Paul Mebus

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Paul Mebus
Personal information
Full name Paul Mebus
Date of birth (1920-06-09)9 June 1920
Place of birth Düsseldorf-Benrath, Germany
Date of death 11 December 1993(1993-12-11) (aged 73)
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1945–1951 VfL 06 Benrath
1951–1956 1. FC Köln
National team
1951–1954 West Germany 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Paul Mebus (9 June 1920 – 11 December 1993) was a German footballer.

He was part of the West German team that won the 1954 FIFA World Cup. He earned six caps for West Germany[1] and played twice for the German 'B-team'. During his club career he played for VfL 06 Benrath and 1. FC Köln.[2]

Mebus was playing both as an inside forward and as a half back. In the latter role, he was considered to be one of the best in German football during the 1950s.[3] Although he was a technically sound player, he failed to become a regular for West Germany mostly because his fitness was not the best.[3] For Germany, he mostly played as a left half back, a position in which he had strong competition in Karl Mai. His only game in the 1954 FIFA World Cup was in the 3–8 defeat to Hungary. After that game West German coach Sepp Herberger caught Mebus singing under the shower. In face of the harsh defeat, this was unacceptable to Herberger and Mebus was not called up again by Herberger in the coming years.[4]

Mebus finished his career in 1956. Afterwards he started coaching SV Troisdorf 05 SC Euskirchen and SV Schlebusch in the 1960s as well as Tura Hennef, TuS Höhenhaus and Eitorf 09 in the 1970s. He died in 1993.


  1. ^ "Paul Mebus" (in German). Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Paul Mebus" (in German). Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Bitter, Jürgen (1997). Deutschlands Fußball Nationalspieler (in German). Sportverlag. p. 308. 
  4. ^ Bitter, Jürgen (1997). Deutschlands Fußball Nationalspieler (in German). Sportverlag. p. 309.