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Wolfgang Overath
Personal information
Date of birth 29 September 1943 (1943-09-29) (age 66)
Place of birth    Siegburg, Germany
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1962–1977 1. FC Köln 409 (84)   
National team
1963–1974 West Germany 081 (17)

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

Wolfgang Overath (born 29 September 1943 in Siegburg, Germany) is a former West German football player. He represented his country three times in World Cup finals, culminating in 1974 with victory on home soil.

A playmaking midfielder, Overath started playing football at SSV Siegburg, but spent the majority of his career at 1. FC Köln, appearing 765 times between 1962 and 1977 and scoring 287 goals. He won the Bundesliga with 1. FC Köln in 1964 and the German Cup in 1968. In total he won 81 caps for the national side between 1963 and 1974, scoring 17 goals. As well as the World Cup victory in 1974, he was at the heart of the West German midfield when they reached the final in 1966 and achieved third place in 1970. Overath scored the only goal in the latter match, with many foreign journalists voting him Germany's best player in Mexico.

Overath is one of the few players with World Cup medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. He was known for his passing ability, especially with his left foot. He would have made more appearances for West Germany but for the outstanding play of Günter Netzer that made him a 2nd choice for a brief period including the UEFA Euro 1972 victory. But he soon regained his place ahead of Netzer, who said himself that Overath "was born to play for Germany".

In 2004 he was elected President of 1. FC Köln.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Uwe Seeler
Germany captain
1970-1972
Succeeded by
Franz Beckenbauer
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Simple English

Wolfgang Overath
Personal information
Full name Wolfgang Overath
Date of birth 29 September 1943 (1943-09-29) (age 67)
Place of birth    Siegburg, Germany
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1963-1977 Köln
National team
1963-1974 West Germany

Wolfgang Overath (born 29 September, 1943) is a former German football player. He has played for West Germany national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
GermanyLeague
1963-64KölnBundesliga309
1964-65279
1965-66303
1966-67336
1967-68299
1968-69346
1969-702912
1970-71264
1971-72256
1972-73303
1973-74315
1974-75344
1975-76272
1976-77246
CountryGermany 40984
Total 40984

International career statistics

[2]

Germany national team
YearAppsGoals
196330
196441
196542
1966133
196781
196882
196963
1970122
197161
197200
197380
197492
Total8117

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