Hans Jakob (footballer)
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|Date of birth||16 June 1908|
|Place of birth||Munich, Germany|
|Date of death||24 March 1994(aged 85)|
|Place of death||Germany|
|1926–1942||SSV Jahn Regensburg|
|1946–1949||1. FC Lichtenfels|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He played over 1000 games as goalkeeper for SSV Jahn Regensburg, and also for FC Bayern Munich from 1942 to 1945. He earned 38 caps for the Germany national football team, and was part of two World Cups teams in 1934 and 1938, but played in only one game, the third-place playoff in 1934. Jakob was a member of the famous "Breslau Elf" that defeated Denmark 8–0 in 1937. In his 38 international games, Jakob kept eleven clean-sheets and while he was in goal, Germany were only defeated eight times.
'Jakl' Jakob was an all-round athlete who managed considerable results in track-and-field, winning the Bavarian hurdles race championships repeatedly, which led a decathlon promoter to almost persuade him to pursue a decathlon career. Jakob became Germany’s number one goal keeper after the 1934 World Cup, replacing Willibald Kress, who had fallen out of favour with Reich coach Otto Nerz after a momentous blunder by Kress in the semi final had arguably cost Germany a place in the final. He died in Regensburg.
In his 1978 book Fussball, Helmut Schön characterised Jakob as follows:
"Thanks to his size and physical impact he was especially adept in catching high crosses and usually prevailed in turmoils inside the goal mouth."
- Bitter, Jürgen (1997). Deutschlands Fussball Nationalspieler, p. 216
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