Friedrichsdorf Former football professional, sports show presenter and development worker Holger Obermann died at the age of 85.
His wife Barbara confirmed this to the German press agency. The “Hessische Niedersächsische Allgemeine” had previously reported on it. Accordingly, Obermann died on October 30 of the consequences of a corona infection. According to his wife, Obermann had been vaccinated twice and there was no booster vaccination. Born in Kassel, he also leaves two children and three grandchildren.
First German professional in the USA
Goalkeeper Obermann once played for Hessen Kassel, Concordia Hamburg and FSV Frankfurt before becoming the first German professional to go to SCE New Jersey in the USA in 1961. In 1966 his TV career began with ARD, for which he reported about 500 Bundesliga games. From 1971 to 1984 he also moderated the ARD sports show, and was on site as a reporter at five world championships.
Above all, Obermann made a name for himself as a development worker. He led numerous aid projects around the world. Foreign assignments on behalf of the DFB, FIFA, DOSB and the federal government have taken him to countries such as Gambia, Guinea, Malaysia, Taiwan and the Philippines. The globetrotter also traveled to crisis and war areas such as Sri Lanka after the earthquake, East Timor and Afghanistan. His last project was a youth soccer school in Nepal.
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