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Edmund Conen (10 November 1914 – 5 March 1990[1]) was a German football player. He was born in Ürzig, Germany.

Edmund Conen
Personal information
Full name Edmund Conen
Date of birth (1914-11-10)10 November 1914
Place of birth Ürzig, Germany
Date of death 5 March 1990(1990-03-05) (aged 75)
Place of death Leverkusen, West Germany
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1924–1928 SV Ürzig
1928–1932 FV 03 Saarbrücken
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1932–1935 FV 03 Saarbrücken
1938–1944 Stuttgarter Kickers
1943–1944Mulhouse (guest player)
1943–1944HSV Groß Born (guest player)
1945–1950 Stuttgarter Kickers 129 (57)
1950–1952 Young Fellows Zürich
National team
1934–1942 Germany 28 (27)
Teams managed
1950–1952 Young Fellows Zürich (player manager)
1952–1956 Eintracht Braunschweig
1956–1957 Wuppertaler SV
1957–1959 Bayer Leverkusen
SV Schlebusch
1970–1973 BV Opladen
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Conen played with FV 03 Saarbrücken, Stuttgarter Kickers,[2] Mülhausen 93, HSV Groß Born (Pommern) and a couple of smaller clubs. In 1934, he was approached by Werder Bremen but, instead of joining them, told the DFB that Werder were dishing out financial offers to players. At that time football was still strictly amateur in Germany (officially) and payments to players were not permitted. The affair ended in the club and some of their officials, players and the team manager being fined and suspended.

With four goals in the 1934 FIFA World Cup in Italy, Conen was the joint second top scorer with Angelo Schiavio of Italy, behind Oldřich Nejedlý of Czechoslovakia who had five goals.[3]

He played from 1934 to 1942 in 28 international matches for Germany and scored 27 goals.

Just 19, Germany youngster Conen made quite an impact at the second FIFA World Cup with his three goals in his first match of the tournament against Belgium on 27 May. The game was tied at 2–2 before the powerful forward netted three times in the final 17 minutes to hand the Germans a 5–2 win in Florence, Italy. This achievement could only be equalized by Gerd Müller in 1970 against Peru. He managed to hit the winner when the Germans took the bronze medal with a 3–2 win in the play-off for third place against Austria.

Two years later as a 21-year-old, Conen's career was halted due to illness. This kept him away from football for three and a half years. Conen was courageous and battled through to return to the national team on 25 June 1939. On this date in Copenhagen against Denmark Conen made the perfect comeback, with a goal in the 2:0 victory. During World War II in 1942, he played his last international match. The German national team won this final match 5:3 Budapest against Hungary. Conen and a young Fritz Walter were on fire for Sepp Herberger's crew.

After end of war Conen worked as a coach, in the middle of the 1950s, with Eintracht Braunschweig in the North and Wuppertaler SV in the West. He later coached Bayer Leverkusen,[4] SV Schlebusch and BV Opladen. Conen died in the spring of 1990 in Leverkusen,[5] only months before West Germany were to win their 3rd World Cup championship.

Club statistics[6]Edit

Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Germany League
1945/46 Stuttgarter Kickers Oberliga 16 8
1946/47 29 20
1947/48 35 18
1948/49 21 7
1949/50 24 4
Country Germany 125 57
Total 125 57

National team statistics[7]Edit

Germany national team
Year Apps Goals
1934 5 5
1935 9 9
1936 0 0
1937 0 0
1938 0 0
1939 4 3
1940 5 8
1941 2 2
1942 3 0
Total 28 27


  1. ^ "Edmund Conen – Nationalspieler von Deutschland – Nationalmannschaft 1942 – Fussballdaten – Die Fußballdatenbank". Retrieved 13 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Das Kickersarchiv : Main – Conen Edmund browse". Retrieved 13 May 2011.
  3. ^ "American Bert Patenaude credited with first hat trick in FIFA World Cup™ history". FIFA. Archived from the original on 16 November 2006. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
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  5. ^ " – Unsere Besten – Jahrhundert-Hits". Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ "Edmund Conen". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
  7. ^ "Edmund Conen – Goals in International Matches". 21 March 2004. Retrieved 13 May 2011.

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