Leo Wilden

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Leo Wilden
Personal information
Full name Leo Wilden
Date of birth (1936-07-03) 3 July 1936 (age 80)
Place of birth Düren, Germany
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Defender
Youth career
VfL Köln 99
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958–1966 1. FC Köln 182 (2)
1966–1969 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
National team
1960–1964 West Germany 15 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Leo Wilden (born 3 July 1936) is a former German football player. He played in two 1962 World Cup Qualification matches for the West German national team.[2]

Leo Wilden was the center half of 1. FC Köln between 1958 and 1966, during which he won the West German football championship in 1962 and 1964. In that period, Wilden was also the standard center half of West Germany, succeeding Herbert Erhardt, who had retired after the 1962 World Cup.

As a player, Wilden was noted for his outstanding positional play, great vision and hard tackling. He could also provide offensive impetus if needed. Some pundits compared him to the 1930s player Ludwig Goldbrunner.

In 1966 Wilden moved to Bayer Leverkusen, where he retired in 1971. He later worked as coach of Pulheimer SC and SC West Köln and was voted vice chairman of SC West Köln in 1971. He later ran several tobacco shops in Cologne.[3]


  1. ^ "Wilden, Leo" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Leo Wilden". FIFA. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Bitter, Jürgen (1997). Deutschlands Fußball Nationalspieler (in German). Sportverlag. p. 543.