Horst Hrubesch

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Horst Hrubesch
Horst Hrubesch at the press conference after the game Germany vs.  Czech Republic (World Cup qualification) on April 7, 2018.jpg
Horst Hrubesch (2018)
birthday April 17, 1951
place of birth HammGermany
size 188 cm
position Medium storm
Years station
1958-1970 FC Pelkum
Years station Games (goals) 1
1971 Germania Hamm
1971-1972 Hammer SpVg
1972-1975 SC Westtünnen
1975-1988 Red and white food 83 (80)
1978-1983 Hamburger SV 159 (96)
1983-1985 Standard Liege 43 (17)
1985-1986 Borussia Dortmund 17 0(2)
1987-1988 SC Westtünnen
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1980-1982 Germany 21 0(6)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
1986-1987 Red and white food
1987-1988 SC Westtünnen (player-coach)
1988-1989 VfL Wolfsburg
1991 FC Swarovski Tirol (assistant coach)
1992 FC Swarovski Tirol
1993 Hansa Rostock
1994-1995 Dynamo Dresden
1995-1996 FK Austria Vienna
1997 Samsunspor
2000 Germany (assistant coach)
2000-2002 Germany U18
2001-2002 Germany U20
2002-2003 Germany U19
2006-2007 Germany U18
2007-2008 Germany U19
2008-2009 Germany U20
2008-2009 Germany U21 (interim)
2009-2010 Germany U19
2010-2011 Germany U18
2011–2012 Germany U19
2012-2013 Germany U18
2013-2016 Germany U21
2014 → Germany U18 (interim)
2016 Germany Olympic selection
2018 Germany women (interim)
1 Only league games are given.

Horst Hrubesch (born April 17, 1951 in Hamm ), nickname: headball monster , is a former German soccer player and today's trainer and functionary . He played in the Bundesliga from 1975 as a center forward for Rot-Weiss Essen , Hamburger SV and Borussia Dortmund , as well as in the Belgian Première Division for Standard Liège . With the HSV he was German champion in 1979 , 1982 and 1983 and also won the European Cup in 1983 . He scored a total of 136 goals in 224 Bundesliga games, which is the second best goal-per-game yield in the Bundesliga after Gerd Müller . As a national player , he was European champion in 1980 and vice world champion in 1982 .

After his playing career, Hrubesch coached various clubs in Germany, Austria and Turkey . From 2000 to 2016 he worked for the DFB in youth work and most recently coached the German U21 national team and the German Olympic team . His greatest successes were winning the U21 European Championship in 2009 and the Olympic silver medal in 2016 . From March to November 2018 he was the interim coach of the German women's national team . He was also temporarily interim sports director.

Since the 2020/21 season, Hrubesch has been the junior director at the Hamburger SV junior performance center .

Player career


Hrubesch worked as a roofer until he switched to Rot-Weiss Essen. He also played handball and soccer in the league, most recently at SC Westtünnen. As an amateur, Hrubesch came to Rot-Weiss Essen directly in the Bundesliga in 1975 at the age of 24 via the stations FC Pelkum, Germania Hamm , Hammer SpVg and SC Westtünnen , without having previously played youth selection games, but was already a player in the district selection Unna -Kamen-Hamm was active. According to his statement, he was discovered by his trainer and later teammate in Essen, Werner Lorant . In two seasons at RWE he came to 48 appearances and 38 goals. After Essen's Bundesliga relegation in 1977, he stayed on Hafenstrasse. In the following season in the 2nd Bundesliga (1977/78) he scored 42 goals. The team scored a total of 82 goals.

Thereupon he could no longer be held in Essen. Hamburger SV signed the coveted goalscorer, in whom Eintracht Frankfurt was also interested.

At HSV, Hrubesch benefited from two top coaches: Branko Zebec was in office in 1978 , and Ernst Happel from 1981 . The class of fellow players Kevin Keegan , Felix Magath , Ivan Buljan , Jimmy Hartwig , Peter Nogly or Manfred Kaltz (Zebec era), Uli Stein , Ditmar Jakobs , Lars Bastrup , Wolfgang Rolff , Holger Hieronymus or Jürgen Milewski in the Happel era made Hrubesch clear further. In addition to the already strong header game , Horst Hrubesch also improved his footballing potential in other areas.

Winning the 1982/83 European Cup with HSV against the Juventus Turin team , which was peppered with world champions, was the sporting highlight of Horst Hrubesch's career. The HSV prevailed on the way to the final on May 25th in Athens against the Berlin FC Dynamo , Olympiacos Piraeus , Dynamo Kiev and Real San Sebastián .

Hrubesch was feared mainly because of his headball strength . This is where his nickname "headball monster" comes from. He particularly benefited from Manfred Kaltz's crosses, the so-called “ banana flanks ”. Appropriately, in a television interview he delivered the statement: "Manni Banane, I head - goal".

In the Bundesliga season 1981/82 Hrubesch was top scorer with 27 goals . His goal for the 4: 3 win at FC Bayern Munich on April 24, 1982 in the 90th minute became legendary . The victory was a crucial stop on the way to the championship.

In 1983 he moved to the first Belgian league to Standard Liège , where he stayed until 1985 and scored 17 goals in 43 games. He then returned to the Bundesliga and joined Borussia Dortmund , but ended his active career a year later due to an injury after only 17 games.

National team

Hrubesch was also called up to the national team, but was not undisputed there. He made his debut on April 2, 1980 in Munich in a 1-0 win against Austria . In 1980 he became European champion in Italy . He was only nominated for the tournament because Klaus Fischer had previously injured himself. In the 2-1 win in the final against Belgium , he scored the two goals for the German team. It was his first goal for the national team.

At the football world championship in 1982 he was runner-up. In the World Cup semifinals in Seville against France on July 8, he converted the decisive penalty in a penalty shoot-out to make the final score 5: 4, although Karlheinz Förster was originally intended as the penalty taker. After 120 minutes it was 3: 3, with Hrubesch 's return header from the goal line to Klaus Fischer's overhead kick equalization to 3: 3. The German national team then lost 3-1 in the World Cup final against Italy . It was Hrubesch's last international match; after the World Cup, he ended his national team career.

For the national team, Hrubesch played in 21 games from 1980 to 1982, scoring six goals.

Trainer and functionary career

First coaching stations

In 1986, Hrubesch took over his former club Rot-Weiss Essen as coach , which he led to 10th place in the 2nd Bundesliga as a climber . From November 1994 to February 1995 he coached Dynamo Dresden in the Bundesliga . At the European Championships in 2000 , he was assistant to national coach Erich Ribbeck .

Worked for the DFB

As a junior coach at the DFB , Hrubesch won the European Championship title with the German U-19 national team on July 26, 2008 by beating Italy 3-1 in the final. The U-19 team then became the U-20 national team, which Hrubesch continued to coach and with whom he failed in the quarter-finals of the U-20 World Cup in autumn 2009 to Brazil. As an interim coach, he also looked after the U-21 national team at the 2009 European Championships . With this team he became European champions after a 4-0 final victory over England.

After working as a coach of the U-18 juniors of the DFB, Hrubesch was again coach of the U-21 national team on June 21, 2013. At the U-21 European Championship in 2015 he and his team failed in the semifinals with 0: 5 against the Portuguese team, but qualified by participating in the semifinals for the 2016 Olympic football tournament in Brazil . No German men's soccer team had participated in the Olympic Games since 1988. Hrubesch took part in the tournament as a coach with the Olympic selection and won the silver medal with her. Portugal were beaten 4-0 in the quarter-finals and Nigeria 2-0 in the semi-finals. In the final, the German Olympic team lost 4-5 on penalties after a 1-1 draw against the Brazil team. When Hrubesch won the silver medal at the 2016 Olympic football tournament in Rio de Janeiro , his coaching career ended for the time being.

On January 16, 2017, he took over the position of DFB sports director from Hansi Flick on an interim basis .

In March 2018, Hrubesch took over the post of national coach of the German women's national football team on an interim basis as the successor to Steffi Jones . Martina Voss-Tecklenburg was his successor on November 30, 2018 .

Return to Hamburger SV

For the 2020/21 season, Hrubesch returned to Hamburger SV after 37 years and became the junior director at the junior performance center under the sports director Jonas Boldt .


For winning the European football championship in 1980, he received the silver laurel leaf from Federal President Carstens . In 2009, Hrubesch received the first ever coaching award from the German Football Association . After winning the silver medal at the 2016 Olympic Games , as coach of the Olympic team, Hrubesch was awarded the "Honorary Prize of the Bundesliga" by the DFL . In 2018 he was honored with the Walther Bensemann Prize of the German Academy for Football Culture . In 2019 he was awarded the Order of Merit of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia .


Hrubesch has been a keen angler on inland waters since he was a child . After moving to Hamburg, he also started fishing on the sea. In the absence of available specialist literature, he wrote a book on cod fishing with the help of a co-author , which was sold in three editions and also published in Scandinavia .

With his wife Angelika Horst Hrubesch ran a horse breeding operation in the eastern Lüneburg Heath and devoted himself here successful young horse breed precious blood Haflinger . In addition to his work as a trainer, Hrubesch was also the chairman of the Edelbluthaflinger interest group until the end of 2013. In 2015 he gave up horse breeding and moved to Boostedt near Neumünster in Schleswig-Holstein near his two children and four grandchildren .


  • Horst Hrubesch, Dieter Schicker: Cod fishing from the boat and on the coast . Parey Buchverlag, Berlin 1980, ISBN 3-490-07214-6 .


  • Andreas Schier: Horst Hrubesch. The biography . Gütersloher Verlagshaus, Gütersloh 2015, ISBN 978-3-579-07059-9 .

Web links

Commons : Horst Hrubesch  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b derwesten.de: Interview with Hrubesch from October 9, 2014 , accessed on October 9, 2014.
  2. merkur-online from August 20, 2012: Interview with Werner Lorant: "The time with the lions was one of the most beautiful" , accessed on March 2, 2015.
  3. www.fussballdaten.de
  4. ^ Matthias Arnhold: Horst Hrubesch - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga . Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. March 27, 2015. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  5. Hrubesch heads DFB-Elf for the title on uefa.com from July 18, 2011, accessed on September 12, 2014.
  6. Let it go Kalle, I'll do it , Hamburger Abendblatt , June 1, 2010.
  7. Captain Countdown im Spiegel, March 28, 1983, accessed September 12, 2014.
  8. ^ Matthias Arnhold: Horst Hrubesch - International Appearances . Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. March 27, 2015. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  9. ^ End of a great career message on dfb.de, August 21, 2016.
  10. Olympia 2016: A moving farewell for the national team to Horst Hrubesch , welt.de, August 21, 2016.
  11. Professional time-out: Flick leaves the DFB on kicker.de on January 16, 2017, accessed on January 16, 2017.
  12. DFB releases national coach Steffi Jones from duties . In: DFB - German Football Association e. V. ( dfb.de [accessed on March 13, 2018]).
  13. HSV obliges Horst Hrubesch , hsv.de, July 31, 2020, accessed on July 31, 2020.
  14. Federal Archives: Sports Awards (Silver Laurel): Awarding of the Silver Laurel Leaf to the German national football team (European championship 1980), signature BArch B 122/29165.
  15. Sports News: Award for Seeler, Hrubesch and Bruchhagen. In: dw.com. August 23, 2016. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  16. Michael Pfeifer: Walther Bensemann Prize Winner 2018. German Academy for Football Culture, accessed on January 16, 2019 .
  17. 14 citizens awarded the Order of Merit of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. State government of North Rhine-Westphalia, 23 August 2019, accessed on 26 August 2019 .
  18. 11 friends, 50 players - 50 years , issue # 138, May 2013, p. 57.
  19. ^ Board of directors of IG Edelbluthaflinger. IG Edelbluthaflinger, archived from the original on May 5, 2010 ; accessed on November 5, 2018 .
  20. Horst Hrubesch: "Football doesn't work at the push of a button" , Die Zeit , July 23, 2015.
  21. ^ U21-EM: The secret about Hrubesch's relationship with his boys ; Hamburger Abendblatt, June 27, 2015.