Klaus Fischer (born 27 December 1949) is a German former footballer and coach. He was a key player on the West Germany team that lost the 1982 World Cup final to Italy. As a striker, he was noted for his bicycle kicks, and scored a spectacular overhead kick equalizer in extra-time of a 1982 World Cup semi-final against France.
Fischer was born in Kreuzstraßl, near Lindberg (Bayerischer Wald) in the district of Regen.
He moved from SC Zwiesel to TSV 1860 München in 1968 and made 535 Bundesliga appearances for TSV 1860 München, FC Schalke 04, 1. FC Köln and VfL Bochum. With Schalke 04 he won the German Cup in 1972. Schalke 04 were one of the clubs involved in a bribery scandal in season 1970–71 of the Bundesliga. As one of the players involved, Fischer initially received a ban for life, but this punishment was later reduced to a one-year league ban and a five-year ban from national team eligibility.
In 1976, he was top scorer in the Bundesliga. With 268 goals he ranks second to Gerd Müller on the list of all-time top Bundesliga goalscorers. In 1988 Fischer's club side VfL Bochum made it to the German Cup Final, but Fischer did not feature in the final match. Klaus Fischer ended his career in 1988.
His 182 league goals for Schalke 04 remain a club record.
Fischer made 45 appearances for the Germany national football team from 1977 to 1982, scoring 32 goals (eight headers and 24 with his feet, including two bicycle kicks). He appeared in two World Cups and was a World Cup runner-up in Spain in 1982.
Fischer was known particularly for his bicycle kicks, often set up for him by Rüdiger Abramczik. His goal from a bicycle kick in a 4–1 win in a 1977 international match against Switzerland was selected as the Goal of the Year by German television viewers. It would later be voted Goal of the Decade and Goal of the Century. He also scored a famous bicycle kick equalizer in extra time in a 1982 World Cup semi-final against France, which West Germany went on to win on penalties.
Fischer currently runs a football training school.
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- Schalke 04
- DFB-Pokal: 1971–72
- 1. FC Köln
- DFB-Pokal: 1982–83
- West Germany
- FIFA World Cup runner-up: 1982
- Bundesliga top scorer: 1975–76 (29 goals)
- Goal of the Year (Germany): 1977
- Goal of the Decade (Germany)
- Goal of the Century (Germany)
- kicker Bundesliga Team of the Season: 1984–85