Bundesliga 2018-09-07 12:29 PM

WELLSPORTS News: He served as the coach of the first team of Schalke from 1949 to 1954, and he became the chairman of Schalke during 1964-1967.

Let us turn the clock back to November 12, 1950, which was the last battle of Szepen at the old stadium in Schalke. The opponent is the Brazilian Mineiro competition. Even if the media only released the news one day in advance, there were still 30,000 people on the day of the game. After 20 minutes, he and Kuzola both held hands. The broadcast came “only once at this moment, will not come again” , the fans on the sidelines have shed tears.


According to Szepan himself: “On my way to school on the first day, I kicked a can on the sidewalk, and the head was knocked by my father. I started playing at the age of 6 and the Ruhr mining area. The children here are playing, and I was one of them at the time.”

The 4-year-old Szepen entered the Schalke youth team for the first time. “My family won’t let me play. Every Sunday at 9 am, I sneaked out to train. The team provided all the equipment. I just need to bring my socks. But because I am late for every meal, I am being taken by my mother. Found it, she warned me again.”

At that time, Chairman Enkel visited the door many times and wanted to convince Szepen’s mother to let her son go to show his talent. The chairman promised to send Xiaoszepan home very well after each kick, and then the mother finally agreed.


At the age of 17, Szepen successfully completed the first team first show. On June 29, 1925, he represented Royal Blue for the first time. In this 6:2 match, Szepen scored 4 goals, and his courage made those who questioned the young players look impressive!

 Since then, Szepen’s career has soared, but no one is perfect. As a football elite, his speed is not fast enough for him to be questioned by outsiders. This is indeed the case, even some people in the club say so. But because of his golfer, overall view and skill, these ridicules became pale and weak. In October 1929, the German national team’s first head coach, Otto Nerz, recruited 22-year-old Szepan to the national team. Sure enough, in the game against Finland in Hamburg, Szephan entered the first game of the national team.


Szephan soon got a firm foothold when he entered the national team. He has his own insistence on the formation. This should be something that Nitzel and later coach Herberger liked. After all, Szepen was appointed captain of the national team for five years, and he was also a famous military division in Schalke. At the end of the 1934 German Champions Cup final, Schalke ended a half point behind Nuremberg. In the 70th minute, the center defender shouted at the center of the field, “You retreat, I am coming!” , he also said to Schmidt on the left side of his opponent, “You can rest assured, I will score soon. “In the 88th minute, Szepan really got the header and scored the net. After the stoppage time, Kuzola entered the winning goal for the miners. Have you heard of the Schalke gyro? When the team puts the short pass to the extreme, the players will be connected to each other, and Szepen is one of the important parts. The performance of Der Schalker Kreisel was unique in Germany at the time, and the players who mastered this technology have been practicing well through years of running on the team.


 Szepen’s talent in football is different, but he has not been so successful in other industries. In 1937, Szepan resigned in the city bureau. He had an idea: to open a gas station. But the result is as it used to be, he does not do a lot of business every time. There is a thriving textile factory in the Schalke market. The factory owner is a Jewish couple. At that time, the landlord of the factory dismissed the lease contract. The couples were facing the Nazian policy of the Nazis at that time and could only sell assets at a low price. Szepen said that the female landlord suggested that he buy the factory, so his wife Eliza signed it.

This kind of war-fighting behavior has brought a lot of benefits to Szepen, and the turnover in the first year has increased tenfold. Szepen was probably aware of the embarrassment of the Jewish couple at the time. In 1942, the original owner was deported to Riga and assassinated. Like many Germans of that period, Szepen did not reveal his awareness of this tyranny. In 2002, it is necessary to build a road around the arrogant to the Schalke Arena, named after the outstanding players in the history of the club. Originally, Szepen was also on the shortlist. But when people carefully investigated it, everyone would avoid talking about the proposal of Szepenpan.

In 1949 he took over the position of the Austrian coach. He has been coaching for five years. In the 111 years since Schalke was built, only Stevens can surpass it. Schalke opened a glorious period under his coaching and won the first-class championship in 1951, which also laid a solid foundation for winning again in 1958. Usually, if the player does not do well, as a coach, he will give the young players an inspection period and let them re-certify themselves. In 1954, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Schalke, Szephan announced his departure. In his words, “the team needs a new coach.” But in fact, his relationship with some old players is not particularly good, but also People talk about it, his work is not so great. But in any case, he turned to Red and White Eisen and he helped the club to win the only German championship in history. After two seasons, he left there again.


In 1964-1967, in the economic hardship period of Schalke, as a cohesive role, he returned to Schalke 04 and served as chairman. From the players, to the coaches, to the chairman, this is unprecedented in the history of Schalke, and it is estimated that there will be no one. Others witnessed the rigorous and positive working status of the old hero and recognized him. But then in 1967, the young and eloquent West Bolt took office, and the Szephan era passed.

In the last few years of his life, he has been suffering from injuries and injuries from rheumatism and back pain. He was also unable to attend in person at the 65th birthday commendation meeting. The club sent him a 3000 mark Swiss health leave, which is only a short-term relief. The torture of the injury even made him unable to shake hands with others, or there would be an unbearable pain. The drug can damage his kidneys, and he is unfortunately infected with lungs after the operation, and is likely to have a stroke afterwards.


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