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Klaus Urbanczyk

Klaus Urbanczyk
Personal information
Date of birthJune 04, 1940(age 76)
Place of birthHalle (Saale), East Germany
Playing positionDefender

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Klaus Urbanczyk, nicknamed Banne, born 4 June 1940 in Halle (Saale), is a former East German football player and manager.

Urbanczyk began his football career at Turbine Halle in 1948. Beginning in 1960, he played for this team - in the meantime renamed Chemie Halle and later Hallescher FC Chemie - in the DDR-Oberliga. His first Oberliga match was against Wismut Karl-Marx-Stadt on 20 March 1960, as a right midfielder. During his career, however, he made his home on the position of right defender.

At the beginning of the 1960s, Urbanczyk was held to be one of the best right defenders in the world, on account of his speed and his slide-tackling skills.

In a survey among managers of the magazine "Deutsches Sportecho", Urbanczyk was voted the best right defender of the 1962-63 season. At the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 1964, Urbanczyk's popularity rose further. He was one of the key figures of East Germany's team (representing the United Team of Germany) that reached the semi-final of the tournament. In the semi-final against the Czechoslovakia, Urbanczyk collided with his own goalkeeper Jürgen Heinsch and suffered a complicated knee injury, including torn cruciates. East Germany lost the semi-final, but won the bronze medal against Egypt.

In the same year, Urbanczyk was won the East German Sportsperson of the Year award - the only team that a footballer was given an inidivual award. Urbanczyk also won the East German Footballer of the Year award in 1964.

In 1971 Urbanczyk was part of the HFC Chemie team that fell victim to a hotel fire while staying in Eindhoven for a UEFA Cup tie. Urbanczyk rescued several people and suffered severe injuries.

After ending his active career, Urbanczyk enjoyed success managing several Oberliga clubs, starting at HFC Chemie, then FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt. From 1976 to 1982 he was manager of 1. FC Magdeburg, winning the FDGB-Pokal in 1978 and 1979. His team was represented in the European competitions in every season, reaching the quarter-finals three times. After managing several other clubs, he returned to his home club in 1992, now called Hallescher FC, to manage them until 1994. Later, he enjoyed a small measure of success at FSV Lok Altmark Stendal who he guided to the DFB-Pokal quarter-final in 1995.

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