Horst Eckel (born 8 February 1932) is a former German footballer.
In the 1954 FIFA World Cup qualifying, Eckel became the first substitute in the history of football. He was part of the West German team that won the 1954 FIFA World Cup. He also participated in the 1958 FIFA World Cup. In total he earned 32 caps. During his club career he played for 1. FC Kaiserslautern and SV Röchling Völklingen.
Because of his rapid way of playing, he got the nickname Windhund (sighthound).
Eckel debuted in Kaiserslautern's first team in 1947 at the age of 15. He won the German football championship with Kaiserslautern in 1951 and 1953. Eckel was playing as a right half back. As a player, Eckel was assiduous and adroit. During the 1954 FIFA World Cup Eckel became an important pillar of the successful West German team. The strength of the right side of Sepp Herberger's team was made possible due to Eckel's high defensive workrate and his passes, from which outside right Helmut Rahn and inside right Max Morlock benefitted enormously.
After his career, he retrained from toolmaker to teacher, a profession he practised until his retirement.
He was an advisor for The Miracle of Bern, Sönke Wortmann's movie about the 1954 FIFA World Cup.