Mustafa Güngör

Mustafa Güngör is a German international rugby union player, playing for the TV Pforzheim in the Rugby-Bundesliga and the German national rugby union team. He is a former captain of the German Sevens and German XV team. He made his debut for Germany in a game against Sweden in 2003.[1]

Mustafa Güngör
Mustafa Güngör scoring.jpg
Güngör scoring at the 2008 Hannover Sevens
Birth nameMustafa Güngör
Date of birth (1981-04-14) 14 April 1981 (age 40)
Place of birthAachen, Germany
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight88 kg (13 st 12 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Scrum-half
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
- 2011
2011 - present
Germany RC Aachen
Belgium RC Visé
France SO Millau
Germany SCN
Germany RGH
Germany TVP
Correct as of 30 April 2012
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2003 - 2012  Germany 46
Correct as of 28 April 2013
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps


Güngör, born in Aachen of Turkish descent, began playing rugby when he was nine years old in 1990. By his own admission, he plays rugby because he is not good enough to play Bundesliga football.[2]

He originated from the youth department of the RC Aachen. He spent some time with the French club SO Millau and the Belgian team RC Visé in 2004.[3] He then joined RG Heidelberg, playing for the club until 2011. With Heidelberg, he won two German championships, in 2006 and 2007 and made a losing appearance in the 2008 final against SC 1880 Frankfurt. His greatest success as a national team player was the promotion to Division 1 of the European Nations Cup in 2008.

He was part of the German Sevens side at the World Games 2005 in Duisburg, where Germany finished 8th.[4]

He captained Germany at the 2008 Hannover Sevens event where he came fifth in the point scoring ranking. He has also been selected to play for the Wild Titans, a selection made up partly of players of the Wild Rugby Academy, in an international tournament in Hong Kong in March 2009.[5] He was part of the German team at the 2009 London Sevens,[6] and the 2009 Hannover Sevens. He was not selected for the qualifying tournaments of the 2010 European sevens Championship but captained the German team again in 2011, when it won promotion to the 7s Grand Prix Series for 2012.

Güngör became the new captain of Germany's XV on 8 December 2009, after the retirement of the previous captain Jens Schmidt, and played his first game in this position four days later, against Hong Kong.[7] He was replaced in this position in the second half of 2010 by Alexander Widiker.[8]

After a lengthy career with RG Heidelberg, Güngör decided to leave the club at the end of the 2010–11 season but has not signed for a new club yet, with TV Pforzheim and SC 1880 Frankfurt being the most likely candidates for his services. Güngör decided to join TV Pforzheim after the opening round of the 2011–12 season.[9]

With seven and thirteen tries, he was his club's best try scorer in the 2008–09 and 2010–11 seasons.

Güngör was one of four German rugby players, together with Fabian Heimpel, Raphael Pyrasch and Bastian Himmer, who were promised by the DRV that they could join the Sportkompanie of the Bundeswehr, a special sports unit within the German Army. This was however not the case, with no places available in the unit for male rugby players until 2012. This led to great resentment by the players towards the DRV and its then-chairman Claus-Peter Bach because all four had turned down other options in favour of the promised place in the Sportkompanie.[10]

After finishing his time in the German Army's Sportfördergruppe at the end of 2012 Güngör announced in January 2013 that he would retire from international rugby but continue to play club rugby.[11]



National teamEdit


Mustafa Güngör's personal statistics in club and international rugby:[12]


Year Club Division Games Tries Con Pen DG Place
2007–08 RG Heidelberg Rugby-Bundesliga 14 2nd — Runners up
2008–09 14 7 1 5 1 5th
2009–10 16 9 0 0 1 2nd — Semi-finals
2010–11 15 13 4 0 2 4th — Semi-finals
2011–12 TV Pforzheim 15 6 0 0 0 3rd — Runners up
  • As of 25 August 2011

National teamEdit

European Nations CupEdit

Year Team Competition Games Points Place
2006–2008 Germany European Nations Cup Second Division 8 33 Champions
2008–2010 Germany European Nations Cup First Division 10 6 6th — Relegated
2010–2012 Germany European Nations Cup Division 1B 9 9 4th
2012–2014 Germany European Nations Cup Division 1B 3 0 ongoing

Friendlies and other competitionsEdit

Year Team Competition Games Points
2007 Germany Friendly 1 0
2008 1 0
2009 1 0
2010 1 0
  • As of 28 April 2013


  1. ^ Mustafa Güngör (in German) DRV website. Retrieved 30 April 2012
  2. ^ Mustafa Güngör profile at (in German) Retrieved 27 January 2009
  3. ^ Netherlands 14, Germany 13 in Amsterdam line up[permanent dead link] Retrieved 27 January 2009
  4. ^ Rugby: Fiji assure gold medal in final seconds Archived 27 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine World Games website. Retrieved 27 January 2009
  5. ^ W.R.A. website – Wild Titans start their preparation for 2009 Hong Kong 10s[permanent dead link] accessed: 7 March 2009
  6. ^ IRB website: Germany squad[permanent dead link]. Retrieved 28 May 2009
  7. ^ Güngör neuer Kapitän der National-XV[permanent dead link] (in German) Rugby-Journal, published: 8 December 2009. Retrieved 21 February 2010
  8. ^ Widiker: “Für mich zählt nur der Aufstieg”[permanent dead link] (in German) Rugby-Journal, published: 19 November 2010. Retrieved 21 November 2010
  9. ^ TotalRugby Wechselbörse 2011/2012 (in German) Retrieved 3 September 2011
  10. ^ Böses Foul gegen Rugbyspieler (in German) Frankfurter Rundschau. Retrieved 27 August 2011
  11. ^ Mustafa Güngör gibt Rücktritt bekannt (in German), published: 7 January 2013, accessed: 9 January 203
  12. ^ Mustafa Güngör profile at (in German) Retrieved 25 February 2010

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