Dieter Lindner gave his debut for Eintracht in 1957 aged 17 and was the youngest Frankfurt player in the Berlin final, then 19 years old. He played an offensive role on the left wing, closely working together with the influential Alfred Pfaff.

After ending his active player career he had various functions at Eintracht Frankfurt including vice president in 1980/81 and interim president in 1996 when he helped saving the club from insolvency and low division football.

Schobberobber: Mr. Lindner, many thanks for spending some time to tell us about the Berlin final. How was the build up to the final, and how did the team prepare?

SR: Tell us a bit about the team, were they mainly from Frankfurt? And what were their occupations apart from being Eintracht players?

SR: What was manager Paul Oßwald like?

SR: There was great excitement in and around Frankfurt. Do you remember much of the fans? Was it special for the players that the opponent was the local rival from Offenbach?

SR: Tell us about the game itself, did you get nervous when Eintracht had to go to extra time? What’s your memory of the penalty, some Offenbachers claimed it was a bad referee decision?


SR: But the game still wasn’t over and Kickers nearly came back again.


SR: What happened after the final whistle?


SR: And then you flew back to Frankfurt on a PanAm flight and thousands were awaiting the team.


I would like to thank Dieter and Renate Lindner, for making this interview possible. And also thanks to my mom Hannelore who introduced me to the Lindners. We’ll speak again in a year’s time about the 1960 European Cup final in Glasgow!