Toni Turek

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Toni Turek
Personal information
Full name Anton Turek
Date of birth (1919-01-18)18 January 1919
Place of birth Duisburg, Germany
Date of death 11 May 1984(1984-05-11) (aged 65)
Place of death Neuss, West Germany
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1929–1936 Duisburger SV
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1936–1941 TuS Duisburg 48/99
1941–1943 TSG Ulm 1846
1943–1946 TuS Duisburg 48/99
1946–1947 Eintracht Frankfurt 22 (0)
1947–1950 TSG Ulm 1846 65 (0)
1950–1956 Fortuna Düsseldorf 133 (0)
1956–1957 Borussia Mönchengladbach 4 (0)
National team
1950–1954 West Germany 20 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Toni Turek, real name Anton Turek, (18 January 1919 – 11 May 1984) was a German football goalkeeper.


Turek was born in Duisburg.

He started his career at Duisburger Sportverein, but he soon switched to TuS Duisburg 48/99. In 1950 he switched to Fortuna Düsseldorf. Between 1950 and 1954 he played 20 games for the German national team.[1] He played in "The Miracle of Bern" 1954 FIFA World Cup final against Hungary and won the Championship.

After a fine save from a very close shot by Nándor Hidegkuti, he was described by the sports reporter Herbert Zimmermann with the words "Toni, you're a football God".[2][3] He later had to apologize for that comment because the church complained about the comparison of a football player with God.

The first time his later coach Sepp Herberger had noticed Toni Turek was on 27 September 1936, when Germany played a preparation game against Luxembourg in Krefeld. Before that game, the youth teams of Krefeld and TuS Duisburg 48/99 had met with the 17-year-old Turek standing in the Duisburg goal. During World War II Turek was lucky things didn't turn out worse for him as a shell splinter struck through his helmet.[4]

Turek died in Neuss in 1984.[2] He had been paralyzed from the waist down since August 1973.[5]


  1. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (28 July 2016). "Anton 'Toni' Turek - International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 2 August 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Viel Glück habe ich nicht gehabt" (in German). Retrieved 30 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "Video clip on YouTube". 
  4. ^ Bitter, Jürgen. Deutschlands Fußball Nationalspieler, Sportverlag, 1997, p. 503.
  5. ^ Bitter, Jürgen. Deutschlands Fußball Nationalspieler, Sportverlag, 1997, p. 504.

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