Ditmar Jakobs

Ditmar Jakobs (born 28 August 1953) is a German former footballer who played as a defender.[1] He played as a centre-back, a classical libero in the mold of Franz Beckenbauer or Willi Schulz.

Ditmar Jakobs
Personal information
Full name Ditmar Jakobs
Date of birth (1953-08-28) 28 August 1953 (age 67)
Place of birth Oberhausen, West Germany
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1974 Rot-Weiß Oberhausen 45 (12)
1974–1977 Tennis Borussia Berlin 101 (16)
1977–1979 MSV Duisburg 68 (2)
1979–1989 Hamburger SV 323 (37)
Total 537 (67)
National team
1980–1986 West Germany 20 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Jakobs played 493 games from 1971 to 1990 for Rot-Weiß Oberhausen, Tennis Borussia Berlin, MSV Duisburg, and Hamburger SV.[2] With Hamburger SV, he won the 1987 DFB-Pokal. In 1982 and 1983, he became German champion and in 1983, he won the European Cup.

Jakobs was a member of the Germany national team that was runner-up in the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. From 1980 to 1986, he collected 20 caps for the team.[3]


Jakobs' career ended prematurely on 20 September 1989 in a game between Hamburger SV and Werder Bremen. When an attacker lobbed the Hamburger SV goalie, Jakobs lunged feet-first into his goal and scraped the ball off the line. However, he fell into the hooks fixing the goal to the ground (at that time, the hooks were not stipulated to be under the earth). He hung there for 20 agonising minutes, the hook deeply embedded in his flesh. Finally, the team doctor cut the hooks from his back with a scalpel. With this, the nerves in his back were cut. Because of this horrible accident, he was forced to end his career. However, he regards himself lucky, as the hook missed his spinal cords by a mere two inches.

Today, Jakobs is an insurance broker in Norderstedt, near Hamburg.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Jakobs, Ditmar". kicker.de (in German). Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  2. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (23 September 2015). "Ditmar Jakobs - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  3. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (23 September 2015). "Ditmar Jakobs - International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 9 October 2015.

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