Otto Siffling

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Otto Siffling
Graffiti in Mannheim dedicated to Siffling
Personal information
Full name Otto Siffling
Date of birth (1912-08-03)3 August 1912
Place of birth Mannheim, Baden, Germany
Date of death 20 October 1939(1939-10-20) (aged 27)
Position(s) Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Waldhof Mannheim
National team
1934–1938 Germany 31 (17)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Otto Siffling (3 August 1912 – 20 October 1939) was a German footballer who played as a forward for SV Waldhof Mannheim and the Germany national team. As Germany international, he made 31 appearances scoring 17 goals between 1934 and 1938 and was a participant in the 1934 FIFA World Cup, where he scored a goal. He was part of the Breslau Eleven that beat Denmark 8–0 in Breslau in 1937 and went on to win 10 out 11 games played during that year.

Siffling was one of the most talented center forwards of the 1930s. An opinionated and exceptionally gifted player, Siffling was a virtuoso on the pitch who impressed with his ingenuity and imagination when on the ball. Being not keen on overly physical play, he was not a traditional center forward, preferring to create more than to score.[1] Taciturn in nature, he did not like to be in the spotlight and ovations at times made him feel uncomfortable.[2] His performance for the Breslau XI in 1937 was the pinnacle of his career. In 1938 his level suddenly dropped inexplicably, so that he was not starting in the 1938 World Cup. A year later he died of a pleurisy aged 27.

In his 1978 book Fussball, Helmut Schön characterised Siffling as follows:

"As a center forward he was not a tank but a playing center forward who still was enormously dangerous in front of the goal; in the famous game in Breslau he scored five goals. He was creating goals and scoring goals."


  1. ^ Bitter, Jürgen. Deutschlands Fußball Nationalspieler, Sportverlag, 1997, p. 460.
  2. ^ Bitter, Jürgen. Deutschlands Fußball Nationalspieler, Sportverlag, 1997, p. 461.

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