Wilhelm Góra

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Wilhelm Góra
Personal information
Full name Wilhelm Antoni Góra
Date of birth (1916-01-18)January 18, 1916
Place of birth Poland
Date of death May 21, 1975(1975-05-21) (aged 59)
Playing position Midfielder
National team

Wilhelm Antoni Góra (January 18, 1916 in the settlement of Szarlej (Scharley O/S, Upper Silesia, German Empire, after Treaty of Versailles Poland) – May 21, 1975 in Homberg, Germany) was a Polish midfield soccer player.

His career started in Szarlej (Scharley O/S) - a small hamlet located near Bytom -Beuthen O/S. After some years, he moved to Pogon Katowice (which no longer exists) and then changed to Cracovia - one of the best teams of interwar Poland.

His debut in the Polish Soccer League took place in 1934, and until 1939 Gora participated in 134 Cracovia's games, winning the 1937 Championship of Poland title. In 1935 he debuted in the Polish National Team and in 1936 was a participant in Berlin, Germany Olympic Games, where Poland was placed on the 4th location. Also, he took part in the legendary 1938 FIFA World Cup game Poland - Brazil 5-6 (the match occurred on June 5, 1938 in Strasbourg, France).

Until 1939 Góra was a key midfield player of the Polish National Team and by then he had played in 16 games. After the beginning of World War II, he signed the Volksliste (German nationality list), which allowed him to continue the career. Gora remained in Kraków, playing in a German-only team DTSG Krakau (one of the sponsors of this club was Oskar Schindler).

Called up to the Wehrmacht, he was taken with his unit to Italy, where he was captured by Allied soldiers. There, Góra joined the 2nd Corps of the Polish army under General Władysław Anders.

After 1945, Góra wanted to return to Upper Silesia. However, this proved to be impossible and thus he remained in West Germany, where he died.

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