|Full name||Jürgen Sparwasser|
|Date of birth||4 June 1948|
|Place of birth||Halberstadt, Soviet Occupation Zone|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|1956–1964||BSG Lokomotive Halberstadt|
|1965||1. FC Magdeburg|
|1966–1979||1. FC Magdeburg||298||(133)|
|1990–1991||SV Darmstadt 98|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Sparwasser started his playing career in the youth department of his hometown club BSG Lokomotive Halberstadt in 1956. In 1965 he moved to 1. FC Magdeburg where he gave his senior debut in January 1966. He would stay with the club until 1979, when a hip injury ended his career. He played in 271 DDR-Oberliga matches as a midfielder, scoring 111 goals. When Magdeburg had been relegated to the second-tier DDR-Liga at the end of the 1965–66 season, Sparwasser was an integral part in winning immediate repromotion, scoring 22 goals in 27 matches. He also played 40 matches in various European competitions. He was part of the team that won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1974.
Between 1969 and 1977 Sparwasser played in 49 matches for East Germany, scoring 14 goals. As a member of the Olympic team in 1972, he played in 7 matches and scored 5 goals. He won a shared bronze medal for his native country. He also made six appearances for East Germany at the 1974 FIFA World Cup finals, where he gained fame for scoring the winning goal in a politically prestigious match against West Germany.
This goal was exploited politically, but Sparwasser did not profit from it. As he said later: "Rumor had it I was richly rewarded for the goal, with a car, a house and a cash premium. But that is not true." In 1988, Sparwasser defected to West Germany while taking part in a veterans' tournament there.
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1
- Winner 1974
- DDR-Oberliga: 3
- FDGB-Pokal: 4
- Olympic football tournament
- Bronze medal Munich 1972
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