Karl-Heinz Schnellinger

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Karl-Heinz Schnellinger (born 31 March 1939) is a German former footballer who played as a defender. He was born in Düren (then in Rhine Province, Prussia, today North Rhine-Westphalia). An athletic and hard-tackling player, with a strong physique, he was nicknamed the "Volkswagen" for his continuity of performance, both in quantity and in quality, and for his versatility; indeed, although he was usually deployed as a full-back, he was capable of playing anywhere along the back, and could also play as a centre-back, as a sweeper, or even as a defensive midfielder. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Karl-Heinz Schnellinger has received more than 150,530 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Karl-Heinz Schnellinger is the 221st most popular soccer player (up from 302nd in 2019), the 1,127th most popular biography from Germany (up from 1,368th in 2019) and the 20th most popular German Soccer Player.

Karl-Heinz Schnellinger is most famous for being a German footballer who played as a defender and midfielder. He played for Bayern Munich, Borussia Mönchengladbach, and the German national team. He is the only player to have won the European Championship with three different teams.

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Among soccer players, Karl-Heinz Schnellinger ranks 221 out of 16,923Before him are Kurt Hamrin, Josip Skoblar, Yukio Goto, Haruo Arima, Arie Haan, and Emilio Butragueño. After him are Vittorio Pozzo, Sergio Ramos, Arjen Robben, Yanosuke Watanabe, Ilija Petković, and Udo Lattek.

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Among people born in 1939, Karl-Heinz Schnellinger ranks 64Before him are Phil Spector, Lee Majors, Beate Klarsfeld, Ruud Lubbers, Ginger Baker, and Amarildo Tavares da Silveira. After him are Princess Irene of the Netherlands, Emil Constantinescu, Amancio Amaro, Scott McKenzie, Fikret Abdić, and Sidney Altman.

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Among people born in Germany, Karl-Heinz Schnellinger ranks 1,127 out of 5,289Before him are John George II, Elector of Saxony (1613), Wilhelm Weitling (1808), John Maurice, Prince of Nassau-Siegen (1604), Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard (1942), Boris Becker (1967), and Emmy Göring (1893). After him are Godigisel (359), Theodor Storm (1817), Méret Oppenheim (1913), Wilhelm Gustloff (1895), August Hirt (1898), and Oskar Gröning (1921).


Among soccer players born in Germany, Karl-Heinz Schnellinger ranks 20Before him are Bert Trautmann (1923), Günter Netzer (1944), Wolfgang Overath (1943), Helmut Rahn (1929), Felix Magath (1953), and Michael Ballack (1976). After him are Andreas Brehme (1960), Jupp Derwall (1927), Helmut Haller (1939), Sepp Herberger (1897), Jens Lehmann (1969), and Dettmar Cramer (1925).