Heinz Kubsch

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Heinz Kubsch
Personal information
Date of birth (1930-07-20)20 July 1930
Place of birth Essen, Germany
Date of death 24 October 1993(1993-10-24) (aged 63)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1939– Sportfreunde Katernberg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
0000–1951 Sportfreunde Katernberg
1951–1961 FK Pirmasens
National team
1954–1956 West Germany 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Heinz Kubsch (20 July 1930, Essen – 24 October 1993) was a German football goalkeeper.

He was part of the West German team that won the 1954 FIFA World Cup. In total he earned three caps for West Germany.[1] During his club career he played for FK Pirmasens.[2]

During the 1954 FIFA World Cup, Kubsch almost became the starter of the German team. The standard goalkeeper Toni Turek had shown some weaknesses in the first game against Turkey and the second goalkeeper Heinrich Kwiatkowski had conceded eight goals in the game against Hungary, which made Sepp Herberger consider giving Kubsch a chance in the second game against Turkey. However Kubsch got injured between matchdays after a boat trip. Kubsch stumbled badly and injured his shoulder on a concrete staircase, which impeded any chance of Kubsch getting a chance to start.[3]

As a goalkeeper, Kubsch was very agile and showed fast reactions on the goalline. When he debuted in 1948 at the age of 17, he became the youngest goalkeeper in the Oberliga.[4] He ended his career in April 1961 after having played in 222 Oberliga games.


  1. ^ "Heinz Kubsch" (in German). fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Heinz Kubsch" (in German). weltfussball.de. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  3. ^ Bitter, Jürgen (1997). Deutschlands Fußball Nationalspieler (in German). Sportverlag. p. 267. 
  4. ^ "Heinz Kubsch – Sepp Herbergers zweite Wahl" (in German). derwesten.de. 14 June 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2012.