He played in the Football League as a center forward from 1975 for Rot-Weiss Essen, Hamburger SV and Borussia Dortmund. With the HSV he was in 1979, 1982 and 1983 German Masters. In all, he scored 136 goals in 224 Bundesliga games. He also won in 1983 with the HSV the European Champions Cup. As a player in the national team, he was European champion in 1980 and 1982 Vice World Champion.
As an amateur Hrubesch In 1975, at the age of 24 years on the FC Pelkum stations, Germania Hamm and SC Westtünnen directly to the Bundesliga for Rot-Weiss Essen, without having previously denied youth team games. In two seasons, he came up with 48 inserts and 38 goals. After the Bundesliga relegation of Essen in 1977, he remained on the port road. In the following season in the 2nd Bundesliga (1977 /78) he scored 42 results. The team scored a total of 82 gates.
Then he was no longer tenable in Essen. Hamburger SV undertook the coveted striker, which was also Eintracht Frankfurt was interested.
When HSV Hrubesch benefiting from two top coaches: 1978 Branko Zebec was in office from 1981 Ernst Happel. The class of teammate Kevin Keegan, Felix Magath, Ivan Buljan, Jimmy Hartwig, Peter Nogly or Manfred Kaltz ( Zebec era ), Uli Stein, Ditmar Jakobs, Lars Bastrup, Wolfgang Rolff, Holger Hieronymus or Jurgen Milewski in the era Happel brought Hrubesch significantly further. In addition to the already strong heading ability Horst Hrubesch in other areas improved his footballing potential.
The logical consequence was the establishment of the national team. He made his debut on April 2, 1980 in Munich 's 1-0 win over Austria. For the national team, he played from 1980 to 1982 in 21 games ( six goals). In 1980 he became European champion in Italy. The 2-1 victory in the final against Belgium, he scored both goals. They were his first goals for the national team.
With the Football World Cup 1982 he became vice - world champion. In the World Cup semi-final in Seville against France on July 8, he scored the winning penalty to 5-4 on penalties. After 120 minutes, it had been 3-3, with Hrubeschs header returned from the goalline to Klaus Fischer Bicycle Kick the compensation allowed to 3:3. The World Cup final against Italy was then lost 1:3. It was his last international match.
Winning the European Cup of Champions 1982/83 with HSV, against the world champions with studded team of Juventus, was the sporting highlight in the career of Horst Hrubesch. The HSV sat down on the way to the final on May 25 in Athens against Dynamo Berlin, Olympiakos Piraeus, Dynamo Kiev and Real San Sebastián by.
Feared Hrubesch was mainly because of his heading ability. Hence its nickname " head monster " comes from. He benefited primarily from the cross gifts by Manfred Kaltz, the so-called " banana flanks ". Matching in a television interview he gave the statement, " Manni Banana, I head - Tor".
In the Bundesliga season 1981/82 Hrubesch was top scorer with 27 goals. Legendary was his goal to win 4-3 at Bayern Munich on 24 April 1982 in the 90th minute. The victory was an important station on the way to the championship.
In 1983 he moved into the first Belgian League to Standard Liege, where he remained until 1985 and shot 23 goals in 52 games. Then he returned to the Bundesliga to Borussia Dortmund, but ended a year later due to injury after only 17 games his active career.
In 1986, Hrubesch as coach his former club Rot-Weiss Essen, which he led as a newly promoted to 10th place in the Bundesliga 2.
In the Bundesliga, he supervised from November 1994 to February 1995 Dynamo Dresden as a coach.
At the European Championships in 2000 he was assistant team manager Erich Ribbeck.
As a youth coach at the DFB Hrubesch won with the German U-19 national team on July 26 at the 2008 U-19 European Football Championships 2008 European title with a 3-1 in the final against Italy. Following the U-19 team to the U-20 national team, which Hrubesch still supervised and with which he failed at the U -20 World Cup in the fall of 2009 in the quarter-finals to Brazil was. As an interim coach, he also oversaw the U-21 national team at the U-21 European Football Championships 2009 in the summer of 2009. With this team he was after a 4-0 final victory over England European Championship.
After an engagement as coach of the U-18 Junior of the youth national teams of the national teams of the DFB is Hrubesch since June 21, 2013 once again coach the U-21 national team.
2009 Hrubesch was awarded the first ever coach Prize of the German Football Association.
Hrubesch since his childhood avid fisherman on inland waters. After his move to Hamburg, he explores also the fishing on the lake. Lack of available literature, he wrote with the help of a Koautors a book about the cod fishing, which was sold in three editions and published in Scandinavia. The book is out.
He and his wife Angelika Horst Hrubesch operates a horse breeding operation in the eastern Lüneburg Heath and devoted himself successfully to the young horse breed precious blood Haflinger. Besides his work as a coach Hrubesch worked until late 2013 and as chairman of the community of interests precious blood Haflinger.