkeeper and had a bar near the Hauptwache in Frankfurt. Since the 1960s, he lived as a barkeeper and hotel keeper in Zittenfelden in Morretal, Odenwald.[3]


  1. ^ "Pfaff, Alfred" (in German). Retrieved 10 March 2012.
  2. ^ Bitter, Jürgen. Deutschlands Fußball Nationalspieler, Sportverlag, 1997, p. 504.
  3. ^ "Eintracht Frankfurt trauert um Alfred Pfaff". (in German). Archived from the original on 29 September 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2009.

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