Klaus Allofs

Klaus Allofs

Allofs in 2008
Personal information
Full name Klaus Allofs
Date of birth (1956-12-05) 5 December 1956
Place of birth Düsseldorf, West Germany
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
VfL Wolfsburg (sporting director)
Youth career
TuS Gerresheim
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1981 Fortuna Düsseldorf 169 (71)
1981–1987 1. FC Köln 177 (88)
1987–1989 Marseille 53 (20)
1989–1990 Bordeaux 37 (14)
1990–1993 Werder Bremen 78 (18)
Total 512 (221)
National team
1978–1988 West Germany 56 (17)
Teams managed
1998–1999 Fortuna Düsseldorf

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Klaus Allofs (born 5 December 1956) is a retired German footballer who played as a striker. He is currently sporting director at Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg.

A prolific goalscorer for club and country, his younger brother, Thomas, was also a professional footballer – and a striker. He amassed Bundesliga totals of 424 games and 177 goals over the course of 15 seasons (being crowned the competition's top scorer on two occasions), mainly representing Fortuna Düsseldorf and 1. FC Köln.

Allofs gained nearly 60 caps for West Germany, representing the nation in one World Cup and two European Championships, winning the Euro 1980 tournament.

Club career

Born in Düsseldorf, Allofs began playing professionally for home team Fortuna Düsseldorf, in 1975. He started his career as an attacking midfielder, and scored nearly 100 overall goals for the club, helping it two consecutive German cup wins, while often playing upfront with sibling Thomas. In 1978–79, he finished as the Bundesliga's topscorer, and also scored three in nine in Fortuna's UEFA Cup Winners' Cup runner-up run,[1] including one in the final, an extra time loss against FC Barcelona.[2]

In 1981 Allofs joined 1. FC Köln, where he continued scoring at an excellent rate. In 1985–86, he only netted seven times in the league including a 70 m range goal against Bayer Leverkusen, but added nine in as many matches in the UEFA Cup, as the team lost the final on aggregate to Real Madrid. In the following season, he re-teamed with Thomas, then left the country during three years, playing in France with Olympique de Marseille and FC Girondins de Bordeaux.

Allofs retired in June 1993 at nearly 37, after three seasons with SV Werder Bremen, still managing to figure regularly. In the 1991–92 Cup Winners' Cup he scored in the final against AS Monaco FC, in an eventual 2–0 win.[3] In his final year, he played 16 games without scoring – the only time it happened in his career, save for his rookie campaign – as Werder won the league; in total, he appeared in 424 league matches, totalling 177 goals.[4] Sharing his goalscoring record with Dieter Müller, he left the game as the competition's alltime seventh scorer.

In 1999, Allofs was hired as coach of Fortuna Düsseldorf. After leaving this position, he left for an old acquaintance, Werder Bremen, going on to work for over a decade as general manager.[5][6] In November 2012, Allofs left Bremen to join VfL Wolfsburg as their new sporting director.[7]

International career

Allofs played for Germany a total of 56 times, and scored 17 goals.[8] His first match came on 11 October 1978 in Prague, against Czechoslovakia, a 4–3 friendly win.

Allofs went on to feature for the nation at the victorious UEFA Euro 1980 (where he scored three times to top the goalcharts, all in a 3–2 group stage win against the Netherlands), Euro 1984 and 1986 FIFA World Cup. Pushed to the sidelines by emergent Rudi Völler and Jürgen Klinsmann, he retired from international play on 31 March 1988, scoring in a friendly with Sweden.

International goals



Fortuna Düsseldorf[9]
1. FC Köln[9]
Werder Bremen[9]


West Germany[9]



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  2. "1978/79: Barcelona win seven-goal thriller". UEFA.com. 1 June 1979. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
  3. "1991/92: Bremen shine in Stadium of Light". UEFA.com. 1 June 1992. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
  4. Arnhold, Matthias (15 January 2006). "Klaus Allofs - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  5. "Allofs stays loyal to Bremen". UEFA.com. 18 February 2008. Retrieved 30 July 2009.
  6. "Allofs builds for Bremen's future". UEFA.com. 3 July 2009. Retrieved 30 July 2009.
  7. "Klaus Allofs Leaves Werder Bremen for Wolfsburg Post". Inside Futbol. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  8. Arnhold, Matthias (27 March 2015). "Klaus Allofs - International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  9. 1 2 3 4 "Klaus Allofs" (in German). fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  10. "Klaus ALLOFS" (in French). L'Équipe. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  11. "1. Bundesliga: alle Torjäger und Torschützen der Saison 1978/79" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  12. "1. Bundesliga: alle Torjäger und Torschützen der Saison 1984/85" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  13. "Klaus Allofs". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  14. "Fairs/UEFA Cup Topscorers". RSSSF. 5 January 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Harald Schumacher
Germany captain
Succeeded by
Lothar Matthäus
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