Manfred Seissler

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Manny Seissler
Personal information
Date of birth (1939-08-08) 8 August 1939 (age 82)
Place of birth Germany
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
1960–1961 KSV Hessen Kassel
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1963 Hessen Kassel 15 (3)
1963–1965 Pforzheim 18 (6)
1965–1966 Entracht Trier 0 (0)
1967 Pittsburgh Phantoms 16 (10)
1968–1970 Kansas City Spurs 48 (14)
1971–1973 Rochester Lancers 38 (14)
1971 Rochester Lancers (indoor) 2 (1)
1973 Montreal Olympique 6 (1)
1974 Syracuse Scorpions
1974 Rochester Lancers 1 (0)
National team
1973 United States 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Manfred "Manny" Seissler (German: Manfred Seißler) (born August 8, 1939 in Germany) is a former U.S.-German soccer player who began his career in the lower German divisions before moving to the United States. He played one season in the National Professional Soccer League and seven in the North American Soccer League. He also earned one cap with the U.S. national team in 1973.


Seissler began his career in 1960 with the KSV Hessen Kassel junior team. In 1961, he moved to the first team which competed in the Oberliga Süd, the southern conference of the German first division back then, which preceded the creation of the Bundesliga. In 1963, he moved to Regionalliga Süd (Second Division) club 1. FC Pforzheim. In 1965, he moved to SV Eintracht Trier 05 of the Second Division.[1]

United States[edit]

In 1967, he left Germany for the United States where he signed with the Pittsburgh Phantoms of the National Professional Soccer League. The NPSL merged with the United Soccer Association in 1968 to form the first incarnation of the North American Soccer League (NASL). The Phantoms folded and Seissler signed with the Kansas City Spurs. With the Spurs he won the NASL championship of 1969 and Seissler played with them, in the end as captain, until they folded following the 1970 season.

He then transferred to the Rochester Lancers. While with Rochester, Seissler participated in the first NASL-sanctioned indoor tournament in 1971. He scored one goal and one assist in two matches and was named to the all-tournament team.[2] In 1973, the Lancers traded Seissler to the Montreal Olympique but it folded at the end of the season and Seissler returned to the Lancers for the 1974 season. He played only one game, then retired.[3] During his early years in the NASL, Seissler was one of the league's top forwards, being named a first team All Star in 1969, 1970 and 1971.[4] In 1977, he was named to the Rochester Lancers Team of the Decade.[5]

National team[edit]

Seissler earned one cap with the U.S. national team in a 4–0 loss to Poland on March 20, 1973. He started the game, but came off for Siegfried Stritzl in the 58th minute.[6]


  1. ^ Hessen Kassel: Manfred Seissler
  2. ^ Flachsbart, Harold (March 20, 1971). "Fans Get A Kick Out Of Hoc-Soc". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. p. 6. Retrieved August 14, 2016.
  3. ^ NASL Archives
  4. ^ "NASL All-Star Teams". Archived from the original on April 13, 2018. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
  5. ^ Lewis, Michael (August 3, 1977). "Lancers can win title only by optimum output". Democrat and Chronicle. p. 50.
  6. ^ USA - Details of International Matches 1970-1979 Archived February 5, 2010, at the Wayback Machine

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