Leopold Gernhardt

Leopold “Poldy” Gernhardt (* March 16 1920 in Vienna , † April 18 2013 ibid) was an Austrian football player and trainer .

Club career

Gernhardt began playing football at ASK Graphia and was succeeded by his friend Hermann Dvoracek for training the next generation Rapid taken, where he coaches the Leopold Nitsch noticed and soon joined the club. His debut in the first team he gave in September 1939, where he compared the Vienna equal inflicted an own goal. In his first two seasons of versatile players came to just five appearances in the Gaumeisterschaft, but slipped calculated in the final round of the German championship due to an injury of the runner-budgetary funds Johann Hofstätter into the first team. Hardt denied like all other games of the competition and reached the final of the Hütteldorfern against FC Schalke 04 . There he saved the score of 1:3 a ball on the goal line and was able to finally celebrate with his team a 4-3 win.

From this point of combative players had secured a regular place in the Green-Whites, where he was on the right side mainly used. In the first post-war season, he won the Double with Rapid, where he most runners in the row next to Franz Wagner and Franz Kaspirek played. Even with its new addition to people Gerhard Hanappi and Franz Golobic had become a team captain for runners successfully ascended and took four more championships before he ended his active career in 1954.
National team

Gernhardt debuted in the national team in August 1945 in the first international match after the war against the Hungarians as a right half. In the following years he was a fixture in the national team. Due to its versatility, he came to no less than five positions used, including several times as a center forward. In the summer of 1948 he was in the squad for the Olympic Games , but did not play in the only competition of the Austrians used. He often made ​​with Hanappi and Ernst Ocwirk the runners number of Austrians, before he finally completed his last appearances for the national team as a right connector. His last game was a 2-0 win over Belgium in March 1952.
Coaching career

Immediately after the end of his playing career Gernhardt moved to the position of head of section at Rapid. When the contract with the coach in the spring of 1955 Viktor Hierländer was finished, he took over as coach and interim basis until the end of season. In the fall of 1955, he finished his career at Rapid.

After 1958 he briefly coach of SC Wacker Wien had been Gernhardt took over as coach in September 1960 in Vienna at which he served two seasons long. Then coach stations followed the FC Lustenau 07 in the season 1962/63 and the SK Austria Klagenfurt in the season 1963 / 64th

1965 Gernhardt was part of the backroom team of ÖFB , where he was responsible for the first and youth teams under Leopold Šťastný was assistant coach of the national team. Even after that he continued to work for the ÖFB, such as game as an observer at the World Cup 1978 .

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