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Rainer Bonhof
Personal information
Full name Rainer Bonhof
Date of birth 29 March 1952 (1952-03-29) (age 57)
Place of birth    Emmerich am Rhein, West Germany
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Borussia Mönchengladbach (Vice President)
Youth career
–1970 SuS Emmerich
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1970–1978
1978–1980
1980–1983
1983
Borussia Mönchengladbach
Valencia
1. FC Köln
Hertha BSC
231 (42)
060 (10)
074 (14)
006 0(1)   
National team
1971–1973
1972–1981
West Germany U-23
West Germany
005 0(0)
053 0(9)
Teams managed
1990–1998
1998
1998–1999
2000–2001
2002–2005
2006-2008
2009-
Germany (assistant coach)
Germany U21 Team
Borussia Mönchengladbach
Al-Kuwait
Scotland U21 Team
Chelsea (Scout)
Borussia Mönchengladbach (Vice President)

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

Rainer Bonhof (born 28 March 1952 in Emmerich am Rhein, North Rhine-Westphalia) is a former German footballer. He was a defensive midfielder or wing-back.

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Biography

Bonhof became (at that time) Germany's youngest World Champion on 7 July 1974 following his team's 2–1 win over the Netherlands in Munich's Olympiastadion at the 1974 FIFA World Cup. Bonhof assisted Gerd Müller's winning goal and outplayed his opponents in midfield throughout the match. He was a fixture in the West German national team from the World Cup onward. He was one of the best players in the 1976 European Championship, assisting 4 of the 6 West German goals in the semi-final and final. He played in every match of the 1978 FIFA World Cup when West Germany was eliminated in the 2nd round following a 2-3 defeat at the hands of their historic rivals Austria. He continued to play an important role in the national team following his transfer to Valencia. His move and that of Uli Stielike prompted the DFB to remove their ban on selecting foreign based players for the national team. He played a role in qualifying for the 1980 European Championships and was selected for the squad but injuries kept him from making an appearance during the West German victory. His last appearance for the national team came in a 1-4 defeat at the hands of Brazil, and in spite of a strong Bundesliga campaign for FC Cologne in 1981-82 he was not selected to return to the national team.

Bonhof, a midfielder, was widely recognized for having one of the game's hardest free-kicks as well as long and precise throw-ins. Former Liverpool goalkeeper, Ray Clemence, in 1977 following a European Cup tie between the Reds and Borussia Mönchengladbach, admitted he feared Bonhof's shots and apparently with good reason. During the spring of 1978 Clemence was beaten twice by Bonhof from nearly identical locations at the club and international level respectively. Bonhof was awarded the ARD Goal of the Month on three occasions, twice for free-kicks and once for a 30 metre strike.

After his active career was abruptly ended by an ankle joint injury in 1983, Rainer Bonhof went on to coach. He received his formal license in 1988, and has coached several teams, resigning a year early from his Scotland U21 responsibilities after they finished last in their European U21 Championship Qualifying group, after 14 games and no victories.

On 1 September 2006, Bonhof signed a contract with recent FA Premier League winners Chelsea to become their scout for the scopes of Germany and Austria. The contract was a rolling deal, allowing either Chelsea and Bonhof to break it up any time. The deal between Chelsea F.C and Bonhof ended because of the club's high debts. Bonhof left London on 31 October 2008.

On 11 February 2009 he was named as the new Vice President of Borussia Mönchengladbach.[1]

Honors

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German national team

VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach

Valencia CF

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Simple English

Rainer Bonhof
Personal information
Full name Rainer Bonhof
Date of birth 29 March 1952 (1952-03-29) (age 58)
Place of birth    Emmerich am Rhein, Germany
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1970-1978
1978-1980
1980-1982
1983
Borussia Mönchengladbach
Valencia
Köln
Hertha Berlin
National team
1972-1981 West Germany

Rainer Bonhof (born 29 March, 1952) is a former German football player. He has played for West Germany national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
GermanyLeague
1970-71Borussia MönchengladbachBundesliga111
1971-72332
1972-73345
1973-74295
1974-75286
1975-76305
1976-77336
1977-783312
SpainLeague
1978-79ValenciaLa Liga326
1979-80284
GermanyLeague
1980-81KölnBundesliga315
1981-82349
1982-8390
1982-83Hertha BerlinBundesliga61
CountryGermany 31157
Spain 6010
Total 37167

International career statistics

[2]

Germany national team
YearAppsGoals
197210
197310
197481
197540
197650
1977112
1978135
197960
198021
198120
Total539

References


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