Sculpture of Kohlmeyer in Kaiserslautern
|Full name||Werner Kohlmeyer|
|Date of birth||19 April 1924|
|Place of birth||Kaiserslautern, Germany|
|Date of death||26 March 1974(aged 49)|
|Place of death||Mainz-Mombach, West Germany|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|1941–1957||1. FC Kaiserslautern|
|1957–1959||FC 08 Homburg|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
His position was that of a left full back. The burly Kohlmeyer became renowned for saves on the goalline, especially in the game against Yugoslavia during the 1954 World Cup, in which he several times none to soon threw himself into shots on the German goal. In the 1954 FIFA World Cup Final, Kohlmeyer stopped Zoltán Czibor.
Kohlmeyer won the German football championship with 1. FC Kaiserslautern in 1951 and 1953. In one of his last games for Germany, Kohlmeyer faced Stanley Matthews at Wembley on 1 December 1954, in an international friendly between England and West Germany. While he proved incapable of stopping Matthews and clearly lost that duel, Kohlmeyer was proud that he never lost his composure by committing not a single foul on Matthews. It was this attitude of fairness which Germany coach Sepp Herberger appreciated, as well as Kohlmeyer's assuredness and defensive reliability.
Kohlmeyer remained a starter for Kaiserslautern until 1957. After retirement he suffered from a divorce and the detachment from his three children as well as alcoholism and poverty; he lived on welfare for a while, before taking a job as a doorman for a newspaper publisher in Mainz. He died at the age of 49 due to heart failure.
|World Cup-winners status|
| Latest Born Player to Die
26 March – 28 October 1974
- Werner Kohlmeyer at fussballdaten.de (in German)
- Werner Kohlmeyer at WorldFootball.net
- Werner Kohlmeyer at National-Football-Teams.com
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