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|Date of birth||1 May 1968|
|Place of birth||Karlsruhe, West Germany|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|1988–1990||West Germany U-21||10||(7)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Oliver Bierhoff (born 1 May 1968 in Karlsruhe) is a retired German former football striker, who scored the first golden goal in the history of major international football, for Germany in the Euro 96 final. He is mostly renowned for his excellent abilities as a target man being able to deliver pin-point headers towards goal.
The son of a German utility magnate, Bierhoff played for nine different clubs, in four different leagues. He scored a total of 103 goals in Serie A, one of the highest totals for a non-Italian in the league's history. In the 1997–98 season, he was the Serie A top scorer with 27 goals for Udinese.
Bierhoff, however, was never a success in the Bundesliga. After failing to shine in Germany, he got his chance in the Austrian Bundesliga. That gave him the chance at Ascoli in Italy. But it was at Udinese, under Alberto Zaccheroni, that Bierhoff found success and won his place in fame and in the German national team. He then transferred to Milan in 1998, winning the Serie A title in his first season there. After three seasons there, he moved to French Ligue 1 side Monaco in 2001 for one year, before moving back to Serie A to play for Chievo Verona, where he retired at the end of the 2002–03 season. In his last ever game, he scored a hat-trick for Chievo Verona in a 3–4 defeat to Juventus.
Bierhoff made his debut for the German national team in a friendly against Portugal on 21 February 1996. In his second appearance on 27 March 1996, he managed to score his first two international goals in his country's 2–0 win over Denmark. Altogether Bierhoff scored 37 goals in 70 caps, including both goals in the 2–1 win over the Czech Republic in the Euro 1996 final after having come on as a substitute.
In an important qualification match on 20 August 1997, Germany trailed Northern Ireland, 0–1, with 20 minutes left when the manager of the national team, Berti Vogts, decided to send in Thomas Häßler and Oliver Bierhoff. Within seven minutes the former provided the latter with three assists, which Bierhoff turned into three goals, scoring the fastest hat-trick in the history of the German national team.
Bierhoff also played in Euro 2000, and both the 1998 and 2002 World Cups. He made his last appearance for his country when he was brought on during the second half of the 2002 FIFA World Cup Final against Brazil, but was unable to help the Germans score in the 0–2 loss.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Austria||League||Austrian Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Italy||League||Coppa Italia||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|France||League||Coupe de France||Coupe de la Ligue||Europe||Total|
|Italy||League||Coppa Italia||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Germany national team|
|International goals list|
|1.||27 March 1996||Olympic Stadium, Munich, Germany||Denmark||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|2.||27 March 1996||Olympic Stadium, Munich, Germany||Denmark||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|3.||4 June 1996||Carl-Benz-Stadion, Mannheim, Germany||Liechtenstein||3–0||9–1||Friendly|
|4.||30 June 1996||Wembley Stadium, London, England||Czech Republic||1–1||2–1 (a.e.t.)||UEFA Euro 1996|
|5.||30 June 1996||Wembley Stadium, London, England||Czech Republic||2–1||2–1 (a.e.t.)||UEFA Euro 1996|
|6.||4 September 1996||Ernest Pohl Stadium, Zabrze, Poland||Poland||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|7.||30 April 1997||Weserstadion, Bremen, Germany||Ukraine||1–0||2–0||FIFA World Cup 1998 qualifying|
|8.||20 August 1997||Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland||Northern Ireland||1–1||3–1||FIFA World Cup 1998 qualifying|
|9.||20 August 1997||Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland||Northern Ireland||2–1||3–1||FIFA World Cup 1998 qualifying|
|10.||20 August 1997||Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland||Northern Ireland||3–1||3–1||FIFA World Cup 1998 qualifying|
|11.||11 October 1997||Niedersachsenstadion, Hanover, Germany||Albania||2–1||4–3||FIFA World Cup 1998 qualifying|
|12.||11 October 1997||Niedersachsenstadion, Hanover, Germany||Albania||4–3||4–3||FIFA World Cup 1998 qualifying|
|13.||15 November 1997||Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf, Germany||South Africa||2–0||3–0||Friendly|
|14.||30 May 1998||Waldstadion, Frankfurt, Germany||Colombia||1–0||3–1||Friendly|
|15.||30 May 1998||Waldstadion, Frankfurt, Germany||Colombia||2–0||3–1||Friendly|
|16.||5 June 1998||Carl-Benz-Stadion, Mannheim, Germany||Luxembourg||5–0||7–0||Friendly|
|17.||5 June 1998||Carl-Benz-Stadion, Mannheim, Germany||Luxembourg||6–0||7–0||Friendly|
|18.||21 June 1998||Stade Félix-Bollaert, Lens, France||Yugoslavia||2–2||2–2||FIFA World Cup 1998|
|19.||25 June 1998||Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier, France||Iran||1–0||2–0||FIFA World Cup 1998|
|20.||29 June 1998||Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier, France||Mexico||2–1||2–1||FIFA World Cup 1998|
|21.||14 October 1998||Chişinău, Moldova||Moldova||3–1||3–1||UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying|
|22.||4 June 1999||BayArena, Leverkusen, Germany||Moldova||1–0||6–1||UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying|
|23.||4 June 1999||BayArena, Leverkusen, Germany||Moldova||4–0||6–1||UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying|
|24.||4 June 1999||BayArena, Leverkusen, Germany||Moldova||6–1||6–1||UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying|
|25.||4 September 1999||Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland||Finland||1–0||2–1||UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying|
|26.||4 September 1999||Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland||Finland||2–0||2–1||UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying|
|27.||8 September 1999||Westfalenstadion, Dortmund, Germany||Northern Ireland||1–0||4–0||UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying|
|28.||3 June 2000||Frankenstadion, Nuremberg, Germany||Czech Republic||2–1||3–2||Friendly|
|29.||3 June 2000||Frankenstadion, Nuremberg, Germany||Czech Republic||3–2||3–2||Friendly|
|30.||7 June 2000||Dreisamstadion, Freiburg, Germany||Liechtenstein||1–0||8–2||Friendly|
|31.||15 August 2001||Népstadion, Budapest, Hungary||Hungary||5–2||5–2||Friendly|
|32.||13 February 2002||Fritz Walter Stadion, Kaiserslautern, Germany||Israel||5–1||7–1||Friendly|
|33.||27 March 2002||Ostseestadion, Rostock, Germany||United States||3–1||4–2||Friendly|
|34.||9 May 2002||Dreisamstadion, Freiburg, Germany||Kuwait||2–0||7–0||Friendly|
|35.||9 May 2002||Dreisamstadion, Freiburg, Germany||Kuwait||4–0||7–0||Friendly|
|36.||9 May 2002||Dreisamstadion, Freiburg, Germany||Kuwait||6–0||7–0||Friendly|
|37.||1 June 2002||Sapporo Dome, Sapporo, Japan||Saudi Arabia||7–0||8–0||FIFA World Cup 2002|
Bierhoff's current involvement with football is as the manager of the German men's national team, a new position created as part of Jürgen Klinsmann's acceptance of the coaching job. Essentially the duties revolve around the public relations aspect of the team as opposed to the coaching responsibilities.
Bierhoff is married to Klara Szalantzy, a model from Munich and a former girlfriend of basketball player Drazen Petrovic. She was behind the wheel in the fatal car crash that claimed Petrovic's life. She gave birth to their daughter on 27 January 2007.
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- Lawton, Matt (7 October 2000). "Bierhoff back for more glory". The Daily Telegraph (UK). Retrieved 23 December 2010.
- "Key player – Oliver Bierhoff". BBC Sport. 3 May 1998. Retrieved 20 May 2010.
- "Oliver Bierhoff – Goals in International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
- "Forever Shattered - Crash that killed Drazen Petrovic 18 years ago crushed the dreams of one broken passenger". New York Daily News. 27 August 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
- Oliver Bierhoff at history-of-soccer.org Retrieved 30 June 2013