Bernd Bransch

Bernd Bransch (born 24 September 1944 in Halle) is a former footballer from East Germany.

Bernd Bransch
Bernd Bransch 1974.jpg
Bransch at the 1974 World Cup
Personal information
Date of birth (1944-09-24) 24 September 1944 (age 77)
Place of birth Halle, Nazi Germany
Position(s) Sweeper
Youth career
1954–1962 Chemie Halle
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1973 Chemie Halle
1973–1974 Carl Zeiss Jena
1974–1977 Chemie Halle
National team
1967–1976 East Germany 64 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Olympic medal record
Men's football
Gold medal – first place 1976 Montreal Team
Bronze medal – third place 1972 Munich Team

Bransch began his sporting career as a youngster at BSG Motor Halle-Süd. From 1954 onwards, the son of a locksmith played throughout his career for SC Chemie Halle in its varying incarnations – except for the 1973/74 season, in which he played for FC Carl Zeiss Jena.[1]

In 1968 and 1974 he was honoured as East German Footballer of the Year.

Bransch participated in the Munich Olympics 1972, in which his East German team secured a bronze medal, and in the gold-medal winning Montreal Olympics 1976 side.[2] He also played in the 1974 FIFA World Cup.[3]

In total Bransch played 317 league games, scoring 43 goals.

Bransch (in white) takes a free-kick against the Netherlands at the 1974 World Cup.


  1. ^ Matthias Arnhold (16 March 2012). "Bernd Bransch – Matches and Goals in Oberliga". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Bernd Bransch". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  3. ^ Matthias Arnhold (25 September 2004). "Bernd Bransch – International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 18 April 2012.