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Paul Breitner
Personal information
Full name Paul Breitner
Date of birth 5 September 1951 (1951-09-05) (age 58)
Place of birth    Kolbermoor, West Germany
Height 1.76 m
Playing position Defender, Midfielder
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1970–1974
1974–1977
1977–1978
1978–1983
Bayern Munich
Real Madrid
Eintracht Braunschweig
Bayern Munich
109 (17)
084 (10)
030 (10)
146 (66)   
National team
1971
1971–1982
West Germany U-23
West Germany
001 0(0)
048 (10)

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

Paul Breitner (born 5 September 1951 in Kolbermoor, Bavaria) is a former German football player. One of Germany's most controversial players, he was capped 48 times for his country.

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Playing career

His football career lasted from 1970 until 1983, mainly playing for Bayern Munich (1970–74 and 1978–83) and Real Madrid (1974–78), with a short intermezzo in Eintracht Braunschweig. His early success was as a free roaming left back, as likely to score from the right midfield as to stop an attacker in his own penalty area. Later in his career he moved to midfield and became one of the top midfielders through the early 1980s.

The early peak of Breitner's long and successful career was at age 21 in 1972 as part of the winning German European Championship team. This was followed two years later with victory as a member of the German World Cup squad. The final was played in Munich against the Netherlands, and Breitner scored the first German goal on a penalty kick. In the final, he, Franz Beckenbauer and Berti Vogts formed a slick unit at the back and their water-tight defense prevented the Dutch from winning the World Cup. He moved to Real Madrid following the World Cup and quit the West German squad, remaining off the side until enticed to return by Jupp Derwall in 1981. Breitner is one of only four footballers to have achieved the feat of scoring in two different World Cup final matches, sharing that honour with Pelé, Vavá, and Zinédine Zidane. He achieved this in 1974 against the Netherlands and in 1982 against Italy.

During his club career, Breitner won seven National Championships with Bayern Munich (1972, 1973, 1974, 1980, 1981) and Real Madrid (1975, 1976), the Champions' Cup (1974) as well as the German (1971, 1982) and Spanish Cups (1975). During his spell with Bayern Munich, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and he formed such a formidable one-two-punch that they were often called Breitnigge.

By many of the older and more traditional football fans in Germany he was decried for his "revolutionary" attitude and his tendency for voicing strong opinions on political and social issues. Before the 1982 World Cup (held in Spain) former "leftist" Breitner caused a major uproar in Germany when he accepted an offer by a German cosmetics company to pay him the – what many Germans regarded at that time as a "scandalously high" – sum of 150,000 Deutsche Mark if he shaved off his fluffy full beard, used their fragrance and advertised for the company. He currently works as a football commentator in Germany and is also an advisor to the Board of Bayern Munich.

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Total
1970–71 Bayern Munich Bundesliga 21 2
1971–72 30 4
1972–73 32 4
1973–74 26 7
Spain League Copa del Rey Total
1974–75 Real Madrid La Liga 29 3
1975–76 25 6
1976–77 30 1
Germany League DFB-Pokal Total
1977–78 Eintracht Braunschweig Bundesliga 30 10
1978–79 Bayern Munich Bundesliga 33 12
1979–80 32 10
1980–81 30 17
1981–82 29 18
1982–83 22 9
Total Germany 285 93
Spain 84 10
Career Total 369 103

Honours

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Bayern Munich

Bundesliga

DFB-Pokal

European Cup

Real Madrid

La Liga

Copa del Rey

West Germany

UEFA European Football Championship

FIFA World Cup

Individual

Post-retirement

In 1998, Breitner was announced as the new national coach by DFB president Egidius Braun. However, after some steam from fellow DFB officials, he reconsidered his decision 17 hours later, making Breitner an infamous 17 hours national coach.

Today, Breitner works as a TV critic and columnist.

In March 2007 he entered into a contract with FC Bayern Munich and acts as an advisor on various issues.

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Simple English

Paul Breitner
Personal information
Full name Paul Breitner
Date of birth 5 September 1951 (1951-09-05) (age 59)
Place of birth    Kolbermoor, West Germany
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1970-1974
1974-1977
1977-1978
1978-1983
Bayern Munich
Real Madrid
Eintracht Braunschweig
Bayern Munich
National team
1971-1982 West Germany

Paul Breitner (born 5 September, 1951) is a former German football player. He has played for West Germany national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
GermanyLeague
1970-71Bayern MunichBundesliga212
1971-72304
1972-73324
1973-74267
SpainLeague
1974-75Real MadridLa Liga293
1975-76256
1976-77301
GermanyLeague
1977-78Eintracht BraunschweigBundesliga3010
1978-79Bayern MunichBundesliga3312
1979-803210
1980-813017
1981-822918
1982-83229
CountryGermany 28593
Spain 8410
Total 369103

International career statistics

[2]

Germany national team
YearAppsGoals
197120
197271
197360
1974114
197520
197600
197700
197800
197900
198000
198183
1982122
Total4810

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