DFB-Cup: Goal of a Lifetime

One shot, one goal, one hero. Again and again, the cup writes this kind of story. And turns an unknown player into a football god - out of the blue – and then lets him disappear back to oblivion. ContiSoccerWorld presents the most famous „One-Day-Heroes“ in the following.

Daniel Frahn, RB Leipzig, 2011

At the beginning of this year’s cup, nobody reckoned with the third league club RB Leipzig – not even VfL Wolfsburg. On 29 July 2011, they were taught a lesson thanks to Daniel Frahn. Almost on his own, the fourth league club striker shot Felix Magath’s star ensemble off the pitch with three goals. The match ended 3:2, making the sensation perfect. RB Leipzig got into the second round of the German FA Cup, where, however, they were stopped by losing narrowly 0:1 to the premier league team Augsburg in October 2011. And yet that day in July was the highlight of Daniel Frahn’s sports career so far. Another highlight: Energy Cottbus’s 6-minute premier league appearance in the match against Alemannia Aachen in 2006. Born in 1987, the striker had once stated in a questionnaire that his big ambition was to play against Christiano Ronaldo. We shall see

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Michael Stahl, TuS Koblenz


Michael Stahl, TuS Koblenz, 2010

61.5 meters – this distance now officially goes down in Cup history as a „Stahli“. On 26 October 2010, Michael Stahl, midfielder at TuS Koblenz - in the third league at that time -, scored the goal of his lifetime from that distance in the second round of the Cup against Hertha BSC Berlin, which had fallen out of Germany’s premier league. Afterwards, the ARD “Sports Show” picked that goal as “goal of the month” and then even as “goal of the year”. Thanks to Stahl’s outstanding shot in the 60th minute, Koblenz won 2:1 in the end. The media celebrated him as „Crash-Bang-Stahli“, „Stahlinho“ and „Iron Mike“, but his team colleagues simply started calling him „sausage“ –  because a butcher from Koblenz had made a sausage - exactly 61.5 meters long - to honour the hero. Even today, Stahl is still playing at TuS in the Western regional league. By the way, he was supposed to simulate the sensational goal for a Japanese TV-team recently – but only three out of ten shots from well over 60 meters ended up in the goal…

Reiner Schwartz, FK Pirmasens, 2006

On 9 September 2006, Werder Bremen - German Runner-Up Champion and Champions League participant - were hosted by FK Pirmasens, which had moved up to the regional league. The score was 1:1 after 90 minutes; even the extension did not determine a clear winner. Reiner Schwartz, the goalkeeper, became a hero for the Rhineland Palatinates in the penalty shootout. Right to begin with, Schwartz saved Ivan Klasnic’s first penalty kick and even Hugo Almeida’s third kick was saved by the goalie. Actually, he was only second goalkeeper, yet he claimed that he had never ever lost a penalty shootout before. Of course his trainer knew that, too… Werder lost 2:4. Schwartz, whose market value is zero euros according to the online portal Transfermarkt.de, is 28 today and plays at SV Edenkoben in the regional Front Palatine league.

Willi Kronhardt, Energie Cottbus, 1997

“Melle passed the ball to me and I slammed the leather right into the corner of the post.” – that was Willi Kronhardt’s comment on the goal of his lifetime. He scored it on 15 April 1997 with the assistance of his team colleague in the 64th minute of the Cup semi-final between his team, Energy Cottbus, and the premier league team Karlsruher SC, which played the match with stars such as Claus Reitmaier, Thorsten Fink and Sean Dundee. The third league player’s crucial 1:0 goal marked the beginning of the 3:0 victory. Cottbus sensationally made it to the German FA Cup finals, in which they lost, however, 0:2 to VfB Stuttgart. By the way, Kronhardt is supposed to be the inventor of the “undershirt-message”: After having scored, he tore up his jersey and presented a shirt with "Jule" on it, the name of his girlfriend. However, this trick did not bring him good luck. Shortly afterwards they separated. Kronhardt’s career slowed down recently; he was a co-trainer at Alemannia Aachen up to 2010.

Rudi Thömmes, Eintracht Trier, 1997

The amateur league team Eintracht Trier took Cottbus as an example and created even two sensations in the 1997/98 Cup season – thanks to Rudi Thömmes in both cases. First of all, he scored the winning goal in a 1:0 victory against Schalke 04 - which had just won the UEFA Cup at that time – eliminating them in the second round. Over a month later, Trier’s number 10 even succeeded in throwing the current Champions League winner Borussia Dortmund 2:1 out of competition in the round of sixteen by scoring a goal and causing a penalty. MSV Duisburg only stopped soaring in the semi-finals, when they narrowly lost to Bayern Munich in the finals. Thömmes, who was born in Trier, remained faithful to his city and his club: In the 2010/2011 season he signed on as a co-trainer at Eintracht.

Jürgen Welp, SpVgg Beckum, 1995

In 1995, the fourth league team SpVgg Beckum faced the premier league team 1. FC Köln in the first round of the German FA Cup. After 120 minutes the score was 0:0 in front of 5700 viewers in a sold-out stadium. The penalty shootout turned out to be the big showdown for Beckum’s goalkeeper Jürgen Welp. He saved the crucial fifth kick from Cologne’s Bruna Labbadia – and gained a victory. Welp was carried off the field, whereas Morten Olsen, Cologne’s trainer, was sacked. Incidentally, Beckum participated in the German FA Cup in the first place due to his outstanding goalkeeper performance. They had won the Westphalia Cup 4:2 in a penalty shootout against SpVgg Erkenschwick, which qualified their German FA Cup participation. Welp saved twice. Today, the legendary goalkeeper works as a swimming pool engineer.

Roland Stein, Vestenbergsgreuth, 1994

Oliver Kahn was flabbergasted; Lothar Matthaeus shut his mouth in disbelief. This happened on 14 August 1994. Giovanni Trapattoni’s first match as Bayern’s new trainer was incidentally also on the same day. FC Bayern Munich arrived with Scholl, Helmer and the Brazilian national player Jorginho to face Vestenbergsgreuth from Central Frankonie in the first round of the German FA Cup. They were a third league team at that time – and also the smallest participant in the history of the Cup with a population of 360 villagers. And yet: Roland Stein scored a header in the 43rd minute to seal Bayern’s fate.  In those days, Stein was a mechanic in a tea company and then clever fans created the tea brand “1:0”, which is still sold nowadays in the fan shop of the club’s successor, Greuther Fuerth. Stein finished his career at Schweinfurt 05 in 2003 and today he works as a farmer in Strullendorf. Together with his brother he takes care of a thousand porkers. Besides that, he is team coach of the A-class team DJK Mistendorf.

Gerd Störzer, VfB Eppingen, 1974

26 October 1974 was a black day for HSV – maybe or just because Georg Volkert, HSV’s striker, shot his mouth off in advance. “They are just bloody amateurs. We’ll kick them off the field and into the dressing room.” But the amateur league team VfB Eppingen didn’t play along with that. In the end the Eppingen fans sang “what a beautiful day this day is...." at the top of their lungs. Gerd Störzer, who was a 26-year old student in those days, had caused HSV’s downfall. He scored twice and in the end 2:1 appeared on the scoreboard for his team VfB Eppingen. “Kraichgau-Bomber” Störzer appeared once in the Sports Studio and let the cat out of the bag to the host, Dieter Kürten, by mentioning that they only work out twice a week - “that’s enough”. And that was right: They also survived the third round against SV Sandhausen before their fate was sealed 0:2 by Werder Bremen. However, Störzer vanished from the great football scene as quickly as he had appeared. He was working as a local league trainer, successfully finishing his studies in German and Sports on the side. Then he became a teacher at the Willy-Brand secondary modern school in Königsbach-Stein.