|Full name||Paul Steiner|
|Date of birth||23 January 1957|
|Place of birth||Waldbrunn, West Germany|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|1981–1991||1. FC Köln||291||(20)|
|1983||West Germany U21||2||(1)|
|1987||West Germany Olympic||2||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Waldbrunn, Baden-Württemberg, Steiner began playing football in his hometown with TSV Strümpfelbrunn. He started his professional career in 1975, going on to spend four seasons in the second division with SV Waldhof Mannheim.
Steiner appeared in 349 games in the Bundesliga, scoring 27 times from 1979 until 1991 with MSV Duisburg and 1. FC Köln. With the latter side, he was instrumental in five league finishes in the top three, also winning the German Cup in 1983 and losing the 1985–86 UEFA Cup to Real Madrid.
Steiner was one of the oldest debutants in the German national team, when he appeared as a 33-year-old substitute in the final friendly match ahead of the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, against Denmark at Gelsenkirchen's Parkstadion on 30 May. He was surprisingly selected for the World Cup squad in favour of Bayer Uerdingen's Holger Fach, who had been the expected pick of coach Franz Beckenbauer as Klaus Augenthaler's understudy.
Steiner was not recalled again after the tournament, where Germany defeated Argentina in the final.
- "Auch Steiner zum 1. FC Köln" [Steiner to 1. FC Köln as well] (in German). Rheinische Post. 25 June 2008. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
- "Die Klasse von 1990" [The class of 1990] (in German). Die Zeit. July 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
- "Football's coming homo" (in German). Süddeutsche Zeitung. 17 May 2010. Retrieved 21 January 2016.