Hugo Budinger of Rot-Weiss Köln played 1951-1961 in 58 appearances for the German national team. Three times he participated as a player in the Olympics, in Helsinki in 1952, he retired with the team in the quarter- final against the team of the Netherlands. At the Olympic Games in Melbourne in 1956, the team lost in the semifinals against the Indians 1-0. The match for the bronze medal won by the Germans with a 3-1 victory over the British. In Rome in 1960 stood Budinger in the team that finished seventh. Budinger played the position of center forward.
In addition to his athletic career Budinger studied sports science and then worked as a lecturer at the German Sport University Cologne, where in 1979 he received his doctorate. In 1975, Budinger lead the newly founded Academy coach Cologne, 1993 Professor Budinger was retired. In addition to his professional career, he served as national coach, sports manager and most recently served as vice president of the German Hockey Federation. By 1993, Budinger was a personal member of the NOC.
2011 Hugo Budinger was inducted into the Hall of Fame of German sport.