1st goalscorer in the Bundesliga in '63 dies at 73


ZURICH (AP) -- Friedhelm "Timo" Konietzka, who scored the first goal in the newly formed Bundesliga in 1963 and went on to win the German championship with 1860 Munich before emigrating to Switzerland, has died. He was 73.

Konietzka, who died Monday at his home in Brunnen, had been suffering from cancer, according to Zurich daily Blick. In a death notice published Tuesday, Konietzka thanked the Swiss assisted suicide group Exit for helping him end his own life.

Konietzka played for his hometown club VfB 08 Luenen before joining Borussia Dortmund, winning the western regional league in 1963.

That year, Dortmund became one of 16 teams picked to form West Germany's first top-level league since World War II. On the first day of play on Aug. 24, 1963, Konietzka scored against Werder Bremen in the first minute of the match.

The goal happened so quickly that photographers and cameramen failed to capture it.

"Until this day no film or photo record of this historic moment has surfaced," the German Football Association said in a tribute to Konietzka on its website.

Konietzka's second noteworthy achievement was a less happy one. Having joined 1860 Munich to win the 1966 Bundesliga title, Konietzka found himself at the center of a football scandal. In a match against his former club on Oct. 8, 1966, he asaulted the referee in protest at an alleged handball by Dortmund's Siggi Held.

The German league handed Konietzka an unprecedented six-month ban.

Konietzka moved to Switzerland in 1967 and joined FC Winterthur. He retired as a player in 1971 to become a coach, winning the Swiss league three times with FC Zurich between 1974 and 1976 and once with Grasshoppers Zurich in 1982.