Allofs in 2008
|Full name||Klaus Allofs|
|Date of birth||5 December 1956|
|Place of birth||Düsseldorf, West Germany|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Current club||VfL Wolfsburg (sporting director)|
|1981–1987||1. FC Köln||177||(88)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
A prolific goalscorer for club and country, his younger brother, Thomas, was also a professional footballer – and a striker. He amassed Bundesliga totals of 424 games and 177 goals over the course of 15 seasons (being crowned the competition's top scorer on two occasions), mainly representing Fortuna Düsseldorf and Köln.
Born in Düsseldorf, Allofs began playing professionally for home team Fortuna Düsseldorf, in 1975. He started his career as an attacking midfielder, and scored nearly 100 overall goals for the club, helping it two consecutive German cup wins, while often playing upfront with sibling Thomas. In 1978–79, he finished as the Bundesliga's topscorer, and also scored four in eight in Fortuna's UEFA Cup Winners' Cup runner-up run, including one in the final, an extra time loss against FC Barcelona.
In 1981 Allofs joined 1. FC Köln, where he continued scoring at an excellent rate. In 1985–86, he only netted seven times in the league, but added nine in as many matches in the UEFA Cup, as the team lost the final on aggregate to Real Madrid. In the following season, he re-teamed with Thomas, then left the country during three years, playing in France with Olympique de Marseille.
Allofs retired in June 1993 at nearly 37, after three seasons with SV Werder Bremen, still managing to figure regularly. In the 1991–92 Cup Winners' Cup he scored in the final against AS Monaco FC, in an eventual 2–0 win. In his final year, he played 16 games without scoring – the only time it happened in his career, save for his rookie campaign – as Werder won the league; in total, he appeared in 424 league matches, totalling 177 goals. Sharing his goalscoring record with Dieter Müller, he left the game as the competition's alltime seventh scorer.
In 1999, Allofs was hired as coach of Fortuna Düsseldorf. After leaving this position, he left for an old acquaintance, Werder Bremen, going on to work for over a decade as general manager. In November 2012, Allofs left Bremen to join VfL Wolfsburg as their new sporting director.
Allofs went on to feature for the nation at the victorious UEFA Euro 1980 (where he scored three times to top the goalcharts, all in a 3–2 group stage win against Holland), Euro 1984 and 1986 FIFA World Cup. Pushed to the sidelines by emergent Rudi Völler and Jürgen Klinsmann, he retired from international play on 31 March 1988, scoring in a friendly with Sweden.
- Fortuna Düsseldorf
- Werder Bremen
- National Team
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- "1991/92: Bremen shine in Stadium of Light". UEFA.com. 1 June 1992. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
- "Allofs stays loyal to Bremen". UEFA.com. 18 February 2008. Retrieved 30 July 2009.
- "Allofs builds for Bremen's future". UEFA.com. 3 July 2009. Retrieved 30 July 2009.
- "Klaus Allofs Leaves Werder Bremen for Wolfsburg Post". Inside Futbol. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
- Klaus Allofs at fussballdaten.de (German)
- Klaus Allofs at National-Football-Teams.com
- Klaus Allofs at worldfootball.net