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Karl-Heinz Granitza
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Full name Karl-Heinz Granitza
Date of birth 1 November 1951 (1951-11-01) (age 58)
Place of birth    L√ľnen, Germany
Youth career
VfB L√ľnen
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*

Eintracht Dortmund
L√ľner SV
DJK G√ľtersloh
SV Röchling Völklingen
Hertha BSC
Chicago Sting
Chicago Sting (indoor)

199 (128)
174 (168)   

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

Karl-Heinz Granitza (born November 1, 1951 in L√ľnen) was a German football (soccer) player. In the United States, he is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Granitza played in Germany for VfB L√ľnen, Eintracht Dortmund, L√ľner SV, DJK G√ľtersloh, SV R√∂chling V√∂lklingen and Hertha BSC.[1] In 1978, he transferred to the Chicago Sting of the NASL, leading the team to two league championships. He also excelled at the indoor game. Granitza was known for his powerful and accurate left foot. He was also very effective with direct free kicks, having the ability to strike the ball with top spin over the wall of defenders, and into the upper corners of the goal. He would finish as the NASL's second all-time leading scorer.

In the 1990s Granitza owned "State Street", an American-style sports bar in Berlin.

In 2003, Granitza was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame. His #12 shirt has been retired by the Chicago Storm.


  1. ^ "Karl-Heinz Granitza" (in German). Fussball Daten. Retrieved 2009-10-05.  

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