Willy Tröger

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Willy Tröger
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-49683-0002, DDR-Fußballer Willi Tröger, Kurt Zapf.jpg
Tröger (left) in 1957, with East Germany international team-mate Kurt Zapf
Personal information
Date of birth 2 October 1928
Place of birth Zwickau, Germany
Date of death 30 March 2004(2004-03-30) (aged 75)
Place of death Pirna, Germany
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1943–1945 SG Zwickau-Oberhohndorf
1946–1947 Wismut Cainsdorf
1947–1951 BSG Mechanik Cainsdorf
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1951–1954 Wismut Aue 79 (38)
1954–1962 Wismut Karl-Marx-Stadt 158 (76)
Total 237 (114)
National team
1954–1959 East Germany 15 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Willy Tröger (2 October 1928 in Zwickau – 30 March 2004 in Pirna) was a German footballer who played as a striker, spending his entire career with Wismut Aue,[1] and making 15 appearances for the East Germany national team.


In his youth, Tröger played handball before converting to football, where he initially played as a goalkeeper. Both of these activities were cut short in 1945, however, when he lost his hand while fighting in World War II: having been drafted into the Wehrmacht as the war drew to a close, he was injured by a grenade in Berlin.[2] He continued in the game, however, and converted to the position of striker, playing for a succession of local clubs in Zwickau before joining Wismut Aue of the DDR-Oberliga in 1951, following coach Walter Fritzsch. He remained with the club, who were renamed Wismut Karl-Marx-Stadt in 1954, until 1962, scoring 114 goals in 237 games.[3] During this time the club won three league titles (1956, 1957 and 1959) and one cup in 1955, and Tröger was the league's top scorer in the 1954–55 season, with 22 goals. His 114 goals at the highest level of East German football are a club record.

Tröger made 15 appearances for the East Germany national team, scoring 10 goals between 1954 and 1959, including 2 goals in the national team's first victory, a 3–2 win against Romania in Bucharest in 1955.[4]


Tröger died of stomach cancer on 30 March 2004 in Pirna-Copitz,[1] having been unsuccessfully operated on twice. A song was written in tribute by local artist Stefan Gerlach, and the stadium in Pirna was renamed the Willy-Tröger-Stadion in his honour.


  1. ^ a b "Willy Tröger gestorben". Berliner Zeitung (in German). 1 April 2004. Retrieved 29 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Willy Tröger". Munzinger (in German). Retrieved 29 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (18 February 2006). "Willy Tröger - Matches and Goals in Oberliga". RSSSF. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (5 February 2015). "Willy Tröger - Goals in International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 6 February 2015.