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Helmut Dudek

Personal information
Date of birthDecember 14, 1957
Place of birthBytom, Poland
Date of deathMay 22, 1994(age 36)
Place of deathLeverkusen, Germany
Height1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing positionDefender

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Helmut Dudek (December 14, 1957 - May 22, 1994) is deceased Polish-German football (soccer) defender who won the 1978 79 UEFA Cup with Borussia Mönchengladbach. He also played eight seasons in the Major Indoor Soccer League.

In 1978, Dudek, native of Poland who later became a West German citizen, signed with Borussia Mönchengladbach and was a member of the team as it won the 1978 79 UEFA Cup. He played a total of six games for Borussia before moving to the United States in 1980. That summer, he signed with the Memphis Americans of the Major Indoor Soccer League. He would play four seasons with the Americans in Memphis and another after the team moved west to Las Vegas, Nevada where they became the Las Vegas Americans. In 1982, he was a First Team All Star. The Americans folded at the end of the 1985-1986 season and the Pittsburgh Spirit hired the Don Popovic, the American head coach. Popovic brought Dudek, and several other players, to the Spirit as free agents. Dudek spent he 1985-1986 season in Pittsburgh. The team folded at the end of the season and Dudek signed with the Minnesota Strikers on September 18, 1986. After one season, the Strikers sent Dudek to the Baltimore Blast for future considerations. He spent one season in Baltimore, then left the league to return to Germany. He died on May 22, 1994 of cancer.

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