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Herbert Wimmer

Personal information
Date of birth9 November 1944(age 71)
Place of birthEupen, Belgium
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10.4 in)
Playing positionMidfielder

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Herbert "Hacki" Wimmer (born 9 November 1944 in Eupen, Belgium) is a former footballer. Besides winning five national championships and two UEFA Cups with his club side Borussia Mönchengladbach he won the 1974 World Cup and the 1972 European Football Championship with Germany.

Herbert Wimmer started his playing career with lowly Borussia Brand (a place close to the city of Aachen). Between 1966 and 1978 the played in 366 Bundesliga matches for Borussia Mönchengladbach and scored 51 goals. With the club he won five national championships (1970, 71, 75, 76, 78), the German Cup in 1973 and in 1975 the UEFA Cup.

He started out as a forward, but in Mönchengladbach his role was primarily to cover defensively for the star of the team in this era, midfield playmaker Günter Netzer. His physical endurance, the iron lung, was one of his major assets. He was considered as a paragon of a player that never runs out of steam.

Between 1968 and 1976 Wimmer also played in 36 matches for the German national football team, where he scored four goals. With Germany he won the 1972 European Football Championship - there he scored the second goal in the 3-0 win in the final against the USSR - and the 1974 FIFA World Cup, where he took part in two matches.

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