Leopold Kielholz

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Leopold Kielholz
Personal information
Date of birth (1911-06-09)9 June 1911
Place of birth Basel, Switzerland
Date of death 4 June 1980(1980-06-04) (aged 68)
Place of death Zürich, Switzerland
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1927–1928 BSC Old Boys
1928–1930 Black Stars Basel
1930–1932 FC Basel
1932–1935 Servette FC
1935–1936 FC Bern
1936–1937 Stade de Reims
1937–1938 FC St.Gallen
1938–1943 SC YF Juventus[1]
National team
1933–1938 Switzerland 17 (12)
Teams managed
1936–1937 Stade de Reims
1950–1953 Switzerland
1954–1958 Switzerland
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Leopold "Poldi" Kielholz (9 June 1911 – 4 June 1980[2]) was a Swiss footballer (striker). He participated in the 1934 FIFA World Cup, scoring 3 goals, and also in the 1938 FIFA World Cup. Historically, he was the first Swiss international to score a goal for his country in a World Cup tournament. He was wearing glasses during games.[2]

Leopold Kielholz started his footballer career by BSC Old Boys Basel. A year later he transferred to Black Stars Basel and another two years later to FC Basel. In 1932 he transferred to Servette Geneva. The clubs that he played for while participating in these two World Cup tournaments were FC Servette and SC YF Juventus. He also played for Stade de Reims between 1936 and 1937.[3]

He gave his made his debut for the Swiss national team in 1933. He played a total of 17 games and scored 12 goals for Switzerland.[4] His last international game was in 1938 against Belgium.

He coached Stade de Reims from 1936 to 1937[5] and twice the Swiss nation team, between 1950 and 1953 and again between 1954 and 1958.[6]

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  • ^ , A.Gowarzewski : "FUJI Football Encyclopedia. World Cup FIFA*part I*Biographical Notes - Heroes of Mundials" ; GiA Katowice 1993