Lutz Lindemann, 68, has denied 205 games in the DDR-Oberliga. 21 Time, he was in the selection of the GDR. He saw himself as a Central midfielder, a playmaker who has played on the ten position also changes with the number eight. After the active career Lindemann coach and functionary was also the President of FC Carl Zeiss Jena. Currently, Lindemann is an expert for the third League "Sport in the East" in the MDR. We have spoken with Lindemann about his life.
What would you have done if you hadn't passed on to a professional football player?
I would be, like many other so-called talents, in the Lord of the Nameless risen, which celebrate the number ten in the circle class and at the pub League games to discuss.
Have you ever thought that the little Lutz from the settlement on the outskirts of Halberstadt, could even be a football star?
Like all the guys that played on the road, I also had this dream.
Maradona, Pele, Zidane, Lindemann, and Matthew you wore on your back: The number 10. They were all world class. The Jersey number 10 was also the case in the GDR as the epitome of Beautiful?
The First of these were world-class, I see myself in this Region. The number 10 is the epitome of creativity. In a different Tempo is played, you can see it in the lower leagues.
Where you wore the number ten?
I played with the number ten at the Club and in the national team. In the GDR, the numbers were distributed variable, the players were not allocated number, reflecting always the Position. There was no Jersey sales with our name on the back. Altay Izmir was a game in 1977, my first EC. My first world Cup qualification game was in 1978 in Izmir. I got to the game with my Turkish counter-players, the Jersey replaced. After the end of the Game I should get it back. I didn't and had to pay 200 DDR-Mark penalty. I've given away the Jersey in the GDR craftsmen. Certain Works were in the GDR due to whether the General lack of economy with special premiums to the tradesmen.
Must be a number 10, a fighter and a Director at the same time? What were they?
The ten often has other means than the classic fighters, but the times of the stand-up violinist, are long gone.
football at the highest level, no matter where, is a game among friends, or a tough business, where yourself of any self-Next is?
Also, in my time, we are not all friends, but a community of interest. This IG was dedicated to the success of and under certain rules. This is still the case today, even if the pressure is even greater, because it is much, much more money.
it Has affected your career, that you were at a young age as a high-Flyer?
In any case, I thought, after four countries are playing in the U18 as a captain, I was already a Big one. A fatal error.
What was your best goal of the German national team?
A header but the ball is in the EM-qualification for the 2:1 victory in Leipzig, Germany against Poland. In St. Gallen against Switzerland 2:0 victory, that was it unfortunately already.
What was your best goal in the Jersey of the FCC?
in 1979, my free-kick to the 2:0 against West Bromwich Albion. And my scissor kick 1978 against Bastia. See You Toube.
the Star Was in the GDR the collective? Or. the midfield, so all creative players?
There was a in any upper League team, outstanding players, who saw but never as a Star, or have been referred to, because the DDR System wanted to a cult not a star. They could not prevent a star player Jürgen sparwasser, the 1:0 victory against Germany. With his goal, he has become known around the world.
Were not asked in the GDR individualists?
they were asked if they presented their brilliant ideas in the service of the team.
The mental strain of professionals is enormous. How was that in the GDR? Players are broken?
The training requirements in my time were enormous, the psychological care and support, but was still in the children's shoes, who build themselves, and could treat, was a poor kid, it was brutal, it took care of any question of what in our minds was going on.
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