Fistball history – 35 years ago today …
… the sixth Men’s Fistball World Championship opened in Buenos Aires. Six teams took part in the three-day world championship. In the preliminary round everyone played against everyone. In the semifinals, the first-place team plays the fourth-place team from the preliminary round and the second-place team plays the third-place team from the preliminary round. The fifth and sixth-placed teams from the preliminary round played for fifth place. In the semifinals, Austria beat Switzerland 23-21. Germany won 27:23 against Brazil.
A few hours after the semifinals, Germany beat Austria 26:25 in the gold medal match, while third place went to Brazil with a 24:22 win. Fifth place was secured by a clear 34:19 against Chile by the team from Argentina, which hosted a Fistball World Championship for the first time. A total of about 6,000 spectators followed the action, 4,000 of them on the final day.
World Champion Germany: Dieter Thomas (TSV Pfungstadt), Dirk Schachtsiek, Udo Schulz (both TSV Hagen 1860), Udo Mehle, Udo Cymera (both TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Ulrich Richter (SV Wacker Burghausen), Torsten Büsselmann (Ahlhorner SV), Uwe Schäfer (TV Waibstadt);
Coach: Hansfried Heinrichs (TSV Pfungstadt).
Substitute Stefan Lebert (TuS RW Koblenz) was part of the team but was not officially allowed to play.