Horst Hrubesch

  • Honorary Award Recipient of the DFL
  • Former coach of the women’s national team

Horst Hrubesch, born in 1951, was distinguished as an Ehrenpreisträger (Honorary Award Recipient) in 2016. He was a three-time Bundesliga winner with Hamburger SV (1979, 1982 and 1983), where he also won the 1983 European Cup in a 1:0 victory over Juventus of Turin. With his two goals in the final against the Netherlands (2:1), he played a vital role in Germany’s European Championship triumph in Italy. He was a World Cup runner-up in 1982. Born in Hamm, Westphalia, the midfielder was nicknamed “the Header Monster” on account of his aerial prowess. In the Bundesliga, Horst Hrubesch first played for Rot-Weiss Essen, and later turned out for Borussia Dortmund. Overall, the keen angler made 224 Bundesliga appearances (scoring 136 goals) and was the Bundesliga’s top scorer in 1982, finding the net 28 times.

Horst Hrubesch was also a highly successful coach. After spells at various clubs such as SG Dynamo Dresden, he held several roles at the German Football Association (DFB) from 2000, including sporting director and coach of the women’s national team. He led the U19s to victory in the 2008 European Championship, repeating the feat with the U21s in 2009. In the 2016 Olympic football tournament, his German side were silver medallists, beaten in the final on penalties by the hosts.

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