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Gottscheer Relief Association, New York

Blau-Weiss Gottschee

Description:  Soccer Club founded in 1951, member of the German-American Soccer League. 

History:  In the early and mid-1950’s, many Gottscheers emigrated from Austria to the U.S.A., a large number of them settling in the Ridgewood and Glendale sections of Queens, New York.  Being new to this country, many of these immigrants yearned to be part of an organization or club with which they could identify.  However, for the sport-loving Gottscheers who were interested in the game of soccer, there was no Gottscheer Soccer Club for which to root or play.  Gottscheer soccer players had no choice but to play for other German Soccer Clubs in the area.  Playing for different teams, frequently against each other, did not enhance the togetherness they sought.  Finally, many came to the realization that the only way they could play together was to form their own soccer club.  It was in this spirit that Blau-Weiss Gottschee was founded in 1951 and became a member of the German-American Soccer League.

During the 50’s and 60’s, most of the interest of the Gottscheer fans was in the Men’s First Team.  After playing four seasons in the Second Division of the German-American Soccer League (GASL), they won the Championship for the 1955-56 season and thereby achieved their primary goal, a promotion to the Major Division of the GASL.  Starting in the late 50’s, Blau-Weiss Gottschee began to field its greatest Men’s Teams.  The team with the Loske brothers, Helmut and Walter, Charley Fister, and Siggi Gudzienties formed an explosive forward line and the defense was anchored by such stalwarts as Joe Krische and Willie Schaller (elected to the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame in 1995).  It was not uncommon for that team to pack upwards of 2000 spectators into Metropolitan Oval to see them play.  The Men’s Team ultimately achieved their most noteworthy accomplishment when they won the GASL Major Division Championship for the 1962-63 season, a feat that was not to be duplicated until the 1990-91 season when the First Team again won the Championship of the now renamed Cosmopolitan Soccer League. 

From the very beginning, Blau-Weiss Gottschee was also destined to have an outstanding Junior Soccer Movement.  Shortly after the Club’s inception, Intermediate (under 16) and Junior (under 19) teams were formed.  With a team composed entirely of young immigrant soccer players, the B.W. Gottschee Junior Team won the Eastern U.S. Championship in 1955 and, since there was no final that year, they were declared U.S. Co-Champions.  It was in 1961 that the Club formed their first Boys Teams.  Whereas most of the soccer players in the early days of the Junior Movement were European born, many of these players were born in America.  During the subsequent years, the American-born players gradually became the majority. 

    John Krische - President
    Dominick Giampapa - Vice Pres.
    Walter Schemitsch - Treasurer

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The B.W. Gottschee Junior Movement celebrated its greatest triumph on August 18, 1985 when the Intermediate (under-16) Team won the U.S. Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada.  It was the first such team from the New York/New Jersey area to win the Niotis Cup.  This crowning achievement simply solidified the Club’s reputation for having what many soccer coaches considered to be the best youth program in the Eastern U.S.  This judgement is based not only on the record number of Championships won, but also on the creative and skillful play which has developed players for the professional ranks as well as for the U.S. Men’s and Junior National Teams.  Players who have come out of the program to play professionally or on National and Junior National Teams include Walter Loske, Joe Krische, Willy Schaller, Siggi Stritzl, Helmut Kofler, Alfred Kikel, Joe Fink, Arnold Mausser (elected to the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame in 2003), Richard Kren, Erhardt Kapp, Michael Windischmann (former Captain of the U.S. Olympic and National Team), Stephen Pfeil, Arnold Siegmund, and Mohammad Mashriqi.  Some of these have also starred professionally both here and abroad, such as Siggi Stritzl, Joe Fink, and Erhardt Kapp for the N.Y. Cosmos, Arnold Mausser for the Tampa Bay Rowdies, John Grasser for the Rochester Lancers, Dragan Radovich for the Portland Timber, Dario Brose for the San Jose Earthquakes, and last but certainly not least, Walter Loske for F.C. Brugge and Graz A.C. 

More recently, the youth movement has been expanding and volunteerism by coaches and select parents is at its highest level ever.  As a result, several teams have met with a great deal of success.  The successes achieved by these teams is not accidental and is directly attributable to the work put in by the players and coaches in training and in games, and because as a Club, Blau-Weiss Gottschee will always emphasize sound soccer principles.  In addition, the Club also continues to sponsor teams on the Senior level, thereby providing an avenue for our youth players to remain within the program as they get older.

Over the years, as so many soccer clubs in the area have disappeared or scaled back their operations, Blau-Weiss Gottschee still remains one of the largest and most successful clubs around.  Although there are now far fewer ethnic Gottscheers living in the Ridgewood and Glendale areas, Blau-Weiss Gottschee continues to attract and retain new and young players to the club which is especially evident in the intramural and girls programs.  This bodes well for the future of the club and will keep the name Blau-Weiss Gottschee well respected in soccer circles for many years to come.

657 Fairview Avenue
Ridgewood, New York 11385
tel: 718-366-3030