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Wolfgang Kleff
Personal information
Full name Wolfgang Kleff
Date of birth 16 November 1946 (1946-11-16) (age 63)
Place of birth    Schwerte, Germany
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position goalkeeper
Youth career
VfL Schwerte
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1968–1979
1979–1980
1980–1982
1982–1984
1984–1985
1985–1986
1986–1987
Borussia Mönchengladbach
Hertha BSC
Borussia Mönchengladbach
Fortuna DĂĽsseldorf
Rot-WeiĂź Oberhausen
VfL Bochum
FSV Salmrohr
272 (0)
033 (0)
049 (0)
059 (0)
031 (0)
020 (0)
025 (0)   
National team
1971–1973 West Germany 006 (0)

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

Wolfgang Kleff (born 16 November 1946 in Schwerte, Germany) is a former German football player whose resemblance to German actor and comedian Otto Waalkes[1] allowed him to pick up minor roles in motion pictures and his referring nickname "Otto" as well.

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Player bio

Kleff joined Borussia Mönchengladbach from amateur outfit VfL Schwerte, where he wasn't a regular starter, in 1968 to become the leading goalkeeper of the Bundesliga side until injuries forced him to lay-off periods in the late 1970s. From 1968 to 1976 he did not miss any domestic game of Borussia Mönchengladbach and was able to lift five Bundesliga (1970, 1971, 1975, 1976, 1977) one German Cup (1973) and one UEFA Cup (1975) trophy with Die Fohlen. He was also in the Borussia Mönchengladbach team when they lost to Liverpool F.C. in the UEFA Cup final in 1973 and the European Cup in 1977. He was also part of the Mönchengladbach team which won the 1979 UEFA Cup.

After a season at Hertha BSC, he returned to Mönchengladbach, Kleff played two more years in the Bundesliga for his old club, joining local rival Fortuna Düsseldorf for two years in 1982. After a fall-out with Düsseldorf he joined Rot-Weiß Oberhausen of the 2nd Bundesliga and was on the verge of becoming 40 years of age when he enjoyed one more year in the best German division with VfL Bochum. At the age of forty Kleff played the majority of games for promoted FSV Salmrohr in the 2nd Bundesliga of 1986-1987. The season ended in swift relegation for Salmrohr and in Kleff's decision to hang up his gloves. However, for some time he continued to be a goalkeeper for amateurs such as SV Straelen.

At the end of his illustrious career, Wolfgang Kleff had taken part in 433 matches in the Bundesliga and 56 games in the 2nd Bundesliga.

West Germany career

Kleff's life in goal of West Germany was limited due to his competitor Sepp Maier occupying the role of West Germany's leading goalkeeper in that decade, Kleff won just six caps for his country in between 1971 and 1974. His first of those six matches took place in Oslo on 22 June 1971, and was a 7-1 thrashing of Norway in a post-season friendly. Despite not making many appearances for his country, Kleff won the 1972 UEFA European Championship trophy in Brussels and the 1974 FIFA World Cup.

Trivia

  • His resemblance to German actor and comedian Otto Waalkes earned him several minor roles in successful cine films such as Otto – Der Film (Otto - The Movie) in 1985 and Werner – Beinhart! in 1990.

Notes

  1. ^ imdb.com on Wolfgang Kleff's role in motion pictures
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Simple English

Wolfgang Kleff
Personal information
Full name Wolfgang Kleff
Date of birth 16 November 1946 (1946-11-16) (age 64)
Place of birth    Schwerte, Germany
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1968-1979
1979-1980
1980-1982
1982-1984
1984-1985
1985-1986
1986-1987
Borussia Mönchengladbach
Hertha Berlin
Borussia Mönchengladbach
Fortuna DĂĽsseldorf
Rot-WeiĂź Oberhausen
Bochum
Salmrohr
National team
1971-1973 West Germany

Wolfgang Kleff (born 16 November, 1946) is a former German football player. He has played for West Germany national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
GermanyLeague
1968-69Borussia MönchengladbachBundesliga90
1969-70340
1970-71340
1971-72340
1972-73340
1973-74340
1974-75340
1975-76340
1976-7700
1977-78240
1978-7910
1979-80Hertha BerlinBundesliga330
1980-81Borussia MönchengladbachBundesliga150
1981-82340
1982-83Fortuna DĂĽsseldorfBundesliga310
1983-84280
1984-85Rot-WeiĂź Oberhausen2. Bundesliga310
1985-86BochumBundesliga200
1986-87Salmrohr2. Bundesliga250
CountryGermany 4890
Total 4890

International career statistics

Germany national team
YearAppsGoals
197110
197210
197340
Total60

References


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