Karl Durspekt

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Karl Durspekt
Personal information
Full name Karl Franz Durspekt
Date of birth (1913-11-23)23 November 1913
Place of birth Vienna, Austria-Hungary
Date of death 14 February 1978(1978-02-14) (aged 64)
Place of death Vienna, Austria
Playing position Manager
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
–1936 Admira Wien
1936–1938 FC Rouen
1938– Admira Wien
Floridsdorfer AC
LSV Markersdorf an der Pielach
Floridsdorfer AC
SC Nord-Wien 1912
National team
1935 Austria 2 (1)
Teams managed
1950 SV Wimpassing
1950–1952 Lunds BK
1953–1954 Locarno
1956–1957 Åtvidabergs FF
1961–1963 PAOK
1964–1965 Grazer AK
1966–1967 SV Rapid Lienz
1970 IK Start
1970–1971 Grazer AK
1975 Bodens BK

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Karl Franz Durspekt (23 November 1913 in Vienna, Austria – 14 February 1978 in Vienna, Austria) was an Austrian football player and manager.

As the son of an engine driver, Durspekt worked as a type setter at first. Later he became a professional football player. When he was a young man, he lived about five years in Rouen (France). He spoke fluently in a French and in a Swedish manner. Further, Sweden became his second home. At the beginning of his career, he played for Admira Wien. During this time he won repeatedly the Austrian championship and the Austrian cup.

Durspekt participated in the Mitropa Cup 1934, losing the final to Bologna FC (3:2, 1:5). After the Anschluss that united Germany and Austria in 1938 Admira played for several seasons in the Gauliga Ostmark, one of the top flight regional leagues created through the reorganization of German football under the Third Reich. Durspekt contested with his club Germany's national final in 1939, losing 0:9 to Schalke 04.

After his time at Admira, he played for Florisdorfer Athletic Club (FAC). During the Second World War, he joined LSV Markersdorf an der Pielach. The club was regarded as a centre d'accueil for draftee soccer players. There are also other well-known German and Austrian soccer players like Max Merkel or Karl Sesta.

After the War he returned to FAC and ended his career as a football player. He played two international matches for Austria in 1935 (0:0 vers. Czechoslovakia, 3:6 vers. Hungary). After he ended his career, he went on to become a coach. He trained teams in Egypt, Greece, Sweden, Norway and in Switzerland among others. The Lunds BK,[1] FC Locarno (1953–54),[2] Åtvidabergs FF (1956–1957), Grazer AK,[3] IK Start Kristiansand (1970)[4] were some of his stations as football coach.

He died at the age of 64 in 1978.