Ernst Lehner

Ernst Lehner (7 November 1912 – 10 January 1986, aged 75) was born in Augsburg.

Ernst Lehner was one of the paciest and most skilled outside rights of the mid-/late-1930s. His specialty was corner kicks; gaining a reputation for often trying (and succeeding) to convert them directly. In a 1937 World Cup qualifier against Estonia, with Germany one goal behind at half-time, Germany collected 18 corner kicks in the second half, two of which Lehner converted directly and two other corners of his were headed into the Estonian goal by Jupp Gauchel (Germany won 4-1). Lehner was considered to have been one of the best outside rights of the 1934 World Cup. Others touted him as “the best non-professional player in Europe” (professionalism was not allowed in Germany in the 1930s). He was one of the players selected to represent Western Europe against Central Europe in 1937.

(source: Wikipedia).

  • Member of Germany’s squad for the 1934 & 1938 FIFA World Cup (Schwaben Augsburg)
  • Matches played for Germany: 65 (1933-1942)
  • Goals: 31
  • Clubs:

TSV Schwaben Augsburg

Blau-Weiß 90 Berlin

  • Matches played for Germany in the FIFA World Cup: 9 (5 goals)

1934 World Cup first round: Germany – Belgium 5-2

1934 World Cup quarter-final: Germany – Sweden 2-1

1934 World Cup semi-final: Germany – Czechoslovakia 1-3

1934 World Cup third place match: Germany – Austria 3-2 (2 goals)

1938 World Cup qualifying: Finland – Germany 0-2 (1 goal)

1938 World Cup qualifying: Germany – Estonia 4-1 (2 goals)

1938 World Cup qualifying: Germany – Sweden 5-0

1938 World Cup first round: Germany – Switzerland 1-1

1938 World Cup first round: Germany – Switzerland 2-4

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