Otto Fischer (footballer)

Otto "Schloime" Fischer (1 January 1901 1 July 1941) was a former Austrian football player who played left winger, and coached.[1] He made 7 appearances for the Austrian national team. He was killed in the Liepāja massacres in Latvia during the Holocaust in Latvia.

Otto Fischer
Personal information
Full name Otto Fischer
Date of birth (1901-01-01)1 January 1901
Place of birth Vienna, Austria-Hungary
Date of death 1 July 1941(1941-07-01) (aged 40)
Place of death Liepaja, Latvia
Position(s) Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1920–1921 ASV Hertha Wien
1921 Karlsbader FK
1923–1926 First Vienna FC
1926–1930 Hakoah Vienna
National team
1923–1928 Austria 7 (0)
Teams managed
1928 Napoli
1930–1931 Mačva Šabac
1932–1934 DSV Saaz
1934–1935 Concordia Zagreb
1936–1941 Olimpia Liepaja
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Player career

He was born in Austrian capital Vienna, back then capital of Austro-Hungary, and was Jewish.[2] His parents were Heinrich Fischer, born in 1860 in Gewitch, Moravia (now Jevíčko, Czech Republic), and Netti Fischer (nee Pokorny) born in 1870 in Betley (or Bettlern), Moravia.[3]

Fischer played with ASV Hertha Wien in the Austrian National League and Karlsbader FK.[3] He then played six consecutive seasons in the Austrian championship, first as left forward with First Vienna FC (3 seasons, 1923 till 1926), then with Hakoah Vienna (3 seasons, 1926 till 1930[4]) and including a spell with Wacker Wien (half season of 1927–28).[3][5]

Between 1923 and 1928 he made 7 appearances for the Austrian national team.[6] A knee injury ended his playing career.[1]

Managerial career

Fischer became coach of Napoli at the start of the 1928–29 Divisione Nazionale, but was replaced during the season by Giovanni Terrile.[7]

He coached Serbian side FK Mačva Šabac in the 1930–31 Yugoslav Championship.[8][9] He also coached DSV Saaz and HŠK Concordia.[10][11]

Then he moved in 1936 to Latvia, where he coached Olimpia Liepaja.[12][13][1] Under him, the team did not lose a game as they won the League in Fischer’s first season, and again in 1938 and 1939.[1]

He was killed in the Liepāja massacres, Latvia, in July 1941.[14]

See also


  1. University, Manchester Metropolitan. "Story, Manchester Metropolitan University". Manchester Metropolitan University.
  2. Bolchover, David (May 6, 2019). "Remembering the cream of Jewish footballing talent killed in the Holocaust" via
  3. "Otto „Schloime" Fischer | Liepajas ebreju mantojums".
  4. Statistik Ö1 (Wien I. Liga) 1929/30 at
  5. Otto Fischer at
  6. Otto Fischer at
  7. Le rose storiche degli anni '20 at Napoli official website, retrieved 22–1–2017 (in Italian)
  8. Mačva (Šabac) at
  9. 1930/1931 Archived 2018-08-09 at the Wayback Machine at
  10. "Die Legionäre". 2. Auflage: österreichische Fußballer in aller Welt by David Forster, Bernhard Hachleitner, Robert Hummer and Robert Franta, page 261
  11. Concordia (Zagreb) at
  12. Otto Fischer at
  13. Liepājas ebreji pēta pagātni, dzīvojot šodienai un nākotnei II at, 1-8-2014, retrieved 2-12-2015
  14. Otto Fischer at