The first hat trick in the Bundesliga – an obituary for the death of Otto Geisert

1. FC Kaiserlautern mourns Otto Geisert, who died on Friday, January 8th, 2021 at the age of 81. Born in Nordhorn, he began his footballing career at a young age at Eintracht Nordhorn, for which he played in the Oberliga Nord in the 1961/62 season. He went to the Betzenberg at the beginning of the 1965/66 season. He wore the FCK jersey for five years, scored 21 goals for the Red Devils in 153 Bundesliga games and was active in the traditional FCK team for many years after his career.

His first year in the Oberliga Nord ended with the descent of his home club Eintracht Nordhorn. Before the final round of the Oberliga Süd in 1962/63, the 22-year-old striker moved from the relegated Oberliga Nord to the Karlsruher Wildpark and made a decisive contribution to the fact that the Karlsruher SC could join the list of founding members of the Bundesliga. After all, his 15 goals at KSC were a guarantee for reaching the 5th place in the Oberliga. The final placement was essential for qualifying for the Bundesliga.

In the Bundesliga, Otto Geisert played a total of 45 games for Karlsruher SC between 1963 and 1965 and scored ten goals. In the newly founded top German league, Otto Geisert was the first player to do a (flawless) hat trick. On the 6th matchday on October 5, 1963, KSC was 2-1 back in the away game in Nuremberg at the break. With the equalizer in the 55th minute, the Karlsruhe lead to 3: 2 in the 65th minute and the final point to 4: 2 in the 90th minute, he scored three times in one half and ensured the victory of his team. Otto Geisert, who was originally a center forward, played in that game, by the way, as an exception, in the unfamiliar position of the left winger. In the 1964/65 season he retired from the position of center forward into midfield.

For the 1965/66 season, he switched to 1. FC Kaiserslautern. At Betzenberg he ran in five seasons under the coaches Gyula Lóránt, Otto Knefler, Egon Piechaczek and again in 1969/70 under Gyula Lóránt. During this time he played 153 Bundesliga games for the Red Devils, in which he scored 21 goals. Then the Bundesliga chapter was over for him. On the final day of the 1969/70 season, when FCK lost 4-2 in the away game against Hannover 96, he played his last Bundesliga game. In total, he made 164 competitive games at FCK, including the DFB Cup. Numerous games in the traditional FCK team were to follow later. But after the end of his time as a professional at FCK Otto Geisert moved to Belgium for the first division Royal Charleroi Sporting Club for the 1970/71 season.

After just one year, he returned to Germany, back to the south-west of Germany, to FC 08 Homburg in the Regionalliga Südwest. In the last year of the second-rate regional league system, 1973/74, he finished third in the southwest with Homburg behind Borussia Neunkirchen and 1. FC Saarbrücken. He played his last competitive game on March 3, 1974 in the 3-2 defeat in the away game against 1. FC Saarbrücken. For FC Homburg he scored 23 goals in 55 games. After his time in Homburg, he ended his career as a professional player. Above all, he remained loyal to FCK and wore the FCK jersey at numerous appearances by the traditional FCK team, even after his time as a professional. Otto Geisert died on Friday, January 8th, 2021 at the age of 81 in Kaiserslautern. We will keep him an honorable memory.

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