East Germany (DDR) All-Time Caps


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(Bundesarchiv photo) — The national team of EAST GERMANY — Deutsche Demokratische Republik — lines up prior to the 1-0 defeat of Belgium in the international friendly at the Friedrich Ludwig Jahn Sportpark in East Berlin on March 13, 1974.

East German starting XI (right to left) : captain BERND BRANSCH, goalkeeper JUERGEN CROY, HANS-BERT MATOUL, EBERHARD VOGEL, RUEDIGER SCHNUPHASE, JUERGEN SPARWASSER, JOACHIM FRITSCHE, LOTHAR KURBJUWEIT, REINHARD LAUCK, JOACHIM STREICH and KONRAD WEISE.

Of the eleven who began against Belgium in mid-March, six — Bransch, Croy, Kurbjuweit, Lauck, Sparwasser, Weise — would start again for East Germany on the other side of the Berlin Wall four months later in June for the historic 1-0 defeat of eventual champion West Germany at the Volksparkstadion in Hamburg during the 1974 World Cup final tournament.

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The national football team of the Deutsche Demokratische Republik played its first official international game in late September of 1952 against Poland (L 0-3) in Warsaw and appeared for a final match in Brussels against Belgium (W 2-0) in mid-September 1990.

To follow is the Federation Internationale de Football Association’s list of the 25 most-capped players all-time for the national team of the old Deutsche Demokratische Republik (EAST GERMANY), which competed internationally from 1952 until 1990 :

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98 caps — fw – Joachim STREICH – (69-84 : Hansa Rostock, FC Magdeburg)
96 caps — df – Hans Juergen DOERNER – (69-85 : Dynamo Dresden)
86 caps — gk – Juergen CROY – (67-81 : Sachsenring Zwickau)
78 caps — df – Konrad WEISE – (70-81 : FC Carl Zeiss Jena)
69 caps — fw – Eberhard VOGEL – (62-76 : Karl Marx Stadt, Carl Zeiss Jena)
65 caps — df – Ronald KREER (82-89 : Lokomotiv Leipzig)
64 caps — df – Bernd BRANSCH (67-76: Chemie Halle, FC Carl Zeiss Jena)
63 caps — fw – Peter DUCKE – (62-75 : FC Carl Zeiss Jena)
62 caps — fw – Martin HOFFMANN – (73-81: FC Magdeburg)
59 caps — df – Lothar KURBJUWEIT – (70-81 : FC Carl Zeiss Jena)
59 caps — mf – Matthias LIEBERS – (80-88 : Lokomotiv Leipzig)
59 caps — mf – Gerd KISCHE – (71-80: Hansa Rostock)
56 caps — fw – Rainer ERNST – (81-90 : Dynamo Berlin)
54 caps — fw – Henning FRENZEL – (61-74 : Lokomotiv Leipzig)
54 caps — mf – Reinhard HAEFNER – (71-84 : Dynamo Dresden)
53 caps — mf – Juergen POMMERENKE – (72-83 : FC Magdeburg)
51 caps — fw – Andreas THOM – (83-90 : Dynamo Berlin)
49 caps — fw – Ulf KIRSTEN – (85-90 : Dynamo Dresden)
48 caps — fw – Juergen SPARWASSER – (69-77 : FC Magdeburg)
47 caps — mf – Joerg STUEBNER – (84-90 : Dynamo Dresden)
46 caps — fw – Hans Juergen KREISCHE – (68-75 : Dynamo Dresden)
46 caps — gk – Rene MUELLER – (84-89 : Lokomotiv Leipzig)
46 caps — df – Dirk STAHMANN – (82-89 : FC Magdeburg)
45 caps — mf – Dieter ERLER – (59-68 : SC Karl Marx Stadt)
45 caps — mf – Ruediger SCHNUPHASE – (73-83 : Rot-Weiss Erfurt, FC Carl Zeiss Jena)

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Because all Warsaw Pact (read communist) nations back then proclaimed their top athletes to be amateur and this was accepted by the International Olympic Committee, Eastern bloc countries oftentimes fielded the same domestic-based players for the Summer Olympic Games as they did for the European Championships and World Cup competitions.

What FIFA considers to be a “full” international cap is another story; once upon a time, FIFA counted Olympic qualifiers and final tournament games between Warsaw Pact nations as full internationals but later changed its policy.

Suffice to say, the official website of the Deutsche Fussball Bund counts ten Olympic qualification and final tournament games for its list of the top all-time East German international players that FIFA does not.

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