Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Borussia Mönchengladbach Greatest All-Time Team

Bundesliga 1976-1977

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

Founded in 1900, Borussia Mönchengladbach play in the Bundesliga, the top tier of the German football league system, making their first appearance in the league during the 1965–66 season. Subsequently the club became one of Germany's best-known, best-supported, and most successful teams, winning the Bundesliga five times during the 1970s
UEFA Cup 1978-1979
GK: Wolfgang Kleff  (Germany)
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 DFB-Pokal (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. He was a part of the West German team that won the WC in 1974.

GK: Uwe Kamps  (Germany)
Kamps was a one club player with Borussia Mönchengladbach.  he played for them from 1982 to 2004.  

GK: Wolfgang Kneib (Germany)
He spent eight seasons in the Bundesliga with Borussia Mönchengladbach and Arminia Bielefeld. He scored two goals for Arminia from penalty kicks.

RB: Berti Vogts (Germany)
Nicknamed “Der Terrier”, Vogts was one of the greatest rightback in German history.  He won 5 Bundesliga titles and two UEFA Cups with the great Borussia Mönchengladbach of the 1970's.  He had 95 caps, winning both the World Cup in 1974 and the European Championshipmin 1972. He famously marked Johan Cruyff out of the WC Final in 1974. 
Berti Vogts
CB: Patrik Andersson (Sweden)
He was capped 96 times for Sweden, playing in the 1994 and 2002 WC Finals, the 1992 and 2000 European Championship. He is known for his 8 seasons in the Bundesliga.  He won a Champions' League title with Bayern Munich.

SW: Wilfried Hannes (Germany)
He joined the club during the Bundesliga Championship and UEFA Cup winning season of 1975. He went on to collect two more German Bundesliga titles in 1976 and 1977 and the UEFA Cup in 1979. In his years with the club he also helped them to European Cup runners-up in 1977, UEFA Cup runners-up in 1980 and German Cup runners-up in 1984.  Capped 8 times.

SW: Klaus-Dieter Sieloff (Germany)
He started his career with Stuttgart.  He moved to Borussia Mönchengladbach in 1969.  Capped only 14 times.   His national team career was first limited by either Willi Schulz or Karl-Heinz Schnellinger.  Then, after the WC Finals in1970, he became the starting sweeper, but Franz Beckenbauer switched to that position in 1971.

SW: Hans-Günter Bruns (Germany) 
He earned four caps for the West Germany national football team in 1984, and was included in the West German team for the 1984 UEFA European Football Championship, but did not play.

CB/SW: Ulrich Stielike (Germany)
Stielike is one of a small handful of players to have played in all 3 European club finals, the World Cup Final and the European Championship Final.  He was part of the Mönchengladbach team that won three Bundesliga titles, the UEFA Cup in 1975 and gained a runner-up medal in the European Cup in 1977.  He joined Real Madrid in 1977, where he won the UEFA Cup.  Capped 42 times, winning Euro 1980.
Ulrich Stielike
LB: Michael Frontzeck (Germany)
Frontzeck began his career in the Bundesliga in 1982 with Borussia Mönchengladbach. From 1989 to 1994, he played for VfB Stuttgart. He also played for Manchester City and SC Freiburg.  Earned 19 caps and went to Euro 1992.

CM: Lothar Matthaus (Germany)
Captaining the West German team in winning the WC in 1990.  He was the European Player of the Year and the first ever World Player of the year in 1990. He played in five FIFA World Cups (1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998), a record for an outfield player, and holds the record for the most World Cup matches played by a single player (25 games). He also won the Euro 1980 in Italy, and played in the 1984, 1988, and 2000 European Championships.
Lothar Matthaus

CM: Stefan Effenberg (Germany)
Effenberg started his career with Borussia Moncehngladbach before moving to Bayern Munich in 1990 and then, in Fiorentina in 1992.  His most successful club career came during his second stint with Bayern Munich. He helped the club to reach the Final of the Champions' League twice, winning in 2001.  For Germany, he was only capped 35 times.  His career was cut short after the "giving a finger" incident during the World Cup Finals in 1994.   
Stefan Effenberg

CM: Gunther Netzer
Netzer was the star of the great Borussia Mönchengladbach of the 1970's.  He won the European Championship in 1972 and then, the World Cup in 1974.  His best performance, however, was in 1972, where he was the star at the quarterfinal against England.  He later joined Real Madrid in 1973 and outperformed Johan Cruyff's Barcelona in the early 1970's in a period dominated by Real Madrid.
Gunther Netzer

RM: Herbert Wimmer (Germany)
Between 1966 and 1978 he played in 366 Bundesliga matches for Borussia Mönchengladbach and scored 51 goals. With the club he won five national championships (1970, 71, 75, 76, 78), the German Cup in 1973 and in 1975 the UEFA Cup.  With Germany he won the 1972 European Football Championship and the 1974 FIFA World Cup

LM: Dietmar Danner (Germany)
Danner won three German championships and one German cup title, as well as two UEFA Cup titles with Borussia Mönchengladbach. He earned six caps for the German national football team from 1973 to 1976. He was included for the UEFA Euro 1976.

AM/LW: Marco Reus (Germany)
In 2009, Reus began his career with Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach. He became one of Europe's brightest young player.  In 2012, he joined Borussia Dortmund, his hometown club. Since 2011, Reus established himself as a regular member of Joachim Löw's national team, but he missed both the 2014 World Cup and 2016 European Championship through injuries. 
Marco Reus
CM/AM: Hans-Jürgen Wittkamp (Germany)
He spent 11 seasons in the Bundesliga with FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Mönchengladbach.

AM: Uwe Rahn (Germany)
Rahn played 318 Bundesliga matches in his professional career,[1] scoring the majority of his 107 Bundesliga goals in his eight years at Borussia Mönchengladbach. Capped 14 times and went to Mexico 1986.

ST/LW:  Jupp Heynckes (Germany)
He was the third highest goal scorer in Bundesliga's history.  He spent most of his career with Borussia Mönchengladbach and was part of their glorious team in the early 1970's. He won Euro 1972 and the WC in 1974.  He played the first two matches at West Germany 1974, but suffered an injury and missed the rest of the tournament.
Jupp Heynckes 
ST: Herbert Laumen (Germany)
He scored more than 120 West German top flight goals. He is Borussia Mönchengladbach's second leading scorer. Laumen won two caps for the West German team in the late 1960s.

ST: Frank Mill (Germany)
Mill was part of the 1990 FIFA World Cup winning squad of West Germany. Further, he participated at the 1984 and at the 1988 Summer Olympics, where he won the bronze medal with the German team.
Frank Mill
ST: Martin Dahlin (Sweden)
He played for Malmö FF, Borussia Mönchengladbach, AS Roma, Hamburger SV and Blackburn Rovers. The most successful time of his career he spent with Borussia Mönchengladbach with whom he won the German Cup in 1995 along with Stefan Effenberg.

FW: Henning Jensen (Denmark)
He played professionally for German club Borussia Mönchengladbach, Spanish club Real Madrid and Dutch club Ajax Amsterdam where he won the domestic league championship in each country. He scored nine goals in 21 games for the Denmark national football team from 1972 to 1980.

RW/SS/ST: Allan Simonsen (Denmark)
He most prominently played for Borussia Mönchengladbach, winning the 1975 and 1979 UEFA Cups, as well as for Barcelona, winning the 1982 Cup Winners' Cup.  He is the only footballer to have scored in the European Cup, UEFA Cup, and Cup Winners' Cup finals. Simonsen was named 1977 European Footballer of the Year.  he was a part of Denmark's Euro 1983 team, but was injured after the first game.  By 1986, he was an aging player and played in one match in the WC Finals.
Alan Simonsen

Honorable Mention
Christian Hochstätter, Heinz Ditgens, Hans-Jörg Criens, Albert Brülls, Hans Klinkhammer.


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