Karl-Heinz Metzner

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Karl-Heinz Metzner
Personal information
Full name Karl-Heinz Metzner
Date of birth (1923-01-09)9 January 1923
Place of birth Kassel, Germany
Date of death 25 October 1994(1994-10-25) (aged 71)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1943–1944 Borussia Fulda
1949–1961 Hessen Kassel
National team
1952–1953 West Germany 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Karl-Heinz "Gala" Metzner (9 January 1923 – 25 October 1994) was a German footballer. He was born in Kassel.

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

Already at the age of 17, Metzner took part in an instruction training of the German national team,[3] however World War II stopped Metzner's aspirations; Metzner had to serve in the war where he received a hand injury, which handicapped him throughout the rest of his life.[3] After the war, Metzner played for Hessen Kassel as an inside forward and as a half back. He was first called up by West German coach Sepp Herberger for a 1952 international friendly against Yugoslavia, where he did not play. His international debut came a week later in the game against Spain in Madrid. Although he was a member of the 1954 FIFA World Cup German squad, Metzner could not break into the starting eleven, neither as a half back nor as an inside forward, as the half backs Horst Eckel and Karl Mai and the inside forwards Max Morlock and Fritz Walter were too strong.

Metzner ended his career on 5 August 1961, in a friendly game between Kassel and Radnički Belgrade. He played 620 times for Hessen Kassel.[3] Metzner died of heart failure in 1994.


  1. ^ "Karl-Heinz Metzner" (in German). fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Karl-Heinz Metzner" (in German). weltfussball.de. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c Bitter, Jürgen (1997). Deutschlands Fußball Nationalspieler (in German). Sportverlag. p. 314.