Detlef Enge

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Detlef Enge
Enge 1968.jpg
Enge in 1968
Personal information
Date of birth (1952-04-12) 12 April 1952 (age 65)
Place of birth Schwanebeck, East Germany
Playing position Defender
Youth career
0000–1967 Schwanebeck
1967–1970 1. FC Magdeburg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1977 1. FC Magdeburg 91 (3)
1977–1978 Chemie Schönebeck
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Detlef Enge (born 12 April 1952 in Schwanebeck) is a former East German football player who played in the DDR-Oberliga for 1. FC Magdeburg. He won the Oberliga championship three times, the East German Cup—FDGB-Pokal—once and the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1974 with the club. He played in 46 matches for the youth national teams.

Enge began his playing career in the school sports club in his home town of Schwanebeck, north of the Harz. In November 1967, at age 15, the talented defender won his first cap to the youth national team. He would go on to play for his country in all youth levels, winning the UEFA junior tournament in 1970.

In 1967, 1. FC Magdeburg signed talented Enge,[1] and after playing in the Juniors' Oberliga, Enge had his debut in the senior team at age 17, when he played in the Cup Winners' Cup match against Académica Coimbra (a 0–2 away loss for Magdeburg) on 26 November 1969. He would have to wait another nine months for his first Oberliga match, until 22 August 1970 when he played in the 1–0 home win against FC Vorwärts Berlin as a right-back. Playing in 23 of 26 matches of the 1970–71 season Enge quickly established himself as a regular in the team. One year later, he won his first senior title, winning the Oberliga championship, playing in 24 of 26 matches. On 1 May 1973 he won the FDGB-Pokal when 1. FC Magdeburg beat 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig 3–2.

The 1973–74 season became a season of records for the 22-year-old. On 6 April 1974 Magdeburg won their second championship, beating FC Vorwärts Frankfurt 3–2. Due to a long injury, Enge only played in 14 of 26 matches. In May, Enge finished second with the East Germany Under-23 national team in the UEFA Under-23 championship, playing in 12 matches for the team. The most important football match of his career would come on 8 May 1974. Enge played in the 1974 European Cup Winners' Cup Final in De Kuip, Rotterdam, beating A.C. Milan 2–0.

In the next season, however, the end of Enge's playing career was already on the horizon. Although he could celebrate his third championship with 1. FC Magdeburg, he could only play in five matches due to injuries. After he could not play a single game in the 1975–76 season and only one match in 1976–77 season, Enge ended his Oberliga career at the age of 25. During his eight-year stay with Magdeburg, he played in 125 competitive matches, 91 in the Oberliga, 20 in the FDGB-Pokal and 14 on European level. At the end of his playing career, Enge joined DDR-Liga side BSG Chemie Schönebeck until their relegation in 1978.

In an interview, his former teammate Wolfgang Seguin said that he and his teammates had had no contact with Enge since the late 1970s.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Deutsches Sportecho, Berlin: Deutscher Turn- und Sportbund, 26, 20 July 1973, OCLC 225373051  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Malli, Hans-Joachim (7 May 2009). Magdeburger Volksstimme (in German). Magdeburger Verlags- und Druckhaus GmbH http://www.volksstimme.de/vsm/sport/fussball/1._fc_magdeburg_/_regionalliga/?em_cnt=1382977&. Retrieved 21 July 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]