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Legendary Football Players: Klaus Allofs

Klaus Allofs

103. Klaus Allofs

Born in Düsseldorf in 1956, Klaus Allofs was one of Europe's top strikers throughout the 1980s, winning major trophies at four different clubs as well as enjoying success with the West German national team. He has since gone on to success in a coaching and managerial career in Germany.

Beginning his career with home town club Fortuna Düsseldorf, Allofs' goals helped the unfashionable club to win back to back West German Cups in 1979 and 1980. He finished as leading goalscorer in West Germany in 1979, and by the time of the 1980 European Championships in Italy he was established in the national team. Allofs scored three goals in three games to finish top scorer as West Germany took their second European crown.

After a move to 1. F.C. Köln in 1981, he won the West German Cup again in 1984. After missing the World Cup in 1982, Allofs returned to the national team for the 1984 European Championships as West Germany failed to defend their title. By the time of the 1986 World Cup, he was first choice as the Germans went all the way to the final. He would score twice in seven games as West Germany fell to Maradona and Argentina in the final.

Allofs left Germany in 1987 to join Olympique de Marseille in France, and his two year stay culminated in a French League and Cup double in 1989. Following a year with Girondins de Bordeaux, he returned to Germany in 1990 to play for SV Werder Bremen. Over the next three years the club won a trophy every year. The German Cup was followed by the European Cup Winners' Cup, and in his final year as a player Allofs won his first Bundesliga title in 1993.

After retiring from playing, he returned to briefly coach Fortuna Düsseldorf in 1998, and after a year with the now regional league club Allofs moved back to Werder Bremen to become director of sport. Alongside coach Thomas Schaaf he helped to build a team that won the League and Cup double in Germany in 2004 and the League Cup two years later.

Germany's Klaus Allofs
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