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Karl-Heinz Granitza

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Full nameKarl-Heinz Granitza
Date of birth1 November 1951(age 64)
Place of birthLünen, Germany
Playing positionStriker

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Karl-Heinz Granitza (born 1 November 1951 in Lünen, North Rhine-Westphalia) was a German football player. In the United States, he is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Granitza played in Germany for VfB Lünen, Eintracht Dortmund, Lüner SV, DJK Gütersloh, SV Röchling Völklingen and Hertha BSC. In 1978, he transferred to the Chicago Sting of the NASL, leading the team to two league championships. He also excelled at the indoor game. Granitza was known for his powerful and accurate left foot. He was also very effective with direct free kicks, having the ability to strike the ball with top spin over the wall of defenders, and into the upper corners of the goal. He would finish as the NASL's second all-time leading scorer.

In the 1990s Granitza owned "State Street", an American-style sports bar in Berlin.

In 2003, Granitza was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame. His #12 shirt has been retired by the Chicago Storm.

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