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Waldemar Mühlbächer

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Mühlbächer 1956

Waldemar Mühlbächer (born 25 September 1937 in Mediaș, Romania) is a former football player and 17-time national football player of the GDR.

Athletic career

Mühlbächer came to Germany from Transylvania, Romania, with his German-born family during the Second World War as part of the Nazi Heim-ins-Reich programme. His father Wilhelm Mühlbächer had played for the Urania Sighișoara club in Romania, and in Germany he played for Leipzig-Schönefeld and Grimma. Between 1947 and 1955 he was a player for Einheit/Fortschritt Meerane and played there 38 times in the GDR-Oberliga.

His son Waldemar Mühlbächer started playing football with Fortschritt Meerane as a youth. He was 18 when Meerane was relegated from the Oberliga in 1955. At that time he had already played six games in the GDR junior team, so he was eager to play in the highest GDR football league in the future. So in 1956 he joined SC Dynamo Berlin, who had finished 7th in the GDR top division in the previous season. Along with Werner Heine and Martin Skaba, Mühlbächer was thus one of the players who would later shape Dynamo, who were no longer part of the generation of players who had relocated from Dresden. He made his first senior league appearance on 13 June 1956 in a 3-0 away win at SC Empor Rostock. His first year in Berlin ended in disappointment, however, as the Dynamo side were relegated from the Oberliga at the end of the 1956 season. After being promoted directly back to the top flight, Mühlbächer was called up for his first senior international match on 1 May 1958. In the match against Albania (1:1) he was used as a left halfback in midfield. Until 1965 followed 16 more games with the national team

Mühlbächer only won the title once, when he won the GDR Cup with Dynamo Berlin on 13 December 1959 (3:2 against SC Wismut Karl-Marx-Stadt). On 10 June 1962, he and his team reached the cup final once again, but the Berliners lost 3-1 to SC Chemie Halle

Mühlbächer ended his football career at the end of the 1967/68 season. After 13 years with Dynamo Berlin, he had played 218 Oberliga games, scoring 31 goals as a midfielder. In addition to his 17 senior internationals and six junior selections, he also played four times for the junior team and four times for the B national team.

Literature

  • Hanns Leske: Enzyklopädie des DDR-Fußballs. Verlag Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2007, ISBN 978-3-89533-556-3, p. 324.
  • Andreas Baingo, Michael Horn: Die Geschichte der DDR-Oberliga. 2. Auflage. Verlag Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2004, ISBN 3-89533-428-6, p. 294.

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