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Heinz Ditgens

Full name: Heinz Ditgens
Gender: Male
Born: July 3, 1914 in Mönchengladbach, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Died: June 20, 1998 in Mönchengladbach, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Affiliations: Borussia Mönchengladbach, Mönchengladbach (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Football


Heinz Ditgens was a defender on the team of Borussia Mönchengladbach. His father Hermann was one of the founding members of the club and his uncle Stephan acted as team captain. When he participated in two games in the 1936 Olympic football tournament he was a newcomer on the international scene and his club’s first ever international. He played only one more game, however, with the national team. In the late 1930s, Ditgens competed for MSV Jäger 7 Bückeburg, where he was stationed as a soldier. During World War II he lost all toes on his feet due to frostbite in the battle of Stalingrad. Nevertheless he tried to play football again with the help of specially adapted shoes. As a municipal employee he met with the British sport officers who were preparing the football field so that the sport could be played in Germany as early as late 1945. During the 1950-51 season he also coached his home team.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 22 Berlin Football Men's Football Germany GER 5T

Men's Football

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G YC RC
1936 Summer 22 Berlin Football Germany GER Final Standings 5T 1936-08-03 0 0 0
1936 Summer 22 Berlin Football Germany GER Quarter-Finals Match #2 2 1936-08-07 NOR 2, GER 0 0
1936 Summer 22 Berlin Football Germany GER Round One Match #4 1 1936-08-04 GER 9, LUX 0 0
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