Hans Schäfer

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Hans Schäfer
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Schäfer (left), 1957
Personal information
Date of birth (1927-10-19) 19 October 1927 (age 86)
Place of birth Köln-Zollstock, Germany
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Left winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1948–1965 1. FC Köln 394 (254)
National team
1952–1962 West Germany 39 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Hans Schäfer (born 19 October 1927 in Zollstock, Cologne) is a former German footballer. He played for 1. FC Köln between 1948 and 1965.[1] He also played for the West-Germany national football team, earning 39 caps and scoring 15 goals.[2] He played in three World Cups, in 1954, 1958, and 1962, earning a winner's medal in 1954 and scoring a total of seven goals. Between 1957 and 1962, Schäfer captained Germany 16 times. He is normally considered one of Germany's greatest wingers and was particularly known for his long shots.

Schäfer's position was that of an outside left. In the latter stages of his career, he became an inside left forward. He debuted for Germany on 9 November 1952, in the international friendly against Switzerland, scoring a goal. During the 1954 FIFA World Cup, Schäfer scored four goals and throughout the tournament was one of Germany's best forwards.

Schäfer won the German football championship with 1. FC Köln in 1962 and 1964 and was voted German Footballer of the Year in 1963, at the age of 35. He played in the first two seasons of the newly founded Bundesliga 39 matches (20 goals) before retiring from professional football.[3]

As of 2014, Schäfer is one of the only two players still alive from the 1954 FIFA World Cup winner team, the other being Horst Eckel.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hans Schäfer". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Matthias Arnhold (18 April 2004). "Hans Schäfer - International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Matthias Arnhold (11 April 2013). "Johann Schäfer - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Fritz Walter
Germany captain
1956–1958
Succeeded by
Helmut Rahn
Preceded by
Herbert Erhardt
Germany captain
1962
Succeeded by
Uwe Seeler