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Edmund Conen

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Date of birth10 November 1914
Place of birthÜrzig, Germany
Date of death5 March 1990(age 75)
Place of deathLeverkusen, Germany
Playing positionStriker

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Edmund Conen (10 November 1914 5 March 1990) was a German football player. He was born in Ürzig, Germany.

Conen played with 1. FC Saarbrücken, Stuttgarter Kickers, Mülhausen 93, HSV Groß Born (Pommern) and a couple of smaller clubs. In 1934, he was approached by Werder Bremen but, instead of joining them, told the DFB that Werder were dishing out financial offers to players. At that time football was still strictly amateur in Germany (officially) and payments to players were not permitted. The affair ended in the club and some of their officials, players and the team manager being fined and suspended.

With four goals in the 1934 FIFA World Cup in Italy, Conen had been the joint second top scorer with Angelo Schiavio of Italy, behind Oldřich Nejedlý of Czechoslovakia who has 6 goals.

He played from 1934 to 1942 in 28 international matches for Germany and scored 27 goals.

Just 19, Germany youngster Conen made quite an impact at the second FIFA World Cup with his three goals in his first match of the tournament against Belgium on 27 May. The game was tied at 2 2 before the powerful forward netted three times in the final 17 minutes to hand the Germans a 5 2 win in Florence, Italy. This achievement could only be equalized by Gerd Müller in 1970 against Peru. He managed to hit the winner when the Germans took the bronze medal with a 3 2 win in the play-off for third place against Austria.

Two years later as a 21-year-old, Conen's career was halted due to illness. This kept him away from football for three and a half years. Conen was courageous and battled through to return to the national team on 25 June 1939. On this date in Copenhagen against Denmark Conen made the perfect comeback, with a goal in the 2:0 victory. During World War II in 1942, he played his last international match. The German national team won this final match 5:3 Budapest against Hungary. Conen and a young Fritz Walter were on fire for Sepp Herberger's crew.

After end of war Conen worked as a coach, in the middle of the 1950s, with Eintracht Braunschweig in the North and Wuppertaler SV in the West. He later coached Bayer Leverkusen, SV Schlebusch and BV Opladen. Conen died in the spring of 1990 in Leverkusen, only months before West Germany were to win their 3rd World Cup championship.

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