Bernhard Klodt

Bernhard "Berni" Klodt (26 October 1926 – 23 May 1996) was a German football player. He was born in Gelsenkirchen-Bismarck; the goalkeeper Hans Klodt was his brother.

Bernhard Klodt
Personal information
Full name Bernhard Klodt
Date of birth (1926-10-26)26 October 1926
Place of birth Gelsenkirchen-Bismarck, Germany
Date of death 23 May 1996(1996-05-23) (aged 69)
Place of death Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1943–1948 Schalke 04 59 (29)
1948–1950 STV Horst Emscher 53 (18)
1950–1963 Schalke 04 306 (121)
Total 418 (168)
National team
1950–1959 West Germany 19 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Football careerEdit

In his club career, Klodt played mainly for FC Schalke 04.[1] He debuted in the senior team of the club on 17 January 1943 at the age of 16, where he scored a goal in a 6–2 victory over Westfalia Herne.[2]

Aged 36, Klodt ended his career in 1963 with the start of the Bundesliga. In his last game, he scored the only goal in Schalke's 1–0 victory against the Bulgarian national team on 18 June 1963.[3] He played in 330 Oberliga West games in which he scored 129 goals.[1]

Between 1950 and 1959, Klodt played 19 times and scored three goals for the Germany national football team.[4] He was part of the 1954 FIFA World Cup-winning squad, and also played in the 1958 FIFA World Cup.

During the 1954 World Cup, Klodt had started in the outside right position instead of Helmut Rahn. He played in both games against Turkey. Although he played fairly well in both games, Sepp Herberger decided to replace him with Rahn for the quarterfinal against Yugoslavia. Herberger's decision at first was not exclusively greeted with enthusiasm by the press, but after Rahn had scored against Yugoslavia, Klodt was out of the team for good. The basis for Herberger's decision was his hope that Rahn with his unconventional style and shooting prowess was more likely to turn around a game than any other player. Contrary to Rahn, Klodt was said to be less of an individualist and more of a teamplayer.[3]

After footballEdit

After his retirement from football, Klodt among other things coached the youth team of FC Schalke 04 and also worked as salesman for a brewery. After suffering a heart attack and a stroke in 1990, he was paralysed from the right.[3]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

Ref.[1][2]

Club Season League German
Champ'ship
Cup Europe Other[a] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Schalke 04 1942–43 Gauliga Westfalen 3 2 1 0 5 0 9 2
1943–44 Gauliga Westfalen 11 5 1 0 2 0 1 0 15 5
1944–45 Gauliga Westfalen 0 0 0 0
1945–46 Landesliga Westfalen 5 2 5 2
1946–47 Landesliga Westfalen 16 12 5 0 21 12
1947–48 Oberliga West 24 8 24 8
Total 59 29 2 0 2 0 11 0 74 29
STV Horst-Emscher 1948–49 Oberliga West 24 10 24 10
1949–50 Oberliga West 29 8 1 1 30 9
Total 53 18 1 1 54 19
Schalke 04 1950–51 Oberliga West 26 8 2 0 28 8
1951–52 Oberliga West 28 16 6 2 34 18
1952–53 Oberliga West 26 9 1 0 27 9
1953–54 Oberliga West 29 12 29 12
1954–55 Oberliga West 26 5 5 0 31 5
1955–56 Oberliga West 28 13 6 2 1 0 35 15
1956–57 Oberliga West 28 12 2 0 30 12
1957–58 Oberliga West 28 15 4 5 32 20
1958–59 Oberliga West 28 9 7 3 2 2 37 14
1959–60 Oberliga West 20 4 1 0 21 4
1960–61 Oberliga West 14 6 14 6
1961–62 Oberliga West 25 12 4 1 0 0 2 1 31 14
1962–63 Oberliga West 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 306 121 22 10 6 0 7 3 9 3 350 137
Schalke 04 total 365 150 24 10 8 0 7 3 20 3 424 166
Career total 418 168 25 11 8 0 7 3 20 3 478 185
  1. ^ Includes Westphalian Cup (1943–1944), Westphalian / British zone championship (1947), Western German Cup (1955–1963)

InternationalEdit

Germany
Year Apps Goals
1950 1 0
1951 1 0
1952 3 1
1953 0 0
1954 6 1
1955 0 0
1956 2 0
1957 1 0
1958 4 1
1959 1 0
Total 19 3

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Schalke 04

InternationalEdit

West Germany

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Berni Klodt » Club matches". worldfootball.net.
  2. ^ a b FC Schalke 04 (2015). Königsblau: Die Geschichte des FC Schalke 04. Die Werkstatt. ISBN 978-3-7307-0204-8.
  3. ^ a b c Bitter, Jürgen (1997). Deutschlands Fußball Nationalspieler (in German). Sportverlag. p. 241f.
  4. ^ "Bernhard Klodt" (in German). fussballdaten.de. Archived from the original on 5 July 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2010.