AskBiography Logo   Latest News  Follow Us on Twitter  Follow Us on Google Buzz  Became Fan - Facebook  Subscribe to RSSRSS   Bookmark and Share

Josef Posipal

Personal information
Date of birth20 June 1927
Place of birthLugoj, Romania
Date of death21 February 1997(age 69)
Playing positionDefender

     Home | Football Player | Josef Posipal

Josef "Jupp" Posipal (June 20, 1927 - February 21, 1997) was a Romanian-born German footballer who was part of the 1954 FIFA World Cup winning German squad.

Posipal was born to an ethnic German family in Lugoj, and lived much of his life in West Germany. During his club career he played for Linden 07, Arminia Hannover, and Hamburger SV.

At the age of 16, Posipal's family relocated to Germany. In his youth his sportive activities focused on swimming and track-and-field as well as handball. In 1949 he joined Hamburger SV as then coach Georg Knöpfle was looking for a forward. However Knöpfle soon discovered that Posipal was a strong defender and withdrew him from attack to a half back position. Already a year later in 1950, West German national team coach Sepp Herberger intended to invite Posipal to join the squad for Germany’s first international game after World War II, but officials found out that Posipal had a Romanian citizenship and no German. After he had become a German citizen in 1951, Posipal debuted in the international game against Turkey in Berlin.

In 1952, Posipal was moved from the right half back position to that of center half. In that position he was considered to be Germany’s best during these years and one of the best in European football. In October 1953, he was invited to represent Europe in a game against England at Wembley Stadium. However during the first round of the 1954 FIFA World Cup, Posipal had lost his form and after being injured for the quarterfinal against Yugoslavia, Kaiserslautern’s Werner Liebrich played as center half instead of Posipal. Being fit again for the semifinal against Austria, Herberger brought Posipal back to the starting team, but since Liebrich had played exceptionally well against Yugoslavia, Posipal played as a right full back at the expense of Fritz Laband. Herberger’s trust in Posipal despite his lack of form in previous games paid off as Posipal did very well in the semifinal and the final in the unusual new position. For the rest of his international career, Posipal kept playing as right back with Liebrich as the center half. He finished his football career in 1958.

Posipal died at the age of 69 in Hamburg of heart failure. He was married and had two sons. His son Peer Posipal was a former professional-football player as well in the German Bundesliga-team Eintracht Braunschweig.

Warning: simplexml_load_file( [function.simplexml-load-file]: failed to open stream: HTTP request failed! HTTP/1.0 410 Gone in /home/askbio/public_html/index_bio.php on line 257

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: I/O warning : failed to load external entity "" in /home/askbio/public_html/index_bio.php on line 257

Fatal error: Call to a member function children() on a non-object in /home/askbio/public_html/index_bio.php on line 260