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Hubert Birkenmeier
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Full name Hubert Birkenmeier
Date of birth 24 May 1949 (1949-05-24) (age 60)
Place of birth    Germany
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Freiburger FC
Tennis Borussia Berlin
Freiburger FC
New York Cosmos
New Jersey Eagles

085 (0)
076 (0)
145 (0)   

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Hubert Birkenmeier (born 24 May 1949) is a retired German professional footballer who played for Freiburger FC and Tennis Borussia Berlin in Germany, and for the New York Cosmos and the New Jersey Eagles in the United States.

Birkenmeier played for a small team in what was then West Germany when he was bought by the Cosmos. A boy from a small town in the Black Forest region of Germany, he told a reporter he couldn't even speak English upon his arrival. He credited fellow teammates with helping him.[1].

Birkenmeier now manages a sporting goods store called Birkenmeier Sport Shop in Hackensack, New Jersey. The store was founded and originally owned by Birkenmeier but was sold in 1985 to his former Cosmos teammate Andranik Eskandarian[2] when Birkenmeier left to play for the Chicago Sting[3] . The teammates helped teach Eksandarian's son, Alecko, how to play inside the store.[4]


  1. ^ The Americanization of Birkenmeier
  2. ^ Birkenmeier Sport Shop History
  3. ^ Where are they now? Former Cosmo Andranik EskandarianBY HANK GOLA, DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER Saturday, November 8th 2008, 3:36 PM New York Daily News
  4. ^ Eskandarians, A Father-Son Game - United's Alecko Enjoys Same Success By William Gildea,Washington Post Staff Writer. Sunday, November 14, 2004; Page E01 Accessed online March 27, 2009

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