Almanac Footy Teams: Spielen ist der Anruf! (or a team of players with Deutsche names)

 

 

How many readers understand this heading ? For those whose lingua franca is not Deutsch: play on’s the call!

 

Germany (Deutschland to some of us) has produced some of the great figures in human history. People as talented as Karl Marx and Marlene Dietrich, Bertolt Brecht and Steffi Graf, not to mention Clara Zetkin and Boris Becker. All hail from what we know as Germany.

 

Well what about a team of footballers who’ve got German origins? How does this look?

 

B:          Daryl Gerlach, (Essendon); Don Grossman, (South Melbourne); Michael Schulze, (Geelong)

HB:      Wells Eicke, (St Kilda/North Melbourne); David Neitz, (Melbourne); Aaron Henneman, (Essendon)

C:          Harry Frei, (Footscray); Adam Schneider, (Sydney, St Kilda); Neville Bruns, (Geelong)

HF:       Bruce Lindner, (Geelong/Adelaide); Nick Riewoldt, (St Kilda); Stewart Loewe, (St Kilda)

F:          Justin Koschitzke, (St Kilda); Jack Riewoldt, (Richmond); Steve Hoffman, (South Melbourne/Footscray)

Foll:    John Schultz, (Footscray); Carl Ditterich, (St Kilda/Melbourne); Don Gross, (Essendon)

 

Inter: From Heinz Tonn, (Fitzroy); Wolfgang Dietrich, (North Melbourne); Jack Ziebell, (North Melbourne); George Heinz, (Melbourne/Geelong/St Kilda); David Schwarz, (Melbourne); Otto Landmann, (Essendon/Melbourne); Barry Goring, (North Melbourne); Mitchell Hahn, (Western Bulldogs).

 

This team includes some legends of the game like Wells Eicke, Jon Schultz and Carl Ditterich. Club favourites, like, but not limited to, Bruce Lindner, Adam Schneider, Justin Koschitzke and Neville Bruns are included.

 

How could a German team leave out Wolfgang Deitrich and Otto Landmann?  Then of course there’s Harry Frei who was born in what was called West Germany. For a long time I thought he was the only German-born player to appear at the highest level, but I’m advised Hamburg-born Heinz Tonn played for Fitzroy in the late 1940s.

 

Anyhow I’m sure there are players missing. Please tell me who you would have in this team.

 

Prost.

 

Glen!

 

 

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Comments

  1. Peter German of course

  2. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Stephen Schwerdt (Centrals, Adelaide)
    Russell Ebert (Port Adelaide, North Melbourne), plus Craig and Brett
    Andrew Obst (Port Adelaide, Melbourne), plus Trevor and Peter
    Grenville Dietrich (North Adelaide, West Torrens)
    Everyone who ever played for Adelaide Lutheran Football Club.

  3. Wayne and Daryl Schimmelbusch appears German

    Murray, Mark and Sam Weideman along with Wayne Weidemann

    Peter Mann of North Melbourne and Fremantle

    A lot of South Australians such as Tony Modra, Grant Fielke, John Klug, Simon Tregenza, Shaun Rehn, Stephen Schwerdt, Matthew Kluzak, Bryan Bienke, Tyson Stenglein all sound German

    Harry Himmelberg of GWS sounds German as it would translate as Sky Mountain.

  4. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Daryl Schramm can be the man in weiss

  5. Otto Buck (Carlton)
    Herman Dohrmann (Carlton)
    Jordan Doering (Carlton)
    Carl Keller (Carlton and Fitzroy)
    Henry Dedrich Lampe (South Melbourne)
    Alex Ruscuklic (Fitzroy and Carlton)
    Paul Schmidt (Carlton)
    Charlie Schunke (Carlton)
    Conrad ten Brink (Essendon)
    Dean Terlich (Melbourne)

    Harry Frei also played first-class cricket for Queensland

  6. Ta folks.

    Alex Ruscuklic and Peter Ruscuklic are two i forgot: silly me. Alex Ruscuklic, like Alex Jesaulenko: was he born in Europe?

    The Schimmelbusch brothers were Latvian, or Lithuanian?

    South Australia of course has a big Germanic presence; Rehn, Fielke, Stenglein and Klug are just some of the names to have graced AFL grounds since Adelaide came into the national competition.

    Glen!

  7. Way too many South Australians to mention. You could form half a dozen teams from Sturt, or the Barossa boxheads from Centrals.

  8. What is this the Fussball Teutonmanac very cool or should that be kühl !!

  9. Mark Duffett says

    John Schneebichler of South Adelaide would surely get a guernsey in a South Australian side.

  10. Michael Crawford says

    Das ist sehr gut.
    John Sudholz (South Melbourne). 86 games 176 goals.
    Lutheran from the Wimmera – Rupanyup.

  11. 4 FIFA World cups, 8 finals and a record 13 top 4 finishes (and a whole lot of that done without unification!) … little wonder us Germans would be good at Aussie Rules too. Some great players mentioned so far. I’ll bet there’ll be a whole lot more who have ancestry, but not the surname (i.e. the way Shane Warne has a German mother.)

  12. Ta Gerry. That’s 3 players born in Deutschland.

    Punx Pete, i had ‘Warney’ in the German cricket side i posted last week.

    For the team geurnsey i reckon the yellow, red and black St Kilda wore for a few years until the outbreak of the ‘Great Trade War’, would be the way to go.

    Glen!

  13. Luke Breust

  14. Ray Huppatz, SA import to the dogs in the 80’s

  15. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Gordon Schwartz has to do the match report.

  16. Emmett Dunne (Rich, Bulldogs) sounds German. He had a distinguished career with Victoria Police and now sits in the Richmond board.

  17. Robert Klomp (Sturt & Carlton). The Sachse brothers Neil (CHB – North Adelaide & Footscray) and Dennis (FF – NA) both played state football for SA. The check side prodigy Peter Endersbee and Pastor Peter Wiebusch were both notables in those teutonic Sturt champion sides of the 60’s and 70’s.
    Searching through the 1966 set of Mobil Footy Cards in my head I remembered South Adelaide’s Dick Roennfeldt who played 121 games and was in their best players in the famous last to first 1964 flag coached by Neil Kerley.
    Keith Kuhlmann played 230 games for West Adelaide and Glenelg 1974-84 and was SA full back.
    Speaking of SA full backs, Swish has subliminally removed Central Districts Ian Kroehn from his memory banks after the 10 goal mauling by Jezza in 1973.

  18. Daryl Schramm says

    Thanks Swish. The Barossa/Centrals link could form a team on its own I reckon.

  19. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Uber team Glen !

    Not many German Magpies to choose from: Andrew Schauble perhaps ?

  20. Mark Bos? Or is that Dutch? Handy player too btw.

  21. Mark Duffett says

    Leo Schlink could also take on reporting duties. And I thought Robbert Klomp was Dutch? Sachses and Kuhlmann are good gets though, Peter B

  22. Paul Spinks says

    Wow, A lot of big names there, Glen, and a few that wouldn’t have immediately come to mind as being Deutsch.

    Can’t see Hassa Mann among any of the above – is he of German extraction?

    “Ich bin ein Aussie Rules-er”

  23. Colin Ritchie says

    Graeme Schultz (Ess) Michael Werner (Ess & Syd) Kyle Riemers (Ess) (?) Stephen Taubert (Ess & Rich) (?)

  24. Justin Koschitzke’s surname is actually of Polish origin. I would put therefore drop Koschitzke for the German surname of Gehrig, Fraser Gherig, and he would play in the forward pocket. Peter Schwab from Hawthorn has a German surname. I would put him on the wing and drop Harry Frei.

  25. Thanks chaps.

    DB, i’m pretty sure Bos is Dutch.

    Colin a few of those names crossed my mind, especially the first and last of the four you mention. I thought of Stephen Taubert, though there’s a (forgotten) reason i didn’t pick him.

    Tom i can concur with both changes. Yes Koschitzke is not your ‘typical teutonic’ name, but i was of the impression the family came from the N E corner of Deutschland not far from Poland. Around Silesia.

    Glen!

  26. Michael Voss has a German surname as does Mathew Leuenberger.

  27. Great to see a good representation of St Kilda players in the best 18. It’s a long shot but have you done any research into the origins of former St Kilda players Leigh Fisher and Sam Fisher, as the German equivalent is spelt Fischer? Of course, St Kilda has the same colours as the German Empire flag of red, white and black. In 1915, St Kilda changed its colours to red, yellow and black, to avoid playing in the colours of the German Empire’s flag during a war against that country; in honour of the allied power Belgium, they played in its flag colours for the remainder of the First World War.

  28. It has been brought to my attention that other AFL footballers who have a surname with a German heritage include Ariel Steinberg from Essendon, Mordy Bromberg from St Kilda and Todd Goldstein from North Melbourne.

  29. Another St Kilda fan says

    Troy Schwarze from St Kilda warrants a mention. Many St Kilda fans will remember his winnng goal from 55 metres out in the dying minutes of the match against the Brisbane Lions in round 6, 2004. That night, Troy did his German surname of Schwarze proud. Well done Troy. For that achievement alone, you can be put on the extended interchange bench.

  30. Josh, those three fellows you mention are of Jewish origin.

    Maybe some Deutsch links, but certainly inclusions in a Jewish side if some one wants to compile one.

    Glen!

  31. Entertainment for our team would surely come from HANS from America’s Got talent fame.

  32. In response to Glen’s message on Feb 9, here is the Jewish side.
    I wish to remain anonymous, as full credit needs to be given to the very respected senior writer, Ashley Browne,
    who had previously spent a great deal of time doing research of past and present Jewish players in the VFL/AFL.

    B: Michael Zemski (Hawthorn), Ariel Steinberg (Essendon), Mordy Bromberg (St Kilda)
    HB: Dean Solomon (Essendon), Ian Synman (St Kilda), Ezra Poyas (Richmond)
    C: Andrew Krakouer (Richmond/Collingwood), Trevor Korn (Melbourne), Nathan Krakouer (Port Adelaide/Gold Coast)
    HF: Phil Krakouer (North Melbourne/Footscray), Michael O’Laughlin (Sydney), Keith Baskin (South Melbourne)
    F: Gary Lazarus (Fitzroy), Julian Kirzner (Essendon/North Melbourne), Henry Ritterman (Melbourne)
    R: Todd Goldstein (North Melbourne), Jim Krakouer (North Melbourne/St Kilda), Bert Rapiport (Fitzroy)
    Reserve: Barney Lazarus (Carlton)

    In the end, I was struggling to make a full team. Ariel Steinberg is not Jewish. He has a Jewish surname but his parents travelled to
    Israel and fell in love with the country. They wanted him to have a Hebrew first name of Ariel, like his siblings Hadassah, Yael and Asher. He grew up in country Victoria. He has no known Jewish links but was included for his surname.

    Todd Goldstein is not Jewish but he has a Jewish father. To be Jewish, your mother has to be Jewish. Therefore, because he has
    Jewish links, he was included for team balance.

    I can see raised eyebrows for the Krakouers. Jimmy, Phil, Andrew and Nathan Krakouer all descended from an English Jewish convict,
    Theodore Krakouer, who married a local Noongar woman. These Krakouers were needed to add a bit of class to the team.

    Former Fitzroy forward Gary Lazarus and Dean Solomon have Jewish ancestory but are not Jewish. They were still needed for the team.

    The only Reserve in Barney Lazarus was Jewish and played 7 games for Carlton in 1902. The rover in Bert Rapiport was Jewish
    and played for Fitzroy in the VFL at the age of 31 in 1897.

    Michael O’Laughlin had a Jewish grandfather. Michael is not Jewish. Everyone else in the team is Jewish.

    Some of these players have been put in different positions on the field as there were no better options.

    Once again, thank you Ashley for your research.

  33. It should also be noted that out of the Jewish born players in this team, Ian Synman must be recognised for being a member of St Kilda’s only premiership team to date in 1966. I have made him the captain. Former AFL coach of Port Adelaide, Mark Williams, who is not Jewish, but coached the Jewish senior amateur team Ajax in the VAFA a few years ago, has been appointed coach of this team.

    In line with the German team, the half time entertainment will be provided free of charge by the legendary singer, Neil Diamond, and comedians Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, not that there’s anything wrong with that!

  34. Sorry, but I also forgot to mention that the Jewish team have made two very late appointments. Firstly, Albert Einstein’s descendants have been appointed to the coaching panel to help Mark Williams construct a much better game plan against the much stronger German team, who on paper, will win this match by a record VFL/AFL margin. Secondly, the descendants of Sigmund Freud, have been put in charge of player welfare, to console the players after the game.

  35. Anonymous, it’s a marvelous side. Some wonderful selections.

    To you and Ashley, Vielen Danke.

    Interesting to be Jewish it must be on the maternal side. I never knew that.

    Were John Gallus & Trevor Burgman, both of who played for Melbourne in the early 70’s, Jewish? I thought they were.

    However i may challenge your half time entertainment as i always had the idea Neil Diamond was Greek. Could you sub him with Roy Rene, or maybe Bette Midler ?

    Glen!

  36. Whoops , i posted too fast.

    Anonymous, what was the cultural back ground of the Schimmelbusch brothers? I always had them as Jewish.

    Glen!

  37. Thank you for your comments Glen.

    This time, I had to do some investigation. According to Jewish law, only those born to a Jewish mother are considered Jewish. The exception is if the mother is not born Jewish, she can undergo a conversion to Judaism process before she has children, for her children to be considered Jewish. I believe that the reason the mother has to be Jewish is because when the baby is still in the mother’s womb, the baby and the mother are considered as the one person.

    Wayne Schimmelbusch was born in Vienna and his surname is of German origin. The Schimmelbusch brothers were not on Ashley Browne’s list of Jewish VFL/AFL players, therefore they have no known Jewish links. The same applies to John Gallus and Trevor Burgman. There can be Jewish Bergmans (notice the spelling) but the famous German actress Ingrid Bergman was not Jewish.

    I googled Neil Diamond. He was born in New York to a Jewish family descended from Russian and Polish immigrants. His mother was Rose (formerly Rapaport) and his father was Akeeba “Kieve” Diamond, a dry goods merchant. Neil Diamond’s classmate at school was Barbara Streisand, who is also Jewish.

    Therefore the entertainment might have to have both pre match, half time and after match entertainment to fit in the likes of Neil Diamond, who could even do a duet as well with Barbara Streisand, Roy Rene (maybe his descendants are talented too), Bette Miller, Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld.

    Hope the match between the German and the Jewish teams goes well and some good football can be played. To the likes of Jack Riewoldt, Nick Riewoldt, Justin Kositchke and Fraser Gherig, Bruce Lindbner and Stuart Loewe (if the latter has his accurate kicking boots on), there’s every chance you will break Fred Fanning’s goal kicking Record of 18 goals in this match, but I have heard on the grapevine that Mark Williams’ brain trust will flood the backline if those players cut loose.

    Anyway, may the better German team win, but football will be the real winner.

  38. Wow Anonymous, your research has put mine to shame.

    The Schimmelbusch, Gallus, Burgman reply gives me food for thought. I always thought i was cognisant of a Bergman, Burgman dichotomy, the spelling indicating the different ethnic origins.

    Back to Melbourne teams of the early 70’s, i would/could have sworn the names Ritterman, Fitzsimmons, Gallus and Bergman were all Jewish. However i’m wrong with only one gaining inclusion in your team.

    What is the origin of the name Sarau, as in Jeff Sarau? I always considered it Jewish.

    Glen!

    PS: A Yiddish team; now that would be an intriguing combination.

    Glen!

  39. When compiling a Jewish team, surely the famous explainer Dr Isaac Asimov, inventor of the 3 laws of robotics, must be included.

  40. You guys have been keeping me on my toes.

    Jeff Sarau has no Jewish heritage, likewise his brother Mark Sarau. However, Mark Sarau did coach Ajax Senior Football Club
    in the VAFA from 1994 – 1995.

    Getting back to Ajax, having googled the History of the Ajax Football Club many of the Jewish born players in the Jewish team ended up tasting premiership success for Ajax either before or after their VFL or AFL careers ended. These included Mordy Bromberg, Henry
    Ritterman, Michael Zemski, Trevor Korn and Julian Kirzner. Also, former Australian Test cricketer Julian Wiener and former Australian Twenty 20 representative Michael Klinger who are both Jewish, represented Ajax Senior cricket club.

    As far as the Yiddish team is concerned, Dr Isaac Asimov was brought up speaking fluent Yiddish, and as he was the inventor of the 3 laws of robotics, his descendants could perhaps help Mark Williams with coaching the Jewish team with set plays that appear to be robotic. I strongly doubt that Ashley Browne or anyone else would be able to help find out any footballers with Yiddish speaking abilities.

    I know you have mentioned in several comments regarding footballers that you thought were Jewish but weren’t. There is no easy explanation which is why I have relied on Ashley’s research.

    However, I have done a bit more research of my own regarding Jewish surnames and I have had to google relevant information:

    You generally can’t identify Jewish ancestory by a surname alone. Actually, there are really only three surnames (and their vacations)
    that are generally specific Jewish, Cohen, Levy and Israel. Yet even variations of these common Jewish-specific surnames may not
    be Jewish in origin. The surnames Cohan and even Cohen, for example, could instead be an Irish surname, derived from O’ Cadhen
    (descendant of Cadhon).

    There are clues to surnames that may be Jewish:

    Names ending in berg (Weinberg, Goldberg)
    Names ending in stein (Einstein, Hofstein)
    Names ending in witz (Rabinowitz, Horowitz)
    Names ending in baum (Metzenbaum, Himmelbaum)
    Names ending in thal (Blumenthal, Eichenthal)
    Names ending in ler (Adler, Winkler)
    Names ending in blum (Weissblum, Rosenblum)

    As you can see, many common Jewish surnames sound German.

  41. Anonymous, stay on those twinkling toes.

    I’m not going to mention Fred Goldsmith as a contender for the Jewish team. But i’ll digress to another popular sport down under: cricket. In a recent posting i chose an Australian XI of Deutsch origins, could you match them against a team of Jewish opponents?

    In my youth i considered this trio of Victorian batsmen as Jewish: Julian Wiener, Jeff Moss and Graham Yallop. Re the latter i’m wrong as it’s apparently an old Cornish name. The first player is confirmed as Jewish, but Jeff Moss? Anyhow please post a side that can battle the finest cricketers to hail from Deutschland.

    Prost,

    Glen!

  42. Firstly I have been doing more research and Adam Schneider, who was named in the centre for the German team isn’t Jewish, but has a Jewish father and a Catholic mother, like Todd Goldstein. The Jewish team could do with Schneider in the centre and put Trevor Korn to the interchange bench. The German team could then take Jack Ziebell from the bench and put him into the centre if that’s fine with the selectors.

    Also, although Fred Goldsmith has a surname that can be Jewish, he was not Jewish and had no known Jewish ancestory.. However, like Ariel Steinberg, I have decided to include him in the Jewish team at full back and Ariel Steinberg can go to the interchange bench.

    Here is the best Jewish cricket team of all time. As Australia don’t have enough quality representatives, I had to do more research
    into overseas players and this time the whole team appear to have been born Jewish.

    1 Julien Wiener (Victoria)
    2 Michael Klinger (Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia)
    3 Ali Bacher (South Africa)
    4 Adam Bacher (South Africa)
    5 Dennis Garnsy (South Africa)
    6 Jonathan Moss (Victoria, New South Wales)
    7 Ray Phillips (Queensland)
    8 Morris Sievers (Victoria)
    9 Norman Gordon (South Africa)
    10 Fred Trueman (England)
    11 Steve Herzberg (Western Australia/Tasmania)

    Julien Wiener played 6 Tests for Australia with a highest score of 93 against Pakistan. He was a great batsman for Victoria.

    Michael Klinger played 3 Twenty 20 matches for Australia, averaging 47. He played 182 first class matches
    with 11,320 runs at an average of 39.30. He played well for the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash.

    Ali Bacher played 12 Tests for South Africa from 1966 to 1970. He made 679 runs with a highest score of 73 at an
    average of 32.33.

    Adam Bacher played 19 Tests for South Africa from 1996 to 1998. He made 833 runs at an average of 26,
    with a highest score of 96.

    Dennis Garnsy played 2 Tests for South Africa in 1969-70 and scored 39 runs at an average of 19.50
    with a highest score of 30.

    Jonathan Moss was an all rounder for Victoria and New South Wales and played 83 first class matches.
    Please note that former Victorian and Australian Test batsman Jeff Moss is not Jewish and has no known
    Jewish links but Jonathan Moss is Jewish.

    Ray Phillips was a wicket keeper for Queensland and played 89 first class matches.

    Morris Sievers was an all rounder from Victoria and he played 3 Tests for Australia against England
    in 1936-37. His best Test bowling was 5 for 21 and his top Test score was 25 not out.
    His 9 Test wickets was at an average of 17.88 .

    Norman Gordon, from South Africa, born 1911, passed away 2014.
    He took 5 for 103 and 2 for 59 in his 1st Test match against England in 1938-39.
    With 20 wickets, he was the leading wicket-taker on either side in what was his only Test series.
    According to the England captain, Walter Hammond, he “ showed himself a really reliable right hander,
    always attacking and very difficult indeed to knock onto the defensive”.
    The son of Russian immigrants, Gordon was the first openly Jewish cricketer to play for South Africa
    and the first Test player to live to 100.

    Fred Trueman only found out that his maternal grandmother was Jewish not long before his death. Therefore his mother
    was Jewish, meaning that Fred Trueman was Jewish.
    Fred played 67 Tests for England and took 397 Test wickets at an average of 21.57.

    Steve Herzberg was a right arm off break spin bowler for Western Australia and Tasmania and played 9
    first class games.

    Once again, thie Jewish cricket team will have their work cut out against the strong German cricket team which I had looked at
    on your other recent posting.

    Paul Reiffel can both umpire the game and play for the German cricket team. I am sure he will be fair.
    When Reiffel bats and bowls, there will be the second umpire officiating.

    There will be no pre match, half time or after match entertainment because the cricket will be entertaining enough,
    especially if it’s a Twenty 20 game. Even if it’s a one day game or a Test match, the crowd will see good cricket.
    The players will appear for no monetary fee at the Junction Oval and all proceeds from the game
    will be donated to the Bushfire Relief Fund.

  43. Hey Annonymouse, did you hear about the young lady that fell asleep in front of a synagogue and woke up with a heavy due (jew0 on her tummy?

  44. Gold Star Anonymous. I was wrong with Jeff Moss.

    Denis Gamsy is one for the trivia buffs. He played the opening two tests during the Australian tour of 1969-70, prior to Denis Lindsay’s recall as the wicket keeper. I never understood why Lindsay missed the opening two tests as he flayed us on the previous tour of the Veldt.

    Gee whizz this Norman Gordon had a good innings; 103, same score as Kurt Douglas.

    Prost,

    Glen!

  45. Not bad, Fisho.

    This time, I have relied on the research of another respected sports writer, Daniel Cherny, from The Age.

    In an article from The Age back in December 2015, Daniel wrote:

    Have you heard the one about the Jew and the Muslim?
    At Coburg, it’s no joke. Already a club with a reputation for promoting multiculturalism, the Lions
    took things a step further when they signed forward Jake Lew from amateur club Ajax. Lew is Jewish,
    and was set to line up against perhaps the most ethnically diverted forward line ever assembled.
    Lew’s signature followed that of former St Kilda goalsneak Ahmed Saad, a Muslim who returned to state ranks
    to play alongside mates Danny Younan and Ozgar Uysal. Younan was born to a Lebanese mother and a Syrian
    father, while Uysal is Turkish. The Lions forward line also included Lech Featherstone, who was named after a Polish
    Union leader of the 1980s.

    This article from Daniel got me thinking who are the best AFL/VFL Muslim players of all time?
    I could only think of Bacher Hoult (Richmond), Adam Yze (Hawthorn), Ahmed Saad (St Kilda), Adam Saad
    (Gold Coast/Essendon), Danny Younan ( Coburg) and Ozgur Uysal (Coburg).
    This is only one third of a best 18, so I could not make a full team. Are there others I have left out and are there
    enough Muslim players to make a team?

    In breaking news, Billy Birmingham has offered his services to do the entertainment in the cricket match between
    the German and Jewish cricket teams. He has even suggested he could be 12th men for both teams.

    Also, as Glen had previously asked if someone could make up a best Jewish football team and subsequently a best
    Jewish cricket team, it got me thinking who are the best Jewish tennis players of all time?

    Firstly, it should be noted that any Davis Cup or Fed Cup situation, Germany definitely hold the upper hand with players
    of the calibre of Boris Becker, Steffi Graf and Angelique Kerber who have all won multiple Grand Slam singles titles.
    Of course Germany have had numerous other top players over the years.

    However, like in football and cricket, a lot less is commonly known about Jewish tennis players.
    Once again I have relied on the research of the American writer, David A Goodman, as Australia does not have any
    quality representatives on the list.
    In fact, there are actually 126 known Jewish tennis professional players but I am only going through the best of them.

    The Jewish Grand Slam singles champions are:
    1 Dick Savitt (USA)
    2 Brian Teacher (USA)
    3 Zsuzsa (Suzy) Kormoczy (Hungary)
    4 Helen Jacobs (USA)
    5 Vic Seixas (USA)

    Dick Savitt won Wimbledon in 1951 and the Australian Open in 1951. He was born in 1927 and will turn 93 on 4th March.

    Brian Teacher won The Australian Open in 1980. Teacher taught Warwick a lesson that day, winning the match
    in straight sets. Sorry to the Kim Warwick fans.

    Suzy Kormoczy won the 1958 French Open singles and is the only Jewish female to win a Grand Slam singles title.

    Why is Helen Jacobs only 4th on the list? She won the US Open 1932 to 1935 and Wimbledon in 1936.
    It’s because she had only a Jewish father.
    After Fisho’s joke about the synagogue, and Glen’s very early observation about the mother only being Jewish, I needed to do more research about this matter.
    Apparently, the orthodox synagogues for strictly practicising religious Jewish people, require the mother to be Jewish for
    the child to be Jewish, otherwise a strict conversion process is required to covert the mother to the Jewish faith before she has
    children.
    However, there are what’s known as Liberal synagogues where if the father is Jewish and the mother isn’t Jewish, the children
    will still be accepted into the Jewish faith. It all depends on what view you take. I hope I haven’t confused you.

    Vic Seixas had a Jewish father only and won Wimbledon in 1953 and 1954. Vic Seixas recently passed away aged 96.

    The Jewish Grand Slam doubles and mixed doubles champions are:
    1 Justin Gimelstob ( USA)
    2 Ilana Kloss (South Africa)
    3 Angela Buxton (United Kingdom)
    4 Eliot Teltsher (USA)
    5 Tom Okker (Netherlands)
    6 Jonathan Erlich (Israel)
    7 Andy Ram (Israel)
    8 Jim Grabb (USA)

    Other Jewish singles tennis players of note include:
    1 Brian Gottfried (USA)
    2 Harold Solomon (USA)
    3 Aaron Krickstein (USA)
    4 Solomon Glickstein (Israel)
    5 Amos Mansdorf (Israel)
    6 Dudi Sela (Israel)
    7 Nicholas Massu (Chile)
    8 Brad Gilbert (USA)
    9 Anna Smashnova (Israel)
    10 Shaar Peer (Israel)

    Current top Jewish players include:
    1 Diego Schwartzman (Argentina)
    2 Denis Shapavalov (Canada)
    3 Camilla Giorgi (Italy)

    Denis Shapavalov is a strange one. He is a Jewish mother and a Christian father. He wears a cross to identify
    with his father’s religion. However, his mother was recently quoted as saying that Denis is Jewish because
    she is Jewish.

    Anyway, although the Jewish team has some talent, it will be game, set and match to the more talented
    German team.

  46. The reason why it’s game, set and match to be the more talented German team is this:

    The German Grand Slam singles champions are:
    1 Steffi Graf
    2 Boris Becker
    3 Angelique Kerber
    4 Hilde Sterling
    5 Gottfried Von Cramm
    6 Cilly Aussem
    7 Michael Stich
    8 Henner Henkel

    Steffi Graf is the greatest German tennis player of all time. She won a staggering 22 Grand Slam singles titles. Some critics would argue that the number was inflated due to the horrific incident suffered to her rival, Monica Seles, at the peak of Seles’ career. That may be true as Seles was never the same player again, adding just one Grand Slam singles title to her 8 Grand Slam singles title at the age of 19.
    Yet Graf still got the job done against lesser opponents than Seles in other Grand Slam singles finals so Steffi was a great tennis player.
    Does the cricketer Shaun Graf have any German heritage?

    Boris Becker won 6 Grand Slam singles titles, including 3 Wimbledons, 2 Australian Opens and 1 US Open title. Who can forget his breakthrough Wimbledon singles title at age 17 and unseeded!

    Angelique Kerber has currently won 3 Grand Slam singles titles. They are The Australian Open in 2016, US Open 2016 and Wimbledon in 2018.

    Hilde Sperling won 3 French Open singles titles from 1935 to 1937.

    Gottfried Von Cramm won 2 French Open singles titles in 1934 and 1936.

    Cilly Aussem was awesome in winning the French Open and Wimbledon, both in 1931.

    Michael Stich won Wimbledon in 1991, defeating fellow German Boris Becker in the final.

    The German Grand Slam doubles champions are:
    1 Kevin Krawietz/Andreas Miles
    2 Phillipp Petscner
    3 Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
    4 Michael Stich

    Other German tennis players of note include:
    1 Rainer Schuttler
    2 Anke Huber
    3 Tommy Haas
    4 Nicholas Kiefer
    5 Carl Ube Steeb
    6 Bettina Bunge
    7 Eva Pfaff
    8 Sylvia Hanika
    9 Horst Skoff

    Current top German tennis players include:
    1 Angelique Kerber
    2 Alexander Zverev
    3 Phillipp Kolschreiber
    4 Jan-Lennard Struff
    5 Sabine Lisicki
    6 Julia Georges
    7 Andrea Petkovic
    8 Daniel Masur

    Both Hank Pfister and Fritz Buehning from the United States have German surnames.
    Wally Masur has a German surname. Sam Stosur’s surname sounds German but she has a Polish grandfather.
    John Newcombe married German tennis player Angelina Pfannenberg. Bewdy Newk!
    Andre Agassi married Steffi Graf. Andre Agassi was previously married to the famous American actress Brooke Shields, whose grandfather was American tennis player Frank Shields, who made the 4th round of the French Open in 1931, the final of Wimbledon in 1931 and the final of the US Open in 1930. He was an actor also.

    Anyway, let the Davis Cup and Fed Cup matches between the German and Jewish teams begin. It could be a double bagel for the German team but tennis, like cricket and football is a funny game.

  47. Glen, how about a team of Dutch names? Is it possible?
    Van der haar, Bos, Rutten, Klomp, Van berlo, etc.

  48. Anonymous wasn’t it Schlomo Glickstein ? He won a tournament in Hobart in the eraly 80’s. Ex-Israel army.

    DB, a Dutch side. Sounds good. As my background is Celtic & Deutsch i’ve not thought much about Dutch players so i need to think about it. Beyond the five you’ve mentioned who else comes to mind?

    Glen!

  49. Yes it was Shlomo Glickstein. Apologies to Shlomo. I actually had noticed that I had typed Solomon Glickstein after posting the comment, instead of Shlomo Glickstein. Shlomo was a singles quarter finalist of the Australian Open in 1981.

    Anyway I did some more investigation, and if you google Elena Svitolina, under Wikipedia, it states that she is Jewish. I honestly don’t know how accurate this information is. Elena made the semi finals of the Wimbledon singles in 2019 and the semi finals of the US Open singles in 2019 and is currently ranked number 6 in the world.

    Current Swiss player Timea Bacsinzsky has a Jewish father. Timea made the semi finals of the French Open singles in 2015 and 2017.

    Other current Jewish female tennis players include Madison Brengle from the United States and Canadian doubles player Sharon Fichman.

    Former USA player Mady Fish was Jewish. He made three Grand Slam singles quarter finals.

    I also want to make a correction with Fred Trueman’s number of Test wickets. He took 307 Test wickets, not 397 Test wickets. I noticed that typing error straight away after posting it.

    Anyway I’m sure I have left out more good German and Jewish tennis players but as long as the best of them have been mentioned, that
    should be more than enough.

  50. I don’t think anyone had mentioned the late Geelong and St Kilda footballer Jeff Fehring, whose surname is German. Of course he was famous for his huge torpedo punt that was measured at around 86 metres, kicked from the centre circle at Moorabbin in 1981.

  51. Also, this time I’ll get in first and admit that I typed Mardy Fish as Mady Fish. Apologies to Mardy.. Also I know I made several other name typing errors along the way including Stuart Loewe instead of Stewart Loewe, Phillipp Petscner instead of Phillip Petzschner, Bruce Lindbner instead of Bruce Lindner. Regarding Solomon Glickstein instead of Shlomo Glickstein my IPad keyboard was still thinking of Solomon from Harold Solomon. I also should have typed Bacher Houli instead of Bacher Hoult. I should have typed Eliot Teltscher instead of Eliot Teltsher and Julia Goerges instead of Julia Georges. I am normally good at spelling words but names are different and typing is different.

    I know I mentioned Henner Henkel as a German Grand Slam winner but I wanted to state that he won the French Open singles in 1937.

    Getting back to Jeff Fehring, rumour has it that when he kicked that miraculous goal from the centre circle at Moorabbin in 1981, the crowd roared and then chanted “Fezza You Bewdy”. Of course Alex Jesaulenko was coaching St Kilda at the time and when Alex Jesaulenko was marking and kicking goals for St Kilda as their captain coach, rumour has it that the crowd roared and chanted “Jesaulenko (Jezza) You Bewdy”.

  52. True Geoff Fehring, ex-Geelong, St Kilda ruckman. That huge roost was back in R 2 1981, almost 40 years back. Where have the last four decades gone ?

    Elliot Teltscher, there’s a blast from the past. Harold Solomon had a veritable contemporary twin, Eddie Dibbs. Not Jewish.

    These sides are intriguing. I’m happy to have footy and cricket sides of Deutsch origin, acknowledging my heritage. Re my Celtic family links too many options. In respect to my cheese’n’kisses a few years back i did a team of footballers from across the ditch . How many more teams can we conjure up ? What did Bob Dylan sing about, ‘Spanish is the loving tongue?’ A side of those with a Spanish heritage. What are the prospects of teams from Asia or Africa?

    Readers, Anonymous, Phil D, suggestions, teams.

    What did Bertolt Brecht say about so many reports, so many questions?

    Glen!

  53. Firstly, I’ll finish off my corrections. I should have typed Denis Shapavalov has a Jewish mother and a Christian father not Denis Shapavalov is a Jewish mother and a Christian father. If it was the latter, then that would be strange.

    Secondly, I should have mentioned that the German tennis team could win a double bagel match against the Jewish tennis team, instead of stating that it could be a double bagel for the German team, because the latter would imply that the German team would lose 6-0, 6-0.

    Thirdly, I should have mentioned that John Newcombe married former German tennis player, Angelique (Angelika) Pfannenberg, instead of Angelina Pfannenberg. She was the number 2 junior player in Germany when she met John Newcombe in Hamburg. Newk refers to her as Angie and John Newcombe’s parents also met on the tennis court.

    Of the current big names, Roger Federer married former Swiss professional tennis player, Miroslava (Mirka) Vavrinec. As far as I know Djokovic’s wife, Jelena Ristic, who he met in high school, has never played tennis seriously. Likewise, the same applies to Nadal’s wife Xisca Perello. Although I remember Nadal joking in a media interview on the Rod Laver tennis court after he won a match that his wife (or then girlfriend) has been given a “wildcard” to be in Australia with him. Andy Murray’s wife, Kim Sears, never played tennis seriously but her father is former professional player and is now a seasoned British coach, Nigel Sears.

    Before your last comment I was going to suggest doing the best German soccer team of all time after winning the World Cups in 1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014) but soccer is not my strength. Is it yours? However, your other suggestions of an AFL team from Spanish, Asian and African heritages sounds good but maybe it would be easier for you to do a combined best 22 or more from these 3 countries combined, otherwise you may struggle to get a best 22 from either of those countries.

    I know it may have been done somewhere else but have you have previously done a best 22 of all time from VFL/AFL footballers who have an Indigenous (Aboriginal) heritage? If not, I honestly think that would be the most exciting team to do literally and there would be probably be many good players who would miss out. The interchange bench would probably have to extend considerably.

  54. Both the German and the Jewish tennis teams can lay claim to rising young American tennis star, Taylor Friitz. Firstly, Taylor Fritz has a strong Jewish heritage but is not Jewish. His maternal grandfather was David May II, a Jewish leader in LA and ran the family business in his time – May Department Sores Co. that his grandfather started. At the time of David May II’s passing in 1992, the company had 324 department stores in 31 states.

    I was just going to write about Taylor Fritz’s surname being German, when I literally stumbled upon the above information.

    He is currently ranked number 38 in the world and has a similar game to Nick Kyrgios. His mother Kathy May Fritz was a top 10 player, and his father Guy Henry Fritz also played professional tennis and was named US Olympic development coach of the year for 2016. Taylor Fritz was the world’s top junior in 2015. He is now 22 years of age. When he was 19, he married tennis player Raquel Pedraza in July 2016, after dating for over 2 years. They met at the Junior tennis circuit. Raquel gave birth to the couple’s child, a boy named Jordan, in January 2017.

  55. Ta Anonymous.

    I surmise when you posted yesterday with the word countries, you meant continents ?

    If we go beyond German tennis players, to tennis players with German names Fritz Buehnig was handy in the early 80’s.

    I’d be staggered if there was no all time best team of indigenous. You could have multiples, or maybe a Koorie team, a Noonga team and a Murri team. All would be damn good.

    Soccer i know nought about. A few years back i did a team of English players from the Veldt. I don’t think i did an English team from the Caribbean, or sub-continent though.

    Certainly food for thought.

    Glen!

  56. How about a team of players that only managed the 1 game each?

  57. Glen, you are right about Fritz Buehning and I had mentioned him in the sentence after my current top German players posting, where I mentioned both American players Hank Pfister and Fritz Buehning as having German surnames. Also, yes I meant to type a combined team including players from the country Spain (or Spanish heritage) and players from the continents of Africa and Asia (or African and Asian heritage).

    However, having thought about that, I still think it would not be easy to come up with a combined full team that’s good enough from those heritages.

    Fisho, not a bad idea and there’s more than 22 players who would fit that category but unfortunately I believe that the majority of those
    players who have only played 1 game each did so because they weren’t really good enough. It’s still a great achievement to play one VFL/AFL game but the quality of the team would not really make for great reading. That’s just my opinion.

    Like with the football team of players with German heritage, you want a team where there are enough players to make a best 22 or more, but still have enough quality players in the team.

    I have looked through the novelty teams in the past years from the Footy Almanac and I these are my best suggestions:

    1 Best Indigenous Players of all time team
    2 Best father and son team
    3 A combined team of Italian, Greek and Dutch players into a best 22

    There was no mention in previous Footy Almanac teams of a best Indigenous team.

    A best father and son team was also not mentioned previously and for example, you could have Gary Ablett Senior at full forward and Gary Ablett Junior on a half forward flank or on the ball. I don’t know if you could fit Nathan Ablett in that team.

    I was going to suggest a best brothers team but I saw that has been done previously in the Footy Almanac.

    As far as the combined Dutch, Italian and Greek heritage teams are concerned, there may even be enough quality players to do a separate Greek and/or Italian teams.

    Anyway, Glen, I’m sure you’ll come up with an idea for a team that you like and that enough of the readers will like too.

  58. G’day Fisho. A couple of Almanackers are currently undertaking that project.

    Glen!

  59. I remember Harry Frei as a swing bowler for Qld I admit I can’t rember him as a footballer
    Jeff Fehring RIP lost the battle to the big black dog.Randal Gerlach ruckman key forward from Port Adelaide who also is no longer with us was a top player thanks,Glen

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