|European Cup 1983|
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index and my blog on Hamburger SV of the 1980's.
HSV's football team had the distinction of being the only team that had played continuously in the top tier of the German football league system since the founding of the club at the end of World War I. It was the only team that played in every season of the Bundesliga since its foundation in 1963, until 2018 when the team were relegated for the first time in history.They won the 1983 European Cup in an upset win over Juventus in the Final.
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.
Team GK: Uli Stein (Germany)
Stein began his career in 1978 with Arminia Bielefeld. After two years, he moved to Hamburger SV where he played from 1980 to 1987. He also played for Eintracht Frankfurt. The highlight of his career was winning the European Cup (UEFA Champions League) in 1983, with Hamburger SV. He also went on to win the DFB-Pokal with Eintracht Frankfurt in 1988. He represented the West German national team 6 times between 1983 and 1986. He went Mexico 1986.
GK: Rudi Kargus (Germany)
Rudi Kargus played mainly with Hamburger SV. He won the European Cup Winners' Cup with Hamburger SV in 1977, was runner-up with them in the European Cup in 1980 after winning the Bundesliga title the season before. Kargus was capped 3 times for West Germany. He was Maier's backup at both 1976 European Championship and the 1978 World Cup Finals.
GK: René Adler (Germany)
After nine years for Leipzig, Adler joined the youth system of Bayer 04 Leverkusen in 2000. He signed a five-year contract at Bundesliga rivals Hamburger SV in 2012. He made his debut for Germany on 11 October 2008 in a World Cup qualifier against Russia. Despite having been confirmed as Germany's main team goalkeeper for the World Cup, a serious rib injury prevented him from travelling to South Africa.
RB: Manfred Kaltz (Germany)
Manfred Kaltz was one of the finest crosser of the ball in the history of the game. He was famous with his partnership with striker Horst Hrubesch at Hamburger SV. They won the European Cup in 1984. He was capped 69 times. At the international level. he was a key player for West Germany with over 60 caps (sometimes as their captain) in the 1980's and was considered one of Germany's greatest fullbacks. He won the European Championship in 1980.
CB/RB: Josef Posipal (Germany)
Josef Posipal was born to an ethnic German family in 1927 in Lugoj, Romania. He lived much of his life in West Germany. During his club career he played for SV Linden 07, SV Arminia Hannover, and Hamburger SV. He was capped 32 times between 1951 and 1956. He helped West Germany to win their first ever World Cup in 1954.
CB: Willi Schulz (Germany)
Willi Schulz was one of the best center-backs in the world during the 1960's. He played 66 times for West Germany between 1959 and 1970. He was the starting sweeper in the 1966 World Cup Finals in England. He also went to the World Cup Finals 4 years later in Mexico, but was injured. Helmut Schon preferred Beckenbauer as a midfielder while he played as a sweeper. He started with Schalke 04 in 1960. From 1965 to 1973, he played for Hamburger SV.
CB/RB: Ivan Buljan (Yugoslavia)
Buljan started his career with local club NK Mračaj before moving to the first-league team Hajduk Split in 1967. In 1975, he was selected as Večernji list's top player in Yugoslavia. Buljan finally left Hajduk in 1977 for Hamburger SV where he played until 1981. He then finished his career with two seasons with the New York Cosmos.
CB: Ditmar Jakobs (Germany)
Jakobs played 493 games from 1971 to 1990 for Rot-Weiß Oberhausen, Tennis Borussia Berlin, MSV Duisburg and Hamburger SV. With Hamburger SV he won the 1987 DFB-Pokal. In 1982 and 1983 he became German champion and 1983 he won the UEFA Champions League. Jakobs was a member of the German national football team, which was runner-up in the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. His career was cut short by a freak accident in 1989.
CB: Peter Nogly (Germany)
Peter Nogly earned four caps for the West Germany national football team all in 1977. He was included in the West German team for the UEFA Euro 1976, but did not play. In Germany, he played mainly for Hamburger SV. In 1980, he moved to play in NASL, where he played for Edmonton Drillers and Tampa Bay Rowdies.
LB: Jürgen Kurbjuhn (Germany)
Jürgen Kurbjuhn joined Hamburger SV in 1960 when the club had just been crowned German football champion. He was part of the 1963 German Cup winning side of the club. In 1972, he retired, because of injury after ten goals in 242 Bundesliga matches. He played 5 times for West Germany. He went to the World Cup Finals in 1962.
DM: Jimmy Hartwig (Germany)
Jimmy Hartwig played for Kickers Offenbach, TSV 1860 München, Hamburger SV, 1. FC Köln and FC Homburg of the Bundesliga and for Austria Salzburg of Austria. Hartwig won the European Cup in 1983 with Hamburger SV, and was three times German league champion in 1979, 1982 und 1983. The son of an African-American soldier and a German mother, Hartwig was the second non-white player capped for Germany(after Erwin Kostedde).
AM: Thomas Doll (East Germany/Germany)
Doll began his career with local side BSG Lokomotiv Malchin, before joining East German first-division side Hansa Rostock. In 1986 he was transferred to Berliner FC Dynamo. After reunification Doll was one of the most sought-after players of coming out of the former East Germany. He played as an attacking midfielder for Hamburger SV, Lazio, Eintracht Frankfurt and Bari. He played for both East Germany and Germany. He went to Euro 1992 for Germany.
CM: Wolfgang Rolff (Germany)
Wolfgang Rolff played for Hamburger SV, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Bayer 05 Uerdingen, Karlsruher SC, 1. FC Köln, OSC Bremerhaven, SC Fortuna Köln and Strasbourg. In his years with his clubs he won the German Bundesliga title with Hamburg in 1983 and was part of the Hamburg side that clinched the European Cup. He also won the UEFA Cup with Bayer 04 Leverkusen in 1988.
LM: Caspar Memering (Germany)
From 1971 to 1982, Memering played for Hamburger SV. He was a part of the Hamburg side that clinched the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup winner: 1976–77 and also reached the 1980 European Cup Final. He also played in Bordeaux and Schalke 04. He was capped 3 times between 1979 and 1980. He was a part of the West German team won that the European Championship in 1980.
LM/CM/AM: Yordan Letchkov (Bulgaria)
Letchkov had over 45 caps for Bulgaria, but he was best remembered for scoring the winning goal against Germany in the quarter-final at the World Cup Finals in 1994, which gave his country the best ever finish at a major tournament. He also played at Euro 1996. He played for CSKA Sofia, Hamburger SV, Olympique de Marseille and Beşiktaş. His longest career was spent with Hamburger SV between 1992 and 1996.
LW: Gert Dörfel (Germany)
Gert Dörfel spent nine seasons in the Bundesliga with Hamburger SV. He also played in South Africa and Canada. He represented Germany 11 times, including at the 1962 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Northern Ireland (scoring two goals) and Greece (scoring one goal), the 1966 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Sweden, and eight friendlies.
AM: Rafael van der Vaart (Holland)
Rafael Van der Vaart began his career at AFC Ajax's youth academy and worked his way into the first team. He moved to Bundesliga club Hamburger SV, then to Real Madrid, then on to Tottenham Hotspur before returning to Hamburg in 2012. He earned 109 caps for the Netherlands between 2001 and 2013. He represented the nation at three European Championships and two World Cup Finals. He was a part of the team that reached the 2010 Final.
|Rafael van der Vaart|
Most of Thomas von Heesen's professional career was spent, as a player, with Hamburger SV, with which he won several accolades, both domestic and continental, appearing in nearly 400 official games for the club between 1980 and 1994. He later played for Arminia Bielefeld, helping the club to grain promotion to Bundesliga.
AM: Felix Magath (Germany)
Felix Magath was the son of an American GI and a German woman. He played for Hamburger SV between 1976 and 1986, winning the European Cup in 1983. He scored the winning goal in the Final against Juventus. He also played for 1. FC Saarbrücken. He was a part of the great West German national team of the 1980's, winning the Euro 1980. He also played in the 1982 and 1986 World Cup Finals. He had 43 caps between 1977 and 1986.
ST/SS: Kevin Keegan (England)
Kevin Keegan was the greatest English player of his generation. He was two-time European Footballer of the Year in 1978 and 1979. He won the European Cup in 1977 with Liverpool. He also found successes in the Bundesliga with Hamburger SV, where he played between 1977 and 1980. He later played for Southampton and Newcastle United. He had 63 caps for England. However, his World Cup appearance was limited to 20 minutes against Spain at the World Cup Finals in 1982.
Klaus Stürmer represented Germany on two occasions, including a 1962 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland. On his debut on 16 October 1954 against France he became the youngest player of the post-war era to score for Germany at age 19 years 68 days, a record that was equalled in 2011 by Mario Götze. He spent most of his career with Hamburger SV.
ST: Horst Hrubesch (Germany)Horst Hrubesch earned only 21 caps. He was a part of West German national team player pool throughout the 1980's. He scored two goals in the Euro 1980 Final against Belgium. He was known as one of the most powerful header of the ball in the game. He was known for his partnership with Manfield Kaltz who was one of the best crossers in the game. Together, they won the European Cup in 1983 with Hamburger SV.
ST: Uwe Seeler (Germany)
Uwe Seeler was captain of both his club team and the national team for many years. He played in 4 World Cup Finals(1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970), but sandwiched between Germany's two World Cup winning years(1954 and 1974). West Germany came second in 1966 and reached the semifinal in 1970 while playing next to Gerd Muller. However, he is still regarded one of Die Mannschaft s greatest players. He spent his entire career with SV Hamburger and considered its greatest player.
Georg Volkert, Hans-Jörg Butt, Rudolf Noak, Fritz Laban, Franz-Josef Hönig, Franz Beckenbauer, Bernd Wehmeyer, Horst Blankenburg, Caspar Memering.
-- Hamburger SV's greatest eras were the late 1970's and early 1980's. They first won the Cup Winners Cup in 1977. Then, they reached the Final of the 1980 European Cup Final, before winning it in 1983 by beating Juventus in the Final. Rudi Kargus, Uli Stern, Manfred Kaltz, Kevin Keegan, Felix Magath, Horst Hrubesch, Ivan Buljian, Ditmar Jakobs, Peter Nogly, Jimmy Hartwig, Wolfgang Rolff, Casper Memering, and Thomas Von Hessen played in that period. Of course, not all of them played on the 1983 team. Uli Stern, Manfred Kaltz, Felix Magath, Thomas von Heesen, Horst Hrubesch and Ditmar Jakobs were on the winning team. Bernd Wehmeyer made honourable mention for this blog team. Manfred Kaltz and Felix Magath also played the 1977 Cup Winners' Cup Final as well as the 1980 European Cup Final.
-- In 1983 European Cup Final, they overcame a Juventus side that included Dino Zoff, Claudio Gentile, Gaetano Scirea, Antonio Cabrini, Paulo Rossi and Marco Tardelli who won the World Cup the year before. Michele Platini and Zbigniew Boniek were also big stars at the 1982 World Cup Finals. Felix Magath stunned the Italian club with an early goal.
-- Franz Beckenbauer played for them between 1980 and 1982. It was the greatest period of the club. The team won the league in 1981-1982 season, but he left before Hamburger SV won the European Cup the season after. His leadership was credited with the club's successes during that era. However, I only put him on honorable mention. Willi Schulz who actually played as a sweeper for West Germany in the 1966 World Cup Finals while Beckenbauer played as a central midfielder. He is a club legend with Hamburger SV.
-- Fritz Laban was a rightback. His teammate Josef Posipal and Manfred Kaltz got the nod over him.
-- Manfred Kaltz was known as one of the best crossers of the ball in history. He was known for his early cross, later made famous by David Beckham. His teammate Horst Hrubesch's nickname was Das Kopfball-Ungeheuer (the Header Beast) for his heading skills as a centre-forward. The combination of one of the finest crosser and a greatest header of the ball became one of the games' greatest partnership.
-- I do not really know about Albert Beier.
-- Rafael van der Vaart made a name in recent years with the club.
-- Hamburger SV has too many left-sided midfielders. I left out Georg Volkert.
-- Kevin Kegan was a two-time European Footballer of the Year in 1978 and 1979 while playing for Hamberger SV.
-- Willi Schulz and Uwe Seeler were among the best ever German footballers of their generations. Both players played in the generation between West Germany's World Cup victories between 1954 and 1974. Seeler played in the World Cup Finals of 1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970. Seeler is on top of many World Cup records and/or milestone. For example, he was the first player ever to appear in 20 World Cup matches (he retired with 21 matches played, tied for third all-time); the first ever to score in four World Cups (beating Pelé by only a few minutes.
-- Uwe Seeler is perhaps Hamburger SV's greatest player. Except for a single publicity stint with Cork Celtic, he played his entire career with Hamburger SV.