Karl-Heinz Riedle

Karl -Heinz Riedle, 2012 in the show Markus Lanz

Karl- Heinz " Kalle " Riedle ( born September 16 1965 in Weiler im Allgäu ) is a former German football player ( striker ). He played in the Bundesliga, Italian Serie A and in England in the first and second division. Overall, he scored 72 goals in 207 Bundesliga games.



Blue and white 90 Berlin

Karl -Heinz Riedle started playing football with his hometown club TSV Ellhofen. With a stopover at SV Weiler ( now: FV Rot-Weiss hamlet ) 1983 he moved to FC Augsburg in the former Bayern league, then he went for a season to newly promoted Bundesliga 1986 Blue-White 90 Berlin. There he was a regular player, completed all 34 season, scoring ten of the 36 goals of his team this season. He was best scorer of the blue-white. His debut in Germany's highest division had thus Riedle on Matchday 1 of the 1986/87 season on August 9, 1986 against 1 FC Kaiserslautern. In the same game, he also scored his first Bundesliga goal when he equalized in the 24th minute to 1:1. The game ended 1:4 from the perspective of Berlin. His first league double Riedle scored on Matchday 3 against Borussia Mönchengladbach. After he came off the bench in the 74th minute only when the score was 1:2, I managed to turn the game around him with a double strike in the 82nd and 90th minutes, so he secured his team's first win of the season. The Berlin won only two more games all season and increased consistently again in the 2nd Bundesliga.

Werder Bremen

In the summer of 1987 Riedle was then fetched by Otto Rehhagel to the Weser to Werder Bremen. He made it straight into the core team, missed only because of five yellow cards of the season 34 games. Together with the age-matched Frank Ordenewitz Riedle scored 33 goals, 18 goals alone and was thus internal marksman king. Only Jürgen Klinsmann from VfB Stuttgart was better with 19 Torerfolgen and secured the top scorer. At the end of his first year at Bremen, the German team champion. In the following year Riedle met only 13 times in the opponent's goal, but was with Frank Neubarth best scorer of the Green-Whites. In Europe Champions Cup, was qualified for the Werder for the championship in 1988, the attackers were in the first game of the preliminary round September 6, 1988 his international debut against Berliner FC Dynamo, which the team lost 0:3. In the return match on 11 October Riedle scored in the 62nd minute, his first goal in the competition when he could defeat Dynamo goalkeeper Bodo Rudwaleit. It was the goal to make it 3-0. Final score was 5:0 for Bremen, so that the team despite the first-leg deficit to qualify for the knockout stages. In the quarterfinals, then retired from Bremen against AC Milan. In the 1989/90 season Riedle was only 20 league bets and seven goals for a long time already since emerging groin surgery. The commissioned in summer under contract striker Wynton Rufer took Riedle and could most Torerfolge celebrate this season. With the former talent Marco Bode and the experienced players like Manfred Müller and Frank Castle Neubarth Riedle was further competition against.

Lazio Rome

In the summer of 1990, Riedle, who had just taken with the national team the world title decided (see below), for a change. For a transfer fee of 13 million DM Lazio lured to Italy striker in the Serie A. This transfer was at the time a record transfer, since so much money was never paid for a German player before. A year later followed him team-mate Thomas Doll. In his first year in the Italian capital, Riedle won the day and was a regular player. But in the end they only managed to place 10th in the following year, the best, the striker scored 13 goals in 29 games and was a guarantee for the recovery of his team. With fifth place in the league, it was the best result since 1978 for Lazio. A year later, even the fourth place was achieved. Riedle but it could contribute only eight goals.

Borussia Dortmund

He returned to Germany. As at the time the most expensive transfer in the history of the Bundesliga, the striker moved to Borussia Dortmund in 1993, where he played for four years. There Riedle experienced striker meager years and never came across seven hits in a season addition. His first goal for BVB he marked on Matchday 3 against SC Freiburg, as he scored the 1:2 goal back. The game could still be rotated and the Yellow-Blacks won 3-2. 1995 and 1996 won Riedle with the Dortmundern twice the German championship. As Stéphane Chapuisat was set mostly for coach Ottmar Hitzfeld in the storm, Riedle had to compete in Dortmund with the attackers Flemming Povlsen, Heiko Herrlich and Ibrahim Tanko for second place alongside Chapuisat in the four years. In the 1995/96 season, as Chapuisat how the entire BVB storm weakened, many injured were lost in the offensive area and no attacker played more than 18 games, Riedle was top scorer with seven goals in Dortmund. Only the midfielder Andreas Möller and Michael Zorc were better. In the League of BVB was indeed after two title wins replaced in the 1997 season from Bayern Munich, but the team attracted international attention. The Dortmund reached the Champions League final in 1997., Where Juventus was the opponent in the Olympic Stadium in Munich. With two hits Riedle became the man of the day, and thus secured the 3-1 victory over the Italians. Third Sagittarius Dortmund was Lars Ricken. Riedle, who scored the goals in the 29th and 34th minute, was replaced in the 67th minute for Heiko Herrlich.

Liverpool FC

With the end of the Bundesliga season 1996/97 Riedle decided to renewed transfer abroad. On the English giants Liverpool played Riedle another two years. There, the team's third in the Premier League was. Riedle, who scored six goals in 25 games, but mostly stood in the shadow of the former Youngsters Michael Owen. In the following year there was not even enough to participate in the UEFA Cup under new manager Gérard Houllier. Although Riedle came in his second year with the Reds at 34 games, but was there usually alternating players.


In summer 1999, Houllier sorted from the squad and new seventh player. Riedle sought out a new club and found him with Fulham FC, which was then played in England's second league. Although he was responsible for the team in 2000 for a short time as player-coach, but the team was mostly only as a stand -by available. At the end of the 2000 /01 Fulham rose to the Premier League. Riedle but gave in November 2000 his career end at the end of the season known. Although he thought the rise again over a contract extension after, but this did not take place then.

Comeback attempt

Early in 2002, tried Riedle again made ​​a comeback and went into the training of the then trained by Uwe Wegmann Liechtenstein Football club FC Vaduz. After three weeks, however, he decided against a binding contract.


At the Olympic Games in Seoul in 1988 Riedle won the bronze medal with the German team.

In the German national team he played from 1988 until 1994. He scored 16 goals in 42 games. Riedle participated in the 1990 World Cup, the European Championships in 1992 and the 1994 World Cup.

He made his debut on 31 August 1988 at the World Cup qualifier against Finland. With the score at 3-0 from the perspective of the German Riedle came in to replace Dieter Eckstein and could increase in the 87th minute at 4-0. In the coming years he played more and more into the team of Franz Beckenbauer and was duly nominated for the 1990 World Cup in Italy. There he came to four stakes, but was behind Jürgen Klinsmann and Rudi Völler only striker number 3 Only the game against Czechoslovakia was Riedle the whole 90 minutes on the court. In the semi-final match against England on penalties over the place in the final had to decide. This Riedle scored the 4:4. As the Englishman Stuart Pearce and Chris Waddle have not had as good nerves, pulled the German team to the final one.

Also for the European Championships in Sweden, in 1992, he was appointed from New coach Berti Vogts in the cadre of DFB. In this tournament, he was set as a regular player and was present in all five possible matches in the starting XI. He fought his way of Jurgen Klinsmann this place. Vogts hit it internally, but also in the German press world to critical voices. Throughout the tournament Riedle scored three goals and was together with three other players ( Dennis Bergkamp, Henrik Larsen and Thomas Brolin ) marksman king of the tournament. In the final he was about 90 minutes on the court, but was unable to prevent the 0-2 defeat against the Danish team.

In the friendly match against the USA on June 13, 1993 Riedle scored his only hat-trick in the national team. At 4-3, the attacker struck in the 34th, 40th and 59th minute.

His penultimate game in the dress of the DFB made ​​Riedle in the first round game of the 1994 World Cup in the United States against the selection of South Korea. In the 18th minute of the same game, he also scored his last goal for the national team. The game ended with a 3-2 victory. His last game for the German national team graduated Riedle three months later in a friendly against Russia when he came on in the 74th minute for Stefan Kuntz.

Successes as a player

After the End of career

By the spring of 2007 Riedle worked as sporting director at the Swiss giants Grasshoppers Zurich. In addition, owns the former top striker a 4 -star hotel and a football camp for kids in Oberstaufen in the Allgäu and a sports and event agency.


Riedle is married to his high school sweetheart. They have three children, including Alessandro Riedle.

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Riedle had before he became a professional footballer, learned the trade of butcher.

Although not particularly large at 1.79 m, he was considered a strong header of the ball player, earning him the nicknames "Air Riedle " earned because of its bounce.