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Rainer Bonhof (born 28 March 1952 in Emmerich am Rheinmarker, North Rhine-Westphaliamarker) is a former Germanmarker footballer. He was a defensive midfielder or wing-back.

Biography

Bonhof became (at that time) Germany's youngest World Champion on 7 July 1974 following his team's 2–1 win over the Netherlands in Munichmarker's Olympiastadionmarker at the 1974 FIFA World Cup. Bonhof assisted Gerd Müller's winning goal and outplayed his opponents in midfield throughout the match. He was a fixture in the West German national team from the World Cup onward. He was one of the best players in the 1976 European Championship, assisting 4 of the 6 West German goals in the semi-final and final. He played in every match of the 1978 FIFA World Cup when West Germany was eliminated in the 2nd round following a 2-3 defeat at the hands of their historic rivals Austriamarker. He continued to play an important role in the national team following his transfer to Valencia. His move and that of Uli Stielike prompted the DFB to remove their ban on selecting foreign based players for the national team. He played a role in qualifying for the1980 European Championships and was selected for the squad but injuries kept him from making an appearance during the West German victory. His last appearance for the national team came in a 1-4 defeat at the hands of Brazil, and in spite of a strong Bundesliga campaign for FC Cologne in 1981-82 he was not selected to return to the national team.

Bonhof, a midfielder, was widely recognized for having one of the game's hardest free-kicks as well as long and precise throw-ins. Former Liverpool goalkeeper, Ray Clemence, in 1977 following a European Cup tie between the Reds and Borussia Mönchengladbach, admitted he feared Bonhof's shots and apparently with good reason. During the spring of 1978 Clemence was beaten twice by Bonhof from nearly identical locations at the club and international level respectively. Bonhof was awarded the ARD Goal of the Month on three occasions, twice for free-kicks and once for a 30 metre strike.

After his active career was abruptly ended by an ankle joint injury in 1983, Rainer Bonhof went on to coach. He received his formal license in 1988, and has coached several teams, resigning a year early from his Scotland U21 responsibilities after they finished last in their European U21 Championship Qualifying group, after 14 games and no victories.

On 1 September 2006, Bonhof signed a contract with recent FA Premier League winners Chelsea to become their scout for the scopes of Germany and Austria. The contract was a rolling deal, allowing either Chelsea and Bonhof to break it up any time. The deal between Chelsea F.C and Bonhof ended because of the club's high debts. Bonhof left London on 31 October 2008.

On 11 February 2009 he was named as the new Vice President of Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Honors

German national team



VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach



Valencia CF



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