Paul Steiner

For the language creator from Germany, see Paul Steiner (language creator).
Paul Steiner
Personal information
Full name Paul Steiner
Date of birth (1957-01-23) 23 January 1957
Place of birth Waldbrunn, West Germany
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
0000–1975 TSV Strümpfelbrunn
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1979 Waldhof Mannheim 144 (16)
1979–1981 MSV Duisburg 58 (7)
1981–1991 1. FC Köln 291 (20)
Total 493 (43)
National team
1983 West Germany U21 2 (1)
1987 West Germany Olympic 2 (0)
1990 West Germany 1 (0)

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

Paul Steiner (born 23 January 1957) is a retired German footballer who played mainly as a central defender.

Club career

Born in Waldbrunn, Baden-Württemberg, Steiner began playing football in his hometown with TSV Strümpfelbrunn. He started his professional career in 1975, going on to spend four seasons in the second division with SV Waldhof Mannheim.

Steiner appeared in 349 games in the Bundesliga, scoring 27 times from 1979 until 1991 with MSV Duisburg and 1. FC Köln. With the latter side, he was instrumental in five league finishes in the top three, also winning the German Cup in 1983 and losing the 1985–86 UEFA Cup to Real Madrid.

After retiring at 34, Steiner later worked as a scout for Köln's Rhine rival, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, before taking up the same role back at the former club.[1]

International career

Steiner was one of the oldest debutants in the German national team, when he appeared as a 33-year-old substitute in the final friendly match ahead of the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, against Denmark at Gelsenkirchen's Parkstadion on 30 May. He was surprisingly selected for the World Cup squad in favour of Bayer Uerdingen's Holger Fach, who had been the expected pick of coach Franz Beckenbauer as Klaus Augenthaler's understudy.[2]

Steiner was not recalled again after the tournament, where Germany defeated Argentina in the final.

Personal life

Steiner is commonly quoted in Germany as stating in a talk show that homosexuals were "too soft" for playing football.[3]


  1. "Auch Steiner zum 1. FC Köln" [Steiner to 1. FC Köln as well] (in German). Rheinische Post. 25 June 2008. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  2. "Die Klasse von 1990" [The class of 1990] (in German). Die Zeit. July 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  3. "Football's coming homo" (in German). Süddeutsche Zeitung. 17 May 2010. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
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