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 Paul JANES 1935-1940 
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Name: Paul Janes

Nickname: "World Champion of Precision"


Country: :GER: Germany
Club: Fortuna Düsseldorf
Position: *CB, DMF, SB
Side: RF/RS
Age: 23-28 years (11/03/1912)

Height: 178 cm
Weight: 77 kg

Attack: 67
Defence: 90
Balance: 85
Stamina: 81
Top Speed: 81
Acceleration: 80
Response: 82
Agility: 77
Dribble Accuracy: 79
Dribble Speed: 75
Short Pass Accuracy: 80
Short Pass Speed: 76
Long Pass Accuracy: 79
Long Pass Speed: 81
Shot Accuracy: 75
Shot Power: 94
Shot Technique: 78
Free Kick Accuracy: 84
Curling: 72
Header: 82
Jump: 86
Technique: 81
Aggression: 66
Mentality: 88
Goalkeeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 83

Injury Tolerance: B
Condition: 7
Weak Foot Accuracy: 5
Weak Foot Frequency: 5
Consistency: 7
Growth type: Standard

S04 - PK Taker
S07 - Man Marking
P11 - Long Ranger

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Penalties - Marking - Middle Shooting

Attack/Defence Awareness Card: Defence Minded


One of the finest defenders of the pre-Second World War era, Germany's Paul Janes played with great distinction as first a half-back and then later in his career as a full-back. A strong, intelligent player, he also displayed a flair which was unusual for someone who played in his position and had a reputation for spectacular free kicks and bicycle kicks at a time which such abilities were much rarer than they are today. Paul Janes was born on 10 March 1912, the youngest of eight children and after leaving school completed an apprenticeship as a bricklayer. Playing football locally with Jahn Küppersteg, in the suburbs of Leverkusen, Janes was watched by scouts from Fortuna Düsseldorf who offered him a trial at the club. They were sufficiently impressed to offer him a contract, and Janes joined Fortuna in 1930, at the age of 18. His first team debut came in March 1931, at that point playing as a right half-back. Having broken into the team Janes quickly became a first choice starter, gaining a reputation not just for his strength but also his exceptional positional play and superb heading ability. He also took free kicks and penalties, allegedly with such power that one team-mate claimed that Janes had once hit the crossbar with a penalty and the ball rebounded nearly half the length of the field. During his time with Fortuna Düsseldorf, the club was one of the strongest in western Germany. There was no national league at that time, with regional competitions and national play-offs. Fortuna won the west region title in 1930-31, Janes first season, but lost out in the opening round of the national play-offs. Two years later, Janes did win a first major honour when Fortuna gained revenge on Schalke 04, who had beaten them in the western final and were hot favourites, by claiming a comprehensive 3-0 win in the national final. His performances for Fortuna earned Janes an international debut against Hungary in October 1932 and he managed to establish himself in the team in the lead up to the 1934 World Cup in Italy. In Germany's opening match, a 5-2 win over Belgium, he played in his familiar position of right-half but found himself left out of both the quarter-final win over Sweden and the semi-final defeat to Czechoslovakia. Returning to the team for the third place match against Austria, Janes was moved to the full-back position and it was there that he would spend most of the remainder of his career. During the 1930s, the German league structure was reorganised in to 16 regional league in which only the champions would advance to the national play-offs, and Janes had to wait until the 1935-36 season to get another run at national success when Fortuna won the Niederrhein title. They advanced through the national play-offs to the final against 1. FC Nürnberg, but were agonisingly denied by a 2-1 extra-time defeat. In the summer of 1936 Janes was injured and missed the Olympic Games in Berlin, which ended in embarrassing defeat for Germany at the hands of Norway. There was also further frustration at domestic level. In 1937 Fortuna narrowly missed out on another trophy with defeat in the German Cup final against Schalke and although they won the Niederrhein regional title in every year until 1940, they were never able to advance past the national semi-finals. In the one semi-final they did reach, in 1938, it was again Schalke who ended hopes of a second national title. The German national team seemed to be growing stronger, and in 1937 Janes played in a famous 8-0 win over Denmark which established them as one of the favourites for the 1938 World Cup in France. They cruised through qualifying, but when the tournament came round could not find their form and were eliminated after a first round replay defeat at the hands of Switzerland. To this day, that remains the only time Germany/West Germany have been knocked out of the World Cup before the quarter-finals. The following year, Janes was named national captain by manager Sepp Herberger, a position which he would hold until the end of his international career in 1942. His calmness and intelligent understanding of the game made him an ideal captain. 1939 also brought his first international goal, in a narrow 3-2 win over Yugoslavia in Berlin. Janes went on to score seven goals for Germany and in keeping with his reputation as a dead-ball specialist, all seven were either free kicks or penalties. Perhaps the highlight of his 31 games as captain was an impressive 5-2 win over two-time reigning world champions Italy in Berlin in November 1939. As with all players of his generation, Janes' career was interrupted by the Second World War. He served in the German Navy, but continued to appear regularly for the national team until winning the last of his 71 caps against Slovakia in November 1942. That was a record total at the time, and would remain so until broken by Uwe Seeler almost 30 years later. He also continued to play for Fortuna, as well as guesting for a number of other clubs. Returning to Fortuna permanently after the war, Janes played on until 1950 when at the age of 38, he seemed set to be selected for Germany's first post-war international but broke his foot shortly before the match and was forced to retire from playing soon after. He tried to move into coaching, initially with Fortuna and then with a number of other German clubs, but seemed to lack the necessary skills to be a coach and eventually left active involvement in football. In his later years Janes ran a restaurant and a pub in Düsseldorf with his wife. He continued to live in the city for the remainder of his life but was a very private man and gradually withdrew more and more from public view. He died suddenly of a heart attack on 12 June 1987 at the age of 75, while travelling on a tram in the city. In his honour, Fortuna named their training and reserve team stadium after him.

Thu Mar 14, 2013 3:16 pm

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JeanMarc, what do you think of this set? IMO there are some things that should/could be changed:
Registered Position: SB -> CB
STA looks too high, I don't think he was better than Kupfer there..
I'm also not sure about RES & AGI, at least RES should be decreased a little bit..
Regarding FKA & CUR, I'd rather say that FKA should be higher than CUR as his freekicks were hard and accurate but I never read that they had much spin ;)

Thu May 19, 2016 8:58 pm

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Location: Modena, Italy
General update...

I also think Consistency should be 8, in every game he was the best player of his team, consistent for years...

Also CUR could be even lower than what i gave him. His free kicks were like those from Alex (Chelsea,Milan), blasted with front part of the boot, I don't know why Charruan gave him such a high value...

And DEF should be even in orange. He had excellent sense of positioning and reading of the moves of opponents, it was impossible to pass him in 1-1 situations...

Fri May 20, 2016 8:16 am
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I agree with your suggestions ;)
A quote about his positioning:
"Der kompromisslose und clevere Düsseldorfer war eine wahre Koryphäe im Antizipieren gegnerischer Spielzüge, vermochte seiner Mannschaft durch sein kluges Stellungsspiel, das sich bis in die vorderen Reihen erstreckte, Auftrieb und Drang zu geben"

What value do you suggest for him?
Regarding CUR, 72 or 73 should be good enough for him. I have Hans Stubb on 72 and Janes could be in the same region IMO ;)

Fri May 20, 2016 2:27 pm

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JeanMarc wrote:
Ok, for CUR i agree. Meanwhile I'd go with 91 or 92 for DEF. But what about HEA and JUM, my sources don't mention it too much so I think it could go down a bit..

Regarding HEA I don't have anything in my sources, the only thing I found is this one here:
Viel Aufhebens machte er um seine Person nicht und er hatte ganz einfache Erklärungen zum Fußball. Wie etwa für sein überragendes Kopfballspiel: „Man muss im richtigen Augenblick höher springen als der Gegner.“

So yes it could be reduced a bit although I don't have a specific number in mind..
For DEF it's up to you to give him 91 or 92, IMO both values fit as he was surely one of the best defenders in the world during his prime and also one of the greatest German defenders ever..

Fri May 20, 2016 6:26 pm
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