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Karl-Heinz Schnellinger
German footballer

Karl-Heinz Schnellinger

Karl-Heinz Schnellinger
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Intro German footballer
Is Athlete Football player Association football player
From Germany
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 31 March 1939, Düren
Age 83 years
Star sign Aries
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Karl-Heinz Schnellinger (born 31 March 1939, in Düren) is a former German footballer who played as a defender. He was nicknamed the "Volkswagen" for his continuity of performance, both in quantity and in quality. In his prime he was usually considered one of the best leftbacks in the world in his era, rivaled only by Giacinto Facchetti, Nilton Santos and Silvio Marzolini.

Club career

He won the German championship with 1. FC Köln in 1962, and was awarded the (German Footballer of the Year), performed superb in the World Cup and was subsequently named in the World Cup Dream-Team 11. His debut in the Serie A came in 1963, when Schnellinger left 1. FC Köln for A.C. Mantova, in a match against A.C. Milan which ended in a surprising 4–1 victory for A.C. Mantova. However he played there only for one season, and was signed by A.S. Roma in 1964 when they won the Coppa Italia, and finally by A.C. Milan in 1965. Schnellinger was bought up together with Roma teammate Angelillo and Sormani. He played nine seasons with the Rossoneri, obtaining several successes both at the national and European level. He was one of the first successful German footballers abroad.

International career

He participated in his first 1958 World Cup in Sweden at the young age of 19, and went on to become one of the few players to play in 4 World Cups (1958, 1962, 1966, 1970). He was renowned for his physical power, pace, and his winning mentality. His only international goal came in the last minute to draw 1–1 in the thrilling semi-final of the 1970 World Cup against Italy which later became known as the "Game of the Century". Italy eventually won 4–3 after extra time. He won his last cap in 1971.


Schnellinger left A.C. Milan in 1974, and retired after a season back in his native Germany for Tennis Borussia Berlin.

Personal life

Today Schnellinger still lives in Milan's suburb of Segrate and works as businessman.



1. FC Köln

  • German Championship –
    • Winner: 1962

A.S. Roma

  • Coppa Italia –
    • Winner: 1964

A.C. Milan

  • Serie A –
    • Winner: 1968
  • Coppa Italia –
    • Winner: 1967, 1972, 1973
  • European Cup –
    • Winner: 1969
  • Intercontinental Cup –
    • Winner: 1969
  • European Cup Winners' Cup –
    • Winner: 1968, 1973


West Germany

  • FIFA World Cup –
    • Runner-up: 1966
    • Third-place: 1970
    • Fourth-place: 1958


  • Ballon d'Or – Third place: 1962
  • Footballer of the Year in Germany: 1962
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1962
  • FIFA XI: 1963, 1967

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