56 years ago: 1. FC Cologne short for first master

The first Bundesliga champion 1. FC Cologne had many outstanding players. Wolfgang Overath, the young super technician, for example, or Karl-Heinz Thielen, Heinz Hornig, Helmut Benthaus, Hans Sturm, Leo Wilden or the young Wolfgang Weber. But the head of the FC team was Hans Schafer, the world champion of 1954.

“De Knoll”, as shepherd was called because of his thick skull and his contentious temperament around the dome towers, was the captain of the Cologne Master Elf 1963/64.

On the 9. In May 1964, shepherds proudly stretched the master bowl. With the FC, he was the seventh. November 2017 in the age of 90 years dead full-blooded footballers always connected at the most.

After all, shepherd was the first big star in Cologne football. In 711 games for the first. FC Cologne reached between 1948 and 1965 501 goals. One time. FC Cologne, always 1st. FC Cologne”, he once formulated his credo.

Shepherd stood for championship titles and one of the most successful epochs in club history, to which many fans are still eagerly looking back today. His entire professional career spent shepherds in Cologne, where he lived until the end.

shepherds enjoyed legendary status. When shepherd 1965 said goodbye, he had offered 16-year-old straight-A football, no significant break-ins, no scandal. A figurehead of German and Cologne football.

From the perfume department to the history books of the Bundesliga

And shepherd, the man with the blessed left foot, was a real player, who led his team and guided the young players.

Bundestrainer Sepp Herberger had later promoted the three-time World Champion to captain in the German national team.

Two years kicks shepherd, who on the first day of the Bundesliga history on 24. August 1963 was almost 36 years old, in the new elite class.

39 games and 20 goals were at the end of the book for the routines, who had worked in the perfumery department of a department store at the beginning of his career and had ridden his bike to training three times a week after the end of the weekend.

In the early 1950s he got all around 160 euros (320 Mark) in the month, at least at the end of the decade it was around 750 euros (1500 Mark). For today’s conditions a hungry wage, yet shepherds never wanted to exchange with today’s generation of players, even if they earn millions per annum.