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Heinz Strehl

Personal information
Date of birth20 July 1938
Place of birthKalchreuth, Germany
Date of death11 August 1986(age 48)
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11.3 in)
Playing positionStriker

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Heinz Strehl (20 July 1938 11 August 1986) was a former German football player.

A Bundesliga title-winner with 1. FC Nuremberg in 1968, Heinz Strehl was one of the proven goalscorers in West Germany in the 1960s and able to cap his West Germany debut against Yugoslavia on 30 September 1962, with a hat-trick in between the 23rd and the 62nd minute. An effort that still lists Strehl among the fastest fifteen hat-trick outputs in West German football history. Thanks to Strehl's goals West Germany came out 3-2 winner in Zagreb that day.

Beforehand, Strehl had already been part of Sepp Herberger's squad at the 1962 FIFA World Cup, not making any appearance. He added a fourth goal to his West German tally in spring 1965 against Cyprus (5-0) in a World Cup qualifier that remained his final match for West Germany.

Nominally a center forward, Strehl's international career was hindered by Uwe Seeler, who played in the same position, which meant that Strehl would only get first team action when Seeler was not available. As a player, he was resilient and great at heading but also technically sound. Oftentimes he was used as an inside forward due to his good passing skills and vision. Apart from winning the Bundesliga in 1968, Strehl also won the West German football championship in 1961 and the West German Cup in 1962.

After suffering a meniscus injury in 1970, Strehl retired from professional football. He continued to act as a player manager for FC Schwaig until 1973.

Aged 48, Heinz Strehl died on 11 August 1986, of heart failure.

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