Ernst Kuzorra

Biographical information

Full nameErnst•Kuzorra
Used nameErnst•Kuzorra
Born16 October 1905 in Gelsenkirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen (GER)
Died1 January 1990 in Gelsenkirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen (GER)
AffiliationsFC Schalke 04, Gelsenkirchen (GER)
NOC Germany


Together with his brother-in-law Fritz Szepan, Ernst Kuzorra created the so-called “Schalke tourniquet.” He played for this club from 1915-50, and helped them earn German Championships in 1934-35, 1937, 1939-40, and 1942, also winning the 1937 German Cup. He is still considered a cult figure at Schalke. He made his début in the national team as the first player from FC Schalke 04. It still seems surprising that despite his reputation, he earned only 12 international caps, scoring five goals, but this was due to differences Kuzorra had with national team coach Otto Nerz.

Kuzorra remained with Schalke as a board member and consultant until his death, later as a regular guest of honor, always with a cigar in his mouth in the stadium. By profession, Kuzorra was a mine worker, then owner of a cigar shop. He also coached BV Borussia Dortmund in 1935-36, and later had several years with SpVgg Erkenschwick.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Football (Football) GER Ernst Kuzorra
Football, Men (Olympic) Germany DNS