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Erwin Keller

Full name: Erwin Keller
Gender: Male
Born: April 8, 1905 in Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Died: 1971
Affiliations: Berliner HC, Berlin (GER)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Hockey

Related Olympians: Grandfather of Natascha Keller; Grandfather of Andreas Keller; Father of Carsten Keller; Grandfather of Florian Keller.

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)


The German field hockey team won the silver medal at the 1936 Berlin Olympics after losing 8-1 to India in the final. Half-back Erwin Keller played in the 4-1 win over Afghanistan in the group stage, in the 3-0 semi-final against the Netherlands and in the final. At the club level he played for Berliner HC and won the German Championship in 1941 and 1942.

Erwin was the first member of a famous German hockey dynasty: his wife Helga Akermann also played in the national team, as did his son [Carsten], his grandchildren [Andreas], [Natascha] and [Florian]. Andreas' life partner [Anke Wild] also was a national player. The Keller family is only the third after the Swedish Lunde family of sailors, and the Hungarian Bogen/Gerevich fencing dynasty to see three generations win Olympic medals.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 31 Berlin Hockey Men's Hockey Germany GER 2 Silver

Men's Hockey

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result GP G
1936 Summer 31 Berlin Hockey Germany GER Final Standings 2 1936-08-04 3 0
1936 Summer 31 Berlin Hockey Germany GER Final Round Match 1/2 2 1936-08-15 IND 8, GER 1 0
1936 Summer 31 Berlin Hockey Germany GER Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1936-08-12 GER 3, NED 0 0
1936 Summer 31 Berlin Hockey Germany GER Group B Match #3 1 1936-08-08 GER 4, AFG 1 0
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