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Bernd Hölzenbein (born 9 March 1946) is a German former footballer who played as a forward or winger. At international level, he was a member of the West German team that won the World Cup in 1974. He is best known for being fouled in the final against Netherlands, which led to the Germans' equalising penalty.
Bernd Hölzenbein in 2010
|Date of birth||9 March 1946|
|Place of birth||Dehrn, Germany|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Playing position||Winger, Striker|
|1981–1982||Fort Lauderdale Strikers||46||(10)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
A qualified merchant, Holz debuted for Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga in 1967 to serve for this club until his departure in 1981. A three times German Cup winner with them in 1974, 1975 and 1981, Hölzenbein also won the UEFA Cup with Frankfurt in 1980. His output of 160 goals in his 420 Bundesliga matches is still club record achievement for Frankfurt.
He became a teammate of Gerd Müller at Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the United States. There he was also playing for Memphis Americans and Baltimore Blast in the Major Indoor Soccer League.
He finished off his career in Germany, playing a handful of games alongside Klaus Toppmöller for FSV Salmrohr before hanging up his boots at FC Rhein-Main and starting to work as assistant to Horst Heese at Viktoria Aschaffenburg.
In 1988, he returned to Eintracht Frankfurt, taking the role of vice-chairman and enjoyed a growing reputation in the game as someone who has an eye for top-talents. He was seen as the main architect behind Frankfurt's rise to an undoubted top side of Bundesliga at the start of the 1990s, mainly because of adding players such as Uwe Bein, Anthony Yeboah and Andreas Möller to the clubs Bundesliga squad. This trio, together with sweeper Manfred Binz and goalkeeper Uli Stein was the driving force behind Eintracht's title bid in 1991–92, unfortunately missing out on the Bundesliga crown of 1992 due to a bad result on the final day of that season.
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