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Hans Schäfer

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Date of birth19 October 1927(age 89)
Place of birthKöln-Zollstock, Germany
Playing positionStriker

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Hans Schäfer (born 19 October 1927 in Köln-Zollstock) is a former German footballer. He played for 1. FC Köln between 1948 and 1965. He also played for the West-Germany national football team, earning 39 caps and scoring 15 goals. He played in three World Cups, in 1954, 1958, and 1962, earning a winner's medal in 1954 and scoring a total of 7 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 November 9, 1952, in the international friendly against Switzerland, scoring a goal. During the 1954 FIFA World Cup, Schäfer scored four goals and throughout the tournament was one of Germany's best forwards.

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.

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