Klaus Allofs

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Klaus Allofs
Klaus Allofs - SV Werder Bremen (2).jpg
Allofs in 2008
Personal information
Date of birth (1956-12-05) 5 December 1956 (age 61)
Place of birth Düsseldorf, West Germany
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
TuS Gerresheim
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1981 Fortuna Düsseldorf 169 (71)
1981–1987 1. FC Köln 177 (88)
1987–1989 Marseille 53 (20)
1989–1990 Bordeaux 37 (14)
1990–1993 Werder Bremen 78 (18)
Total 514 (211)
National team
1978–1988 West Germany 56 (17)
Teams managed
1998–1999 Fortuna Düsseldorf
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Klaus Allofs (born 5 December 1956) is a retired German footballer who played as a striker.

Allofs was a prolific goalscorer for club and country. He amassed Bundesliga totals of 424 games and 177 goals over the course of 15 seasons (finishing as the league's top scorer on two occasions), playing mainly for Fortuna Düsseldorf and 1. FC Köln. His younger brother, Thomas, was also a professional footballer and also a striker, sometimes on the same team.

Allofs gained nearly 60 caps for West Germany, representing the nation in one World Cup and two European Championships, including the triumphant Euro 1980 tournament.

Club career[edit]

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 to consecutive German cup wins, and often playing upfront with sibling Thomas. In 1978–79, he finished as the Bundesliga's top scorer, and also scored three in nine in Fortuna's UEFA Cup Winners' Cup runner-up run,[1] including one in the final, an extra time loss against FC Barcelona.[2]

In 1981 Allofs joined 1. FC Köln, where he continued scoring at an excellent rate. In 1985–86 he only tallied seven times in the league, one goal being from 70 metres out against Bayer Leverkusen (an intended pass to a breakaway forward that bounced over the advancing Leverkusen goalkeeper), but he 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-partnered with Thomas, then left the country during three years, playing in France with Olympique de Marseille and FC Girondins de Bordeaux.

Allofs retired in June 1993, aged nearly 37, after three seasons with SV Werder Bremen, still managing to score regularly. In the 1991–92 Cup Winners' Cup he scored in the final against AS Monaco FC, in an eventual 2–0 win.[3] In his final year, he played 16 games without scoring – the only time other than his first season that it happened in his career – as Werder won the league title. In total, he appeared in 424 league matches, totalling 177 goals.[4] When he retired he was in joint seventh place on the list of the Bundesliga's all-time leading scorers, tied with Dieter Müller.

In 1999, Allofs was hired as coach of Fortuna Düsseldorf. He next joined up at a familiar place, Werder Bremen, going on to work for over a decade as general manager.[5][6] In November 2012, Allofs left Bremen to join VfL Wolfsburg as their new sporting director.[7] They part ways on 12 December 2016.[8]

International career[edit]

Allofs played for Germany a total of 56 times, scoring 17 goals.[9] His first match was on 11 October 1978 in Prague, against Czechoslovakia, a 4–3 friendly win.

Allofs went on to play for the national side at the victorious UEFA Euro 1980 (where he scored three times to top the goalscoring charts, all in a 3–2 group stage win against the Netherlands), Euro 1984 and 1986 FIFA World Cup. Pushed to the sidelines by emerging stars Rudi Völler and Jürgen Klinsmann, he retired from international play on 31 March 1988, scoring in a friendly with Sweden.

International goals[edit]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Fortuna Düsseldorf[10]
1. FC Köln[10]
Marseille[11]
Werder Bremen[10]

International[edit]

West Germany[10]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marcel, Haisma (31 July 2008). "Klaus Allofs - Matches in European Cups". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 10 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "1978/79: Barcelona win seven-goal thriller". UEFA.com. 1 June 1979. Archived from the original on 3 May 2010. Retrieved 5 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "1991/92: Bremen shine in Stadium of Light". UEFA.com. 1 June 1992. Archived from the original on 23 August 2010. Retrieved 5 December 2010. 
  4. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (15 January 2006). "Klaus Allofs - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 10 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Allofs stays loyal to Bremen". UEFA.com. 18 February 2008. Retrieved 30 July 2009. 
  6. ^ "Allofs builds for Bremen's future". UEFA.com. 3 July 2009. Retrieved 30 July 2009. 
  7. ^ "Klaus Allofs Leaves Werder Bremen for Wolfsburg Post". Inside Futbol. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Wolfsburg trennt sich von Allofs". Inside Futbol. 12 December 2016. Retrieved 12 December 2016. 
  9. ^ Arnhold, Matthias (27 March 2015). "Klaus Allofs - International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 10 April 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c d "Klaus Allofs" (in German). fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Klaus ALLOFS" (in French). L'Équipe. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "1. Bundesliga: alle Torjäger und Torschützen der Saison 1978/79" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "1. Bundesliga: alle Torjäger und Torschützen der Saison 1984/85" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "Klaus Allofs". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "Fairs/UEFA Cup Topscorers". RSSSF. 5 January 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2015. 

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