Hans Schäfer

Hans Schäfer (19 October 1927 – 7 November 2017) was a German footballer who played as an outside left.

Hans Schäfer
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Schäfer (left) in 1957
Personal information
Date of birth (1927-10-19)19 October 1927
Place of birth Zollstock, Cologne, Germany
Date of death 7 November 2017(2017-11-07) (aged 90)
Place of death Cologne, Germany
Playing position(s) Outside left
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1948–1965 1. FC Köln 394 (254)
National team
1952–1962 West Germany 39 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Schäfer was born in Zollstock, Cologne. He played for 1. FC Köln between 1948 and 1965,[1] and for the West Germany national team, earning 39 caps and scoring 15 goals.[2] He played in three World Cups, in 1954, 1958, and 1962, earning a winner's medal in 1954 and scoring a total of seven goals. Between 1957 and 1962, Schäfer captained Germany 16 times.

Schäfer's position was that of an outside left. In the latter stages of his career, he became an inside left forward. He debuted for Germany on 9 November 1952, in the international friendly against Switzerland, scoring a goal. During the 1954 FIFA World Cup, Schäfer scored four goals.

Schäfer won the German football championship with 1. FC Köln in 1962 and 1964 and was voted German Footballer of the Year in 1963, at the age of 35. He played in the first two seasons of the newly founded Bundesliga 39 matches (20 goals) before retiring from professional football.[3]

Schäfer died on 7 November 2017 at age 90, leaving Horst Eckel as the only player still alive from the 1954 FIFA World Cup winner team.[4]


  1. ^ "Hans Schäfer". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
  2. ^ Matthias Arnhold (18 April 2004). "Hans Schäfer - International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
  3. ^ Matthias Arnhold (11 April 2013). "Johann Schäfer - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
  4. ^ Jarjour, Marcel (7 November 2017). "Trauer um Weltmeister FC-Legende Hans Schäfer gestorben". Express (in German). Retrieved 9 November 2017.

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World Cup-winners status
Preceded by
Alcides Ghiggia
Oldest Living Player
16 July 2015 – 7 November 2017
Succeeded by
Mário Zagallo