Schönhauser Allee 58

Richard Girulatis Richard Girulatis was an outstanding trainer active in the first half of the 20th century. He wrote several textbooks and made the first teaching film about football. For some time he kept a sporting goods store in Schönhauser Allee 58.

Richard Girulatis was an outstanding trainer in Germany’s sports history.

Richard Girulatis had been playing football since his early youth, and at not yet 13 he was one of the founders of the BTuFC Britannia 1892 (Berliner Thor- und Fußball-Club Britannia 1892). In 1908, after having lived abroad several years, among other places also in America, he started a career as trainer and manager at the Union 92 club. In terms of sports, Girulatis based his work on modern English football and initially he took his ideas from the championship trainer William Townley who was working in Germany at that time. But Girulatis soon also developed his own ideas and practice routines and led Tennis Borussia to a win shortly before the First World War. By then widely known throughout Germany, he was named national trainer and put in charge of preparing the DFB’s all-star team for the 1916 Olympic Games in Berlin. However, the outbreak of the First World War put an end to all such ambitions. In 1920 Girulatis taught at the world’s first university for physical exercise, the German university for physical exercise (Deutsche Hochschule für Leibesübungen) in Berlin. In the 1920s he worked with national top teams, training among them Tennis Borussia, Hertha BSC, and the Hamburger SV. This career made Girulatis one of the outstanding trainers in the history of German football.

Additional topics on the information board

  • Tennis Borussia
  • Sporting goods store in the Schönhauser Allee
  • Publications by Girulatis
  • Retreat during the Nazi era