Volkseigene Professional Athletes

The practice of expensive transfer fees is familiar from professional football in the present day. But player transfers were also arranged in the DDR's top division, which officially only had amateurs. There, too, »underdogs« like Union Berlin, Hansa Rostock and Chemie Leipzig had to hold their own against the top dogs Dynamo Dresden, Lok Leipzig, BFC Dynamo and Carl Zeiss Jena. The footballers who changed clubs were called »delegates«. What they all had in common was that their club changes had to be brought into line with socialist morals to the outside world and the backgrounds were kept largely secret. In their book »Die Delegierten« (The Delegates), journalists Frank Müller and Jürgen Schwarz tell of this side of DDR football.

Book premiere and talk

Frank Müller, journalist, Gerichshain near Leipzig
Frieder Andrich, former striker at FC Vorwärts Frankfurt (Oder), Beeskow

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Football player Frank Müller

6 April 2022, 6 pm

Konferenzraum DDR Museum
Sankt Wolfgang-Str. 2
10178 Berlin

Here you can see the location.

The event will take place in German.

The event will be broadcast on the DDR Museum YouTube channel. Click here to participate digitally.